Category Archives: best places to work

How to add $100,000 to your bottom line

How to add $100,000 to your bottom line

We have never lived in a more ‘abundant’ time – despite the fact that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet – we have ‘more’ now than ever before in history. We are at the beginning of incredible social changes such as  ‘dematerialization’ and ‘demonetization’. A book called ‘Abundance’ by Diamandis and Kotler – one i could not put down and the sort of book I want to read with my teenagers – explores these ideas. The…

Turning the performance review on its head

Turning the performance review on its head

When you hear the term ‘performance review,’ what is your immediate reaction: relish or dread? Is it something that needs to be endured or an exciting opportunity to learn, grow and develop? What if there was a way that you could completely flip the performance experience? Being curious as I am (and experiencing much pain as both a manager and an employee of the performance process) I thought there must be a better way, where everyone is left seeing opportunity…

#TBT…Longing to belong

#TBT…Longing to belong

I wrote this post at the end of September 2014… and the core of what I wrote about still firmly holds true for me, especially having spent the first part of the week at Marcus Evans talking all things Redii and Recognition in the workplace – it is all still very much about harnessing the “community” that is your organisation, aligning your people to a common cause and recognising their achievements for executing the “plan” all along the journey. As…

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…

I got control by giving up control – peer to peer leadership

Jemma and myself the leadership journey - EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

People often ask “Did you ever imagine RedBalloon would become what it is today?”  In all truthfulness, not really…. but I do remember that it is a long time since RedBalloon was a startup. Back in 2001 there was no such thing as social media; digital photography was rare; no smart phones; the tech industry looked vastly different than it does now… there was no TechCrunch (we had computer daily which would fax it’s daily roundup – but I digress)……

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…

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

  How many positive experiences did you have at work today? I have spent the last few days at the Spire HR Summit in Singapore, learning from renowned HR experts about the challenges and issues, but more importantly the opportunities in today’s market of “people”. My plenary session was on Day 1 and I chose to challenge the audience to this very question: “So You Want To Be An Employer Of Choice?” RedBalloon was not always a great place to…

Good is the enemy of Great – Jim Collins

Good is the enemy of Great – Jim Collins

It is now more than a month since I sat enthralled with thousands of other Australians listening to one of the worlds great business commentators – Jim Collins. Having consumed his books and been influenced by his insights into leadership and greatness, I wondered what would stand out for me as time moves on. His delivery style was authentic, and very grounded – he was happy to share stories about his personal life as well as his work. It is…

Your business will thrive when your people thrive

Your business will thrive when your people thrive

In last Sunday night’s episode of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank – John McGrath gave some very sage advice to one of the entrepreneurs – he said “I think you are both the biggest asset … and liability to your business.” John is a measured guy – and he did not say this lightly. A leader, founder, inventor, entrepreneur needs people around them to tell them how it is… often we can’t see this. And if we ever want to grow…

RedBalloon announces ex-Tourism Australia marketing head as new CEO

RedBalloon announces ex-Tourism Australia marketing head as new CEO

It is a really exciting day for RedBalloon as the board; Chair Ken Boundy, my business partner Peter Simson and I announced to the team – that we have appointed a new CEO. Here is the announcement circulated today. RedBalloon today announced the appointment of Nick Baker as its new CEO. Baker joins RedBalloon after seven highly successful years as Chief Marketing Officer of Tourism Australia, during which time he and his team were responsible for three of Tourism Australia’s…