Tag Archives: Business Leadership

“Inspiring the business world”

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When I was approached by The CEO magazine, to be the feature story in the September edition, my initial reaction was – ‘but I’m not a CEO!’ (Nick Baker has been the RedBalloon CEO for some years now.) Whilst I am an executive director at Redii.com, I’m still not the CEO. However, when it was explained to me that CEO magazine’s role is to ‘inspire the business world’, then it all made sense. With more than a decade working as…

Requests for Mentorship

I feel flattered every time that someone contacts me to ask if I will mentor or coach them… I’m involved with a number of programs where I can support start-ups and entrepreneurs on their journey – but, literally, I do not have enough hours in the day to meet the requests that I have to mentor people one-on-one. My Shark Tank invested companies get one-on-one mentoring as part of being successful on the program – this could be a way…

How to add $100,000 to your bottom line

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We have never lived in a more ‘abundant’ time – despite the fact that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet – we have ‘more’ now than ever before in history. We are at the beginning of incredible social changes such as  ‘dematerialization’ and ‘demonetization’. A book called ‘Abundance’ by Diamandis and Kotler – one i could not put down and the sort of book I want to read with my teenagers – explores these ideas. The…

10 ways to be brave enough to ‘Seize the Day’

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It is one thing to say ‘Seize the Day’ – but it is another to actually do it. I (probably like most other people) if I am really faced with a challenge then I want to hide under the bed covers and ‘hope’ it will go away and all of a sudden life will get easier – and I will have a happy existence. This, however, is never the case. I know that for myself when I  (and especially together…

Turning the performance review on its head

When you hear the term ‘performance review,’ what is your immediate reaction: relish or dread? Is it something that needs to be endured or an exciting opportunity to learn, grow and develop? What if there was a way that you could completely flip the performance experience? Being curious as I am (and experiencing much pain as both a manager and an employee of the performance process) I thought there must be a better way, where everyone is left seeing opportunity…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Eight on TEN

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“Is this a dream or a nightmare?”  This is what we set out to discover in this episode of Shark Tank – clearly I am incredulous about something – the joy of discovering is not lost on even battle worn one’s like me. There was the inspired, the ingenious, the innocent, the inventor and perhaps the idiotic; we cover so much ground in just one episode. What we continue to love about the program is it’s diversity of ideas and…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Three on TEN

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From experiences, to innovations, to the ‘out there’ and wonderful tonight brings us a fresh plate of Australian Shark Tank companies vying for investment…here are my notes from Shark Tank on set Episode Three – remembering that we don’t know anything about the businesses before they arrive on set: The Cave Commando Experience – Sirens, search lights – and abseiling military men kicked this pitch of with a few expletives from me…  Then Mick got quickly on to business “Imagine…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode TWO on TEN

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With a mix of disruptive businesses, innovators and some rich discussions on valuation Episode Two has many lessons, great insights and a few laughs as well…Our entrepreneurs are prepared, their pitches entertaining and expressive – all the founders in this episode happen to be relatively young (well compared to us) – some have been battling away at their idea for years whilst others are not even a year into the business. These are the notes that I took while filming…

Coming up this week 9th May 2016

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Last week was busy, interesting and exciting – popping into the world of TV, publishing all whilst keep up my day job. I hosted a session with the RedBalloon team sharing insights on #CustomerExperience and the #Startup Days, a with the Minster for Innovation and Better Regulation talking all things #growth, working with my own start ups, celebrating the Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards,  a full day of media talking all things #SharkTank and the new book #ReadytoSoar on Studio10,…

#TBT…Nine life lessons distilled from 770 blog posts

In October 2013, I was reflecting on the 770 blog posts I had written to date, what I had learned from them and how best I should sum them up. Now, in April 2016, I’m now up to 961 blogs and still learning! I thought I would share the lessons again for you… These are my own originals – but I add four from the more famous below. Persistence is not pigheadedness. Passion is authentic – you either love what…