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Do you never seem to have any cash?

As I walked through the city last week between appointments, I noticed the Big Issue being sold by a regular face that I have seen many times. (The Big Issue is celebrating 20 years of helping people help themselves. It is a social enterprise that supports the homeless and disadvantaged by having them be the […]

RedBalloon CEO, Nick Baker

We’re All In This Together- CEO Sleepout

It’s now many years since I have been the CEO of RedBalloon. Nick Baker took the reins in early March and is steering the business on it’s growth trajectory – delivering ‘Good Times’ to hundreds of thousands of people each year. But even with new leadership our values remain the same. Consistently we live by […]

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Let’s Fix It: No One Needs to Feel Isolated

We all need someone. At the very core of being human is the need to connect to others. The tragic thing is that in our busy lives we are often forgetting to share a laugh or sit and listen. We have the ability, but not the time. Isolation for any human being is a devastating […]

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Stump the Strategist

It is pretty great when you get to a point in your career when people are interested in what you have to say. It can of course be challenging and personally confronting when put forward to an event called ‘Stump the Strategist.” But what is great about it is that I can use my ‘talent’ […]

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We don’t do it for the thanks

[First on LinkedIn] The greatest gift we give is the gift of time… and over and over again I hear from many volunteers about the privilege it is to serve. But does that mean that a ‘thanks’ is still important. A colleague recently shared a pamphlet with me regarding carers working with people with disabilities. […]

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The Gift of Time

The greatest gift we give is the gift of time… and over and over again I hear from many volunteers about the privilege it is to serve. But does that mean that a ‘thanks’ is still important. A colleague recently shared a pamphlet with me regarding carers working with people with disabilities. For many years […]

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Coming up this week 4 June 2012

The end of financial year is fast approaching and like my colleagues I am focused on finishing this years plan; as well as creating the RedBalloon plan for 2013 and beyond. This does not negate the fact that I still need to keep doing all the other things that I do. In the last few […]

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Coming up this week 21 May 2012

Not sure exactly where last weeks blog post on ‘Coming Up this week’ went. I was in Sydney all week and I had a highly productive week as we head towards the end of the financial year. There was my philanthropic activities – Best Buddies board meeting – Sydney Sings session (more welcome – Tuesday […]

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Coming up this week 7 May 2012

Last week I learned a lot – things about mobile and eCommerce. I finished reading Abundance by Diamandis and Kotler… which I found completely inspiring. We had our company meeting which was hosted by the marketing team – and they chose a ‘Thank you’ theme… letting each team know how we all contribute to our […]