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“Inspiring the business world”

“Inspiring the business world”

When I was approached by The CEO magazine, to be the feature story in the September edition, my initial reaction was – ‘but I’m not a CEO!’ (Nick Baker has been the RedBalloon CEO for some years now.) Whilst I am an executive director at Redii.com, I’m still not the CEO. However, when it was explained to me that CEO magazine’s role is to ‘inspire the business world’, then it all made sense. With more than a decade working as…

What it takes to be ‘unbeatable’

What it takes to be ‘unbeatable’

Madeleine Albright famously said ’There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ Perhaps there is a special place in hell for those who don’t help others… no matter the gender. When asked why Andrew Banks was a Shark on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank Australia he said “People are curious to know how self-made people (like the Sharks) did it. Perhaps being part of this program will inspire others to be the best version of themselves”. We can learn from the success of…

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….

Turning the performance review on its head

Turning the performance review on its head

When you hear the term ‘performance review,’ what is your immediate reaction: relish or dread? Is it something that needs to be endured or an exciting opportunity to learn, grow and develop? What if there was a way that you could completely flip the performance experience? Being curious as I am (and experiencing much pain as both a manager and an employee of the performance process) I thought there must be a better way, where everyone is left seeing opportunity…

Do you never seem to have any cash?

Do you never seem to have any cash?

As I walked through the city last week between appointments, I noticed the Big Issue being sold by a regular face that I have seen many times. (The Big Issue is celebrating 20 years of helping people help themselves. It is a social enterprise that supports the homeless and disadvantaged by having them be the sellers of a well produced publication splitting the revenue 50/50.) I asked for a copy and as I reached for my wallet I realised I…

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

Being bowled over by the ‘Big Idea’.

Waiting, waiting – wondering ‘Is this the one?’ I’m sure every investor is the same, not just the Sharks on Shark Tank – who so publicly wait with baited breath to hear the story behind the business idea – wondering is this the next big thing. The entrepreneurs passion can be infectious – there enthusiasm and energy is exciting… and they truly believe that the ‘Big Idea’ is the next big thing. We as investors can get swept away in…

The Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

The Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

This is an excerpt from my new, soon to be released, book Ready to Soar. Perhaps you have an idea or a vision for a business, or you simply want to be your own boss. You want to be an ‘entrepreneur’, lead a business, create something truly worthwhile and valuable. You want to make the world a better place. In fact the five biggest reasons why people think they want to start a business are: I want to do what I…

Is ‘Human Resources’ still apt & are Performance Reviews coming to an end?

Is ‘Human Resources’ still apt & are Performance Reviews coming to an end?

The first thing that popped into my head as I considered the ‘state of my industry’ was that ‘Human Resources‘ the term is well out of date and not representative of the important role that people play (nor people professionals) in the success of a business. Bit by bit, and not so slowly the very ‘functions’ delivered by these ‘HR’ folks are changing/evolving and even disappearing. Workplaces are changing at a dramatic pace… not least of which the performance review/appraisal…

The 11 Golden Rules of Conversation

The 11 Golden Rules of Conversation

I was in a cafe in Argentina with my daughter a few weeks ago – and on the front of the menu was a list of  ‘the golden rules of conversation’. Now whilst it was quite amusing – see the picture attached, I thought there must be a reason – even if it is just for the sake of conversation – that they chose to write about conversation. Are we losing the art of conversation? Do many people communicate more…