Innovation Kick Start 2016


I have some ambitious goals for 2016, and I hope you do as well. In this episode, we look at how to get your business fit for the future, how to set goals that you can actually achieve, and how to kick-start 2016 with innovative ideas for your business. Listen To the Episode Watch a […] Re...

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Give Them The "Lite“ Version


Summer in Australia is a great time for live sporting events, and over the Christmas break, I went to see a Twenty20 cricket game and a Hopman Cup tennis match. Both of these events are the “lite” form of the game. Twenty20 cricket is a cut-down, highly-commercialised form of the game;&...

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Slow, Bumpy and Expensive


Are you worried about your business being disrupted? You should be! But you can see this as an opportunity, not a threat. There are three key questions to ask about your business to identify weaknesses, prepare for change, and lead the disruption. I covered this topic in a recent webinar, which wil...

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The Difference That Makes a Difference


Differentiation is a crucial factor for success in our fast, flat and free world. But you can’t just be different from everybody else and hope to succeed – you have to be different in the right ways. In this conversation with Ian Berry, we explore change, leadership and the difference t...

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Forecasting the Future of Technology


There are many experts talking about the future of technology, but it’s rare to see such a star-studded panel discussing this topic. In this podcast from Stanford University’s “ECorner” (Entrepreneurship Corner), you will hear from panellists including Google’s “...

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The Big Deal About Big Data


There’s been a lot of buzz about “big data”, but there’s also a lot of confusion about what it is, what it means, and whether it applies to your business or industry. Here are some examples of Big Data in action: My supermarket loyalty card allows Woolworths to track my buy&...

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Use Mentoring to Extend Training


Traditional training courses still have value, but they have two big weaknesses: They teach skills rather than experience, and they tend to be “one size fits all” processes. If you want to extend the value of the training course, look to a solution that addresses both these issues: Mentoring. M...

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The Future of Conferences


Videoconferencing, online meetings, telepresence and other collaboration technology are gaining traction. Does that mean the in-person conference is obsolete? No – not by a long way! But its role has changed. Some of the benefits of coming together for a conference can be achieved just as effecti...

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Will You Be a Game-Changer?


I was speaking with one of my corporate clients recently about changes in her industry. As the CEO of an insurance company, she’s been asked by her board to identify “game changers” (their phrase) in the insurance industry, so they can be ahead of their competition. Great! I love ...

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The Future of Conferences


With videoconferencing, online meetings, telepresence and other collaboration technology gaining traction, does that mean the in-person conference is obsolete? No – not by a long way! But its role has changed. Here are 10 trends affecting our professional and personal lives, and how conference or...

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Want to Be More Productive? Go With The Flow


Max Levchin, a 39-year-old father of two, is a manager at a Silicon Valley technology start-up company. Like many others in San Francisco, he starts his day checking e-mail from home, followed by breakfast and a treadmill run, and then turns up to work at 8am. The office is buzzing with people at t...

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Corporate Travel Challenges and Innovation in Our Fast, Flat and Free World – YouTube


Mobile technology, direct competition, decoupling of ancillary services and other innovations have dramatically changed the corporate travel industry. If you provide business travel services, stay ahead of the game by understanding the changes and recognising the innovations. … Read More Re...

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Is Your Business at Risk of Disruption?


I’ve had my car for 10 years now, and it’s about time to get a new car. I mentioned to somebody that this might be the last car I ever buy, and she wondered whether I wasn’t expecting to live very long! Far from it. But I seriously believe this might be the last car […] R...

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The Future of Healthcare


Every industry is facing change, but none more so than healthcare. Big data, predictive analytics and the consumerisation of healthcare are just a few of the trends affecting the way we will look at healthcare in the future. For example: What if your doctor could e-mail images (like X-rays) to you&...

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What’s In Your Personal Learning Network?


Do you feel overwhelmed by information overload? If so, get over it! Your clients and team members expect you to consume vast quantities of information, pick and choose the bits that are most relevant to them, and present it in an engaging way. Of course, this is easier said than done! The only way...

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Housing Challenges and Innovations in Our Fast, Flat and Free World


With rising house prices, rents rising faster than inflation, and rent prices outpacing incomes, Australia is facing many challenges with affordable housing and social housing. The solutions we’ve used in the past won’t work anymore, and new innovative solutions are required to manage h...

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Leadership Peak Performance


Many leaders struggle to maintain energy throughout their day, due to tight deadlines, competing priorities, and increasing demands on their time. In this episode, peak performance specialist Julie Meek provides simple and effective strategies for energy, stamina and productivity. Listen To the Epi...

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What’s Your Authority?


Have you noticed it’s getting harder to get noticed? In the past, when a customer wanted to buy something important – whether it was insurance, a house, their next car, or an IT system – they would start by talking to a professional, like you. They knew you were an expert in this area, an...

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