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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…

What Can We Believe In?

Simon and I discuss very important RedBalloon business

At the very core of what it is to be human is our need to belong I wrote recently for a LinkedIn ‘Influencer post’. How we connect to others, our community, family, sporting teams, companies, or country to name a few. Part of our experience of ‘belonging’ is believing that our lives are somehow enhanced because we are a part of that institution, group or community. I reflect on how my teenage years were so vastly different than that of…

The Key To Success Is Practice

Dandapani and I mid 2013

As we move into 2014 it is very much a time to reflect, review and create. I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions – but I do always take the time to create a plan. My partner and I also create a theme for the year. This year we have chosen ‘Simplicity’. As a professional couple with a combined four young adults in our family – life is very hectic. This theme caused me to reflect on my meeting…

What Is Your Legacy?

What Is Your Legacy?

As the year draws to a close – one begins to reflect on the year, it’s ups and downs – and then what the next year might look like. I have not been blogging quite as often – simply because I have been setting aside that time to write a book. One of my highlights for 2013 was being a speaker at ‘Wired for Wonder’. Better to have a mind opened with wonder …..than closed by negativity. Wired for Wonder…

The more you persist the more I’ll resist – Inspirational

The more you persist the more I’ll resist – Inspirational

Tell me I “cannot” do, be or have something – and that is the surest way to inspire me into action as I recently shared with the LinkedIn influencer program. What inspires me is simply when the ‘impossible becomes possible’ – to tackle a problem and never give up, no matter how challenging. The pet name my peers gave me at university was ‘Num’ – because it rhymed with dumb… I had an idea that I was not the smartest…

Nine life lessons distilled from 770 blog posts

Life Lessons from the famous and the ordinary

I was recently asked as part of an awards process to outline the lessons I have learned from starting my own business in 2001. I then referred to my blog to find out that of the 770 blog posts I have written – 164 of the posts have been dedicated to ‘Lessons Learned’. These are my own originals – but I add  four from the famous below. Then I set about trying to summarize, and I thought there might be…

All Expenses Paid and No Surprises

All Expenses Paid and No Surprises

Some weeks ago I was invited to participate in a BRW round table with Paul Bakker, Amanda Gome, and Grant Johnstone on managing costs in business. My initial reaction was “What would I know about that – I believe that  you need to spend money to make money”… then I started to think about how we continue to focus on budgets and performance at RedBalloon – so I convinced myself that perhaps I could add a different view to the…