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Top of the Festive Season to You and Yours

May your stocking be filled with all your little heart desires. Ho ho ho! ps: 2014 is shaping up to be a ripper… look forward to sharing it with you

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A Trillion Dollar Reason to Work Together: Public-Private Partnerships Are Here to Stay…

“All across the land trouble is brewing, as tax revenues continue to shrink and The Great Recession slogs on. … Almost every state has reduced educational funds and numerous school districts are being forced to lay off teachers, reduce bus services and eliminate curriculum. Colleges and universities, public hospitals, law enforcement organizations and public transportation agencies are struggling to find additional revenues. Roads and bridges can no longer be maintained with public funds. Relief won’t come quickly or easily, but one thing is crystal clear: government must reach out to private sector partners for innovative solutions.” Are you ready? Can…

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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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A Call Against Complacency…

Many will agree that a system of incentives is, and has been, the backbone of the success of the capitalist economic system. That over centuries, a network of incentives has driven innovation, which in turn has encouraged the inventiveness that has led to the unparalleled generation of ideas, goods, and services across America and the industrialized West. By Dambisa Moyo for ChangeThis.com […] Given the evidence and importance of positive incentives, why, over the past 50 years, have policymakers embarked on a systematic and deliberate strategy of putting in place a catalogue of policies that dis-incentivise citizens from acting in…

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Employers Worldwide Lack a Strategy for Developing Women Leaders, New Mercer Survey Shows…

No surprise to read (from CLOmedia.com) a headline  like that I’m sure. Here’s the rest of the sorry story… New York — March 7 Despite efforts by organizations around the world to achieve a diverse workforce, the majority – 71 percent – do not have a clearly defined strategy or philosophy for developing women for leadership roles, according to the new Women’s Leadership Development Survey conducted by Mercer in conjunction with Talent Management and Diversity Executive magazines. The survey, conducted in December 2010, includes responses from more than 1,800 human resource, talent management and diversity leaders at organizations throughout North…

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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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ICA reports Small Business Policy and Program failure…

ICA Overview: Professor Ken O’Neill is one of the world’s pre-eminent authorities on small and medium policies. In a keynote address to the International Small Business Congress, Professor O’Neill has declared that government policies and programmes for SMEs globally over the last 25 years have produced no results and are a complete waste of money. He called for urgent review and reform. Below is an edited profile of Professor O’Neill and an edited version of his speech. This talk will suggest that much of what we variously (and imprecisely) describe as enterprise entrepreneurship and small business policy probably doesn’t work—with…

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Hazel Hawke’s Vital Role in Bob Hawke’s Success…

I was really pleased to see this article in TheAge this morning. Not only does it give another side to the “love story”, it also shows Hazel to be a prime example of an entrepreneurial mother, even when in a relationship. She did amazing things with the opportunities she had, and that’s all one can DO. Hats off to Hazel… …It did not take long for Hazel to develop a following of her own – which in subsequent elections became a major reason voters supported Hawke. Hazel’s speech to the National Press Gallery in January 1984 established her as an…

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Self_Employed exceeds 2 million!

There’s a growing movement afoot…are you a part of it? The latest from the Independent Contractors of Australia… * The latest labour force survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (June 2008) shows a steady increase in the number of self-employed people. The number of self-employed people in the community is over 19% of the workforce. That¹s 2.03 million people (2008) up from 1.9 million (2004). It¹s also clear that as people mature they gravitate toward self-employment. 50% of the self-employed are aged 35-54. 28% are older than 55. This could predictably result in larger numbers of self-employed as…

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Conspiracy of the Rich…The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert Kiyosaki

Not only is this a very clever may to market one’s wares and be extremely engaging, the chapters are also a most worthwhile read. I strongly recommend you register yourself at http://conspiracyoftherich.com to not only avail of the process, but also the free chapters. And you never know, you might just want to throw in your two bobs worth too… The Right Book. The Right Time. The Right Price. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the #1 bestselling personal finance book of all time, Rich Dad Poor Dad is taking a new approach with his next book. He’s releasing the book, Conspiracy…

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