Taking the first steps are critical to connecting your people….

Taking the first steps are critical to connecting your people….

  A bit of give – and you will also get.. I’m a big advocate of ‘win win’. However you might wonder how on earth walking during the month of September, or ‘Steptember’ as we call it, delivers so much more than you getting healthy and raising money for a great cause… what about this: it could in fact build the connectedness of teams at work. I have been sharing with business leaders in recent speaking engagements how I (and…

We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

 When ANZ invited me to hear The Hon. Julia Gillard, tennis great Martina Navratilova and former Chief of Army, General David Morrison speak I was all ears. Putting such a panel together means that they had something ‘big’ to share in the  ANZ Women’s Report. Primarily ANZ is asking the question; “Are our systems, and processes designed to disadvantage half of our population?” Could they start a movement to redesign systems to help women succeed? I have written about this…

What is the first step in the Entrepreneurial Journey?

What is the first step in the Entrepreneurial Journey?

I heard Megan Quinn share her entrepreneurial journey at a City of Melbourne business lunch recently (raising money for SecondBite). The audience was deeply engaged with her story and felt really comfortable to ask questions. The first question came from a woman who said: “I have recovered from breast cancer and I find myself risk adverse – how do I find the courage to do what I really want to do?” Megan firstly thanked the woman for the courage it…

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No one likes getting yelled at, but there might be a reason. What appears to be anger may in fact be frustration – on both sides. The phone rang at 2.00pm on Friday afternoon and I note that it is Matt Barrie– this is only the second time he has ever called me personally, even though I have known him since 2011 as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. Every time we see each other we always have a great…

Kids’ gifts that really score!

Kids’ gifts that really score!

I was recently asked back to Studio 10 and as part of the many and varied topics we covered was the “what do you do when told what to give as a gift” question. I know personally I struggle when my friends are getting married, and they say “we just want cash to go to our honeymoon.” I want to give them something that is memorable and special. Something that represents our relationship and how I know them… Okay so…

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

Sometimes life presents us with rare gems, people who are put in our path, that with a few quite words speak so loudly to what you need to hear in that moment. This week my great friends at Saxtons hosted a few of their speakers at an ‘open house’ for the event industry. And I had the chance to chat with Nadine Champion. I had not met or heard Nadine’s story before, but from the first moment I was spell…

The five new rules of work (connectedness will be critical)

The five new rules of work (connectedness will be critical)

I shared with business leaders this morning how I (and others) see workplaces shifting and evolving. For some it will feel more like a revolution than an evolution. Teams will be brought together – who may never meet… working anywhere on the planet. People will work concurrently for several and many employers. People will want to work part time, and flexibly as we live longer and want to stay meaningfully employed. Supervisors might not see or be present when team…

The state of Small Business – It’s a team game

The state of Small Business – It’s a team game

Small businesses are essential to economies around the globe; we the little guys – serve our local communities, we too can serve the world because we can access customers anywhere. I find myself in a fortunate position almost as a spokesperson on behalf of small business because of my role on TENs Shark Tank Australia. In Australia small businesses (turning over less than $2million) represent 96% of all business and employ 63% – almost two thirds – of the working population,…

Ten words to inspire great leadership

Ten words to inspire great leadership

I was sent this lovely story in the post recently from Mr. Goldfinger who attended a presentation that I did at the Clemenger Auditorium in May for Latrobe University; on the ethical transformation of business. As I have so often done I mentioned that my personal motto is “If it is meant to be it is up to me.” I take responsibility and accountability for all aspects of my life. Including my moral compass and my well-being. This is the…

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

I was recently challenged by a finding from the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report: it will take until 2095 – or 80 more years – to achieve gender parity in the workplace. 80 more years until the world’s available talent is fully optimised. We wouldn’t wait 80 years to implement any other business initiative, so why are we waiting for this one? As a participant in the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, I have access to a wealth…