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The constant battle to get more out of each day is a challenge all business people experience. We constantly search for ways to be...

Successful people’s mindset

This is my 360th and final column for this great paper. The time has come for my more than capable colleagues to share their knowledge...

Don’t forget existing customers

Have you noticed that many companies have great incentives and rewards for new customers? Banks offer interest-free periods and many bonus features for signing...

Cut down your ‘screen time’

Do you have digital overload? Those of us who are parents have most likely read an article or heard from experts about the dangers of...

Successful people make their own luck

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. In other words, you make your own luck. I am a true believer in...

Health and the workplace

Most Australians spend about one third of their lives at work, so being healthy at work can make a big impact on helping to...

Do you live up to your promises?

I was recently driving behind a van belonging to a business and underneath the business name was the tagline “When Quality Matters”. It is a...

Does personality type predict business success?

When my business was just a fledgling one, I used to encourage anyone with even a fleeting idea, that they should start their own...

How to avoid start-up failure

Start-ups come in all shapes and all sizes, with personalities that are as diverse as the people who run them. In Australia, we are...

Being focused at work

Whether you work from home or in a more traditional workplace, there are distractions everywhere. Some of those distractions are unrelated to work – chatting...

Business mistakes to avoid

Most often, business advice is full of things that you should do. But sometimes it is good to know what not to do, and...

Learning the art of saying no

Saying ‘no’ to a request can be really difficult for many of us. It can stem from not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings or...

Do you badmouth your competitors?

If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, it is possible that you’ve encountered someone ‘bad mouthing’ you or your business....

Don’t stop dreaming

I’m in my apartment in New York, sitting on my bed with a laptop, writing my column for a New York newspaper. OK, so...

Perspective in a world full of fear

This week the mainstream media, social media and everyday conversations have been flooded with stories of terrorism in Paris and Beirut. A quick Google search...

Business success is more than having a good idea

Have you ever come across a brilliantly simple idea and thought “why didn’t I think of that?”? Conversely, have you had a fantastic idea,...

The advantage of being a small business

Over the past few weeks, I have been dealing with some large companies. Those interactions have been less than satisfactory to say the least, and...

Actions speak louder than words

Last week I was in the process of terminating a contract with a company. The company with which I was terminating had been unreliable and...

There’s no harm in asking for help

Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows you can’t tackle everything yourself. Business owners are daring and inspired people with...

Are you a wise leader?

In my experience there are more poor leaders than wise leaders. But often the actions and decisions that define those poor leaders, are things...