We all know that the life-blood of any small business is cash flow, cash from clients and customers.
However data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that times are tough for smaller operators and over the past ten years, conditions have worsened.
While small businesses ... Views: 107
The world’s high profile and top earning companies are not immune to the everyday challenges that the rest of the business realm experiences. They too can suffer a hard time maintaining highly talented employees; even the cream of the crop in the most senior positions can end up leaving their ... Views: 183
How often have you heard an executive or CEO tout "our people are our greatest asset"?
A dozen or more I wager.
And yet how many employees have you heard say "management just don't care about me. I'm just a number. I get no respect"?
How is that possible? How can ... Views: 186
The holiday season is upon us and no matter what country you are in or faith you follow, I am sure you are finding yourself winding down, filing things away and putting off new projects and meetings until the new year.
This could be a big mistake!
The fastest way to achieve what you want and ... Views: 212
Remember these four words and see if you can recall them by the time you finish reading this article: apple, penny, key, admire.
Have you ever noticed that as you get older, time just seems to fly by? Time doesn’t speed up as we age, but this perception is a result of your ageing brain and ... Views: 383
Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt an immediate connection or felt uncomfortable with them straight away? Researchers from New York University found that we form opinions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting. First impressions count!
Whether we like it or ... Views: 747
Building a company and brand today is very different from building one 50 years ago.
It used to be that a couple of executives got together in a board room, wrote some fanciful, aspirational words on a flip chart and Bobs your uncle, the company’s values and brand positioning was ... Views: 328
Are you one of the 25 to 50 per cent of people reporting feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? Do you find you are working for more hours than the dollars you earn and end up like a circus performer trying to keep all your spinning plates in the air at once?
Well you're not alone. In ... Views: 431
A recent blog post by Jamie McIntyre got me thinking… “If the world had 75% females and only 25% men civilisation would continue unabated and be an even safer place. However if the ratio was reversed to a point of 75% men and only 25% females, civilisation as we know it would be likely to come ... Views: 272
"Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own unhurried pace." - Brian Weiss
The above quote reveals a secret I found unlocked and practised by many in ... Views: 418
Being offered an interview often means you are part way there, but the toughest test is still to come. The key to success at interview is preparation, preparation, preparation!
Do your research, surf the company’s website, news articles about them and internal literature such as the annual ... Views: 465
Ever since childhood I have been an avid reader and been fascinated by words. From the creative delights of Land of the Faraway Tree to the complexity of The Hobbit I loved losing myself in a narrative.
I also remember being delighted with a movie called The Glass Slipper which presented a ... Views: 254
Have you ever noticed the thoughts that run through your mind the minute you wake up and the moment before you fall asleep? Unless you make mindfulness a daily practice, chances are probably not. Despite the fact that we live in an abundant world our usual daily reflections are those of lack, ... Views: 538
Most businesses understand the tremendous value associated with growing a base of loyal customers. However the old loyalty program model is getting a little tired and a little too same old, same old.
Unfortunately for many businesses, any advantage that was originally gained through loyal ... Views: 276
It’s a well known fact that your ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is a foremost skill of success. Developing this ability and embedding it as a habit will do more to assure continued success and achievement in your life than any other skill you can possibly ... Views: 866
In our inaugural Leading Ladies International Top 20 list we issue the names of the women who we believe most positively impact our world both locally, nationally and globally.
“In today’s changing world we believe there is an increasing need for greater focus on right brain ... Views: 866
Good leaders are great communicators who build trust consistently over time. A leader with poor leadership communication will find leading far more challenging than a great communicator. Respect and confidence on the part of staff, executive teams, members or a board will be much harder to ... Views: 570
I’m wondering if you have you ever had the experience of trying to help someone, and you weren’t able to do so because they wouldn’t stop talking for one minute? They ask you a question and then jump right in stacking another question, a solution, or continue to rattle on about how frustrated ... Views: 402
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and start your own business. You’ve got stars in your eyes and grand visions of working in your jeans, having the time and flexibility to “do lunch” with friends and pick up the kids each day from school.
SOUNDS APPEALING, DOESN’T IT?
The reality, ... Views: 501
During my initial years as an employee a couple of my superiors drove me to my wit’s end. Sure they were nice and I would have to be fair and say they meant well however in my view they were completely incompetent as leaders and managers. To make it worse people on the outside used to comment to ... Views: 435
The power of communication is what the listener does with the message, not what the message does to the listener. Messages, stories, speeches, movies and advertisements that move people deeply do not do so because they are powerful in themselves. They do so because they touch the audience's most ... Views: 1116
Stuck in a rut? Feel like you've hit a plateau at work? Not sure what to do next to get your career progression into gear?
Then it might be time to take a look at your attitude. Just what attitude am I referring to? There are many positive attitudes that can enhance your career advancement - a ... Views: 569
It's a fact of life that everyone makes mistakes and the busier you are and the more you do, the more mistakes you will make. The important differentiating factor between ordinary people and extraordinary people is how well they deal with these inevitable ups and downs of life.
The ... Views: 463
Your success in every area of life will be influenced by the relationships you develop and maintain. The ability to communicate and converse with confidence and clarity is a key trait that will help you get to the top of your profession and field.
Without making these business relationships or ... Views: 508
We live in an interesting world, would you agree?
Companies it seems, are rising and falling faster than ever before. Technology, globalization and the speed of communication has totally changed the workplace environment.
Yet even in these fickle times, some companies and brands endure. More ... Views: 439
Do you set goals or make resolutions at the beginning of each year? With 2009 upon us now is the time to whip out a pen and paper or your Blackberry and make some plans before another digitally enhanced year speeds by!
Want to know the secret to setting goals that you will achieve? It's all to ... Views: 809
How often do you hear yourself saying "I can't afford that", "I don't suit that colour", "I couldn't do that. "I'm not good at that"? Have you ever thought about how your unconscious mind hears and receives these messages you say to yourself? No? Well spend a ... Views: 1115
This year has flown by faster than ever before. It has certainly had its challenges with stock market fluctuations, interest rate rises and the retail sector experiencing the strain of consumers reigning in their spending. You only have to switch on the television or read the news headlines to ... Views: 903
This year has flown by faster than ever before. It has certainly had its challenges with stock market fluctuations, interest rate rises and the retail sector experiencing the strain of consumers reigning in their spending. You only have to switch on the television or read the news headlines to ... Views: 861
According to ABS research around a quarter of all employed people go to work feeling unappreciated and considering leaving their employer. Why? Because they feel unappreciated or no longer valued and like they aren’t making a difference. Sobering facts huh. Even more concerning is the fact that ... Views: 366
Today's leaders are faced with problem solving opportunities every day - what sets apart average managers from great leaders is the way that they approach them.
Managers generally focus wholeheartedly on the problem, acknowledging, worrying over and discussing the problem to themselves and ... Views: 426
If you haven't given yourself a New Year's resolution yet, here's one for you....get in early and take advantage of the new property cycle.
Buy the right property, in the right location and most importantly, for the right price and you could do very well in the long term.
Here's three ... Views: 359
Do you make resolutions at the beginning of each year?
With the new decade upon us, now is the time to review, renew and reignite your plans for what you want the next year to hold in store.
So how can you create results and not just empty resolutions? Simple. Treat the new year as you ... Views: 426