Tag Archives: Fun at work

Five habits for creating long-term happiness.

#TBT – Over a ‘lunch n learn’ session with the Redii team on Tuesday we re-watched Shawn Achor’s TEDx talk, and it reminded us all on what is important in this life.  I’m off to buy the team a gratitude journal each, and I encourage you to read on and ‘re-set the compass’. Shawn Achor concluded his presentation, after telling why happiness is important, and sharing what happiness looks like – by telling the group actions that we can take…

Shark Tank Australia Series 2 Episode Seven on TEN

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Your Closet - For Millennials young women who want to wear designers formal dresses (and then send them back for another one).  – the allure of “no ownership” is moving beyond housing and cars and has transformed retail shopping entirely. Gone are the days where you save your weekly pay for the expensive shop window beauty you’ve pined for that will look stunning at your formal – now you have the choice of renting a designer dress for a fraction of…

Talking about the ‘Bucket List’

RedBalloon has always been about ‘good times’ it might just as well be about the ‘bucket list’ or ‘dream catcher’… Maybe your family or friends might give you something from your list – or maybe you will choose something for yourself… Here I talk with Grant Denyer on All Star Family Feud (with Shark Tank and Bondi Rescue) about ticking things of my bucket list.   Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it and when…

The importance of peers, networks and ideas – for 2016

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    We are going nowhere fast if we do not surround ourselves with instrumental, successful, wise, courageous and inspiring people. How can we expect to challenge ourselves to greatness if we are only seeking advice from ourselves? (And maybe having some fun as we do.) At the core of every entrepreneur is a network of greatness – whilst not called “Boards” they almost are just that. A number of trusted “advisors” we go to for help, advice, encouragement and…

A gift for you or a gift for a loved one

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It is all hands on deck at RedBalloon now – Christmas is fast approaching and there are hundreds of thousands of red envelopes to make it  under the tree in the next few weeks. Christmas for me is always a time for reflection and review – before I get on with next year and run really hard again… 2015 was like no other for me… my world shifted. Clearly being on Network TEN’s Shark Tank is a wonderful new experience…

Creating community… when you’re a thousand miles away

I’m on the road a lot. In fact, as I write this, I’m about 2,500kms away from home sharing what I have learned for the Northern Territory October Business Month. And, as anyone who has to travel for work knows, you often feel isolated and not part of the team. I’ve learnt how to adapt to being on the move and can now work from anywhere, but one of the things that comes to mind constantly is how technology has…

RedBalloon turns ‘Blu’ for a day

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…

Six things to do to make sure you have a great day at work

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  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

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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…

We’re All In This Together- CEO Sleepout

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It’s now many years since I have been the CEO of RedBalloon. Nick Baker took the reins in early March and is steering the business on it’s growth trajectory – delivering ‘Good Times’ to hundreds of thousands of people each year. But even with new leadership our values remain the same. Consistently we live by them.  We do what we say we are going to do, we are generous, a team of leaders, have a sense of humour and fun…