Tag Archives: Mentoring

Requests for Mentorship

I feel flattered every time that someone contacts me to ask if I will mentor or coach them… I’m involved with a number of programs where I can support start-ups and entrepreneurs on their journey – but, literally, I do not have enough hours in the day to meet the requests that I have to mentor people one-on-one. My Shark Tank invested companies get one-on-one mentoring as part of being successful on the program – this could be a way […]

The before & after of Shark Tank series one


Network TEN’s last episode of Series One of Shark Tank Australia will air at 9.00pm this Sunday. I know it will be a fabulous finale – with laughter, lessons and legendary pitches… we will definitely go out with a bang. It also gives me a moment to reflect. How life has changed, the impact the show has had – and the lessons we have all learned. I was relatively known in entrepreneurial tech circles before the program aired – but  […]

Live What You Love: Purpose (Extract)

  Purpose extract from Live What You Love I don’t live to work, I work to live. But if I love the work I choose, then my work is no longer work. Our society celebrates the idea of the workaholic. Earlier in this book I have written that the happy employee creates a great workplace. I note that a culture of fun and happiness can be authentic and fostered by all people in a business and that hap­piness can deliver […]

Behind the Scenes: The Secret to Raising Teenagers – and Managing Millennials

This post is part of a series in which Influencers go behind the scenes to explain in detail one aspect of their work. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BehindTheScenes in the body of your post). We live in a time like no other: my children have never had to learn how to use a computer and the speed at which they can find what they want to know on their smartphone is […]

My dad always thought I could… how grateful I am.

People have asked me: where to you get your determination and drive? Is it nature or nurture? One thing I know is that my father had a great influence on who I am. And as Fathers Day fast approaches in Australia, I thought it time to publicly acknowledge him. My Dad, taught me the definition of motivation… that simple. He worked hard, laughed loud, and pursues his passions single-mindedly. My Dad, taught me to dream big, to play full out […]

Three things young women in business need to know

[Posted to LinkedIn a few weeks ago – and it came in as #11 the most read posts on LinkedIn in 2012 – some of the 1000 comments are very amusing. Also exciting that I am now close to 50,000 followers of my blog posts] A few months ago I commented on Sheryl Sandberg TED talk in a blog post entitled: Three insights into why we lack women leaders. Which continues to make me ponder. Is there really a glass […]

Our educators create our future

Schools are major employers – and how their employees speak about them effects their brand reputation too. I’ve listened to two very different stories from teaching professionals in the last week (not from my kids schools). I am regularly inspired by my teenagers educators; the dedication teaching takes. It is a gfit, a great calling – a privilege. I marvel at the energy and persistence it must take to inspire our young people to achieve their best. Our educators create […]

A story of four people

People do often ask what is the ‘one thing’ that I believe has created the success of RedBalloon. There is not ‘one thing’ – except maybe lot’s of hard work by lot’s of people. But I do know that accountability is a big part of that – and that my personal motto has always been “if it’s meant to be it’s up to me”.  My colleague Chau shared the below poem with me (via Megan) – I thought how apt. […]

Five for Friday

New Year – Mentoring

We are now on the final countdown as we rush into Christmas. I don’t seem to have many minutes to rub together, so as I race from one thing to the next I steal a moment to reflect on what an amazing year we are having at RedBalloon – how fantastic it is that we will continue to be frantically busy until 2.00pm on Sunday when people sit down to Christmas lunch – and then the RedBalloon elves will also […]