Archive for September, 2008

TEMplate – DESIGN your Life! and making it work Sept08

Last week I had the pleasure of co-speaking at the “Figures Fitness for Women” Fund-raising Dinner and Auction Night in Geelong. Not only was the fund-raising very successful for the Geelong Hospital, it was a chance to “launch” the evolving concept of the “ME Inc” workshops to an audience, the majority of whom were very interested in taking the first steps in “DESIGNing your Life! around what you want”. The feedback was most positive, with many receiving the best-selling “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed” to assist them in taking their first steps on their way. “Me Inc” is now the…

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The World’s Shortest Fairy Tale!

call me naughty, but this does appeal to me… enjoy! Once upon a time… a guy asked a girl ‘Will you marry me?’ The girl said:’NO!’… And the girl lived happily ever-after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, did whatever the hell she wanted, never argued, didn’t get fat, traveled more, had many lovers, didn’t save money, and had all the hot water to herself. She went to the theater, never watched sports, never wore friggin’ lacy lingerie that acted as bum floss, had high self esteem, never cried or…

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Unfair dismissal code for small business

Independent contractors who may employ others on some occasions need to be aware of the Rudd Government’s just-released unfair dismissal code which comes into effect in 2010. For a link to a copy of the Code, please go to: http://www.contractworld.com.au/reloaded/ica-news.php and follow the link in the News box near the middle of the page. Regards The Team at Independent Contractors of Australia

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Five lessons to be learned from “once-in-a-century” Financial Crisis.

“An Expensive Haircut”… by the barefoot investor for The Herald Sun THIS week I spoke to thousands of first-time investors who had each invested $50,000 three weeks ago and suddenly seen much of their money disappear. Luckily it was only students competing in the ASX’s School Share Market Game, which in current conditions is kind of like doing work experience at a hairdresser and having Donald Trump walk in for a trim. Little Johnny’s first foray into finance causes him to lose his imaginary shirt. Bring back the Playstation, this game sucks! Try doing it with real money. Wait, us…

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entrepreneurial mothers…

another gem that landed in my inbox today (thanks Karmen) slightly modified for this blog! again not sure who wrote it, so thank you anyway enjoy! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO PLAN TO BE GREAT MUMS, THOSE OF YOU, WHO ARE GREAT MUMS, THOSE WHO HAVE GREAT MUMS THOSE OF YOU WHO HAD GREAT MUMS… entrepreneurial Mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it. entrepreneurial Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox. entrepreneurial Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids. entrepreneurial Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come out…

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aCE talentNET redesign #5

I’ve been wanting to update you on this for some time… but you know what? I’ve nothing to update you about because Design VIC have not got back to me since the post entry (10/7/08), and nor are they acknowledging receipt of follow-up emails either… how very disappointing I must say. The potential for this exercise to be beneficial all round is enormous, but, given the nature of the beast, I cannot do it on my own. Maybe I’m pushing the envelope by asking for stuff that they are not actually ready to deliver, maybe they can’t access a designer…

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aCE talentNET redesign #4

I have been given a great article by the chap running Business Immersions – Gary Haywood. Titled “Service Design” by Bill Hollis, it is part of the Design Council UK’s suite of design offerings. The article is the first I have seen that seriously starts to look at the marriage of the black art of design and the service industry. Not in terms of what the coating might look like, but more actively at being involved in the design of the business offering. Very exciting stuff indeed… thanks Gary

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Mrs Thompson and the Power of One…

This landed in my inbox today (thanks Liz) and it certainly hit a nerve for me, so much so I want to share this with all who choose to read it… the power of one! Not to be forgotten ever thats for sure. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little…

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