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If you know me,  you know I love to talk. (Luckily I even get paid to talk from time to time.) What is not good is when I talk way too much and distract my work colleagues.

Now the evidence is here, according to the Good Weekend Number Crunch’s – John Croucher“Proportion of surveyed Australian Workers who say that disruptive, talkative colleagues are their biggest distraction – 44%” which means it is their colleagues that are stopping them getting on with the job. (Another big distraction is mobile phones ringing at work – I’m guilty of that one too)

I have just been away with the family for school holidays – (camping trip in the Kimberley’s). I came back and was delighted at how much had been achieved. Version 7.0 of the website was launched, without a hitch. New people employed, new office layout, and everyone busy on achieving the FY09 plan. How delightful for a business owner to be off the air (no mobile or the internet for more than two weeks), and the rhythm of RedBalloon to keep going.

There had been some comments previously from my team, about how people have a chance to get a lot done when I’m not around, but the evidence was overwhelming.

I’m not saying that I don’t have a place… but I must be aware of the impact of me being around. Dropping by someone’s desk and saying – “Had you thought about…” They have it handled. Trust the process. ‘Management by walking around’ doesn’t have the same meaning in a smaller business where people have access to you already.

One of our team left in December last year – and until he left I did not realise how disruptive he was. He would come downstairs and ask to no one in particular ‘do you want to go for lunch today?’ at 10.00am, then 16 people would look up from their desks….UGH.

Open plan offices are great – but we must respect that people need time and space to just get their job done. ‘As the leadership team goes so goes the rest of the organisation’ so I’m going to be watching that I’m not the biggest distraction. We have a plan, I’ve shared the vision, each person knows their part and is busy delivering on it.

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  • In the 90s I left my cushy job at Apple.

I’d be a squillionaire if I still had my stock options.

I don’t regret it. Here's why:

After 10 years of corporate, I wanted to ‘do my own thing’. I started with freelance marketing.

My strategy? Hard work and build strong brands.

It seemed to work - new clients came from referrals.

But after 18 months, I came to a realisation:

All my clients wanted was “more customers”, not complex branding plans.

SO I thought I’d build a brand of my own. Something to get them “more customers”. RedBalloon was born. The purpose? Give people amazing experiences.

16 years on, RB has delivered 3.8 million customers to 2000 small businesses.

Now, when I give talks, I always get the same question: “How did you build such a strong brand?” Funny how it comes full circle.

I can’t answer that with a time limit.

Though I think I found a way - an online course. “How to Build your Business Brand” - years of experience in one place (link in bio if interested). But, that’s not the point of this post.

If I stayed with Apple I’d be unbelievably wealthy.

Quitting was still the best thing I’ve ever done.

So if you want to take a leap of faith, do it.

All I ask you is this:

Trust yourself and never underestimate the power of brand.
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