Category Archives: LinkedIn

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…

When the big fear gets in your way: failure.

When the big fear gets in your way: failure.

A blank white screen has been sitting before me for a little too long, and I am questioning why it has taken me so long to write on this topic. This isn’t because I haven’t made any mistakes – between you and me, I’ve made a lot. Given my deep commitment to positive words, I really struggle with the word “mistake.” I would rather refer to mistakes as experiences or life lessons. (More on the power of positivity in Live…

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

Where it all began…A checklist for Start Up businesses

“How did you start?” is the question that I get asked most, which is a wonderful question because it also gets me to reflect. I was a guest on Channel Ten’s Studio 10 last week and this is the exactly the question they wanted me to answer – with a bit of a twist: How do you turn your passion into a business? So I share below the 5-minute video where I summarize the key steps I took to start…

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

Why “I didn’t know” is no excuse

This article first appeared on LinkedIn in March 2015. I was always getting into trouble as a child and breaking the rules. At the time I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t think anyone would notice. I was trying to ‘get away with it’. One thing I have found fascinating through my experience on TEN’s Shark Tank, is that some people pitching somehow still think they are in the schoolyard, and that cutting corners is OK….

Best Advice: Persistence (from Live What You Love)

Best Advice: Persistence (from Live What You Love)

Persistence – extract from Live What You Love When asked to contribute to this special LinkedIn Influencer content edition – I knew I had to share some of what I have written in my about to be released book “Live What You Love” I headed it up “Best Advice: Get in the driver’s seat” Some of the best advice I was given was simply: “Don’t give up – if it was easy everyone would do it.” However it is important…

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…