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Keep it moving forward

As business morphs at the speed at light and technology and artificial intelligence gain complexity before our very eyes, we as business owners are being pulled in several directions. Combine that demanding pull with the very prevalent rise of being ‘present’, ‘centred’ and remaining focused and suddenly, we are in a melting pot of go, go, go versus be, be, be. It can be a confusing place to find yourself.
In line with the May theme of #BestAdvice, what I’ve found that has helped me as a business owner when I’m pulled in several different directions is to ask myself one question: what can I do right now to move the game forward? You see, everything comes down to prioritising – a concept that is absolutely essential to us business owners.
Also… if you’re interested in learning about big HR strategies and next level technology solutions, tune into the next ANZ Facebook Live this Wednesday 17 May at 8pm AEST where I’ll be chatting with Ben Thompson, CEO & Founder of Employment Hero over on the ANZ Facebook page.

Last week 

Another seven days has flown by with loads of RedBalloon and Redii planning as the end of the financial year approaches – and of course ‘Mothers Day’ was a big focus this week.

During the week I attended the Cerebral Palsy Alliance live crowdfunding event designed to transform the future of Cerebral Palsy research which is helping change lives. The three researchers ‘pitched’ their work – and in so doing, we raised more than $100k which will go directly towards the projects.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead ~ this quote has never rung so true. 

I had a fantastic time speaking at the Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards. Hearing all the beautiful and inspiring stories was so touching – congratulations to the winner Carol Edmunds from Tassie! 

I finished the week with a Keynote speech for Saxtons to the Australasian Society of Association Executives Conference & Exhibition, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney which is the first time that I have spoken at this new iconic venue in Sydney.

Thought for the week

What I’m reading

Twelve books every entrepreneur should read – including some of my own recommendations.
“Being successful requires being proactive and not waiting for life to come to you. It means you’re on offense, not defense. You’re active, not passive” – One behaviour that separates the successful from the average. 

Stop Chasing Happiness and Realize You Already Have It – “When we stop chasing the world’s definition of happiness, we begin to recognize the decision to experience happiness has been right in front of us all along.”

On the blog

As Mother’s Day has just been and gone for another year, I thought it’d be interesting to ask some fellow founders – Janice Allis (Founder of Boost Juice, Retail Zoo and fellow Shark), Carolyn Cresswell (Founder of Carman’s Finefoods) and Emma Isaacs (Founder/Global CEO of Business Chicks) – about the worst advice they ever received from their Mum!

Where to get my books

Ready to Soar (how to turn your brilliant idea into a business you love) 
Live What You Love (When Passion and Purpose Change your Life.)

Quote of the week

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