Archive for March, 2011

A grant opportunity for entrepreneurial mothers…

Pleased to be able to tell you about the launch of the Huggies® MumInspired® Grant Program . Huggies want to take your innovative parenting ideas and turn them into a business reality. Huggies will be awarding 5 grants of $20,000 to the mums with the best ideas that nurture the relationship between mum and child by making their lives easier. Ideas need to be suitable for any stage from pregnancy up to 4 years old. That’s $100,000 in funding available! Your idea could be just that, an idea! Or it may be that you have already set-up the business on…

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5 rules on Cultivating Power…

Here are some commonsense rules to let you get out of your own way and thrive in today’s business world. By Jeffrey Pfeffer, contributor to Fortune Commonsense, yet often violated, rules about power that can help make you more successful—and, even better, equip you to cope with today’s organizational realities. Click here to read the full article… 1. You need to take care of yourself… 2. Companies (and many people) worry more about what you can do for them in the future than what you have done for them in the past… 3. Perception is reality… 4. Don’t worry about…

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How Mars Built a Business…

Launching a business selling customized candies was risky and required a series of internal innovation moves by Mars executives. Great learning for all of us… By Jessie Scanlon for Bloomberg Businessweek “There is little reason for an individual to have a computer in their home,” Ken Olsen, the president and founder of the Digital Equipment, famously said in 1977. As Olsen’s quote suggests, predicting demand for new, innovative products and services can be difficult, in part because many of the traditional methods of market testing—using historical data to forecast sales, for instance, or asking customers in a focus group to…

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Employ Contractors? READ THIS…

and it won’t matter what size you are… Organisations engaging contractors should be on notice. With Unions pushing the Federal Government to limit the number of independent contractors, on the basis that contractors are disadvantaged and better placed in traditional employee/employer roles with full entitlements, many organisations may be forced to put contractors on the payroll. Putting contractors on the payroll means organisations have to foot the bill for all employment costs such as PAYG, superannuation, annual leave, etc Contractors may lose better pay rates, tax advanatges and the flexibility in their work… read on “Contractor Double Jeopardy” by Brad…

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Learning from Lionel Logue, The King’s Speech…

The latest from aCE talentNET consultant Elliot Epstein of Salient Communication… SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the Geoffrey Rush/Colin Firth movie The King’s Speech yet, then I recommend you go and see it and be aware that this article will disclose its characters and plots. The King’s Speech has some great lessons for us in how to sell as well as consult and advise senior level clients. This true story revolves around two key characters, King George VI and Lionel Logue, an unorthodox Australian Speech Therapist. The King reluctantly ascends the throne after his brother runs away with Mrs….

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A Human Journey: From Agricultural to Entrepreneurial…

Ken Phillips (Exec. Dir.) and the team at Click here for the full article: Some of Simon’s observations include: “… entrepreneurial economies [are] based on knowledge and ideas rather than economies of scale.” “There are big differences between the former industrial ‘managed’ economies and the new ‘entrepreneurial’ economies.” “One outcome is that, while a managed economy favours large businesses and corporate managements, an entrepreneurial economy offers more advantages for small businesses and more opportunities and rewards for entrepreneurs.” “Although there may be clear signs that the successful economies of the future will be entrepreneurial economies, a lot of our thinking…

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So, what comes next? according to Futurist Chris Sanderson…

As reported in TheAge.com by Michael Short for The Zone… …Chris Sanderson of the Future Laboratory talks of ”the turbulent teens”. We are, they say, entering a time of unusual volatility, driven primarily by mobile technology and demographics. ”We coined the expression to describe a decade in which change is the norm, rather than the exception. That’s coming at us from all different angles . . . ”We sense that all of this turbulence is going to cause these trends to behave like teenagers. So, one minute you swing and the next minute you swing back the other way.” But…

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WIN prizes and support International Womens Day; it couldn’t be easier!

Today I want to tell you about the Pink Shoe Power Prize Draw that I’m supporting to celebrate women and the launch of the ground breaking eBook Pink Shoe Power, Discover Your Time Management Style for Success in Business & Life. AND I would love you to win some gorgeous prizes…. The thousands of $$$$ worth of prizes include a beautiful Swarovski crystal necklace, a busy woman’s weekly planner pack , a virtual home organizing pack, pretty and fun bling stationery, natural skin care, a social media starter pack, psychic business coaching, a medical intuitive consultation, a sensational pool design…

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Female Owned Businesses Responsible for Job Creation in the U.S…

Similar story in Australia too I suspect, and here’s why… Tandelyn A. Weaver, owner of PersonalFreedomForWomen.com shares some interesting insights. Divorced or single mothers who undergo traumatic experiences in life have been an impetus for 30% of female business owners to embark on their entrepreneurial ventures. A report published by The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute projects that female-owned small business, now just 16% of total U.S. employment, will be responsible for creating one-third of the 15.3 million new jobs anticipated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics by 2018 (Forbes.com January, 2010). Social factors have resulted in the growth…

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