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Take this job and… clock it

Jarrad Woods, a video game developer for Canberra-based studio 2K Australia, notified his employers of his decision to quit by creating a Flash game for them to play.

Setting up an advisory board

Advisory boards can provide small businesses with an invaluable resource and support structure, and it doesn't have to be a daunting or expensive task. The...

Work and the “F” Word(s)

Last year I was enlightened by a friend about the 3 Fs of work - Fun, Fame or Fortune. This lady is a brilliant...

21 things to consider before carrying out redundancies

Most business owners stress out at the thought of redundancies. It is very important to find a middle ground (it will never be a perfect balance) between acting under the legal and commercial requirements and responding humanely to people's lives being affected so dramatically. Here are 21 things you must consider before carrying out redundancies.

What does Generation Y have to do with the economic downgrade?

Here are some of the ways in which the demographic born between 1979-1994 is impacting and being impacted on by the economic downgrade:

Me, ‘tall poppy’? Thanks!

Forget about Australia's 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'. What we really need is a 'Small Poppy Syndrome'.

How to mangage Generation Y

The world has changed, and it is just a little out of whack. We're living in a time when teenagers are excelling in Second Life but flunking in their first, Maslow's Needs Hierarchy has been flipped on its head and football players have become metrosexuals. Since 2000, the Chinese have embraced capitalism, Muammar Gaddafi is now a respected member of the international community and Big Brother is finally off air. Computer power doubles every 18 to 24 months, farmers speed-date on national television, we tell one minute bedtime stories to our children, and even instant gratification today seems too slow. (I want my cheeseburger, now!) And then, well, then there's Gen Y... Tech-savvy, ambitious, international in outlook and with a sense of entitlement that would have made 18th Century British aristocrats cringe. So how can employers tame the 'silver-spoon' generation?

How to cope with retrenchment

Retrenchment is no longer a dirty word. Whether we like it or not, retrenchment is something many people may have to face at some stage of their careers. Here are some constructive tips to help you cope with retrenchment.

21st Century management strategies for recession-proofing your business

For these businesses (and their owners) to survive this rapidly changing economic environment intact, they just can't continue to do everything by themselves. To be successful, they need to have an experienced team around them to provide the information, experience and support to meet these growing challenges. This team needs to be able to provide the experienced advice that is needed. They need to know how to handle a difficult economic environment. They need to be flexible. And they need to be affordable for the business.

Does anyone actually need a $1m salary?

The Global Financial Crisis (a gift from our good friends, CEOs in the USA) is bringing many of us a lot of pain and there is plenty more to come. However, it also brings us a rare opportunity for change. Let's use this time of pain to make painful changes so that when we hit the upswing, we have a better system.

With superannuation savings slashed, boomers postpone retirement

Global research group TNS has released research indicating that 44 percent of Baby Boomers plan to postpone their retirement in light of the global economic crisis.

Global executives reveal Top 10 dos and don'ts of downsizing

Layoffs are never pleasant, but they can be done well and they can be done poorly. To explore this and other leadership questions further, a recent survey asked hundreds of global corporate executives and talent management leaders for their opinions on the most effective ways to manage staff during an economic downturn.

Global executives reveal Top 10 dos and don’ts of downsizing

Layoffs are never pleasant, but they can be done well and they can be done poorly. To explore this and other leadership questions further, a recent survey asked hundreds of global corporate executives and talent management leaders for their opinions on the most effective ways to manage staff during an economic downturn.

Talent mapping saves time and money

What if there was a way to ensure the right candidate was waiting in the wings when an employment vacancy arose in your business?...

Staff retention: top 10 tips

The ‘job for life’ is not a term often used now, but employers need to consider the importance of employee retention as it affects...

The 7 truths about trust in business

You know you need it. You know you can’t grow your business without it. You might even have it, but the question is –...

Being the MVP

Footballers (or any sports people) have good form and bad form. Some are heroes and play to their optimum every single game. Some are inconsistent but sometimes brilliant. And others just fill the numbers. As entrepreneurs, we should aim to be like the footballer... not just a footballer in the league, but the Most Valuable Player - the MVP.

The power of people management

It’s impossible to build a good company without knowing how to attract and secure top talent. But knowing how to keep them.... now there’s...

Work/life balance

When given the choice, nine out of ten entrepreneurs choose work over leisure. But making time to smell the roses can contribute more to...

Strategy: The importance of culture

Every organisation has a culture. Spend time observing the day-to-day goings on within, say, a medical practice, a law firm, an airline and a fast food franchise, and you will notice some stark differences. While each business might have common objectives - serving clients, generating profits - it is very likely they go about these objectives in vastly different ways.

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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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