This blog is my journey – as the founding director of RedBalloon and advocate for happy workplaces: the sum of my own personal experiences as an entrepreneur, business owner, leader, manager and mother. What I get right, what I get wrong, and all the adventures in between.
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- That everyone deserves to have a good day at work – that if they know what they are there to do, someone notices and they go home feeling like a winner – then we are well on the way to creating happy work places – which result in productive ones.
- That happiness is a journey – not a destination, and that the good times we share amplify our happiness
- It is easy to show gratitude and be thankful – and if we said thank you to five people each day – the happiness would spread
- If it is meant to be it is up to me
- That more than anything people need more good times with the people that they love – and connection creates happiness
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From years of experience as Australia’s # 1 Gift Experience business we have put together a 64 page book full of stories, ideas and simple things you can do. Enjoy!
Moments I am a little proud of:
- Being the 2011 national winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award – Industry Category
- Winning the 2008 national Telstra Business Womens Awards for Innovation
- RedBalloon voted as one of Australia’s Best Places to Work by BRW 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
- Hewitt ranking RedBalloon with a 97% employee engagement score – especially given the average in Australia is just 54%!
- Leveraging our business success to create RedBalloon ‘We Care’ to fund charity and volunteer work
- Being selected as a LinkedIn Influencer (now with more than 250,000 subscribers)
Why is RedBalloon all about ‘Good Times’?
It can be pretty lonely setting up an online business from home. Until RedBalloon generated the revenue to employ people and move into premises, it was Dexter the Spoodle I brainstormed with during our daily walks. Now Dexter is almost as much part of our brand as the red balloon. He comes to the office, welcomes visitors, loves photo shoots and can even be followed on Twitter!