KJR Collective Catch Ups: Ben Wonson

The Collective

5 September 2019

A couple of times a month, we like to get to know members of the KJR Collective a little better. Today we catch up with Ben Wonson.

Years in the industry: 11 years

Time at KJR: 9 months

Based in: New South Wales

Currently working with: Numerous clients, including organisations in childcare services and data analytics and AI services for law firms.

What Ben loves most about his job…

The astounding variety he finds himself open to with each new client as Principal Consultant. Working for “organisations with different needs, different cultures and different levels of maturity” has allowed Ben to encompass a wide range of work during his time at KJR. Whether he’s helping an up-and-coming brand “move up from a 0 to a 1, or a 9 to a 10”, the everchanging nature of his role makes it all the more exciting with each workday.

How Ben got into the industry…

After earning a degree in Computer Science and Marketing, Ben kicked off his career path as a developer, where he worked for several years. Three or four years ago, however, he had a moment of revelation. After careful consideration, he recognised his professional desire to “talk to people and devise strategies” to help individuals on a more interpersonal level. He then took on a consulting role at Solentive, a custom software development company. Here his role focused on the implementation of a new design thinking practice to support clients. In January 2019 he began at KJR, which was the “perfect marriage of my experience and skills with a new way of looking at things”.

What Ben thinks about the future of tech…

Understanding the thriving nature of technology, Ben recognises that “more convergence between business and IT” is inevitable. The public recognition that perhaps there isn’t such a big difference between these two areas, particularly regarding Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, means more organisations will take advantage of this technology in the near future. Before resorting to IT to deal with their problems, however, Ben explains the importance of “understanding the people you work with and talking with customers to understand their values and what they’re trying to achieve”. This, of course, allows companies to “maintain the more human side of business while embracing the available new technology”.

He also does other things…

When he’s not at work, you can find Ben at his “second job” – parenting. Having been married for five years and with two daughters, one just under two and another just under four, the work doesn’t stop at home, where Ben finds himself in the middle of renovations, painting and polishing his home for his family. As well as this, Ben has a keen interest in storytelling and “the emotional response” you can achieve from narrative structure. This has encouraged Ben to undertake a lot of writing in his spare time, with his own personal motto that “if I have enough bad ideas, I’ll get a good one”.

Ben’s final word of advice…

Understand why you’re using technology, why you’re using digital transformation – let that drive your adoption of technology.

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn, he’d love to hear from you.

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