Four Lessons I learned from tough bosses

It’s hard to be engaged and love your job when you believe that your boss is a nightmare or you’re stuck in the middle of a toxic workplace. The biggest mistake I made was going to work everyday feeling scared, fearful, and as a result not being prepared to try new things, take risks – […]

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, […]

Seven things people desire at work

      I started a business more than a decade ago based on ‘giving people good-times.’ Since then I have researched and read many books about happiness, well-being and what it is to be human. In essence I have been seeking the answer to the question ‘What is it that drives us?’ And I […]

The way work really happens

A colleague called me from a bus this morning to tell me she’d be unable to make an 8.30am meeting because the “traffic was at a standstill”. The fact she had left her home – a mere 19 kilometers from the office – at 6.30am that morning still did not guarantee she’d get to work […]

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 […]

Four thoughts on creativity

Over the years I have had many people say to me “what a fantastic idea RedBalloon is..” often followed by the statement “I was going to do something like that” or “I wish I’d thought of it.” Ideas and creativity are critical to the success of any venture. I was in Utah last week at […]

Creativity creates the competitive edge

With Christmas rushing headlong towards us – last years innovations are now in full swing at RedBalloon. As we get, bigger, older and more established the last thing we want to do is forget what made us the award winning, innovative business that we are. One thing I do know is that innovation can come […]

Naomi Simson travel experiences

Two Steps towards Success

  Now before I even start  talking about ‘success’ let’s define it. Everyone has a different definition of success. In fact I think success is like the notion of beauty – it is in the eye of the beholder. To some it is wealth to others it is a state of contentment. When I was […]

What do you do with ‘odd’ emails – hit delete?

I get some interesting emails. What would you do with this one? That arrived at 7.51am one morning. Perhaps the best thing I should have done was ignore it. “Read Otto Weininger’s ”Sex and Character”, you might learn something. Second rate people, like women, have no place in politics or business. ”I find more bitter […]

Coming Up this Week 13 August 2012

Some weeks you feel that you move the game forward, others you stand still, and sometimes you go backwards. I was running a two speed life last week – working very productively on project work – but I had a melt down in my Outlook, lost my calendar, contacts and tasks – as well as […]

Eight Tips on Productivity vs One simple addage

I am quietly musing to myself – laughing on the inside really. I sat down to start this blog on 3 June… more than a month ago – and it’s all about productivity. There is no doubt that I needed to attend the lunch to launch the Ernst & Young Productivity Pulse Survey. Of course […]

Three Productivity Tips

I was part of a panel asked to present on our top productivity tips yesterday. Often we don’t really know what we do that keeps us productive – it is innate. I thought of my own productivity such as  writing down physically the three things I must get done in a day before I go […]