Archive for August, 2007

Succession planning: women in the pipeline?

Succession planning is considered necessary for every organisation from the family farm through to Fortune 500 companies. Teresa Russell talks to two organisations that operate at different ends of the spectrum. Both are doing what is within their powers (and budget) to identify, develop and retain future leaders – with a special emphasis on women. What else can you be doing? What else can your business be doing?  

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Make The Most Of Every Marketing Dollar

In Marketing That Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing Can Add Sustainable Value to Any Sized Company (Wharton School Publishing), the focus is on optimizing investments in every aspect of marketing, whether it’s targeting the right customer, delivering added value or generating better product ideas. Authors Leonard M. Lodish, Howard L. Morgan and Shellye Archambeau offer tools, tactics and strategies that companies can use to differentiate themselves in today’s marketplace. As the authors note, “Marketing, more than technology, is most often the reason for the success or failure of new ventures or new initiatives” in mature corporations. Knowledge@Wharton has excerpted a section…

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Harry Potter and The Prisoners of Business

by Leon Gettler The release of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, nicely timed with the release of the fifth Harry Potter movie, has been an extraordinary business phenomenon. Extraordinary because the publishers and booksellers have not done that well. As research out of Emory University in Atlanta suggests, it has exposed weaknesses in the publishing industry but it might also illustrate new trends that are reshaping business. The effect is magic. Marketing professors and sociologists say it highlights how innovations now spread through word of mouth, instant messaging and web sites. The book sales have also been…

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Fear of sacking ‘keeps women quiet’…

The Age — Page: A3 : 13 August 2007 Original article by Jewel Topsfield LexisNexis Summary Twelve academics contributed to the “Women and WorkChoices: Impacts on the Low Pay Sector” report. Across low-paid jobs such as cleaning, hospitality and transport 121 women were interviewed. A key finding is that low-paid women are too afraid to comment on illegal or unfair work conditions; also fearing to request changes to working hours in case they are dismissed under the WorkChoices laws. The Australian Government has described the report as “deeply flawed and politically motivated”, ahead of its official release on 13 August…

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Self-employed lead bankruptcies

More than half the small businesses that start up are bankrupt after three years, figures show – and the self-employed are the biggest victims. In June 2006, there were more businesses than three years previously – 1963, 907. The creation of businesses in the intervening period still exceeded the number of those that failed. The ABS study shows that survival rate is also linked to age and number of employees. The longer a business survives, the greater its chances of continuing survival. Hence why it is imperative to work on your business, as well as in it (to quote Michael…

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Gwen Stefani queen of fun…

what a great way to spend an evening… a night with Gwen STAR-fani was indeed a hoot. Admittedly I went with my 9 year old, as chaperone, but I think I might have enjoyed it more than she did! Apart from being a fabulous entertainer, she appeared genuine. Not a bad feat in such circumstances. And dare I say a very entrepreneurial mother who is doing her thing her way; and doing rather nicely as well!! go girl! http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/08/02/1185648065331.html

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10 Unwealthy Habits

A serial entrepreneur and wealth consultant, Alicia Castillo Holley, breaks down the negative habits that prevent us from gaining wealth. Written to address many individual viewpoints, she offers insight into how we can break those habits by first identifying them and then defying them. Recognise these habits? Something you do yourself? Time to have a good hard look at them if your dreams are to become realities…

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