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Our company meeting is always fun and last weeks was no exception. The Marketing team hosted – they kept the April gags going… announcing that they were doing a ‘brand refresh’ and given that nostalgia was all the go – they thought that they would bring back the original logo – they even had fabulous mockups of bill boards and company cars with our original logo on them… (they completely had me)…very funny though I was the one laughing the loudest.

The team was at HR summit in Sydney and the Melbourne Employee Engagements Seminar and at Kochies Business Builders event (we were three places at one time). Loved the HR Summit stand – inviting people to say ‘thank you’ and pin it on the wall of praise.

I enjoyed meeting lot’s of budding entrepreneurs (and some very well established ones) at Kochies Business Builders Boot camp. I’m very impressed with how many have followed up with me… I will be getting back to each of them this week.

Coming up this week

Monday: One on Ones with my direct reports

Tuesday: Retail Presentations

Wednesday: In the office then traveling to Melbourne

Thursday: Speaking at a lunch & learn for Kikki-K and then a business round table

Friday: Return to Sydney (ready to fly to Perth for next weeks speaking engagements)

Reading: One Day by David Nicholls (a novel)


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There is always the threat of competition (Is Amazon going to impact our business when it opens in Australia? Who knows...). The only constant in any retail business is change. 
I find this particularly scary — and nerve wracking. 
I wish I had a crystal ball. 
Trying to pick customer trends continues to be challenging. 
We have engaged the best of the best AI tool to assist in finding customers and helping them. 
But fear is a real emotion felt by many business owners at this time of year. 
Can I trust? I ask myself relentlessly... With 10 weeks to Christmas I feel I must do more to help predict... If I hear ‘consumer confidence is low’ one more time I will want to scream.

Today I must test it. 
I think if I give potential customers a rich offer — with no hidden strings (link in bio), I will see if we can pull some demand forward to let us predict the Christmas capacity we may need. 🎈🎈
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