Author Archives: Naomi Simson

I got control by giving up control – peer to peer leadership

People often ask “Did you ever imagine RedBalloon would become what it is today?”  In all truthfulness, not really…. but I do remember that it is a long time since RedBalloon was a startup. Back in 2001 there was no such thing as social media; digital photography was rare; no smart phones; the tech industry looked vastly different than it does now… there was no TechCrunch (we had computer daily which would fax it’s daily roundup – but I digress)……

Where do you get your wisdom?

I get mine from the local shop… It’s fast and a few minutes walk from home… this is a far cry from what Nick Sherry predicted in 2011 that book stores would no longer exist in Australia by 2016. From where I sit as an author and reader, they appear to be thriving… in fact we are now well into 2015 and about to be celebrating another National Bookshop Day for very good reason. Maybe it is a case that…

What is the first step in the Entrepreneurial Journey?

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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…

Kids’ gifts that really score!

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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

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)

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…

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…

Shark Tank to return in 2016

It’s official – Australian’s love innovation… here is the announcement from Network TEN this morning… In summary Shark Tank Australia a ratings success, it’s captured the hearts and minds of the country – and Shark Tank will be back in 2016. —- June 8, 2015. Shark Tank To Return To TEN In 2016. Network Ten is delighted to announce that Shark Tank will return to TEN in 2016 for a second series. The show that boasted a plethora of Australian…

Shark Tank Australia S1 Episode Fifteen on TEN

What an amazing first series of Shark Tank Australia – Channel Ten and Shine Australia did a sterling job of bringing together such an amazing variety of inventors and entrepreneurs. I have been delighted to hear the impact that the show has had on people dreaming about their ‘big idea’. Is this my favourite episode – maybe? You can see how much we banter between the Sharks. Respectful with a slight jab Here are my notes from episode fifteen. Sonsee…

Shark Tank Australia S1 Episode Fourteen on TEN

One of the things I have delighted about in being part of Shark Tank is that we are amplifying the diversity of great innovation – that is we are demonstrating to the whole of Australia that anyone can be an innovator – whilst educating people on what it takes to build a business. Here are the behind the scenes notes from episode fourteen. Halo Medical Devices – Digital Goniometer. I had met Haley on a number of occasions before –…