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,…

Shark Tank to return in 2016

Shark Tank to return in 2016

It’s official – Australian’s love innovation… here is the announcement from Network TEN this morning… In summary Shark Tank Australia a ratings success, it’s captured the hearts and minds of the country – and Shark Tank will be back in 2016. —- June 8, 2015. Shark Tank To Return To TEN In 2016. Network Ten is delighted to announce that Shark Tank will return to TEN in 2016 for a second series. The show that boasted a plethora of Australian…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Fifteen on TEN Sunday 7 June 9.00pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Fifteen on TEN Sunday 7 June 9.00pm

What an amazing first series of Shark Tank Australia – Channel Ten and Shine Australia did a sterling job of bringing together such an amazing variety of inventors and entrepreneurs. I have been delighted to hear the impact that the show has had on people dreaming about their ‘big idea’. Is this my favourite episode – maybe? You can see how much we banter between the Sharks. Respectful with a slight jab Here are my notes from episode fifteen. Sonsee…

The before & after of Shark Tank series one

The before & after of Shark Tank series one

Network TEN’s last episode of Series One of Shark Tank Australia will air at 9.00pm this Sunday. I know it will be a fabulous finale – with laughter, lessons and legendary pitches… we will definitely go out with a bang. It also gives me a moment to reflect. How life has changed, the impact the show has had – and the lessons we have all learned. I was relatively known in entrepreneurial tech circles before the program aired – but …

Shark Tank Australia Episode Fourteen on TEN Sunday 31 May 9.00pm

Shark Tank Australia Episode Fourteen on TEN Sunday 31 May 9.00pm

One of the things I have delighted about in being part of Shark Tank is that we are amplifying the diversity of great innovation – that is we are demonstrating to the whole of Australia that anyone can be an innovator – whilst educating people on what it takes to build a business. Here are the behind the scenes notes from episode fourteen. Halo Medical Devices – Digital Goniometer. I had met Haley on a number of occasions before –…

The words conscious and capitalism collide

The words conscious and capitalism collide

It has been reported on more than one occasion that putting the words conscious and capitalism together would make an oxymoron. Yet what it really is, is announcement of the new order of what is possible, productive and profitable for businesses. “Imagine a business that is born out of a dream about how the world could be and should be…” Steve Denning. As Steve states, what we mean by conscious capitalism is more than just business with a purpose –…

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…

What new thing did you do today?

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

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…

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

10 steps to building the best employee recognition program

I find myself in a fortunate position of regularly being able to speak to audiences about my passions and sense of purpose. And as I shared today with the Chartered Accountants Business Forum, that a considerable part of why I do what I do is about promoting people’s well being at work. I explained about my commitment to great work places and that recognition was a key part of that… For those who did attend the session today I did…