Tag Archives: Leadership

The words conscious and capitalism collide

It has been reported on more than one occasion that putting the words conscious and capitalism together would make an oxymoron. Yet what it really is, is announcement of the new order of what is possible, productive and profitable for businesses. “Imagine a business that is born out of a dream about how the world could be and should be…” Steve Denning. As Steve states, what we mean by conscious capitalism is more than just business with a purpose –…

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…

The Happy CEO

I have said many times before (including in dedication in my book) ‘thank you to all the past, present and future RedBallooners’. Each play their role in delivering good times to 1000′s of Australians and New Zealander’s every week. Today however marked the end of an era with Kristie Caddick (nee Buchanan) leaving RedBalloon after seven years. Originally joining as a Marketing Manager – and since 2012 she has been the CEO. She has chosen to dedicate the next part…

Shark Tank Australia Episode Eleven on TEN Sunday 26 April 7.30pm

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In reviewing my notes for this episode I was left feeling a little sad. I know this is not an emotion that we often talk about when it comes to business. In my book Live What You Love I talk about the four elements to support living a life of passion and purpose. One of these elements is persistence. I am very clear in defining the difference between persistence and pigheadedness. And I fear that episode 11 had an element…

Good is the enemy of Great – Jim Collins

It is now more than a month since I sat enthralled with thousands of other Australians listening to one of the worlds great business commentators – Jim Collins. Having consumed his books and been influenced by his insights into leadership and greatness, I wondered what would stand out for me as time moves on. His delivery style was authentic, and very grounded – he was happy to share stories about his personal life as well as his work. It is…

The future of retail… Why Freckleberry changed its spots?

Is the end of bricks and mortar retail approaching? In the most recent episode of TEN’s Shark Tank, John McGrath talked in depth about the rise of online retail versus bricks and mortar. I thought the topic was worth exploring more, because the jury is still out as to what is the most effective business model for retailing. Before RedBalloon was started back in 2001, I looked at all sorts of online business opportunities. One thing I noted was that…

How I got hooked on a peg – called HEG

This article first appeared in BRW in the week following the airing of Episode 5 of Shark Tank Australia. When the double doors open and someone walks through the Shark Tank ready to start their pitch, there are a number of things that go through my mind. Do I know anything about this industry? Could I add value beyond investment to this business? Is it scalable? Am I going to have to fight another Shark for this? For more than…

Your business will thrive when your people thrive

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In last Sunday night’s episode of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank – John McGrath gave some very sage advice to one of the entrepreneurs – he said “I think you are both the biggest asset … and liability to your business.” John is a measured guy – and he did not say this lightly. A leader, founder, inventor, entrepreneur needs people around them to tell them how it is… often we can’t see this. And if we ever want to grow…

Love them or they will leave you

It was great to have a $2 million pitch on TEN’s Shark Tank a few weeks ago. It was a business with a track record, a solid customer base and a clear vision for growth. Not to mention Stan Kruss, the founder, was an extremely polished presenter. When Andrew Banks asked Stan, “How would your people describe you?” Stan looked a little surprised at the question. Eventually he responded with, “loyal”. When Andrew asked him how long his closest leaders…