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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thing that popped into my head as I considered the ‘state of my industry’ was that ‘Human Resources‘ the term is well out of date and not representative of the important role that people play (nor people professionals) in the success of a business.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…

The four critical traits of highly successful people

The four critical traits of highly successful people

I often look at people and think – “Wow how did they get to do what they do?” “What choices did they make?” “What luck came along the way?” Fundamentally I think we are all interested in what and how other people live their lives. I read with interest a Business Insider list of what “21 highly successful people were doing at age 25.” Trump had just taken the reins of his father’s company, Hilary Clinton had just graduated Yale…

Who to hire into your start up – is a big decision.

Who to hire into your start up – is a big decision.

I recently spoke to The Start Society in it’s iCentral.co space for tech startups in Sydney, and one of the questions I was thrown was: “When you are looking to hire people in your business, how do you do it effectively?” My answer was very straightforward: “I hire adults. I hire people who share my values, my passion — and most importantly are aligned to my purpose — but I don’t want people just like me.” I need to know…

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

  “We all need role models — someone to lead the way, and drag others along with them.” Back in 2011, I attended an Ernst & Young Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the words of Avril Henry still resonate with me. She explained that one of the traits of entrepreneurs is that “we are there for the long term.” We do not give up easily – we are fiercely opportunistic, and are forever looking at the next success story. Success…

The state of Small Business – It’s a team game

The state of Small Business – It’s a team game

Small businesses are essential to economies around the globe; we the little guys – serve our local communities, we too can serve the world because we can access customers anywhere. I find myself in a fortunate position almost as a spokesperson on behalf of small business because of my role on TENs Shark Tank Australia. In Australia small businesses (turning over less than $2million) represent 96% of all business and employ 63% – almost two thirds – of the working population,…

My Work Life When I Was 22

My Work Life When I Was 22

I often have a good giggle with audiences when I’m presenting, about what it was like working “last century.” The funny thing is that in just a decade, many of the practices seem completely archaic. How did we cope? We had telephones that you would dial, and then wait after each number you dialed for the rotary piece to return to base. The sound was distinctive… dddd, dddd, dddd (very hard to replicate in writing). No speed dial, voice recognition,…

RedBalloon turns ‘Blu’ for a day

Megan Bromley, Head of Employee Experience at RedBalloon

Here is an international success story… which is humbling – and has left all RedBallooners quite ‘Blu’. I post this here to answer a question I had today in my session at EY. What does WorldBlu or a democratic business look like? Way back in 2001 when RedBalloon was founded, I had so many hopes and dreams for what the business could be. I wanted to change gifting in Australia forever and to encourage ‘good times’ over more ‘stuff’. After…

To dream the ‘impossible’ dream….*

To dream the ‘impossible’ dream….*

A BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is a dream – but not an impossible dream. In fact by definition it is possible – but not probable. Do you have a personal BHAG? I wonder how many people simply give up their dreams because they tell them selves that they are too ‘old’ too ‘poor’ or not clever enough to reach their dreams. To turn dreams into reality will take a degree of risk taking, it may take giving up a…