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  • May 11 2016 Systems and process are a startup’s friends

    Systems and process set you free. This is hard to imagine for most startup businesses as they cope with the chaos of a little bit of success, rushing from urgent to urgent, forgetting that if they worked on a process then perhaps the issue could be solved. Shark Tank Australia Season 2’s very first pitch Read More…

  • March 30 2016 Why we need to stop using “I’m just being honest” as an excuse to verbally assassinate

    You’re in a performance review and your Manager tells you that a couple of your colleagues think your ego walks in the door two hours before you do.  It’s ok though…. He’s “just being honest”. You’re having a discussion with a colleague and she raises her voice, points her finger and lets you know that Read More…

  • March 21 2016 Been dealt a poor hand? Working with what you’ve got

    Inheritance can be a tricky business.  You may have inherited a team you don’t get along with.  You may be lacking some key resources for your job, or you may be struggling to get along with a difficult boss.  Whatever your current role gave you, it’s time to stop feeling sorry and start working with Read More…

  • March 7 2016 7 steps to bring business and personal vitality to life

    More stress, less time, more responsibility, less support? How do we get back to living a life we love without giving one thing up for another? As a business owner, leader or anyone in corporate knows – the best results come with a clear strategy and the courage to make a plan that’s relevant, realistic Read More…

  • February 16 2016 How to fail in business without really trying

    Back in the brick-and-mortar days all any upstart needed to launch a new venture was a bank loan and a bit of gumption. And while the rules of commerce and capital have remained fundamentally the same, there have been seismic shifts in the technological and marketing landscape. That means businesses have to be more forward Read More…

  • January 18 2016 5 steps to delivering on the philosophy of client first, money second

    Why do you own a business and work those incredibly long days and sleepless nights? I’ll take an educated guess and say the main reason is money driven; the means to an end that is a (more than) comfortable lifestyle. For many, this includes providing the very best for their nearest and dearest. In order Read More…

  • November 17 2015 An experience to remember: 3 ways to avoid disappointing your customer

    Today’s consumers are armed with more choices, more substitutes and more outlets to pursue alternative brands. In a world where our next purchase can be just two clicks away if we’re dissatisfied with a particular experience, providing quality service has never been more important. We harp on about providing a strong customer experience and with Read More…

  • November 13 2015 Three tips for avoiding unfair dismissal claims in your business

    Have you started noticing strange, odd behaviours from an employee? This may be occurring over time and can include the employee being too aggressive, too intimidating or just plain bizarre. If you’re the owner of an SME, you have the right to terminate an employee; however, you may be quite reluctant to dismiss the employee Read More…

  • November 2 2015 A work space providing what businesses can’t achieve alone: true diversity

    It’s true that most businesses today recognise the value of diversity. Through strategic recruitment policies and the development of an inclusive culture, business leaders strive to leverage a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to create a commercial advantage. But when limited by your own industry sector, is there a limit to how far you can Read More…

  • November 2 2015 Australia’s small businesses: optimistic or foolhardy?

    One of the requirements for businesses to secure a bank loan is to have a formal business plan in place. According to the State Government of Victoria’s Business Victoria website, “When applying for a business loan, it’s essential to prepare a detailed business plan and fully inform the lender about your proposed venture. This information Read More…

  • November 2 2015 Aussie SMBs struggling with costs as they strive for efficiency: Survey

    In global terms, Australia is an expensive place to do business. Wages, rents, taxes and regulation combine to make conditions here tougher than in many other countries. As a result, Aussie small and mid-sized businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to keep a lid on operational costs. By identifying areas in which savings Read More…

  • October 30 2015 Recruit right: How to ensure you make the right hires for your team!

    According to a report published in Harvard Business Review, out of 20,000 hires during a three year research period, 46 percent had failed in the first 18 months and only 19 percent achieved success. The primary reason given for failure was “poor interpersonal skills” which 82 percent of managers admitted to having overlooked in the Read More…

  • October 29 2015 Managing your business journey from a startup to an established company

    Creating a business is an incredible journey made up of both success and failures, and entrepreneurs who are fortunate enough to watch their venture grow from a simple idea to an established company will understand that it involves constant change and management – From experience, here’s some advice in managing these changes. Expanding and thriving Read More…

  • October 28 2015 Awake at work: Best strategies for sustainable energy & productivity

    You want to feel alert, fresh and awake at work. You are hoping to feel energised and focused throughout the day. Yet by 2pm your energy sags. You still have several meetings in the hours ahead. You order another coffee and keep going, all the while feeling increasingly depleted. The demands, the deadlines and expectations Read More…

  • October 27 2015 The key to innovation for SMEs

    For many SMEs, the question around innovation isn’t if or when, but how. Andrew Pearce Partner at McLean Delmo Bentleys, provides tips for SMEs looking to innovate within their business.  Most SMEs are keen to ensure their business not only stays relevant but it thrives in an ever-changing, digitally- driven environment. In fact, almost a Read More…