One step toward being an ‘out of the box’ best employer

Megan Bromley accepting the AHRI HR practitioner of the year award.

I meet many business owners, and entrepreneurs; the question that we cannot help but ask each other is “How’s business?” People tend to be circumspect with his or her answer however the conversation usually moves on to “how did RedBalloon become a ‘Great Place to Work?”. I have never shied away from sharing with anyone the pivotal moment when we added to the team an HR professional. We only had about 25 people back in the day when we made…

Big dreams – if you think you can you can.

Looking very happy with the completion of the planning process. With Kristie Buchanan

We have just completed our planning cycle. And I am completely excited by the plans that the leadership team has created under the stewardship of CEO Kristie. Whilst I am clearly not going to reveal the content here… it gave me cause to reflect about dreaming big – and playing full out. RedBalloon is all about ‘Good – Times’ and the speed at which we play a bigger and bigger game is inspiring. – Thanks Team “If you think you…

Are you the only you!

NaomiSimson.CEO What the new dotCEO Top Level Domain looks like

You never know if you are the only you… or is there someone else just like me in another part of the world. Here are some fun facts: The global population is now 4 times what it was when I was born. There are more people alive today than have ever been alive in the whole of history. I’m not the only Naomi Simson on the planet. Way back in the early days of the internet (in the beginning of…

The search for meaning at work…

The search for meaning at work…

I’d worked in a lot of places before I started a business of my own – I had some great work experiences and some lousy one’s. One thing I did know is that when I was happy at work – I flourished and had an amazing capacity to do my best – effortlessly. So as I muddled my way through working out what I wanted to achieve in creating the culture at RedBalloon – there was one thing I knew….

We are multi sensory beings – Aesop

We are multi sensory beings – Aesop

Think about the brands that you love – how do they make you feel? What do they mean to you? Now think about those bill boards that you pass every day – for businesses and products that don’t stand for anything and don’t mean anything (and they may also not be relevant to you either). The point is you don’t think about them, you manage to filter them out of your consciousness. Humans’ are multi sensory beings that are ‘meaning’…

The Bottom Line – Interview in full.

The Bottom Line – Interview in full.

It is curious to see the outcome of me being interviewed. I found the interview with Alex to be far more of a chat with the friend over coffee. I was surprised at what he managed to dig out – including ancient photo’s. It is far more about me the person than my thoughts on leadership or my view of the world.Above is the  interview with Alex Malley – That appeared on Channel 9 at 4pm 14 June (19 minutes)….

Recruiting is like dating – it is two way.

Recruiting is like dating – it is two way.

Recently a fellow entrepreneur asked me to take a look at a job ad that she had created for an account manager role. Now I believe that anyone who is accountable for customer relationship needs to truly live and breath the essence of a business. To be completely at one with it’s vision and values. It is not just about doing the job; it is about being the ‘brand’. A walking, talking personification of the beliefs of the business. You…

Get on with it.

Get on with it.

If you have a dream – follow it! Each day wake up think of the dream – and take one step towards it. It might be learning about it and starting a plan. Dreams can come true if you take one step towards it consistently. I’m sure Walt Disney had no idea what Disney would become when he first sketched a mouse is breeches. Just talking about it won’t create anything. The work needs to get done. “The way to…

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve

Should’ve,  could’ve, would’ve are words of regret – rather than opportunity. More than 70 people weighed into the discussion about the power of language when I posted last month on LinkedIn. Let’s put that into context. I wake up looking out the window at the amazing sunrise (pictured) ready to bounce out of bed and get on with the day. But then it starts – the little voice in my head telling me what I “should” do. It says “You…

I was sitting quietly at my desk….

I was sitting quietly at my desk….

I was sitting quietly at my desk last Wednesday… going through some emails, being intentional about getting back to people as soon as I can when I get an email from Pip Marlow – Microsoft Australia Managing Director. I don’t know Pip so it was unusual to hear from her. With interest I read the missive headed up “Joined- Up Innovation.” Dear Naomi I wanted to let you know that tonight Microsoft will proudly recognise you at an event being…