Tag Archives: Leadership

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…

“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…

Our path to RedBalloon may differ but our purpose aligns.

As I look around the office at RedBalloon I note that we are ready waiting for the Christmas rush to begin in earnest. We have had many new RedBallooners join us recently as we continue to grow significantly. I understand that there have now been 214 RedBallooners in our 12 year history – walk through our doors, they have added his or her talents to achieving our  purpose, some have gone on to other great adventures – but there are…

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…

Three is memorable – 10 is perfect

Have you noticed of late how so many blog posts and articles are headed up with something like “the five lessons…” or “the 12 ways to fix…..” Mea culpa!!  I’ve just written a piece for LinkedIn called Are you unscrupulous? 11 questions to find out. I have written as many posts as any other blogger – offering bite sized pieces to my readers. There is power in numbers. 10 is supposedly perfect – and we like to remember things in…

Advice: If It’s Meant to Be, It Is Up to Me

I was asked by LinkedIn in the ‘Influencer’ program – “What is the best advice I have every received?” Now there are many people who ask me that – a lot and I do believe that the wisdom is delivered to us when we most need it. My life is much different now than it was when I was starting my career – but really one fundamental strength has worked for me since I was a child – which is…

Three quick ways to make your world a better place

‘Every little bit helps’… environmental artist John Dahlsen (work above) spent 8 years collecting the thongs from the beach on the far north cost – one man’s trash is another mans profession. I listened to Matt Perry last week implore his audience of entrepreneurs at an EO event in Sydney…. that ‘it is up to us’ to make the world a better place. No matter how small, each of us has the opportunity to make a profound difference to ‘looking…

Three Leadership Fundamentals

On the front page of the Australian Financial Review yesterday an article appeared ‘introducing’ us to one of the senior ministers in Rudd’s new government. Most of his cabinet has no ministerial experience – and it made me wonder what type of leaders they will make. Will they inspire the Australian people, unite us to a cause – grow our economy.? You’ve heard the term ‘a born leader’? Whilst leadership skills can be innate, there are skills and attributes that…

Getting ready for Bullying Legislation

Last week Cara Waters headed her column “Massive influx of Bullying Claims expected” Now I know her job is to get people reading with sensational headlines –  however I think a more apt headline is “Be Alert Not Alarmed”. Megan [RedBalloon Employee Experience Manager] – arranged for a presentation from our workplace lawyers prior to the last RedBalloon board meeting. This is very much a part of our responsibilities as directors – and we don’t need to wait for legislation…

Where I do my best work – Anywhere

The only thing that is constant in my life is being on the move. I was asked by LinkedIn to share ‘where and how’ I work… Maybe this request was inspired by Marissa Mayers demand for the Yahoo employees to stop telecommuting and come to the office. [I think she may well have been taken a little out of context. I know the importance of feeling a part of the team – and if I am out and about the…