Archive for May, 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED… Huggies MumsInspired Grants

Huggies have announced the 5 winners of the $20,000 MumInspired grants. The ideas range from hearing aid devices to top of the range breastfeeding bras. Check out the winning entries here: http://www.huggies.com.au/muminspired/winners-2011/. I hope you are one of them? Please let me know if you are… The next exciting stage of voting is the ‘People’s Choice Award.’ Huggies are asking the Australian public to vote for their favorite idea and the mum with the most votes will win an additional $10,000 grant. Voting has opened and will be running until June 12th. I encourage you to vote for your favourite…

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Facing Up to the Integrity Imperative…

Why do we plunge into career situations in which we’re unlikely to excel or feel good about ourselves? …Of course, the choice isn’t always between absolute right and wrong. Often the litmus test can be much subtler, such as making the distinction between sticking to the golden rule or bending the rule. The net result is that many of us take the plunge and go along with the ruse or silently comply with what’s expected. And then, naturally, we try to forget all about it. We dismiss it as the price of “getting things done” and push it into a…

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Change? It’s Only Just Begun!

You’re probably familiar with eBay and PayPal. They’re businesses that have transformed and challenged traditional retailing because they enable individuals to trade online, bypassing normal supply chains. We’re now on the edge of another wave of transformational change of how business and work are done. Robert Gottliebsen at Business Spectator recently interviewed Matt Barrie from which connects workers with businesses on a global basis. Businesses post jobs that workers bid for. Payment occurs online when jobs are finished. It’s mainly small business people doing work for small business people. But it brings the power of ‘big’ to the little businessperson’s…

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The Three Gaps Between Goals and Greatness…

In the global race to achieve faster, better, cheaper business greatness, most leaders face a huge gap between the goals they set and the actual results achieved by the people in their organizations. This phenomenon is not a failure to plan, but rather, a failure to execute. […] While there are many possible explanations for the root cause of the gap, the one common, recurring element is a stubborn, nagging blind spot: People issues. They won’t go away. They are always around. No matter how much you try to avoid them by setting goals and staying busy, people issues are…

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The Mistake Manifesto: How Making Mistakes Can Make Us Better…

While I am not advocating that we all run around blundering and goofing up all the time—and certainly none of us like dealing with people who make the same mistake over and over—our fear of mistakes has a very high cost. We exert enormous energy blaming each other when something goes wrong rather than finding a solution. Defensiveness and accusations take the place of apologies and forgiveness. Mistake-avoidance creates workplaces where making changes and being creative while risking failure is subsumed by an ethos of mistake-prevention at the cost of daring and innovation… Read on The Mistake Manifesto: How Making…

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Dr Shine and the Cycle of Excellence…

How do we draw the best out of people when so many of the rules and practices in life have changed? How in today’s new world can people reach their best at their best, given the speed of life and the torrent of information and obligation? Is there a coherent, evidence-based plan that every person can use to bring the best out of themselves or the people they manage? With the help of Dr. Shine, I offer a theory here of how to do just that. It includes 5 steps. I call it the Cycle of Excellence…. read on Shine:…

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Business Planning in Reverse! – Why Start with the End in Mind?

So you started your business and it’s humming along nicely, but now, you are not. For whatever reason, you are not living the dream or making the money you had hoped to make, whether that be to make money online or offline. Exploring options as to what to do requires more than just thinking about it. It takes a restructure of your business plan (even if you don’t actually have one) with a rollout execution time line. As Stephen Covey talks about “begin with the end in mind”, so too can this be done regardless of how old your business…

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Succession Planning ‘Low Priority’…

Two in five employers in Australia fail to use succession planning strategies, an industry survey has revealed, reports HRLeader. The 2011 XpertHR survey looked into succession planning practices throughout Australia, with almost half of respondents stating that they had not undertaken such strategies to help aid internal recruitment processes. While 23 per cent of organisations use a formal process to implement succession planning, a further third of respondents said that they used an ‘informal’ approach, with the remaining participants completely refraining from implementing processes. Questioning almost 150 employers, the survey found that the main reasons behind the failure to use…

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