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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…

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…