Tag Archives: Leadership

Men as Champions of Change*

I was chatting to a family member over the weekend and he mentioned my recent uplifting post as to how far the women entrepreneur ecosystem has come in Australia. Then he said… “I just don’t see sexism anywhere, Naomi”. He works for a business where one of the three owners is a woman and he says that every one is paid based on his or her merit… so technically the business he works for has a third leadership. It is…

Ten myths about woman and pay equality

I was having dinner a few years ago with my daughter then (17) and son (15) – and my son asked me if I would prefer to be a man or a woman… I instantly responded ‘A woman’ – when he asked the same question of my daughter, after some deliberation she said ‘A man’. When I questioned ‘why?’ she said – ‘they just get everything easier and they are paid more.’ This saddened me. At such a young age…

Great advocates for women – men

A few weeks ago I presented at the Marie Claire Success Summit. I was sharing with my partner Stuart King about the event – and mentioned that the Commissioner for Human Rights Elizabeth Broderick would be presenting and I asked him to come. Of the 350 attendees Stuart was only one of two men in the room – the other there on the production team. In Elizabeth’s presentation she implored the audience to include the men in our lives in…

One hour with Jeff Weiner – Global CEO Linkedin

When you are given the opportunity of an hour with the CEO of the world’s largest professional network, i.e. the 313 million people who are part of the global LinkedIn network, you know it is a significant moment in your career. Instantly my mind started racing – What did I want to know? His journey to leadership? His vision for the future? How he aligns the team to the company’s mission? Or even how he comes up with ideas for…

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…

The dark side to workplace happiness.

As I said in a recent LinkedIn post I came across an article from The Guardian entitled The dark side of work place happiness. Of course this peaked my attention – if you took out the words ‘work place’ you end up with “The dark side of happiness”. “What on earth could be the dark side of happiness?” I asked myself. Perhaps if we are having a good time then others will see this and be envious. Happiness does not…

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…

About leadership from a great leader

Ann Sherry AO has had what I would describe as a ‘non-linear’ career. However there is at it’s core a consistency in her dedication to improve the working lives of those around her. Much has been written about her career. I have known Ann for many years… the first time I met her was when we had just started redballoon.co.nz At the time she ran Westpac New Zealand – she not only met with me, she opened many doors for…

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…

Inspirational women of history

We all need role models and people to inspire us. I feel very fortunate that I had strong women around me as I grew up (and continue to grow)… Here are six great women who contributed greatly and give all of us food for thought. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” Oprah Winfrey. “We should all start to live before we get too old. Marilyn Monroe. “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your…