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One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for…

There are no shortcuts in leadership

There are no shortcuts in leadership

I was recently interviewed for News.com.au on my thoughts on leadership – I thought I would share them here too. What is the biggest challenge you face/have faced as a leader in Australian business? At RedBalloon, we work hard to ensure that our employees have a great day at work. Due to this, it can be tough to be taken seriously in Australia, because everyone doesn’t share our belief that a workplace can be a happy environment. There are some…

The dark side to workplace happiness.

The dark side to workplace happiness.

As I said in a recent LinkedIn post I came across an article from The Guardian entitled The dark side of work place happiness. Of course this peaked my attention – if you took out the words ‘work place’ you end up with “The dark side of happiness”. “What on earth could be the dark side of happiness?” I asked myself. Perhaps if we are having a good time then others will see this and be envious. Happiness does not…

My dad always thought I could… how grateful I am.

My dad always thought I could… how grateful I am.

People have asked me: where to you get your determination and drive? Is it nature or nurture? One thing I know is that my father had a great influence on who I am. And as Fathers Day fast approaches in Australia, I thought it time to publicly acknowledge him. My Dad, taught me the definition of motivation… that simple. He worked hard, laughed loud, and pursues his passions single-mindedly. My Dad, taught me to dream big, to play full out…

The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone

The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone

This is me! This is my life! Taking one careful step after another, with a consistent smile, confidence and resilience (and all whilst being the brand and wearing red). Juggling much while focusing on a far distant vision. This life is not for everyone. You have to be a little bit crazy and have a very thick skin. Be prepared to live from hand to mouth and give your life to the ’cause’. Years ago a fellow founder described being…

Inspirational women of history

Inspirational women of history

We all need role models and people to inspire us. I feel very fortunate that I had strong women around me as I grew up (and continue to grow)… Here are six great women who contributed greatly and give all of us food for thought. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” Oprah Winfrey. “We should all start to live before we get too old. Marilyn Monroe. “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your…

Six Good Times – and why happiness is a quest

Six Good Times – and why happiness is a quest

To say that 2014 has been a challenging and emotionally exhausting year would be an understatement. From kidnappings to outbreaks of deadly diseases; airline and ferry tragedies to missile strikes – it’s no secret that we live in very uncertain times. Add into the mix personal challenges we face with our health, relationships, and careers and it’s easy for a person to question at times whether there is hope. It is important for us to remember – and to remind…

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….

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…

Internships part of a rounded education

Kate - far right starting her career as an intern with RedBalloon

As we head into the new tertiary year – with thousands of young people starting at Universities – as employers we sit and wait – hoping that they will come out well rounded individuals ready to face the work world. Internships are a great way to get undergraduates ready for the world of work. News reports were scathing about Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In community project posting a note on Facebook for an unpaid intern in August 2013 – as I…