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How to build a business in 2018 like you live in the Silicon Valley

Posted on 13th December, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Leadership

If you’re planning on biting the bullet in 2018 and starting or accelerating your own business, there’s a few rules to stick by to accelerate your venture like a tech giant in the Silicon Valley.


The Centre for Creative Leadership 2017 says you should be doing these 7 key things to survive and thrive in the new world of work.


  1. Grow people fast and forward.
  2. Build ecosystems to support each other not the individual.
  3. Use analytics on what has worked in the past and what hasn’t. Use data before you decide on what’s next.
  4. Design work for people who are time poor – small ‘snackable’ bites of work to do in collaborative pods increasing results and input from others.
  5. Take a deep dive in some areas to become expert at – leave others alone.
  6. Protect your people before they become someone else’s.
  7. Provide great experiences before great explanations.

So, are you ready to take the plunge and grow your business now?

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place

Posted on 11th December, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Communication


"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw

Although it’s been said that GB Shaw ever really said that quote there’s no doubt that there is real truth in it!

What we do know however, is that the true measure of communication is the response we get and that influences the next series of responses. But here’s the twist… just because we respond does not mean we communicate – especially if a difficult emotion is involved.

It’s not the illusion of communication that is the problem – it’s the lack of awareness of what just happened.

Learning how to relate and communicate so we truly listen empathically and responsively will no one will be under any illusion of what communication really is and what it means. Who ever said communication is a soft skill, anyway? It’s perhaps the hardest skill of all.


If we are so rich and smart, why aren't we happy?

Posted on 11th October, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Perspective

Globally there are about 300 million people who suffer depression with suicide rates killing almost double the amount of people as road accidents. We know that with education, care and awareness raising there is every chance these figures will reduce as people become better equipped to identify and manage symptoms in themselves and others.

However despite being smarter and richer than we have ever been before the question is why are were less happy than we were in yesteryear? Why doesn’t our happiness last? Why do we lose the chance to focus on what we already have? Are we just so accustomed to the next new thing that we don’t celebrate or bask in the moment long enough and feel inadequate compared to others? What would it take for us to once again take notice of our blessings and be grateful for today and where possible turn depression from ‘always wanting more’ to appreciation for ‘just being’.



The problem with yearly health check-ups

Posted on 11th October, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Staff


In any given year at least 20% of the population experiences some form of mental health issue from anxiety, depression, eating or sleeping disorder with some spending up to 45% of their life trying to manage it.

The annual Mental Health Week (8-14 October 2017) provides an opportunity to connect, reach out and get help.
We’re a long way from solving problems but thanks to public awareness we’re closer to giving people ‘permission’ to get help earlier and often.

We will only know we have truly succeeded when we stop talking about the stigma and talk about the successes.
The problem with yearly check-ups is that it is yearly not daily.

What can the leader’s role in this success look like?


Four little letters that give a damn

Posted on 1st October, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Communication

Two weeks ago we ‘celebrated” R U OK Day. Founded by Australian ad man Gavin Larkin in 2009 R U OK Day has unequivocally proven the power of asking, listening, supporting and checking in with people who may be living on life’s edge. It can be attributed to saving millions of lives every year while building stronger connections and bonds between people at all levels of work, home and community. Recently celebrated, always remembered.

These simple four letters R U OK have meant people can connect and communicate knowing those who ask give a damn.

Now we are coming up to Mental Health Week and it’s a no brainer that these two events connect. So let’s go one step further and imagine how much more powerful if we could now change the order of the letters and tell those in our lives “U R OK” more often!

Not only will it contribute to building their self worth and esteem but perhaps even minimize greater stresses and mental health issues associated with feelings of anxiety or inadequacy. Imagine how much better will we feel knowing we too have made a positive difference. After all, we have a duty of care to keep our people both physically and mentally safe and well at work and home.

Have your staff retired long before they have left?

Posted on 28th August, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Staff

Gallup has found that a whopping 17.2 p.c of Australia’s workforce is actively disengaged staying more for what they can get rather than for what they can give – such as salary, comfort, relationships. And while the cost of keeping someone who just stays in the role till they retire can cost their organisation $3,400 for every $10,00 of salary, its no wonder many workplaces feel like the air has been sucked out of them. With staff who have seemingly retired but still turn up to work each day, seems like it may be time to forgo the three religious principles of Faith, Hope and Charity and recognise that having faith staff will not make them more engaged, hope won’t make them active and being a charity is not a business proposition.

If your staff are staying in the job till they retire just to pass the time then consider the cost of their complacency on the bottom line. If you need them to engage, it’s time you need us to support you. Call us on 03 9821 0610.

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