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Now is the time to lay the foundations for export success

It is easy to feel intimidated at the moment. It takes strength of character to weather the critics and follow your dreams. There are many choices available to cancel out the prevailing business sentiment. For example, looking for a new market overseas to sell into.

WWIII: The Great War on Capital of 2008

Shareholders around the world have seen extravagant expenditures of their wealth squandered by CEOs with their arm-waving and talmudic reading of balance-sheets and P&Ls, like the obsessive, pre-scientific study of entrails. Less than one CEO in a hundred could give an intelligent, educated account of what strategy it would take for their business to survive in the rapidly evolving environment of the next decade.

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.

The future of finance

As a new generation of Gordon Gekko's fry under the blowtorch of angry shareholders and world leaders brace themselves for the bill from mass bailouts, it's easy to answer the question, "What is the future of finance?" by simply asking another: "Is there a future for finance?"

What your business should learn from Iceland's collapse

The great Michael Lewis is probably the best and most readable chronicler of the current financial crisis. In this fascinating piece, he investigates the collapse of Iceland, and finds that mass delusion and lack of dissenting voices, products of Iceland's provincial and isolated culture, were keys to this "perfect bubble" and ensuing disaster.

What your business should learn from Iceland’s collapse

The great Michael Lewis is probably the best and most readable chronicler of the current financial crisis. In this fascinating piece, he investigates the collapse of Iceland, and finds that mass delusion and lack of dissenting voices, products of Iceland's provincial and isolated culture, were keys to this "perfect bubble" and ensuing disaster.

The crisis of credit visualised

Los Angeles-based designer Jonathan Jarvis has created a wonderful animated video explaining the complex origins of the current credit crisis.

This is what happens when you start laying off Arts graduates

Some unusual signs have begun appearing taped to lampposts and other streetside objects in Melbourne's trendy St Kilda/Chapel Street areas. The efforts of a deranged man named Craig in search of meaning in a troubled world? Unlikely. But this is what we should expect when people with liberal arts degrees have too much time on their hands.

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.

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you've read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you’ve read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Online game lets you slap a corporate fat cat

American and European banking executives have been on the receiving end of far greater public criticism than here in Australia. And for the most part, it has been well-earned. Tapping into this anger, online games site addictinggames.com has used the recently passed US stimulus package as the premise for a new flash game entitled Trillion Dollar Bailout.

Top 5 new small business opportunities during the credit crunch

It's a time of debt, liquidation and even bankruptcy for small businesses. Hopes that the credit crunch might prove more hype than hurt have long since faded. However, when the economy is leaning towards a recession, there are still opportunities for businesses to not only survive, but thrive.

Aussies planning to go cheap this Valentine’s Day

This probably comes as no surprise, but lovers, dreamers and schemers across the nation are expected to go cheap this Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow, gentlemen... eh-herm).

Aussies planning to go cheap this Valentine's Day

This probably comes as no surprise, but lovers, dreamers and schemers across the nation are expected to go cheap this Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow, gentlemen... eh-herm).

Just how distressed is the US economy? Let’s go to the graph…

There are a lot of figures being bandied about to describe current global economic woes. But sometimes, a simple graph is all that is required to get the message across. Consider Exhibit A (below): A chart comparing job losses in the current US recession to job losses in recent recessions. Not pretty.

Just how distressed is the US economy? Let's go to the graph…

There are a lot of figures being bandied about to describe current global economic woes. But sometimes, a simple graph is all that is required to get the message across. Consider Exhibit A (below): A chart comparing job losses in the current US recession to job losses in recent recessions. Not pretty.

Survey: Executive expectations reveal no silver lining

It certainly isn't new news anymore that these are trying economic times, but that hasn't discouraged the large business analysis firms from gauging, on...
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5 Ways to get more out of your coffee shop meetings...

Far too much time is wasted in coffee shop meetings. More often than not, the conversation falls off topic, interruptions cause distractions and, before you know it, the meeting is over and you’ve achieved nothing. That’s what Antony Gaddie calls a Coffee and Doughnut meeting. You get a coffee and… zero. He’s the founder of Green Ant Marketing and he shared with us (over coffee) five things that you can do to help you make the most of your coffee shop meetings.

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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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