The Pharma Industry Needs A Blank Page!

March 27th 2014

In business these days, it’s not often that we find ourselves staring at a blank piece of paper feeling stupid and frustrated.  And that’s a problem. We need to do it more.

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Can You Future Proof Pharma?

March 25th 2014

Recent years have seen scores of iconic businesses and brands fall by the wayside. The demise of Kodak, Borders and Nortel leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no organization or brand is immune to extinction.

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When Business Marriages Turn Sour

March 21st 2014

Are mergers becoming irrelevant? Do two relevant businesses now equal one miserable marriage?

For every Fuji Xerox there’s a Sony Ericsson so below are my thoughts on the pros and pitfalls of merging your business.

Wedding bells are ringing. Business marriages seem to be in season. First there were the Microsoft-Nokia nuptials last year and now the blessed union of WhatsApp and Facebook. Even one-time retail rivals Myer and David Jones are flirting with the idea of engaging in consummation rather than competition.

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The Danger Of Routines

February 28th 2014

First the good news. Routines and habits are a useful and essential part of running a successful business, and indeed a successful life. Routines bring order to chaos. When you are so busy that you don’t know what day it is, so tired that you’re chugging down double short blacks like they’re ice-cold lemonade on a hot day, and so stressed that you’re having five minute conversations with people and then walking away with no idea what it was that they said, it is of some comfort to at least be able to sit at the same desk, drink from the same coffee mug and go to the same place to buy lunch. When you impose structure upon your work day you feel more organised and in control.

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Your Business Is Losing Its Genius

February 28th 2014

Silos – they are a part of any large corporation – and they are the enemy of innovation & creativity.

Too often, in the big telecommunications companies, you will find marketing on one floor, distribution in a different building, sales on an entirely different floor, possibly even split across different states.

And what falls down the gaps? Genius ideas, a wealth of knowledge and team morale.

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Australia By Numbers

February 24th 2014

There is a very long held assumption that economics is a bunch of very serious people talking about very serious, and dare I say boring, things. But I’m here to prove that just isn’t true!

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The Lost Art of Downtime…

February 24th 2014

In an age where daily life is lived at breakneck speed, are we losing the ability to enjoy downtime to our own detriment?

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What Makes Us Happy At Work?

February 24th 2014

Do you know why the vast majority of people leave their jobs? Many of you will be thinking money or perhaps long hours, or perhaps boredom. But none of these valid reasons play as big a part in driving someone from their job as a sense of not being valued.

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Smartphone Etiquette

February 24th 2014

 In the ever-growing world of smartphones and smartphone users, one thing has become fairly clear: We all love our own phone, but we hate yours. A self indulgent view of life amongst mobile & social technologies.

Mobile life has become the norm, but it doesn’t mean we all have equal ideas about it.

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The Ultimate Mobile Banking App!

February 3rd 2014

There is no doubt that strategies around mobile banking are in the top five priorities for any financial institution. Even with this focus, many bankers have a difficult time making the paradigm shift that is required to build a great mobile banking application.

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The BIG Priority In Investment Banking

February 3rd 2014

Neural Latency Intellisense

Investment banking as a sector looks to have a much more positive outlook this year than in previous years. The year will see the implementation of a lot of the regulatory changes formulated since the crisis hit, and a marketplace that is starting to settle into the new normal, whatever that is.

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Solid Growth for the Finance Sector

January 31st 2014

Australia’s finance sector is on track for several more years of solid growth...

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Collaboration Drives Innovation In Banking

January 31st 2014

Why Financial organisations that work together do better

Ever come to the end of the week, looked at your in-tray and thought 'gee, I could really use an extra day this week'? Well, according to the global CEO survey, workers in knowledge organisations spend up to 25% of every day looking for information. Twenty-five per cent.

So there's your extra day, right there!

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You Can Buy Your First Home!

January 24th 2014

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.

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Through the looking glass… 2014 predictions

January 24th 2014

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.

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How To Conquer Public Speaking

January 24th 2014

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.

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A Dummies Guide To Bitcoin

December 19th 2013

Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately.

Involved in everything from space travel with Virgin Galactic, NFC with Nio Card and even Snoop Dogg‘s next record.

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Why I Deleted Facebook

December 19th 2013

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.

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Your 5 Minute 'Greatness' Reset

December 19th 2013

The saying goes that mediocrity is the enemy of greatness, that by settling for good enough we never achieve our full potential.

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Your Money in 2014

December 19th 2013

As is normal at this time if the year, economists are pretty much compelled to outline their main themes for the economy and markets in the year ahead.

I am not different so here we go.

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