The words conscious and capitalism collide

The words conscious and capitalism collide

It has been reported on more than one occasion that putting the words conscious and capitalism together would make an oxymoron. Yet what it really is, is announcement of the new order of what is possible, productive and profitable for businesses. “Imagine a business that is born out of a dream about how the world could be and should be…” Steve Denning. As Steve states, what we mean by conscious capitalism is more than just business with a purpose –…

RedBalloon turns ‘Blu’ for a day

Megan Bromley, Head of Employee Experience at RedBalloon

Here is an international success story… which is humbling – and has left all RedBallooners quite ‘Blu’. I post this here to answer a question I had today in my session at EY. What does WorldBlu or a democratic business look like? Way back in 2001 when RedBalloon was founded, I had so many hopes and dreams for what the business could be. I wanted to change gifting in Australia forever and to encourage ‘good times’ over more ‘stuff’. After…

What new thing did you do today?

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

  How many positive experiences did you have at work today? I have spent the last few days at the Spire HR Summit in Singapore, learning from renowned HR experts about the challenges and issues, but more importantly the opportunities in today’s market of “people”. My plenary session was on Day 1 and I chose to challenge the audience to this very question: “So You Want To Be An Employer Of Choice?” RedBalloon was not always a great place to…

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

I find myself in a fortunate position of regularly being able to speak to audiences about my passions and sense of purpose. And as I shared today with the Chartered Accountants Business Forum, that a considerable part of why I do what I do is about promoting people’s well being at work. I explained about my commitment to great work places and that recognition was a key part of that… For those who did attend the session today I did…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Thirteen on TEN Sunday 17 May 9.00pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Thirteen on TEN Sunday 17 May 9.00pm

There are still so many ideas, businesses and concepts that are coming before us. Each time those doors open I wonder – “What will I learn about this time?” With every pitch we learn not just about a different industry or market – we also learn more about people and what drives them. We get to witness passion and persistence in action – and tonight’s episode was no exception. Here are my notes from when I was on set. Hipsta…

We’re All In This Together- CEO Sleepout

RedBalloon CEO, Nick Baker

It’s now many years since I have been the CEO of RedBalloon. Nick Baker took the reins in early March and is steering the business on it’s growth trajectory – delivering ‘Good Times’ to hundreds of thousands of people each year. But even with new leadership our values remain the same. Consistently we live by them.  We do what we say we are going to do, we are generous, a team of leaders, have a sense of humour and fun…

A very special Qantas shipment.

A very special Qantas shipment.

I love a success story. As you may remember I met Scott in one of the earlier episodes of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank.  We have come such a long way in such a few months. Today, a Qantas plane packed full of the fabulous #HEGS left Australia bound for the US. This is such a moment for Scott Boocock and all his team – a great story of Aussie Innovation, Manufacturing and Export. HEGS is your perfect example of homegrown…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Twelve on TEN Sunday 10 May 9.00pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Twelve on TEN Sunday 10 May 9.00pm

After having a week off – because we were busy meeting new people at the #TVWeekLogies – we were back in the Shark Tank at the new time of 9.00 Sunday. I know this is a big family show – and that kids love talking about the program – there are still plenty of opportunities to watch it either on TenPlay or in one of the Encore airings. Here is the list: Here are my notes from the set that…

A visit to my Living Room – to celebrate Mothers Day

A visit to my Living Room – to celebrate Mothers Day

Amanda Keller from The Living Room asked to come over to my house and have a chat with me in my living room about Mothers Day (as you do). I instantly jumped at the opportunity…and then I remembered I didn’t actually have a living room to sit in! It was at that point I pitched the idea of welcoming Amanda over to what is now a construction site…but it is a special one at that. This was an opportunity to…