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How often at work do you hear, "that won't be easy", "that won't be simple", "this will be really complicated and hard", "not sure...

Want to motivate staff and influence customers? Just ask a Level 40 Blood Elf....

Dr Jason Fox is an expert in motivation strategy and design, and all things gamification. Dr Fox works with companies all over the world,...

The seven deadly sins of business that you must avoid to be a success

In the words of Heidi Klum – in fashion one day you’re in and the next you’re out ... The same apply for businesses. One...

It’s not what you are doing, it’s why you are doing it that will...

This is the seventh most watched video from TED, and there is a good reason for that. Why is this one worth watching? In it,...

Your boss must NOT read this or, you will have a lot of explaining...

Are you an employee? Well, we are about to snitch you to your boss. A major survey recently released by the Australian Institute of...

Can a dress teach us about finding a purpose? Or, why your company needs...

Think of your organisation as a dress shop. Now, why are you in business? Are you out there to sell clothes? Run a supply chain?...

Should you take it personally when staff leave? Are exit interviews a chore or...

So you run that exit interview when a valued employee walks out the door. But then what? It is a question many bosses find hard...

Why every startup is really just like a flashmob orchestra [VIDEO]

If you think about it, a startup is a lot like an orchestra. And, putting a few coins in the hat of a busker is a bit like making that initial investment into a new business.

Like a boss! Or, how to handle being a leader

The move to a new role is a challenge for anyone, including your team, and there is often the temptation to continue doing the work you used to do as well as take on the new role. As much as you feel you want to follow what your boss is expecting from you it is your skill in managing yourself, as well as both up and down here that will set you free.

How to motivate and influence others [LEADS & LEADERSHIP VIDEO SERIES]

If you lead people or if you aspire to one-day motivate others, this short video reveals an entertaining and powerful lesson about leadership and...

First be nimble: How leading companies adapt, innovate and perform in a volatile world

The business world has a new language. Instead of annual plans, three year strategies and sustainable competitive advantage we hear of disruption, uncertainty, speed and ambiguity.

Morale versus Execution: What’s more important to your team?

Morale -- the esprit de corps or "spirit of the body" -- is the capacity of a group of people to hold a common spirit of loyalty and comradeship. We think of morale as being deep-seated in the psyche of the individual or group. Execution, on the other hand, is the process of reaching an objective as the result of performance. A team's ability to execute is more of a surface measurement that's easily evaluated by an outside observer. Morale and execution are the cornerstones of any organisation.

Do you have ‘who’ it takes? Successful businesses need ‘improvers’ on the payroll.

The gap between what your people are paid and the value they deliver determines people performance and company profit. Do you have who it takes? Andrew Horsfield delivers some hard truths.

When hiring salespeople, make them give you 35 reasons why they want to work...

At sometime during the recruitment process, ask the candidate to write down 35 reasons why they want to be a salesperson within your company. Allow up to 15 minutes for this process alone. I’ve conducted this exercise with hundreds of sales consultants. A common theme is that by the time they reach around the 15th reason they get stuck. Why? Because the first 15 reasons are typically high level and relatively easy to communicate.

How to turn our daughters into powerful business leaders of the future

Recently, I attended a breakfast about gender disparity. Interestingly, the research shows some real gems of wisdom about how to raise girls to become future leaders. Our lessons about leadership start very early on, it seems, and our ability to lead is ingrained well before we even leave school. Here are five ways to turn our daughters into powerful business leaders of the future.

Tim Minchin vs business: 5 lessons from comic genius

“This is about me, not you!” So proclaimed Tim Minchin, a London-based Australian “rock star” comedian, to his audience at the Palais in St Kilda on 25 Feb 2011. What follows are the business-life lessons I’ve drawn from his stage craft.

Four questions to ask yourself before choosing a business partner

Two heads are better than one, right? Even so, you should be very careful who you choose as a co-founder. At the point of founding a company, the path for the life of the business is almost entirely decided. You need to choose very wisely the entrepreneur or entrepreneurial manager you bring on board.

TV ad slaps a silly mustache on Australia’s gender salary gap [VIDEO]

An audacious television ad takes aim at the sometimes-hairy issue of the gender wage gap in Australia. The ad forwards the purposefully ridiculous notion that putting on a fake mustache will solve the problem. The spot is aimed at the younger part of the workforce. Will it work?

Forget Facebook: China’s social networking must-dos

Navigating China’s many social networks can be as challenging and frustrating as mastering Mandarin. However, when building a social media plan, there are a few basics you can apply. Here are four must-dos when attempting to to connect with -- and ultimately sell your brand to -- the Chinese.

What can marshmallows, dry spaghetti and one yard of string teach you about design?

The insights from Tom Wujec's design exercise are what makes this video worth watching. For instance: Kindergarten students are among the best builders, while recent graduates of business school are among the worst. Oh, and CEOs perform better if executive administrators are added to their team (somehow, that's not even remotely surprising).

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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