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How I became a 67-year-old app developer instead of a golf-playing pensioner

When my son introduces me to his friends, he refers to me as an app developer. As a 67-year-old this is generally met with...

What businesses can learn from Casey Stoner’s retirement

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner recently announced his early retirement. Interestingly, the reason cited was not lost love of riding motorcycles, but his disillusion regarding how the sport is run and managed.

When is it good to be made redundant? When you’re a business owner!

Redundancy is rarely a word you want to hear. However, for business owners, it should be considered a word of great positivity. Being redundant in your business means you are free from dependency; in fact, plain free. Think of all the inane tasks we do because we think we are the only one that can do them “properly”. Yet, most tasks can be delegated; it’s just our ego that often gets in the way of being free of them.

Why is it so hard to start a succession plan? Writer’s block, or just...

Succession Planning for your business is an easy topic to grasp: it’s about putting a plan in place for your business so ultimately, when you sell – be it to family, staff or the market – you will not only maximise your price, but ensure an easy transition process that will increase the marketability to a prospective buyer. Well, that seems like a pretty important document to me, so why do so many of us put off what is akin to an ‘insurance plan’ for our future?

What does an older society mean for the economy?

RMIT economist Alberto Posso looks at the rapid increase in over-65-year-olds, which is three times more than the increase in younger people. He says this will put pressure on dependency ratios and economic growth. He says cuts to immigration are bad for the economy because they will put further pressure on dependency ratios.

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?

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.
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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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Three easy wins when using LinkedIn with David Hobson [FREE REPORT]

"If you’re pressed for time, I'm here to help." In this report, David Hobson will show you three quick wins - things you can do to pimp out your LinkedIn profile in 15 minutes or less.

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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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