Stephen Koukoulas is one of Australia’s most respected economists. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.
In his latest article Stephen argues against the widely held belief that first homebuyers are being priced out of the market, showing us (and Bridie at The Guardian) that with a little frugality and some more realistic expectations, your first home isn’t just a dream.
Yossi Ghinsberg’s tale of survival has inspired audiences all over the world. Having been separated from a group of travelling friends, Yossi was left to fend for himself for three weeks in the harshest environment on earth, the unchartered Bolivian Amazon. With no food and no water, Yossi discovered an animal strength, an innate desire to live that has changed his outlook on life forever.
In this short interview Yossi gives us an exclusive insight into why he took that treacherous journey, his darkest moments and how he pulled through in the hopes that we can each take away a lesson in resilience.
2014 is upon us, a year that is already showing signs of being a devastatingly successful year for the transformation towards digital nativity… so what do I see the year bringing to the world of culture, behaviour and technology.
Giving a speech can be a joy or a disaster. It can make you feel ten feet tall, or that you want to disappear into the ground. It can be a humiliating, embarrassing ordeal, or an exciting, empowering and uplifting triumph in which you persuade, entertain, motivate and even move the audience.
I recently took the bold step of deleting Facebook... and the experience was incredibly revealing.
Now I guess I should be clear up front. I haven't dropped out of the Facebook world entirely – doing so would spell almost certain death socially and commercially. However, a few weeks ago I did take the dramatic step of deleting the Facebook App off my smartphone and only checking my feed when on my laptop.
As the silly season gets under way, many of us will be looking to 2014 & the next 12 months of awards nights, conferences and events.
Often, during the planning process, the question comes up 'do we need an MC?'
Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a Sydney-based global futurist and innovation strategist whose clients include Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and the Commonwealth Bank, as well as his mum's local bricks and mortar menswear shop in Sweden.
In this insightful excerpt from his new book 'Digilogue' Anders reminds us that whilst the world is going tech crazy, there is still very much a place for the traditional; from the analogue Christmas card to the time spent creating a holiday feast. The perfect balance between the past and future is where enduring businesses & brands will prosper.
As a special offer to celebrate the close of 2013, when you confirm Anders to speak at a conference or event before 31st January 2014, you will receive 50 copies of his book 'Digilogue: How to Win the Digital Minds and Analogue Hearts of Tomorrow's Customer' complimentary.
So many businesses are sitting here today faced with the knowledge that they are less relevant today than they were a year ago.
They don't quite know how it happened; everything seemed to be going so well. They were THE hottest product last January, but now the numbers say different.
As a leader, you have the capacity to empower. You have the capacity to empower your staff, your colleagues and yourself says Lisa McInnes-Smith.
Yet so often true leadership falls by the wayside as deadlines & budgets take over. This needs to change, we need a shift, a leader shift.
And to support you in your quest to become the best you can be, you can learn to unlock your leadership potential with a one on one coaching session with Lisa McInnes-Smith.
Lisa is giving away a tailored coaching session to anyone who confirms an event with her before 31st January 2014. This session can be redeemed by you or any member of your team!
After becoming separated from his friends in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, Yossi Ghinsberg survived three harrowing weeks in one of the worlds' most dangerous environments.
It was this experience that has lead Yossi on a journey of self-discovery that has seen him captivate hundreds of thousands of people across the world with his tales of strength, collaboration and above all, our innate power to survive.
In this heartfelt article, Yossi asks us to call upon our animal instincts to survive the everyday stresses that plague us at this busy time of year.
Beware the Tyranny of Tradition Michael McQueen warns us in this cautionary tale of a business that gets slowed down by it's 'barnacles'
Every business needs to ask itself, are we innovating? Are we doing enough to ensure we remain streamlined? Or are we carrying the dead weight of processes and systems that are no longer relevant?
Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a speaker and researcher at the very forefront of futurism. Through his think tank Thinque, Anders works with some of the planet's biggest companies to anticipate trends that will disrupt their business.
In this article, through his passion for bringing the digital minds together with the analogue hearts of each business, Anders looks at how companies are going to be impacted by a workforce & consumer base that has never known a world without smart phones & online gaming...
Scott is a visionary and banking innovator who, as Movenbank's Chief Mobile Officer is poised to disrupt the banking services industry with a mobile-centric offering unlike any other. In this fascinating piece Scott explores what our physical money actually means and how we can expect this to change in the not so distant future.
Some say that it makes the world go round, others call it the root of all evil. But what exactly is money? Why do we need it? And where did it come from?
The real issue with big data today is not defining what it is, but from a business perspective, knowing how to get value from it. Here's my take. Big data is not about big technology - it's just about making better decisions.
If you work in the travel industry you sell something of immense value. Holidays are some of people's most treasured experiences. They provide us with time to unwind, time to have adventures, and time to spend with family and friends. If you ask people to list their 10 best experiences, many of them would be whilst they have been on holiday.
There's another benefit of travelling. It changes our perspective.
I'm 30,000 feet in the air. I am currently west of Chicago en route from JFK to LAX.
Because I was delayed from JFK and have a connection in LAX to Sydney, which I could well miss, I am nervously following our progress on www.flightstats.com, which is tracking AA181 live.
I am browsing the web from 30,000 feet on www.gogoair.com ... live.