Category Archives: Lessons Learned

When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

    When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable? That feeling like no other. When you are so inspired; so full of energy; so aligned to your purpose – so sure of where you are going and simultaneously knowing there is no looking back. I feel like that right now. I have spent the last few days in the Amazon with The Unstoppables. Brain child of the incredibly energetic Julio De Lafitte – his energy is contagious, one…

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

  If you were up at 5:30am last Thursda you might have noticed something in the sky that isn’t normally there: for the first time in ten years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible and form a neat line from the horizon to the moon. If you missed it, don’t panic – it should be visible until 20 February. When the planets align While I’m not usually a star gazer; with all that energy in the universe aligning and…

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

I saw the movie ‘The Intern’ with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the cinema when it came out late in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes… Then my mother, returning on a Qantas flight, watched the same movie a few weeks ago and she called me to ask (tongue in cheek) if I had been ‘writing screen plays’ in my spare time because there was similarities to my own life in the film. Then a fellow female…

Standing out – is about the customer experience

Standing out – is about the customer experience

These days, I am known to many simply as the #RedShark from Channel TEN’s Shark Tank Australia or ‘that lady in red,’ but being the Founding Director of RedBalloon did not mean I always wore red – nor infact is it my favourite colour. The question I often get is – how is it not being the CEO? How did you do it? I appointed Jemma Fastnedge as CEO (now CEO of Redii.com) close to five years ago – and…

We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

 When ANZ invited me to hear The Hon. Julia Gillard, tennis great Martina Navratilova and former Chief of Army, General David Morrison speak I was all ears. Putting such a panel together means that they had something ‘big’ to share in the  ANZ Women’s Report. Primarily ANZ is asking the question; “Are our systems, and processes designed to disadvantage half of our population?” Could they start a movement to redesign systems to help women succeed? I have written about this…

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No More Excuses: How to Get More Women Presenting Keynotes

No one likes getting yelled at, but there might be a reason. What appears to be anger may in fact be frustration – on both sides. The phone rang at 2.00pm on Friday afternoon and I note that it is Matt Barrie– this is only the second time he has ever called me personally, even though I have known him since 2011 as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. Every time we see each other we always have a great…

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

It does not hurt any less if you close your eyes

Sometimes life presents us with rare gems, people who are put in our path, that with a few quite words speak so loudly to what you need to hear in that moment. This week my great friends at Saxtons hosted a few of their speakers at an ‘open house’ for the event industry. And I had the chance to chat with Nadine Champion. I had not met or heard Nadine’s story before, but from the first moment I was spell…

Ten words to inspire great leadership

Ten words to inspire great leadership

I was sent this lovely story in the post recently from Mr. Goldfinger who attended a presentation that I did at the Clemenger Auditorium in May for Latrobe University; on the ethical transformation of business. As I have so often done I mentioned that my personal motto is “If it is meant to be it is up to me.” I take responsibility and accountability for all aspects of my life. Including my moral compass and my well-being. This is the…

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

Gender gap fast forward 80 years

I was recently challenged by a finding from the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report: it will take until 2095 – or 80 more years – to achieve gender parity in the workplace. 80 more years until the world’s available talent is fully optimised. We wouldn’t wait 80 years to implement any other business initiative, so why are we waiting for this one? As a participant in the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, I have access to a wealth…

Summer Reading

My summer reading pile

I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books… Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction). The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the…