Tag Archives: Acknowledgement

Technology is at the heart of all businesses – embrace it

As I shared late last week with my LinkedIn community. I found myself sitting in the auditorium of the NSW Parliament Building to participate in the Pearcey Foundation’s 2013 Technology Entrepreneur of the Year awards. (I was there to be honored by being named the 2013 winner). The Tech industry is a place that I have spent nearly all of my career – before being an entrepreneur I had roles at IBM, Apple and a number of other IT entities….

Nightmare on Corporate Street

Most of us have been there I explored in a recent LinkedIn article. Feeling unappreciated; our work and efforts going unnoticed and uncelebrated; our self-confidence plummeting by the day. The experience we have in the workplace can have a profound impact on all other areas of our lives, as well as our overall sense of well being. I started RedBalloon back in 2001 party because I wanted to create a workplace that inspires people, values their contribution and makes them…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them. They…

The great untapped tool to drive growth

If you were given the ‘secret sauce’ – one thing to do right now to drive growth in your business… would you do it? Is growth a goal for you? Is it just an idea, or is it core to your existence? Does it excite you? Here is the irony – I get asked weekly, if not daily, by people from all walks of our business community – “How do I drive growth?” And I do have a very pragmatic…

eNPS and a Best Place to Work

I have just returned from a wonderful celebration of BRWs Best Places to Work with my fellow RedBallooners. We were most delighted to have made the list for the fifth year in a row as well as being in the top 10 (#8). The employee experience journey at RedBalloon is far from static – it has evolved and expanded each year. The leadership cohort are completely committed to the journey – knowing that it is not one single activity that…

Seven things people desire at work

  I started a business more than a decade ago based on ‘giving people good-times.’ Since then I have researched and read many books about happiness, well-being and what it is to be human. In essence I have been seeking the answer to the question ‘What is it that drives us?’ And I first wrote about this on LinkedIn I have learned the definitions of pleasure, contentment and joy and in so doing I have discovered that the word pleasure…

Life begins with 40

[First appeared as part of the LinkedIn Thought leader program] I am a collector – by nature I gather things. And as I thought about what I could write here – I imagined myself in the shoes of my reader.  If nothing else I would wonder what has influenced her? What inspires her? So below I list 40 of the ideas I have collected. I have gathered these quotes over many years – but each of them came to me at…

The numbers on why happiness is important

Perhaps I am posing a far too obvious question… but the thing I consider, is the effort and energy it takes to be happy, worth it? Perhaps it is easier to be grumpy, disconnected and uninspired…. the statistics however do not lie. Suicide remains a major external cause of death, accounting for more deaths in Australia than transport accidents. In addition about 20% of people will be affected by depression and 6% will experience a major depressive illness in Australia…

Three predictors for sustained happiness?

Listening to Shawn Achor at the Entrepreneur Organization was a delight. I had read his book – The Happiness Advantage years ago, when I began my journey to discover ‘this human condition’ of happiness. I’d watched his TED talk which has had more than 2million views (below)– and for want of a better word I would consider myself a fan. (Okay maybe I embarrassed myself a little when I approached him for a photo and I proceeded to be a…

Coming up this week 29 Aug 2011

Three separate trips to Queensland and two trips to Melbourne in the last 7 days…. meant that in addition to speaking to four wonderful and very different audiences – I had the opportunity to compare the three main airlines – and to get to know crews and ground staff quite well – I am always fascinated to learn about other organizations and their employee experience. Each presentation was different, – one on the ‘growth story’, one on ‘brand connection’, one…