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Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

Selecting the 'costume' for the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank - red red or red...

  Recently I wrote about a ‘new you’ for New Years. Style is not the same as ‘brand’ nor is style the same as appearance. I am a big believer in people being themselves, however I also believe in people respecting the people around them. Colour is one thing that I use consistently to help people know me. It is no coincidence that to celebrate my coming of age the theme of the party was ‘bright’. My first attempt at…

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

What You Need to Thrive as a Startup

Way back last century I thought it would be a great idea to leave my safe, secure and (relatively) well-paid corporate job to start my own business. I had worked for big corporations, who had big budgets, planning processes, accounts departments and IT help desks… in startup land you have none of these things, and there is no one to ask about anything. Last century we did not have Google as a “question/answer tool,” or YouTube with “how-to videos,” or…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

Making a powerful choice about matching your 'look' to your aspirations. (Always in red at work - during the filming of Channel Ten's Shark Tank Australia

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

The day Richard Branson turned me down.

The day Richard Branson turned me down.

I posted this article on LinkedIn as part of it’s influencer program. I find myself reflective at this time of year – thinking about the wins of 2014 and the opportunities for 2015. I’m excited for the coming year as I have much coming up: the launch of my book in March “Live What You Love”, the airing on Channel Ten of Shark Tank Australia, and being invited to join a global leadership program… There is much to be excited…

What I see for a successful 2015

Standing out and fitting in.. all about customers

I was asked by the editorial team at LinkedIn to pen what I see coming for 2015 so I have put some thoughts together to look at ideas and trends that are likely to shape 2015.  Next year is likely to be a very big year for me too – with three big new initiatives that I am working on in the new year – no guesses that one is Channel Ten’s Shark Tank and another is the launch of…

What is the best business idea?

Shark Tank entrepreneurs Andrew Banks, Steven Baxter, John McGrath and Janine Allis

This month we have been on set shooting “Shark Tank” Australia – for Channel Ten. The team of ‘sharks’ (pictured) is reviewing people pitching his or her business ideas – as we celebrate entrepreneurship and invention there are other things I will be looking for in the business ideas that — with nurturing and investment — will become great businesses. We will see hundreds of business ideas. Not all will make it to TV. Some will paint themselves as a…

If I’d Stayed at Apple, I’d Never Be an Entrepreneur

Apple in the early 1990s (was I really wearing red back then too)

“Could have,” “would have,” and “should have” are all statements of regret, and not ones that I tend to use. I “should have” practiced more yoga and I “could have” started when I was younger, so I rarely look back. So when I was asked to write this, it gave me time to reflect and dream about what life might have been like if I had not left my job at Apple. I was a marketing manager at Apple Australia…

Consumers Rule and Innovation Is Inevitable

Consumers Rule and Innovation Is Inevitable

Last summer for close to five weeks I traveled with the family– it’s the “big trip” for my daughter’s graduation from high school, her eighteenth and my special birthday. When she was just a tiny tot in primary school I remember saying to her in passing. “You are growing up fast – all too soon I will be taking you to Paris when you finish high school.” And here we are – already. Travel is completely different to what it…

My First Job

Every career starts somewhere

There always has to be a first that will be forever remembered. And I’d like to think that first is remembered for all the right reasons. My first job was at the local toy store. I got the job just before the Christmas rush and I worked Friday night and Saturday morning. My first paycheck came in a little white envelope (I still have it) – $5.12 for seven hours work as a shop assistant. After work on that Friday…

Four Strategies for Finding Happiness at Work

Four Strategies for Finding Happiness at Work

As we start a new year – with one or more new years resolution… most of us will have considered what we do for work. If we are happy at work (where we spend so much of our time)… then some how life seems to come into flow. I enjoyed reading James Clear in his article 6 Ways to Find Happiness at Work, there are a few things you can do to create a happier reality for yourself at work……