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How to inspire creativity and innovation in your business using work space design

Innovation and creativity are essential elements of any successful business, and a well thought out working space plays an important role in facilitating these. However, there is more to creating an innovative work space than bright colours and open spaces.

Here are five lessons I’ve learned in moving from big corporates to a fintech...

Each of my varied roles – at Ford, Virigin, Optus, AMP and OFX - has taught me valuable lessons which I draw upon each day to both mine and my team’s benefit.

I launched my business at the age of 24 – 10 years later, here...

When Esha Oberoi launched Afea care services at 24, I had no idea of the depth of work ahead of me, or just how rewarding this industry could actually be. She had struggled with depression in my early twenties

65% of start-ups fail due to co-founder conflict – here’s how to create the...

It might come as a surprise, but 65% of start-ups fail due to co-founder conflict. That’s actually higher than the divorce rate in Australia. A business partnership can present a variety of difficulties however, it can also deliver great benefits.

Here are seven strategies you can use to successfully turn your employees into your...

The easiest way to promote your brand is to turn employees into brand ambassadors. You just need some planning and employee training to boost the brand awareness quickly and successfully.

What sets great business leaders apart from the rest? Here’s how successful CEOs approach...

One of the main conclusions I’ve reached from my research is that truly successful CEOs and business leaders approach their work as an infinite journey. These leaders understand success is infinite and unlimited.

Oh, so you’re not ticking anyone off huh? Then you just aren’t trying hard...

The mark of a visionary leader is someone who’s not swayed off track when thumbs up go swiftly south. Trying to remain popular can all too often stand in the way of being effective. If you want to leave a legacy, you have to be willing to take the heat.

These are the top 5 work benefits that millennial employees really crave for today

Giving millennials everything they need is truly a challenging task. However, you get what you give. In case you’re an employer who’s looking to better stimulate his millennial employees, consider our tips with much care.

New report: Australian businesses are losing staff over lack of future opportunities

Most interestingly, the report found top reasons for voluntary resignation were factors all within organisations’ control and could be prevented. 79% of staff left to seek new challenges, 58% resigned due to limited career advancement, and 46% left over insufficient financial reward

Need legal help? 3 things startups and SMEs should look for when choosing a...

I know, I know… for many people, hiring a lawyer is akin to inviting in a highway robber. But like any industry you can poke a stick at, the legal industry is undergoing massive disruption.

Here are five lessons about business I have learnt from the first years of...

My business, UrbanYou recently completed the strategic acquisition of HomeHello, cementing their position as the market leader in the on-demand home services sector. The acquisition comes after a year of phenomenal growth for UrbanYou.

Avoid these 5 common mistakes that startups make when making R&D tax claims

The ATO and Innovation Australia identified 5 common areas of confusion that result in mistakes among those claiming the R&D Tax Incentive. Groups at higher risk for making these mistakes include startups

Catch up! Here are 4 workplace trends you need to consider or face being...

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show that never really seemed to be old until you notice the décor of the sets? And the great shift in design is never more present than when there is a scene featuring an office.

When your staff are also your biggest fans: how to build an inspired company...

Your business is the sum of many moving parts, and critical to its success is your ability to cultivate a company culture where those parts are moving in synchronicity towards the same goal.

Here’s how your business can survive (and even prosper) in a disruptive industry

Burying your head in the sand at the onslaught of constant disruption can have dire consequences on your organisation. It’s time to get real and embrace disruption, because it’s here to stay.

How to train your dragon: what it takes to unleash the creative beasts in...

In today’s corporate world, you need sharp elbows and quick instincts to stay onboard the innovation bandwagon. Creativity is now elemental in the race to stay on top. So, why is it that (all too often, it seems) we need a complete outsider in the room to help us see our way out of the rabbit hole?

6 tips on achieving a winning business mindset from my own retail success story

In the last three years, STM Goods has doubled in size, tripled in revenue, has offices in Sydney, San Diego, London and Kuala Lumpur and has products available in more than 30 countries

Here are 5 simple steps you can take to make your small business digitally...

One barrier to existing small businesses becoming digitally aware is their perception of what it actually means for their business and the implications that it will have financially.

HR tech is redesigning organisations – are businesses well prepared to make the shift?

Many businesses are still playing catch-up. It is not uncommon to see businesses using automated HR legacy systems with prohibitive pricing models and complex implementations.

Millennials set to make a positive and progressive impact on Australian businesses

According to 60% of Australian CFOs, one of the top qualities brought by millennials to the workplace is an increased emphasis on collaboration and transparency. This is followed by increased flexibility (44%)

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