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Are you personally liable for workers’ safety?

Navigating the complex and highly regulated maze of state-run occupational health and safety jurisdictions in Australia can be onerous. However, if you decide it’s all too hard, you could find yourself personally liable in the event of a workplace accident.

Protecting your business psyche

You are the sum average of the five people you spend the most time with. Assess who these people are and the influence they have on you. Surround yourself with people that nurture your psyche. Make subtle changes to this circle of influence.

Are new technologies tearing your business model apart?

Do you feel like you and your business model are being pulled from all directions? Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, iPhones, Google Wave, Opera Unite, the list of new platforms and rapidly spreading technologies just keeps growing. Your customers, staff and competitors are all using these tools. What about you?

You can choose your friends, but not your Office Manager

If someone in your office has a 'personal branding' problem, you'll relate to this classic Big Train sketch. (If you like this, check out our...

Risk just is – learn to manage it

"Risk" is a scary word. Most people view risks in a very negative light. Society constantly encourages us to avoid risk at all cost. A product represents a "health risk". A service puts you at "financial risk". If you drive this way you risk accident or death. Risk is bad, right?

Succession planning for strategic success

Like the royal successions that have taken place for centuries, succession planning is all about being ready for the future. However, unlike the monarchy, today’s succession planning in business not only focuses on replacing talent, but also on developing the talent that will fulfil the organisation’s long-term goals. Is your organisation prepared for a changing of the guard?

Website of the Week: Asking machines to nag you, so humans don’t have to

HassleMe.co.uk is a simple internet service that allows you to enter a recurring message to yourself and set the time intervals between reminders. For example, you may choose to receive a reminder email every day to "Do some exercise" or to be asked every six months: "How many people want to buy your business?"

Website of the Week: Asking machines to nag you, so humans don't have to

HassleMe.co.uk is a simple internet service that allows you to enter a recurring message to yourself and set the time intervals between reminders. For example, you may choose to receive a reminder email every day to "Do some exercise" or to be asked every six months: "How many people want to buy your business?"

The world’s favourite… pro bono workplace

The next time you feel the urge to complain about your economy class seat, spare a thought for British Airways staff who may have...

The world's favourite… pro bono workplace

The next time you feel the urge to complain about your economy class seat, spare a thought for British Airways staff who may have...

10 steps to accelerate cashflow by streamlining accounts

Asking for money is probably one of the least enjoyable jobs in business. If it isn't handled right, it can have a massive impact...

Intrapreneurship: A guide to harnessing the power of entrepreneurs within organisations

Conventional wisdom states that entrepreneurs are unmanageable and, thus, make poor employees. While it's true that salaried entrepreneurs can prove a handful, the most...

Do you suffer from Information Overload Syndrome?

If so, you could soon suffer the fate of little Billy.

7 tips for helping your business survive and thrive

Every business owner knows the importance of running a profitable and lean team, but when was the last time you took the pulse of...

Crisis creates once in a lifetime opportunity

The current global financial crisis has been described as a “once in a lifetime recession”. However savvy business owners, entrepreneurs and investors recognise it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to make money.

12 hidden opportunities in a downturn

It seems that almost everyone is currently offering advice on how to bunker down and ride out this bleak economic period. Here are 12 hidden opportunities to help you build while your competitors balk.

7 ways to be happier at work

The combination of entrepreneur and brain scientist is rare in one human being. Jeffrey M. Stibel is one such person, and when he opines,...

Winston’s Churchill’s 7 steps to leadership excellence

He was in a unique position when it came to mentoring his people. You most likely work one-on-one with your team. Churchill's team comprised the whole of the British public in a time of peril. Such responsibility is difficult to fathom.

Tunnel Talk: Managing Hierarchies

Human beings are extremely sophisticated animals. But are we really that different from our tree-dwelling primate ancestors? With the global economy biting and organisations scrutinising their structures for inefficiencies, it’s worth considering the impact our biology has on leadership dynamics.

Getting talent on board

Attracting and retaining talented employees is vital to the success of any business. A bus depot provides an unusual yet powerful analogy of what businesses can be doing to increase talent attraction and retention of top performers.

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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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