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Silence on climate is no longer sustainable

January 29, 2021

As the world adjusts to life with COVID-19, climate change is re-asserting itself as one of the most important issues for investors, consumers, suppliers and voters. Communicating your organisation’s sustainability and climate actions is now an expectation, not just a nice thing to do. Momentum is growing 2021 has already seen the US re-enter the...

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New ways of working must work for employees

August 11, 2020

My first job out of uni was Assistant Marketing Manager of the Royal Australian Mint, a government agency responsible for minting all of Australia’s circulating coins, despite receiving no public funding. We had to create our own revenue sources which involved creating and selling collector coins and minting honours medals and customised corporate...

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We all have alligator brain thanks to COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Even if you’re lucky enough to have held on to your job and your health to date, I’ll bet you’ve noticed that you’re feeling off. You can’t focus too well. You’re forgetful. You’re snappy. You’re doing what you can to keep things simple and ignoring everything that’s not. COVID-19 is massively stressful for all of us and it’s impacting...

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How to work from home and win

March 18, 2020

Are you one of those people who used to say: “I wish I could work from home” and now that you are (or soon will be) it’s a bit of a shock? Having survived two years of working from my dining room back when I first launched my company, I thought I’d share some tips to help get you through. Have a routine. Set yourself a start time and stick with it. You might...

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Why the Spirit of Australia brings me hope

November 14, 2019

This week, extreme bushfires in NSW and Queensland, and the first ever catastrophic fire danger warnings in the Greater Sydney region dominated the news. The impacts of climate change became a major topic of mainstream discussion dominated by polarising and, sometimes downright inappropriate comments. Meanwhile, Qantas become the first airline in...

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Who do you think you are talking to?

September 3, 2019

One challenge I see all types of organisations struggling with is identifying and understanding their audiences. Sometimes the question ‘who is your target audience and what can you tell me about them?’ is met with an awkward silence. While we’ve never had so much information about our audiences, we still seem to know so little about them. This is a...

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Why getting your hands dirty is good

July 10, 2018

I was travelling for work recently and had a really interesting conversation with a stranger (over wine of course!) about our views on work and how we’re trying to raise our families. I mentioned that I think it’s really important for kids to help clean the house and to get a casual job as soon as possible so they can learn the value of money and the...

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Remember to be human

February 14, 2017

I worked on a project not so long ago that involved conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with around 15 people in an attempt to get the nub of the problem we were trying to solve. In presenting our findings, a summary of the themes of our conversations, we were asked: “This is all great, but do you have any quantitative data around what you heard?”...

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Lessons from Israel the “Start-Up Nation”

July 6, 2016

I’ve been concerned for a while now that words like ‘innovation' and ‘entrepreneurship’ are being thrown around with reckless abandon in Australia, yet the serious work required to create something truly valuable seems rarely understood. Last month, I travelled to Israel as part of an Innovation Mission organised by the Trans-Tasman Business...

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What’s your strategy for competing in the attention economy?

June 30, 2016

“The new 'attention economy’ demands generosity and thoughtfulness. It requires real investment in taking the time and energy to create content that matters.” – Brian Honigman, Adjunct Professor, New York University. I recently listened to a podcast from the ABC program Future Tense that explored some of the pressures ever-present digital...

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