Tag Archives: Trust

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

  “We all need role models — someone to lead the way, and drag others along with them.” Back in 2011, I attended an Ernst & Young Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the words of Avril Henry still resonate with me. She explained that one of the traits of entrepreneurs is that “we are there for the long term.” We do not give up easily – we are fiercely opportunistic, and are forever looking at the next success story. Success…

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

A visit to my Living Room – to celebrate Mothers Day

Amanda Keller from The Living Room asked to come over to my house and have a chat with me in my living room about Mothers Day (as you do). I instantly jumped at the opportunity…and then I remembered I didn’t actually have a living room to sit in! It was at that point I pitched the idea of welcoming Amanda over to what is now a construction site…but it is a special one at that. This was an opportunity to…

The Key To Success Is Practice

As we move into 2014 it is very much a time to reflect, review and create. I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions – but I do always take the time to create a plan. My partner and I also create a theme for the year. This year we have chosen ‘Simplicity’. As a professional couple with a combined four young adults in our family – life is very hectic. This theme caused me to reflect on my meeting…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them. They…

What does Cloud Computing mean to RedBalloon?

Years ago – at the very beginning of time (well it feels that long ago), we began to think about what RedBalloon could look like. I took my hard earned $25k and visited a web developer. $25,000 later I had a very average website with no content management system. The site was ‘framed’ and even worse, not hosted. For many entrepreneurs, technology is their Achilles’ heel. And I was no different. What I had was a business idea, and from…

A 360 degree view of the holistic life

The Entrepreneur Organization Theme

Looking at one’s spirituality and how it impacts each area of one’s life is not necessarily something I think about a lot. But as I launch headlong into inspiring people to thank five people a day …. I am researching and learning more and more about the impact this can have in every area of our lives: personally, family, business and community – perhaps even the planet too. I have just listened to a Dandapani at the Entrepreneurs Organization conference…

What would you pay for better customer service?

The American Express Global Customer Service Barometer found that Australian’s will pay more – in fact up to 12% more if that just got better service. Apparently we are among the unhappiest customers in the world. I find this interesting given that Gallup has been telling us for years that we have the second most disengaged workforce in the world – after the French. And guess what: An international study across 10 countries exploring public attitudes towards customer service has…

Seen yet unknown

As I fast approach the release of my next little book – and as I am putting the finishing touches to the new website to support it – I came across this new ad from Coke. Now as a marketer I admire any business that is able to cut through the clutter of advertising messages. In some ways this is an acknowledgement of all the people that do good deeds that are unnoticed and unknown. Let’s sing their praises and…

143 years to grow a brand – 1 day to destroy

Greg Smith’s open letter of resignation from Goldman Sachs that appeared in the New York Times last week has been devastating on many levels. Only with time will the real impact be revealed, however already billions of dollars have been wiped off its stock price, with clients deserting at a fast pace. It has been a public relations fiasco. The questions I ask are: what about the colleagues and co-workers who remain at Goldman Sachs, and what of its employer brand?…