Five habits for creating long-term happiness.

Shawn Achor and I chatting at the final EO dinner in Istanbul

#TBT – Over a ‘lunch n learn’ session with the Redii team on Tuesday we re-watched Shawn Achor’s TEDx talk, and it reminded us all on what is important in this life.  I’m off to buy the team a gratitude journal each, and I encourage you to read on and ‘re-set the compass’. Shawn Achor concluded his presentation, after telling why happiness is important, and sharing what happiness looks like – by telling the group actions that we can take…

4 ways to unite people in the ‘gig economy’ age

4 ways to unite people in the ‘gig economy’ age

The way we work has changed so dramatically since I started my career – there was no such thing from ‘working from home’ or ‘remote teams’. I remember one boss when I suggested I write my strategic plan at home so I could focus, looked at me alarmed and said ‘if you need to focus then chain yourself to the desk and take the phone off the hook.’ He implied that there was something wrong with me if I could…

What ever happened to….

What ever happened to….

We all love a success story; now I find quite regularly that the first question that I get at speaking engagements is “whatever happened to the businesses you invested in as part of Shark Tank?” When we are on set – I am looking for not just the business idea, and does it meet with industries or trends that I think are in a growth phase, but also the entrepreneur themselves… are they cut out for this very long journey….

Do you do the average of 3,000 steps a day?

Do you do the average of 3,000 steps a day?

If you are the average office worker in Australia, you will be moving, on average, 3,000 steps a day, and you are likely to be seated for more than 2 hours at a time. 3,000 steps might sound like a big number, but considering the recommended minimum is 10,000… we’re not doing too well, are we? You can Get Healthy At Work – and you can get healthy on the way to work, at lunch time and after work. Simply…

Making Commercial Sense of Employee Recognition

Making Commercial Sense of Employee Recognition

So this week I have been quoted as saying “recognising your people is not about being ‘nice’ it just makes good commercial sense”. Recognition has always been one of the drivers of what I consider makes a healthy and high performing business. In all my years of working with, being in, listening to and visiting businesses, I can tell immediately, those committed to recognition and those that believe their people get paid  to show up  and that’s it. It’s the…

Requests for Mentorship

Requests for Mentorship

I feel flattered every time that someone contacts me to ask if I will mentor or coach them… I’m involved with a number of programs where I can support start-ups and entrepreneurs on their journey – but, literally, I do not have enough hours in the day to meet the requests that I have to mentor people one-on-one. My Shark Tank invested companies get one-on-one mentoring as part of being successful on the program – this could be a way…

How to add $100,000 to your bottom line

How to add $100,000 to your bottom line

We have never lived in a more ‘abundant’ time – despite the fact that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet – we have ‘more’ now than ever before in history. We are at the beginning of incredible social changes such as  ‘dematerialization’ and ‘demonetization’. A book called ‘Abundance’ by Diamandis and Kotler – one i could not put down and the sort of book I want to read with my teenagers – explores these ideas. The…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest of soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them….

10 ways to be brave enough to ‘Seize the Day’

10 ways to be brave enough to ‘Seize the Day’

It is one thing to say ‘Seize the Day’ – but it is another to actually do it. I (probably like most other people) if I am really faced with a challenge then I want to hide under the bed covers and ‘hope’ it will go away and all of a sudden life will get easier – and I will have a happy existence. This, however, is never the case. I know that for myself when I  (and especially together…

5 things I was looking for in the pitches on Shark Tank Series 2

5 things I was looking for in the pitches on Shark Tank Series 2

After every episode, the social team from Channel Ten have been diligently updating the leaderboard outlining which shark is making which offer and the amount that each of us has invested in the start-ups. There is much more to what this leader board says – it is not about what we spend but what we think is our potential for return. Each shark has different skills, talents, networks and experiences – whenever someone walks into the tank (remember we know…