Fascism has dipped itself in salted caramel and called itself a lollypop

Fascism has dipped itself in salted caramel and called itself a lollypop
Blog on 1 Dec , 2016
Proponents of the far-right are rejoicing as voters the world over give them a hearty lick of approval. Just like giant salted-caramel lollypops, this formerly unappealing flavour of political creed is now officially everyone’s favourite taste sensation. By the simple act of plunging into a pool of populism, adding a few heartfelt sprinkles of common man and a dusting of ‘wasn’t life great in 1...
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How Toyota is future-proofing its innovation reputation

How Toyota is future-proofing its innovation reputation
Blog on 8 Dec , 2016
What do a former elite rower, a car that runs on water and an award-winning IT transformation have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. Dmitri Colebatch has a history of high achievement. In a former life he represented Australia as an elite rower for nine years, notably winning silver in the Men’s Pair at the 1998 World University Championships in Croatia. These days, his focus is...
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5 ways a balanced scorecard can help you nail your business strategy

5 ways a balanced scorecard can help you nail your business strategy
Blog on 18 Aug , 2016
“You can’t manage what you don’t control, and you can’t control what you don’t measure.” So said American author and software engineer Tom DeMarco, and at the risk of mangling our metaphors, we’ll add, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. Anyone who’s ever developed a business strategy for their organisation will likely be nodding in agreement a...
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5 hacks for attracting the best IT people to your business

5 hacks for attracting the best IT people to your business
Blog on 7 Mar , 2016
Anyone trying to run a business, especially an IT business, will know how tough it is to compete with the big guns when it comes to attracting – and keeping – quality staff. There’s a perception in the industry that big business offers better job security, pay and career advancement opportunities – and with good reason – it was once true. But several years ...
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3 essential success factors of business transformations (and a rookie mistake to avoid)

3 essential success factors of business transformations (and a rookie mistake to avoid)
Blog on 14 Nov , 2015
Transformations can make or break a business. Anyone who’s been responsible for rolling out a major IT overhaul or implementing a cost reduction program will have battle scars to prove it — but with good planning and sound strategy it doesn’t have to be a painful exercise. As you’d expect there are lots of elements that need to come together to get a tran...
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Run The World conference shines light on women entrepreneurs

Run The World conference shines light on women entrepreneurs
Blog on 28 Sep , 2015
The organisers of a conference for entrepreneurial women called Run The World, held in Melbourne on 19 September, had one goal: to inspire and be inspired. They delivered, but not for the reasons you might think. Samara Magazine sent me along to see what it was all about and I discovered a growing community of enterprising women who had seemingly not heard of the glass ceiling. An 8am start ...
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The Tremendous 10 (best podcasts of the moment)

The Tremendous 10 (best podcasts of the moment)
Blog on 25 Jun , 2015
The ten best podcasts of the moment for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Unless you are a) an infant, b) an alien, or c) an infant alien, you will no doubt be so obsessed with listening to podcasts that you barely have time to eat before new episodes of Hamish & Andy, The Moth and *insert preference here* demand your attention. Yeah, we hear you. With literally thousands of ne...
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Exploring hidden Melbourne on foot

Exploring hidden Melbourne on foot
Blog on 18 Mar , 2015
Why take the tram when there's so much to see on foot? Ah Melbourne. Bulging with activity, breathless with action and beguiling with gorgeous art and architecture. If you need reminding why Melbourne has been voted the World’s Most Liveable City for four years running, maybe it’s time you stepped off the tram and took a good long constitutional. I did so recently, and here’s what I discovered. ...
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So 2015, what you got for us?

So 2015, what you got for us?
Blog on 21 Jan , 2015
                            Here we are, three weeks into January already and I’m wondering how the festive season flew by so quickly. For most of us, fabulous summer holidays at the beach are but a distant memory. Perhaps, like me, you’ve stubbornly resisted the urge to wash the san...
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Everything you ever wanted to know about hashtags

Everything you ever wanted to know about hashtags
Blog on 21 Nov , 2014
Back in twelfth century Italy, an entrepreneurial friar named Allessandro della Spina launched a revolutionary new product to help people see a little better. Although rudimentary by today’s standards, his ‘eyeglasses’ were a game-changer. Suddenly, smashed thumbs from errant blacksmithing irons and pricked pinkies from misjudged sewing needles became solely the domain of the clumsy. People wit...
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