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Small Business Tip – Strategy

As I was working on a course I'm putting together, and monitoring it’s progress, and how it fits in with the overall strategy of my business, I thought of you.I wondered how strategy fits in to how you run your business? There is no doubt about the importance of long...

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WHY I do what I do…

Recently, a few people have asked me about my business. In particular, how I managed to turn things around after the devastating downturn in the mining & resources industry (the major arm of my business) which hit a few years ago.It has been quite a journey for...

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Those Negative Thoughts…

It can be really hard to stay on top of the challenges of running a business when we slip into a negative thinking slump. The self doubt and fears can take hold and before we know it we’re procrastinating and even questioning what we’re doing.   Here’s a quick...

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Turn Goal Setting Into An Action Plan.

Planning and setting goals is an important part of running a successful business. By following this simple five step process you can organise your goal setting in a way that will almost guarantee that you will achieve them. It’s a process that I use in my own...

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Great Leaders are Always Learning

There are times that they go hand in hand. I know in my own leadership journey I have had to face the fear of leading, particularly when it came to running the charity I established, the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam – ACCV (accv.net.au) I had a very...

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End of Financial Year tips

There is so much more to the end of financial year than taxes. It's the perfect time to look back on the year that was, and set some great goals for the upcoming year.

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Cash Flow – The Small Business Conundrum

If you’re  running a small business, then you’ve likely had an issue with cash flow at some stage. It can be one of the toughest aspects of running a business, and too often it is one that isn’t addressed until it’s too late. Managing your cash flow is SO...

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Let’s Talk About Confidence…

The Oxford dictionary describes confidence as: "A feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities." Well, as small business owners most of us would agree that there are times that our confidence is a little shaken. Many of us...

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Why Running Your Business is Like Driving a Car

 I’ve often thought of my business as a car.  It’s a pretty good car now, but that hasn’t always been the case.  We’ve had a few major breakdowns over the years, a couple of them almost sent us to the scrap heap!  It was after one of those major breakdowns that I...

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Nailing It! Why we need a Social Media Strategy

There is little argument that social media is now one of the most important aspects of marketing. We live in a digital world, where most people are online in one form or another, including your customers. We all want to reach more leads, engage more customers. Along...

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It’s in the Foundation

I haven’t written too many articles this year, it’s not that I don’t have much to say, it’s more about timing. So far 2018 has been a crazy busy year, but I’m certainly not complaining. We hit the ground running and we’ve been flat out ever since, in a good way. As...

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Do We Always Need a Business Plan?

I am a big fan of the Business Plan. More than just being a tool to woo investors, a business plan helps you to monitor how your company is progressing, it helps ensure that everyone is on the same page and it clearly outlines your vision and goals. I honestly believe...

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Should you take that Advice? 7 Tips to Help You Decide

Advice, there’s lots of it out there. Sometimes we’re looking for it and other times it’s thrust upon us whether we like it or not. Everyone seems to have an opinion, it is part of the human condition. Some gently make a suggestion while others will be quite vocal...

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Develop Your Strengths … Not Your Weaknesses

Feedback can be a wonderful thing; there are always golden nuggets of information we can use to reflect on our skills sets both soft and hard. I particularly like 360-degree feedback where your superiors, colleagues and staff get to give anonymous feedback on your...

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Twitter Tips From a Newbie

I joined Twitter a while ago but I must confess that it didn’t grab me. If I’m really honest I’d say that it left me quite confused. I didn’t understand how it worked and those short 140 character messages just weren’t my cup of tea. I let my account sit dormant for a...

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Do You Need Mentoring For Your Small Business?

To be frank, yes you do! By definition mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to achieve their goals. Most successful people including Oprah, Michael Jordan and Warren Buffet will tell...

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It’s All In The Implementation

We all know that we need to have vision and purpose for our business' systems and processes to keep it operating smoothly and great staff who are fully engaged and sharing the vision with you. But ultimately, there is one thing that stands between you and your...

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Managing Your Cash Flow

When I talk to small business owners many of them talk about a problem with cash. They tell me that they need to earn more money, generate more leads and sell more products. Often times, that’s not really the problem. The real problem is their cash flow; the time...

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Book Review – Start with WHY, Simon Sinek

I’ve always been an avid reader. I’ll confess; I have a book addiction rather than a shoe or shopping addiction. My children tell me that I won’t live long enough to read all the books I have. Yet still I buy more. My leadership journey has definitely been enhanced by...

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Podcast: Leadership for Us Little Guys

As a mother of six, the founder of a charity to support disadvantaged children and someone who nearly lost it all in the Brisbane floods; I wear my leadership hat all the time ... In this podcast I explain why YOU should too! I teamed up with the talented Robert...

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How Well Do You Understand Your Business Model?

Knowing your business model well is key to your business success. Running a small business can be a challenge, that’s for sure. Finding new leads, chasing those leads and converting them to satisfied, paying clients is what most business owners spend their time trying...

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Finding The Right Person Through Profiling

One of the greatest challenges facing any business is the recruitment and retention of staff. Having to replace an experienced team member can pose an incredible strain on the business, especially those with a small team. Anyone who has advertised a role will have...

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Social Media – Why It’s Important in Leadership

Leadership is all about building trust and in today's world social media plays an important role. Times have really changed, gone are the days when we set up a meeting and get our first impression face to face. Most people have researched a prospective contact long...

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Crisis Management – Lessons in Leadership

Crisis management is not the recommended way to run a business, although I have come across those where it is the natural order of the day. Having a strong organisation based on systems and processes and leadership that is based on trust and communication can avert...

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Increasing Productivity

With many businesses streamlining their activities, business owners and their employees are finding that they are busier now than they have ever been before. There seems to be more and more to do, fewer people and less time to do it in. So to ensure that goals are...

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Increasing Productivity for the End of Financial Year

For many businesses, June is often a time that focuses largely on the tasks necessary for the EOFY, sometimes to the detriment of the bigger picture. But it doesn’t need to be that way. So where do we begin? We can begin by looking at increasing our productivity. If...

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Podcast: Skydiving with Alison Vidotto

A big thank you to Jennifer Gale for welcoming me as a guest on her podcast! Join me on the Fit’n Fifity + Podcast! Listen here for an exploration of adventure, reflections on life and how to live it well. Please click the link above to listen to the whole interview....

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Top 9 Tips to AVOID SUCCESS in Your Business!

Working with small business owners we often talk about the path to success and the steps you need to take to run your business effectively. There are many steps along the road to success, just as there are many steps along the road to business failure. We don’t wake...

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Who is Supporting You? – Choose Your Inner Circle Well

Running a business can be challenging at the best of times, especially when we are a small business wearing many different hats. Some days the challenges come thick and fast, other times we have some great ideas to move the business forward. It’s great to have someone...

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Leading from Within the Discomfort Zone

It’s rare that real growth takes place without some level of discomfort. So why do we try to avoid it so much? So often we look back at challenging times and say ‘wow, that wasn’t easy, but I really learned a lot’ or ‘it was the best thing that could have happened, it...

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Systemised Approach to Networking

You can’t build and expand a business alone. There are only so many hours in a day and the ever growing list will eventually need more than two hands and one brain, it will inevitably become a team effort. Embrace it and let go. If you resist delegating, your business...

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Fear, Failure and Leadership

There are times that they go hand in hand. I know in my own leadership journey I have had to face the fear of leading, particularly when it came to running the charity I established, the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam - ACCV (accv.net.au) I had a very...

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Podcast: Competence vs. Confidence

In this podcast, I join with Rachael Jansen from School Hours Entrepreneurs to discuss the issue of competence vs. confidence. We chat about how it's the latter that often is the most important ingredient for success! If you have a little voice inside your head who...

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Leadership for Small Business Owners

Your business will never outperform your leadership skills. If you want your business to do well then you need to lead well. Too often we think of leadership as a position for the chosen few, those who have lots of followers and credentials to match. Not so. Once you...

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Communication: How to Keep it Positive

There is no question that honest, open communication is vital to effective leadership. But honesty is not always well received, so how do we keep communication positive? Most of us say we want to know the truth, we often ask for honest feedback, or we tell people that...

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Systems in Leadership

Many business owners groan when I mention the word ‘systems’. It’s amazing how many small businesses don’t have systems in place. They fly by the seat of their pants, managing their business in an ad hoc or even a crisis management fashion. Not having systems in place...

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5 Ways to Build your Leadership Resilience

As we head to the end of another year I have been reflecting on how we have done this year compared to previous years. We are definitely in a much better place as a business and as a team. This is a little surprising as we’ve had quite a tough year, we’ve launched a...

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Book Review – Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson

Another great book written by Spencer Johnson, he is also co-author of the One Minute Manager book I discussed a few weeks back. I love the way he can write. A group of old school friends is gathered for dinner and the topic of conversation gets on to change – in...

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The Door to Success Says Push!

This is one of my favourite sayings; I use it all the time. So it was quite natural that I would use it in the title of my book (that was planned long before the book actually saw the light of day) and for our Leadership and Business coaching business....

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Let Go and Lead!

A key aspect to great leadership is the ability to empower others and develop their leadership skills. As Ralph Nader says; “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” The first step in developing leaders is to delegate tasks and for...

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Book Review – The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

This book was written fifteen years ago but has remained a constant bestseller. It’s an interesting addition to any leader’s library and certainly gives food for thought about how we get our ideas to take hold, grow and bring about change. Gladwell uses the term...

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The Excellence of Imperfection

Leaders inspire others, they innovate and they initiate action. They value professional development both in themselves and others. Importantly, they develop and grow leadership in those coming behind them.  For a company to go from strength to strength it needs...

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Gratitude: The Power of a Grateful Leader

Showing gratitude to members of your team is an engaging quality in a leader. We all like to know that we are appreciated and that our hard work has not gone unnoticed. When gratitude is regularly expressed, the culture of an organisation will blossom and prosper;...

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Are you Leading on Purpose?

There are many aspects to being a leader; taking responsibility, leading by example, showing authenticity, integrity, honesty and so much more. When we want others to follow us and share our vision and mission we have to engage them. How do we do that? By knowing our...

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Podcast: Great Leaders Are Not Born, They Are Made

In this podcast, I chat with Annemarie Cross about why great leaders are NOT born, but made. We also discuss how to develop leadership strengths and tools to use that will assist you in becoming an effective leader. I share many of my personal beliefs regarding...

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If your Staff aren’t Performing, it’s YOUR Fault!

“A fish rots from the head down” as the ancient proverb goes. What it means is that when an organisation fails it is the leadership that is the root cause. I tend to agree. As leaders, it is ultimately our responsibility. We are responsible for the culture in our...

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Are You Leading With Emotional Intelligence?

Gone are the days when the authoritarian leader barked orders and followers jumped. Today, leadership is all about communication: the better we are able to communicate, the more successful we will be as a leader. Communication is so much more than words, it's about...

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Leadership 101: Time Management

There are so many aspects to being a leader, especially within a small business, that it’s often difficult to step past managing tasks and truly lead; we’re responsible for it all. We have so many distractions, so much to do, and the list is ever growing. So where do...

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Leading with Courage

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George Sheehan Running your own business can be stressful, even frightening. The stakes are high and the challenges can seem insurmountable at...

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Podcast: The Nice Guys on Business

I teamed up with The Nice Guys on Business to create this podcast. In this interview, I share a lot about my career, and my secrets to success ... it's BALANCE (shh!) We also chatted about my teenage years and what it was like for me to live independently at 16 whilst...

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Are you Leading or Managing your Small Business?

We often hear about the differences between a Manager and a Leader. Usually with the leader highlighted as more positive than a manager. The truth of the matter is that we need both skill sets, especially when we are running a small business. We need to be both a...

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Do you Resist Leading Because you are an Introvert?

Recently I read a very good book; Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain, which got me thinking about Introverted Leaders. I have long held the belief that we are all capable of being great leaders, whether we are introverted, extroverted, young or old, male or...

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Leadership isn’t Only for Those in Management

One of the many things I’ve learned since running a business and an international charity is that Leadership is not always positional. There are leaders who can claim the title in position only and others who show great leadership qualities while busily working in the...

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Utilise the Talent of Your Team

In my experience surrounding yourself with people aligned with your vision and purpose will take your business to the next level. Through admitted trial and error I am now surrounded by a fabulous, hardworking, fully engaged team. It has made my life infinitely easier...

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Great Leaders are Always Learning

One of my key messages, one that I really want people to get, is the fact that we are ALL capable of being GREAT leaders. All of us, no matter where we started, or where we are now. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles; like this one on Authentic Leadership, or this...

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Podcast: The Door to Success Says “Push!”

I was recently interviewed by Suzi Dafnis, the CEO and Community Director of the Australian Businesswomen's Network, an online community which provides training and mentoring for over 20,000 businesswomen. We talked about how to find the authentic leader in you, why...

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Strategic Leadership – 6 Lessons Learned

We all make mistakes, it’s a fact of life. Heaven knows I’ve made my fair share in the four years since I left my teaching job to run this business. Talk about a steep learning curve! But mistakes can also be seen as opportunities to grow and learn, and that’s...

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Leading Your Team to Success

I think it was Jim Rohn who said ‘You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with’. In my experience, it’s true, both in life and in business. As a small business owner you are going to spend a great deal of time with the people you work with,...

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Responsibility – The Corner of Leadership

I really like Jack Canfield's suggestion of taking 100% responsibility. Even when things are seemingly not a result of your actions, you can take responsibility. "But what if it’s not my fault?" I hear you say. Well, you can still take responsibility, and you’ll feel...

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Book Review – Eat That Frog!, Brian Tracy

As a leading author, speaker and coach in the personal development field Brian Tracy is very successful. His message transforms lives as those who follow his advice make life changing decisions to gain control over themselves and their productivity. In ‘Eat That Frog’...

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7 Principles on the Art of Leadership

I recently wrote a book review for Mark McNeilly’s book titled Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers. Like the original Art of War, it is an excellent leadership book — this time, with a business slant. It’s a great read for anyone who...

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How to Spot a Successful Leader

There are many aspects to being a leader. Knowledge, experience, strategic thinking.. etc. etc. But when it comes to being a truly successful leader it comes down to the relationships. How a leader treats the people they work with will determine their level of...

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How to Become a Better Leader

Leaders are not born, they are made. We all have the potential to lead, we just need to learn the right skills and behaviours. Leadership begins with the self, we have to really want to be a leader.If you would like to build your leadership skills, the following tips...

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Book Review – Manage Your Day-To-Day, Jocelyn K. Glei

One of the great things about this book is the fact that it mentions early on how different we all are and how there is no one answer to suit everyone. With this in mind the author has gathered information from a number of successful authors, marketers and business...

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7 Leadership Resolutions For a Great 2015

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them? Resolutions are always a great topic of conversation at the New Year’s Eve party after the clock strikes twelve. But…. the vast majority of resolutions fail fairly early into the year. This year I've put the health...

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Self Leadership – The Importance of Leading by Example

Sometimes people are a little confused when I suggest that they focus on self-leadership first. They tell me that self-leadership sounds a little strange, isn’t leadership all about followers? In a word, no. The answer is clear; to lead others you must first lead...

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Are You an Authentic Leader?

“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart and feet – thinking, saying, feeling and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust” - Lance Secretan What exactly is an authentic leader? Let me tell you first...

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Book Review – EntreLeadership, Dave Ramsey

I have seen Dave Ramsey’s self-titled TV show a few times so I was quite interested in reading his book. I’m pleased I did. It’s another great book for small business owners. Each of the fifteen chapters gives an aspect of entrepreneurship and leadership that will...

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We ALL Have the Potential to Be a Leader

For many of us, when we think of leadership it’s the mega successful corporate boss, billionaire or guru who comes to mind. But leadership doesn’t work that way, it’s alive and well in all walks of life. The biggest thing I have learned about leadership is that it has...

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Book Review – The E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber

This is another of my favourite books, one I wish I had read back in 1992 when I set up my first small business as a Naturopath. I was passionate about health and helping people, but I knew absolutely nothing about running a business. Many of us know that there is a...

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Why I Wrote a Leadership Book

“What prompted you to write a book on Leadership?” This is a question I’m often asked… The reason I wrote a book on leadership was because I read many books while studying leadership over a number of years. Some were good, some were great, but...

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