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People quit managers, not jobs [It’s not them, it’s you]

A study of hospital workers conducted by Chilterns University College in the UK found that nurses working for hospital supervisors with poor management styles had significantly higher blood pressure than nurses working for bosses judged as understanding and considerate. As a result, the nurses with bad bosses had a roughly 20 percent higher risk of heart disease. Are you giving your employees heart attacks?

Plan the right moves – how to do a strategic business review right in...

Are the words “strategic review” welcome in your business? If not, you might need to rethink why and how you’re conducting them. Whether it’s triggered by a new market opportunity, a change in leadership or if it simply serves as an annual benchmark, a strategic review provides an opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations, assess the foundations on which a business is built and chart a roadmap for its course now and for the future.

Remarqueble launches tool to help companies claim their brands in an online world

Brand creation’s a slippery little sucker. The second you get the lay of the land, the rules change. Again. Fortunately new Australian business Remarqueble has come up with a simple way to do just that. The Melbourne-based company has built some very clever technology that’s helping small-to-medium enterprises and large law firms alike to stake their branding claim in an increasingly digital landscape.

How to increase the value of your business… for sale, raising venture capital or...

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How to zig when everyone else is zagging, with Julio De Laffitte [CHEAT SHEET]

Why is it that some business owners appear impervious to business obstacles and upsets? In some cases, it seems that it’s the obstacles that drive certain personality types to success. In this CHEAT SHEET, we share five ways of thinking to respond to INDUSTRY, ECONOMIC, BRAND, SOCIETAL and PERSONAL shifts.

How to conquer six life and death business scenarios

Life is rarely predictable. So why would business be any different? Paul Ryan and Jodie O’Keeffe square up to a meteor shower of corporate Kryptonite and figure out how to dodge commercial doom. Cyber-attack, idea theft, competitor outsourcing, cash-flow crises, disruptive innovation and fraud. Take a deep breath, assess risk, consider your options…and never turn your back on a clear blue sky.

Here’s how to keep your business safe and secure over the coming Christmas holidays

We get so many people who ring every year just before Christmas worried about security over the holidays. However criminals work all year round. Security is just as important in February as it is in December.

The importance of investor relations in today’s market

The Global Financial Crisis, from its early roots in 2008, has been a tumultuous period to endure – as the name suggests. Australian companies have been faced with global contagion that's influenced our market through European economic bailouts, soaring unemployment rates, and a fall in export sales caused by a high Australian dollar. Many CEOs are worried investors won’t inject money into their company while the world is stuck in what appears to be a sustained bear market period. The same CEOs seem to think it’s better to keep a low profile; playing it safe rather than trying engage with potential investors.

Minister Brendan O’Connor calls on the ‘Future of Work’

Is coworking the 'future of work'? Brendan O'Connor, the Minister for Small Business believes it may be the case. Melbourne Hub, one of many coworking spaces, is one example of how these environments attract companies both large and small. Is coworking the next step in mobile, 'knowmadic' workforce?

The power of connections and how they can transform a business [VIDEO]

This is an interview of Porter Gale, the former VP of Marketing at Virgin America. She's being interviewed by another stellar name in all...

Australian ‘Cool Vendors’ bigged up in Gartner report

Research analysts Gartner may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of cool. Despite this, it recently released its 2011 Cool Vendors research series, recognising vendors delivering innovative technologies and services. In what seems to be developing into a patriotic-pride inducing trend, five Australian companies made the grade, including Peoplestreme, Hagrid Solutions, C3 Business Solutions, Totally Optimized Projects, and Virtual Ark.

Our business economy is in danger! Here’s how to stave off a retail apocalypse

Thriving in modern business comes down to the vision to stay ahead of the pack through extraordinary strategy, innovation, and engagement. Those who listen are thriving and capitalising on the many opportunities that exist in retail world.

A new job is always a challenge, here is how to make life easier...

Every year year, nearly a quarter of the working population goes through some form of career transition. However, turnover is expensive, so it’s important that...

Attention all entrepreneurs. Online retailer accounting just became a whole lot easier!

Xero's integration with AVS Networks online store platform allows them to use an Australian online store provider, paired with Xero, to conveniently and securely transfer their online store data to Xero's cloud-based software.

Why do 30 per cent of new managers have an epic fail within the...

If you've ever been bummed by a past failure in a management role, you're definitely not the only one to have suffered the harrowing...

Why it’s just business as usual – an entrepreneur’s 2017/18 budget wrap-up

Scott Morrison delivered his second budget in May and there is barely a ripple in the water. No huge sweeping reforms, no budget emergencies, it was almost a non-event.

So, you say that you have high customer satisfaction? That’s still not good enough.

I don’t think there’s a business out there that wants to admit they have poor customer service. In fact, many avoid this reality by...

Startup accountant or suburban accountant? Who does your business need?

The "suburban accountant" may be fine as far a plain personal tax return goes but when addressing the complexities of scaling an innovative business – a boutique startup accounting firm already in the space is likely to be the better route.

Legal: What's in a name

Today’s consumer is faced with a vast choice of product and ever-increasing advertising. If you want to be seen and heard in the marketplace, you must develop brands that occupy centre stage in the consumer’s mind and that promise clear benefits. The starting point for creating a strong brand is the careful selection of a brand name.

Why are we still putting up with payroll tax? Australian businesses deserve better

Who can justify having Australian businesses pay over $22 billion annually in payroll tax to the individual States for the sole reason that they are employing people?
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It’s often said that everyone will have at least one big business idea in his or her lifetime. But how do you know if your next big idea is genuinely great or a genuine waste of time? This cheat sheet will help you formulate ideas, identify opportunities, evaluate their strengths and take your first big step forward. Learn how to get focus and clarity. Plus, score a bonus tip that will help you more than you might think!

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How to expand into New Markets with Elsita Meyer-Brandt [CHEAT SHEET]

Most organisations begin with aspirations to start local, then grow global. But, in reality, very few ever take the big leap into new markets. In this Cheat Sheet, Elsita Meyer-Brandt, Head of Market Expansion and International Marketing for Eventbrite, shares five rules to help organisations, just like yours, expand into new markets.

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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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