House prices are moving into very dangerous territory.
They are rising so fast and are moving to a point where there is a very real risk of a situation that spills over to poor borrowing decisions, relaxed lending standards and financial market malaise that would threaten to end Australia’s multi-decade economic expansion.
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.
Yossi Ghinsberg is one of the worlds most loved and respected speakers, he teaches audiences how to tap into their survival instincts in order to over come challenges in the corporate world, using his incredible story of loss and adventure in the Amazon
Here he gives us a sneak peak into his incredible true story.
Don’t let go of the raft! I told myself as the undertow dragged the raft along rapidly below the surface. The pressure on my lung became unbearable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technology is evolving and the status quo is being disrupted on a daily basis. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Financial Services sector.
In my short video, I will equip those working in this challenging industry, with the tools to reinvent they way they conduct themselves in business.
Such tools include:
Where you sit on the relevance curve - is your business soon to be obsolete?
How to spot the warning signs that you need to reinvent
How you can innovate to stay ahead of the pack
Through working with some of the biggest brands in the country I have seen first hand, the importance of not only staying abreast of the relevance curve, but of reinvention in keeping your brand competitive.
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!
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.