Looking for a better way to run a business?

October 9, 2018

In Search of the HP Way Sometimes it’s valuable to look back and recognise the good ideas and great people that create firms that last the test of time. Earlier this week I attended a reunion of former Hewlett-Packard employees in Sydney. It was most enjoyable to see how former colleagues had built on their Read more…

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Researching SME performance

August 9, 2018

Recently I have been working on a PhD research proposal which requires lots of reading and time to reflect on the contents of industry reports and academic papers, in fact more than 120 to date.  Over the next three years I plan to establish a number of owner-manager networking groups in regional NSW to identify Read more…

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Time to stop and smell the roses!

October 31, 2016

In your busy day do you ever take time to stop and smell the roses? Most mornings I like to take an early walk that often involves weaving through the back lanes of Cammeray and Crows Nest in Sydney, avoiding main roads and noise. I especially enjoy the early walk at this time of year Read more…

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Balanced Score Card Plan April 2016

April 11, 2016

About this time, many business owners and their management team are actively building a plan for the new financial year. In small businesses it may exist mainly in the owners head, in larger businesses its put to paper and shared with the workforce. There are many ways to prepare a business plan and just as Read more…

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Leadership, management and learning

December 8, 2015

On the weekend I was reading a book ‘Developing Leaders’ by Professor John Adair (1988). It’s a short book that has many proven concepts for developing leaders and managers including this rather good quotation by TS Lin, former Chairman of Tatung one of Taiwan’s leading electronics manufacturers supplying products to the world. “There is an Read more…

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A new resource to support change in your business

October 26, 2015

Since the change of Prime Minister in September the general tone of national politics has improved and our nation is better positioned for growth. The removal of a sitting PM by either side will cause concern, but its most interesting to observe how this changed was better planned and generally accepted by the Australian community Read more…

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Ethical behaviour

July 31, 2015

August 2015 – Ethical behaviour Sometimes the importance of behaving in an ethical manner is forgotten or overlooked. The current ethical media storm has been created by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop. Whatever your political bias one cannot overlook the facts about travel and expenses charged to the Commonwealth. Sometimes we need to refer to our core Read more…

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It’s time to plan for FY16

May 20, 2015

If you search Amazon.com for books with “business plan” in the title you may be surprised and overwhelmed to find over 3000 items to review. To save you time let me suggest a framework and approach that works well for most businesses. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that: Business plans and Read more…

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Why “Engagement” should be top of mind

April 20, 2015

How often do you hear the term “people are our most important asset” and how do you feel when you hear it? Often the term is misused by business leaders as they communicate to the market or to employees. Those that truly believe the term tend to build businesses that grow were people are engaged Read more…

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Bad hiring decisions have a high cost

March 20, 2015

To confirm a simple truth, in most businesses the biggest single cost are people. If you hire poorly you will incur ongoing costs to the business that could cause it to fail. Alternatively if you hire well, retain the people and invest in them to increase their skills, they will help you grow the business Read more…

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