Tag Archives: best places to work

Four steps to Happiness – Hear me speak at WiRL

I’m pretty excited to be speaking at the up coming WiRL Summit – Women in Real Life  (An Online Summit for professional women seeking career success and a balanced life) There is a very impressive line up of speakers – to which I am humbled to be a part. You will note that my session is listed for 22 May 2014 (however if you are in Australia that means that it is 9.00am on 23 May – so for the…

Internships part of a rounded education

As we head into the new tertiary year – with thousands of young people starting at Universities – as employers we sit and wait – hoping that they will come out well rounded individuals ready to face the work world. Internships are a great way to get undergraduates ready for the world of work. News reports were scathing about Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In community project posting a note on Facebook for an unpaid intern in August 2013 – as I…

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…

Can you ‘fire’ your boss?

Have you ever wanted to stamp your feet or scream and yell at your boss! Does he or she seem to get in the way of you doing your best work? Do they ever seem to be working in his or her best interests rather than that of the business? If you have answered yes to any of these then you have probably wished you had the power to fire your boss as I explored recently on LinkedIn. What ever…

Five strategies on Money and Happiness.

Last weekend RedBallooners were invited to our end of financial year celebration and kick off meeting in Port Douglas. When asked by friends “What was it like?” The only answer I had was – ‘joyous’. The excitement was palpable as soon as we met early on Friday morning. The laughter infectious, the camaraderie obvious – the sense of connection was clear. This sense of team does not happen by accident – we work hard together, we push the boundaries – set…

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…

Eleven essential talents for marketers

The great game of business is all about change. It is about adapting to the environment – listening and responding to all stakeholders. There is no doubt that this century marketing is forever different. People do not want to be bombarded with messages that are not relevant to them. They want to have someone ‘curate’ what is interesting and what they want to hear about. Everyone wants to feel that they can have an ‘intimate’ relationship with the brands that…

Enough is enough; retailers won’t agree

I was fascinated to learn that there is a Buy Nothing New Month in Australia. I love this idea… though of course retailers will not… (I’m sure the liquor retailers don’t like Dry July either.)  I was in the US last summer on holiday with my family and I was completely overwhelmed by the consumerism. (And quite frankly everything began to look the same). I heard that 10% of all women’s clothes sold in Australia are never worn. It is…

Two lessons in the past shaping the future

I was asked these two challenging questions as part of the interview process for a publication  – After a little pondering – I explored the most painful… and thought I would share. What one event in your past has shaped your present? I have learned just as much from poor managers as I have from great ones. The reality is that there is gold in every experience we just need to have the clarity of mind and commitment to listen…

Culture Check

We are fast approaching RedBalloon’s tenth birthday, with that it mind I wanted to check in with the team ‘What does it mean to you to be a part of the RedBalloon story?’ The answers were delightful and insightful… but this particular answer from one of the newer RedBallooners is very worth reproducing in whole. If you were to ask the similar question in your organisation, you too could get a great insight into the ‘mood’ – think of it…