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Sustainable social responsibility: Why doing good in the community is good business

Like many businesses, when we started out, social responsibility wasn’t on our radar. Our focus was just chasing the sale and hoping that something stuck!

Does your business have an organisational culture? It’s important to your customers

Organisational culture is an intangible entity. As such, it is important to identify observable behaviours that indicate your organisation’s culture, as well as its alignment to your customer strategy and objectives.

Starting up is the easy part – here are the 3 key things to...

The difficulty lies in scaling. As an entrepreneur, it wasn’t starting up that I found difficult, but making the right calls that would allow my business to grow without losing the fundamental nature of what I wanted it to be.

It’s not all about code and cashflow, guys. Tech start-ups are people too

The tech start-up scene is ripe with opportunity but whilst balancing the books are high on the agenda, one crucial factor is often overlooked, people

Culture Amp secures $6.3 million in Series A funding from three different VCs in...

People Analytics company Culture Amp, which counts many of the big boys in new tech such as Airbnb, Uber, Pandora, Adobe, Pinterest, Warby Parker,...

How to build the right culture in your startup [VIDEO]

Startups and work culture go hand in hand. But, if you've ever worked in a corporate environment, you'll know that it's not just a business...

So you think you cannot get drunk online? Think again…

Drinks Cube co-founder Jessie Teh-Chong said while cultural diversity was usually promoted through food or national costumes, drinks were always overlooked as a likely ambassador.

What is dual cycle innovation? (It’s not a vacuum cleaner)

Why is it that some organisations have the ability to re-invent entire industries? Some even do it time and time again! Where does this source of continuous innovation and foresight come from? It is widely acknowledged that customer focus is a major driver for today’s innovations. But it is the transformational opportunities (those that transcend adjacent opportunities) that drive industry renewal.

Entrepreneur’s Night Out… It’s back! And Sydney, you’re first!

Building a business at any age can be a lonely undertaking. But entrepreneurs have it tougher than most. Friends and family often don’t understand the complexities of running a business… or the personal sacrifices that come with the job. This is a chance for Entrepreneurs to meet and learn from other business builders. Share a drink. Have a laugh. Gain insights from a panel of business builders.

Entrepreneur’s Night Out Sydney. It’s next Tuesday!

Meet and learn from other business builders. Share a drink. Have a laugh. Gain insights from a panel of business builders who have 'been there, done that' and created successful ventures. Benefit from the experiences of other attendees.

Entrepreneurship motivates staff. Not carrots or sticks.

The role of entrepreneurship in corporate strategy goes far beyond trying to get innovative products to market or gaining an edge over your competitors. It helps to set the culture of an organisation that affects staff retention, engagement and productivity. So how do we motivate our employees into adopting this new culture?

What my son's foul-shot taught me about business… and getting in the zone

Picture it: a packed basketball stadium with fans going wild. It’s my son’s basketball grand final. There are four seconds on the clock. His team is down by two points. And he’s just been fouled – meaning he has two free throws. He makes his way to the free-throw line – the enemy of even the most accomplished NBA player. If he nets both shots, the game goes into overtime. If not, his team will lose the game.

What my son’s foul-shot taught me about business… and getting in the zone

Picture it: a packed basketball stadium with fans going wild. It’s my son’s basketball grand final. There are four seconds on the clock. His team is down by two points. And he’s just been fouled – meaning he has two free throws. He makes his way to the free-throw line – the enemy of even the most accomplished NBA player. If he nets both shots, the game goes into overtime. If not, his team will lose the game.

Iceland: From boom to bust to haven to where-the-bloody-hell-are-you?

Being a single industry economy is notoriously dangerous. And few countries understand this better than Iceland. Not wanting to remain in the doldrums, Iceland is trying to re-brand itself as a journalistic haven, centre of creativity and popular tourist destination. Cue cart-wheeling citizens.

7 ways to inspire your employees

If someone asked you for a good synonym for inspiration, what would you say? You might answer that stimulation is a good substitute. You might choose influence or encouragement. But, by and large, when people think of inspiration, the word that usually comes to mind is motivation. Terry Barber explores seven ideas to get your staff striving to the best of their abilities.

Tania de Jong talks about how her grandmother patented the foldable umbrella (then lost...

Two remarkable things happened at the launch of Creative Innovation 2010. Firstly, a senior representative from a leading Australian bank told an endearing story about her early successes outside the banking sector. (It's a rare thing to be won over by a representative from the Australian banking sector.) Secondly, conference organiser Tania de Jong, surprised the crowd with a story about her grandmother's inventiveness... before bursting into song.

Why the Amish make great entrepreneurs

Success in the Amish business world is hardly surprising when you consider that networking through LinkedIn might not have the same community-building effect as teaming up with neighbors to build a barn. And we're sure that telling someone you 'like' their work will always be far more effective when told to their face rather to than their Facebook.

No one cares about you! Godin delivers some vital, unvarnished truth

The masses are turned on, tuned in and... thinking entirely of themselves. Seth Godin provides an important reality check for marketeers and businesses when considering exploring and exploiting the mass market appeal of modern media channels.

Do you make these five critical mistakes in business?

Here are five critical mistakes that will kill your chances of attaining above-average success. If you make any of them, your business will achieve average performance at best, and likely create a trap where you end up working long hours for mere survival, or even eventual failure and bankruptcy. Read on and check to see how many you make.

The latest hot trend in social media: leaving it

It is perhaps inevitable then that the rise of social media has been accompanied by a counter-trend towards users abandoning it. Last year, when Twitter was the hot breakout platform, research revealed that 60% of Twitter users quit within the first month. Of course, that group was dominated by tyre-kickers, but it serves to demonstrate that people will only commit time to activities they think will return them a net benefit over time.

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