Getting to know my fellow ‘Sharks’

Getting to know my fellow ‘Sharks’

Walking into the studio to film Channel Ten’s Shark Tank for the first time was like a first day at school – of all my experiences, TV production was not something I knew much about. Janine and I were both called earlier than the guys so that we could meet with wardrobe and hair and makeup. We were taken around and shown the Fox Studios facilities and in a way it was like we had a buddy in the playground… we…

#WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

#WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

I already feel like a ‘winning woman’ – having been selected to participate in the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. 2015 will be an exciting and massive year. I also know that to stay at the top of the game I have to keep learning… reading, listening, discovering. And one of the best ways is to meet like-minded people who have deep experiences that they are willing to share. And whilst I have been speaking with EY…

Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

Selecting the 'costume' for the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank - red red or red...

  Recently I wrote about a ‘new you’ for New Years. Style is not the same as ‘brand’ nor is style the same as appearance. I am a big believer in people being themselves, however I also believe in people respecting the people around them. Colour is one thing that I use consistently to help people know me. It is no coincidence that to celebrate my coming of age the theme of the party was ‘bright’. My first attempt at…

Join me at my book launch….

Join me at my book launch….

How exciting that Business Chicks and my publisher Harlequin have teamed up to help me take “Live What you Love” to the largest community of it’s type in Australia. There could not be a better place for me to tell the story about discovering passion and a deep sense of purpose. People perhaps look at me and say ‘Wow – she has it ‘all’”. I believe holding oneself out to be super human is not the key to a sense…

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

Way back last century I thought it would be a great idea to leave my safe, secure and (relatively) well-paid corporate job to start my own business. I had worked for big corporations, who had big budgets, planning processes, accounts departments and IT help desks… in startup land you have none of these things, and there is no one to ask about anything. Last century we did not have Google as a “question/answer tool,” or YouTube with “how-to videos,” or…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

Making a powerful choice about matching your 'look' to your aspirations. (Always in red at work - during the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank Australia

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

Two buddies on the way to work

Too cute - Dexter likes to 'walk' Charlie and today he took him to the office.

I was back in the office today after taking a few weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year and I could not resist taking this quick video of the ‘boys’ coming to work. Dexter as Head of Security at RedBalloon has an apprentice – known as Charlie Bear – for obvious reasons… Dexter is clearly the head hound – taking the lead… too cute. A bit of fun at work. They say that having a best friend at work…

The day Richard Branson turned me down.

The day Richard Branson turned me down.

I posted this article on LinkedIn as part of it’s influencer program. I find myself reflective at this time of year – thinking about the wins of 2014 and the opportunities for 2015. I’m excited for the coming year as I have much coming up: the launch of my book in March “Live What You Love”, the airing on Channel Ten of Shark Tank Australia, and being invited to join a global leadership program… There is much to be excited…

What I see for a successful 2015

Standing out and fitting in.. all about customers

I was asked by the editorial team at LinkedIn to pen what I see coming for 2015 so I have put some thoughts together to look at ideas and trends that are likely to shape 2015.  Next year is likely to be a very big year for me too – with three big new initiatives that I am working on in the new year – no guesses that one is Channel Ten’s Shark Tank and another is the launch of…

What is the best business idea?

Shark Tank entrepreneurs Andrew Banks, Steven Baxter, John McGrath and Janine Allis

This month we have been on set shooting “Shark Tank” Australia – for Channel Ten. The team of ‘sharks’ (pictured) is reviewing people pitching his or her business ideas – as we celebrate entrepreneurship and invention there are other things I will be looking for in the business ideas that — with nurturing and investment — will become great businesses. We will see hundreds of business ideas. Not all will make it to TV. Some will paint themselves as a…