Category Archives: General

Putting on the Lipstick

Putting on the Lipstick

Thanks Minh, Alex, Joy and Philippa for giving my blog a face lift. Nice that my blog is now in line with all the other RedBalloon sites. We can’t have the CEO with the oldest looking blog… I have now been blogging for close to five years. I find that it is a great place to put things that I learn. The other thing that is very exciting is that RedBalloon is nine years old this week. It is nine…

Big things can take a little longer

Big things can take a little longer

Twist in the RedBalloon tale.

We know at RedBalloon that recruitment is very much a dating game. It is a two way street – it is just as much about potential RedBallooners getting to know us as us getting to know them. RedBalloon might have been named in the top 10 Best places to work by BRW but we know that our work place will only suit some people. We are recruiting many roles – and we publish them on the Amazing Careers page on…

Engagement Stories

Engagement Stories

Leaving Home.

In the past eight years since founding RedBalloon, we’ve created several businesses along the way and they all have lead to other greater things. One of the businesses that we invented was to solve a particular ‘problem’ that we had at RedBalloon – some 30% of our customers are self purchasers, another words they really like the activities we offer and want to do them themselves. Friday afternoons were frantic as people called our customer experience team wanting to know…

Press Release – Sale of Go Do Pty Ltd

Wotif.com Holdings Limited (Wotif Group) today announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire all the issued shares in Go Do Pty Ltd (GoDo) from RedBalloon Pty Ltd (RedBalloon) Established in 2006 as part of the RedBalloon Group, GoDo provides a real time online booking service for “things to do” in Australia and New Zealand.  GoDo sells these activities direct via its website (godo.com.au) and via a network of affiliate sites and third party distributors. With more than 1,000…

Times are Changing

I’m in the process of upgrading the technology that runs this blog. To continue to get the email to the blog you must fill in the form below. Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner Fill it in now… I have much I continue to learn and experience and am always happy to share. (You might receive two emails as we transition to the new site for a few weeks) Thanks for your patience. Thank you.

I’m Sorry…

I have grossly offended a group of people who are dear to me, which was completely unintentional. I used the term ‘Stepford wives’  in my recent blog “Why women are paid less”– in my mind I saw this term as meaning ‘perfect woman’, think ‘Grace Kelly’ as in the movie. It was brought to my attention this morning that if you do a Google search on the term, that is not in fact the definition that comes up. I had…

It’s time to plan for an exciting year.

It’s planning and review season at RedBalloon – everything seems to happen at this time of year. And this year it will be tougher to produce the operational plan when we still don’t know how the economy will impact us. I’d like to think that the planning process is more than a bunch of ‘guesstimates’. I’ve always been one to ‘take my destiny on myself’ – I have never considered hope a strategy.  Here is a piece that I did…

How significant is luck when it comes to success?

I was interviewed recently about being an Entrepreneur.. these are some of the answers I gave. Having always believed that I am a lucky person. When I was about seven I won a whole jar of jelly beans because I guessed the right number in the jar. When I joined the cross country team in high school on the first run I found a $10 note. If I enter a competition then I always think I’m going to win…(I don’t…