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Is a business name memorable if it’s Boring? Or if it’s Hung Far Low?

Does an eyebrow-raising or giggle-inducing name boost a business' profile or increase its clientele? Why not ask Men Behaving Handy, Great Lay Tiling, Getting to Mow You or Bzzzt Electrical Services.

Now, this guy knows how to apply for a job!

The following clip takes the job application process to another level. The work of a Monash student and aspiring Junior Project Manager, it was submitted to Pollenizer and posted for all to see on YouTube. It was soon after spotted by MitchelLake and posted on the recruitment outfit's homepage. What's the moral of the story?

Should employers dictate how much time we spend on social media at work?

123educateme has found that if an employee spends more than an hour a workday on non-work tasks, it could cost their employer more than $6,200 a year. If that figure is expanded to account for the population of Australia, the amount of lost productivity could amount to a staggering $5 billion.

Hey, sweet video! Now, will you hire me? Five of the best (and worst)...

Innovative businesses know they need to use innovative means to attract innovative talent. Prompted by Twitter's recent foray into viral video recruitment, we decided to assemble five of our favourite recruitment videos from the not too distant past (including those that are so bad, they're kind of good).

Australian sales professionals are optimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey.

As a barometer for the overall economy, Australian sales professionals are optimistic they will meet or exceed their quarterly targets, according to a recent survey. Of 493 employees interviewed by Huthwaite Asia Pacific for its quarterly sales survey, 73% said their goals for the June quarter were well within reach -- or would be surpassed. When the same question was posed for the year's first quarter, 62% answered positively.

Do Annual Performance Reviews do more harm than good?

For thousands of corporations and businesses across Australia, it’s that time of year again. Managers are gearing up for a task which often provokes feelings of dread. Employees are preparing themselves for something frequently described as “loathsome”.

What startups can teach project managers (Execute or die!)

Unless you're involved in a startup, it's unlikely that you work in a highly adaptable organisation where change is normal and built into everything you do. In fast growth companies, founders, investors and staff plan on change. It is one of their greatest strengths and allows disruptive companies to topple larger competitors. But the sad fact is that, for the majority of us, this is not our reality.

What does it really mean to 'empower' your staff? Or do you run a...

The term empowerment within the context of a business organisation is one that is much misunderstood and misdirected. What does it mean to ‘empower' your staff? What does an empowered team look like and how will it help the business achieve?

What does it really mean to ’empower’ your staff? Or do you run a...

The term empowerment within the context of a business organisation is one that is much misunderstood and misdirected. What does it mean to ‘empower' your staff? What does an empowered team look like and how will it help the business achieve?

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.

How to make sure your employees aren’t ripping you off

A common theme among failed businesses is inadequately managed finances and accounting irregularities. As a business owner it is important to have adequate measures in place to protect your finances and assets. An example highlighting this necessity is the recent case with electrical goods retailer Clive Peeters, where an employee allegedly siphoned $20 million of company funds.

Why won't prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Why won’t prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Investors back people, not products. Don't forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Investors back people, not products. Don’t forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

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.

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.

A quarter of Aussie SMEs ill-prepared for Government’s Fair Work changes

A recent study revealed that one in four Australian SMEs were either inadequately prepared or not well informed about the Federal Government's new Fair Work industrial relations laws.

A quarter of Aussie SMEs ill-prepared for Government's Fair Work changes

A recent study revealed that one in four Australian SMEs were either inadequately prepared or not well informed about the Federal Government's new Fair Work industrial relations laws.

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