Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial Journey

Consumers Rule and Innovation Is Inevitable

Last summer for close to five weeks I traveled with the family– it’s the “big trip” for my daughter’s graduation from high school, her eighteenth and my special birthday. When she was just a tiny tot in primary school I remember saying to her in passing. “You are growing up fast – all too soon I will be taking you to Paris when you finish high school.” And here we are – already. Travel is completely different to what it…

My First Job

There always has to be a first that will be forever remembered. And I’d like to think that first is remembered for all the right reasons. My first job was at the local toy store. I got the job just before the Christmas rush and I worked Friday night and Saturday morning. My first paycheck came in a little white envelope (I still have it) – $5.12 for seven hours work as a shop assistant. After work on that Friday…

“Go, Dog. Go!”: The Best Book Is the One that Teaches You to Love Reading

“Hello.” “Hello.” “Do you like my hat?” “No I do not like your hat!” “Good bye” “Good bye” I remember the words written by P. D. Eastman off by heart – even though it is close to half a century since I first delighted in the words and pictures of ‘Go Dog Go’. The book was published in 1961 and I was born only a few years later. My earliest memories were of turning its pages carefully and sitting for…

Thank you to the 800,000 people reading my LinkedIn posts

At the Channel Ten 2015 Launch event with fellow 'shark' Andrew Banks and the MasterChef team

I thought it might be interesting to share what it is like to have a “public profile” – not as a celebrity of course – merely someone that people might look at in the street and have a sense of familiarity with. I was in the LinkedIn office in Paris in February – far away from home – and several of the team there were staring at me. Only one offered this comment, “I’m sure I know you – are…

Shark Tank “Sharks” Announced. Coming To TEN In 2015

Here is the official Chanel Ten announcement from last nights launch event. “They are five of the most successful business people in Australia and they are bringing their talent, wisdom, expertise – and money – to Network Ten’s exciting new series for the whole family, Shark Tank. A massive hit around the world, Shark Tank has just entered its sixth season in the US – where it has won new fans every time it has gone to air. Hosted by…

Exhilerating week to amplify Australian leadership

Last week was one ‘out of the box’… a moment to reflect on the momentum that is gathering around entrepreneurship and leadership throughout the Australian business community. Some years ago I used to write posts about ‘what is coming up for me this week’ – but I think far more interesting is what I got up to in the previous week. In the past seven days: I have had a surfing lesson with Layne Beachley (What an inspirational Australian role…

4 insights in 8 minutes on entrepreneurship

I’m looking forward to my keynote at the Small Business Summit next week -  I did this interview (included below) for the local radio station about what I would be speaking about. My interview with Tony Eades covered so much in such a short time – and it gives a flavor for what I will share at the event. Whether you can attend or not – you might find insights and value in the interview. The topics include: My opinion…

Longing to Belong

At the very core of our being – we want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself. When I left corporate life and started my own business I wanted to build a business ‘where I wanted to work’… I wanted to be myself, be respected for my contribution and more than anything I wanted…

There are no shortcuts in leadership

I was recently interviewed for News.com.au on my thoughts on leadership – I thought I would share them here too. What is the biggest challenge you face/have faced as a leader in Australian business? At RedBalloon, we work hard to ensure that our employees have a great day at work. Due to this, it can be tough to be taken seriously in Australia, because everyone doesn’t share our belief that a workplace can be a happy environment. There are some…

Six gold nuggets on great mentoring.

I sometimes find myself in a difficult situation – I receive on average one request per day about becoming a mentor. This is flattering and I always want to ‘help’ – but I often don’t think I am qualified. I happily share from my experience and what I have learned (which I do by blogging and speaking), however it is simply not possible to mentor 300 people each year. On this basis I attended an insightful event hosted by EY…