Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial Journey

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…

The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone

This is me! This is my life! Taking one careful step after another, with a consistent smile, confidence and resilience (and all whilst being the brand and wearing red). Juggling much while focusing on a far distant vision. This life is not for everyone. You have to be a little bit crazy and have a very thick skin. Be prepared to live from hand to mouth and give your life to the ’cause’. Years ago a fellow founder described being…

The Bottom Line – Interview in full.

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It is curious to see the outcome of me being interviewed. I found the interview with Alex to be far more of a chat with the friend over coffee. I was surprised at what he managed to dig out – including ancient photo’s. It is far more about me the person than my thoughts on leadership or my view of the world.Above is the  interview with Alex Malley – That appeared on Channel 9 at 4pm 14 June (19 minutes)….

Get on with it.

If you have a dream – follow it! Each day wake up think of the dream – and take one step towards it. It might be learning about it and starting a plan. Dreams can come true if you take one step towards it consistently. I’m sure Walt Disney had no idea what Disney would become when he first sketched a mouse is breeches. Just talking about it won’t create anything. The work needs to get done. “The way to…

The Power of Appreciation

Yesterday I was asked to speak spontaneously to the RedBallooners at our company wide meeting. As I stood in front of what appeared like a massive group of people…. I felt a wave of deep gratitude. Not just for those who were present – but all the past team members too. I thanked all of the past employees too – for their contribution – not only the amazing one’s, but also those who had been challenging and perhaps troublesome. Because…

“Can I hold your baby?”

1 April is my 13th anniversary as a RedBallooner. It feels like it has been my whole life… I struggle now to remember a time before RedBalloon. My role has changed more in the last 2 years than in the 10 years prior to that. As mentioned in my previous post – Kristie CEO is well and truly out in front of RedBalloon leading the next wave of growth. We recently presented at the Growth Summit on how we transitioned…

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…

Are you a business heart breaker?

Yesterday a colleague and I were digging up some facts for an interview I was doing. We were both thrilled to discover that the first ever experience provider we signed to RedBalloon is still with us to this day – 12 years on. This got me to thinking… “How many businesses can claim to have healthy long term relationships with the suppliers, clients, or even the employees who were there at the very beginning?” In business, as in life, I…

Two lessons on not ‘fitting in’

I’m always open to constructive criticism. I have had many people take it upon themselves to ‘fix me’. I have been accused of being loud, bossy, self centered, egotistical as well as many other things. The people who say these things either to me or others are most welcome to their opinions…. but really life is not perfect – and I never claimed to be perfect either. However, I know who I am, what I do and what I stand…

Coming up this week 18 March 2013

The last few weeks have been a hive of activity – with International Women’s Day events, RedBalloon developments and speaking engagements. In the last few weeks I have attended many great events: I spoke for AICD NSW and attended the Heads Over Heels event on the same evening I spoke for final year business students at Notre Dame university in Sydney Attended a presentation by Neil Ross on the ‘Art of Rhetorical Speech Making’ Attended the Verve Clicquot Inspiring women…