Tag Archives: Recognition and Acknowledgement

One step toward being an ‘out of the box’ best employer

Megan Bromley accepting the AHRI HR practitioner of the year award.

I meet many business owners, and entrepreneurs; the question that we cannot help but ask each other is “How’s business?” People tend to be circumspect with his or her answer however the conversation usually moves on to “how did RedBalloon become a ‘Great Place to Work?”. I have never shied away from sharing with anyone the pivotal moment when we added to the team an HR professional. We only had about 25 people back in the day when we made…

The Power of Appreciation

Yesterday I was asked to speak spontaneously to the RedBallooners at our company wide meeting. As I stood in front of what appeared like a massive group of people…. I felt a wave of deep gratitude. Not just for those who were present – but all the past team members too. I thanked all of the past employees too – for their contribution – not only the amazing one’s, but also those who had been challenging and perhaps troublesome. Because…

Preaching what we Practise

As most know I have moved to a founding director role at RedBalloon – Kristie Buchanan CEO has well and truly put her stamp on the business as she leads the business to it’s next phase of growth. We presented last week at the Growth Summit to fellow entrepreneurs on what it is like working with the founding director and how we transitioned to CEO. One of the questions came from the audience “what are you going to do now…

Four things for a ‘good’ day at work

  RedBalloon for Corporate regularly conducts surveys asking more than 3000 Australian and New Zealand employees what they desire to see in their workplace. Do you agree with what people are telling us about four simple things to ensure you have a ‘good’ day at work. One thing we do know is that for people to be highly productive – that is do his or her best work – they need to be in flow. And often ‘management’ or perceived…

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, if not daily, by people from all walks of our business community – “How do I drive growth?” And I do have a very pragmatic…

Inspired Ideas so everyone can work in a great place

I was speaking at a Clarius Recruitment event last week – and I always love learning few new facts especially when it is something I am passionate about. As you know I believe not enough employers use R.E.D. (Recognition Every Day)… and as a result the researchers tell us that 10s of billions of dollars disappear from lost productivity. Ernst & Young Productivity Pulse claims that as much as $308 billion evaporates from the Australian economy annually as a result…

5 ways to be Cheap, Cheerful and Impactful – this Christmas

Well I don’t exactly like the word ‘cheap’ – but it rhymed with cheerful… what I mean is ‘financially enlightened’. We have worked hard at RedBalloon to ensure that we have something for everyone’s budget – to make sure we have in the experience range the sort of gift that you give to your child’s school teacher and even for Secret Santa. Regardless of religion, Christmas and the end of the year is a time to be thankful. For family…

Coming up this week 26 November 2012

It has been a few weeks since I managed to sit and write what I am up to. In fact I seem to have been running very hard recently… Yet I have been up to some really amazing things – as well as fabulous experiences. In the last few weeks I have: been Rally Driving sat on the Heads Over Heels advisory panel attended the launch of Bazaarvoice on RedBalloon met with big wigs from Amazon Web Services attended a…

Coming up this week 22 October 2012

Last week in amongst all of the speaking engagements and travel I got to ‘experience’ some new things….  before I left the Endota conference in Bali – my hosts decided a I needed to experience a ‘fish’ spa… now I have done a lot of things but this was really scary…I struggled to keep my feet in the water…eek. I got back from Bali Wednesday morning – and went straight into a very productive board meeting with our new chairman…from…

Life begins with 40

[First appeared as part of the LinkedIn Thought leader program] I am a collector – by nature I gather things. And as I thought about what I could write here – I imagined myself in the shoes of my reader.  If nothing else I would wonder what has influenced her? What inspires her? So below I list 40 of the ideas I have collected. I have gathered these quotes over many years – but each of them came to me at…