How you can harness 'instability' to advance your career

How you can harness 'instability' to advance your career

Although it may have been a touch dramatic, Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said, "once you stop learning, you start dying". In a fast-paced business landscape defined almost entirely by uncertainty and emerging technologies, learning new skills is virtually inseparable from success. According to innovation ...

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Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia's most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like...

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Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

Why emotions are the secret weapon for successful leadership

In business there is a saying- 'it's more important to think with your head than your heart'.

But, as modern research shows, this statement couldn't be further from the truth.

Professor Neal Ashkanasy of The University of Queensland Business School has built an academic career in the field of organisational beha...

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Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

It has now been almost three years since vitamins company Swisse Wellness was sold for $1.67 billion to a Hong Kong company, giving entrepreneur Radek Sali a healthy supplement of around $250 million from the sale. It's enough money to make time the Australian businessman's most precious asset as he looks for new opportunities thr...

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Serial entrepreneur aims to build one million square metres of tolerant reef

Serial entrepreneur aims to build one million square metres of tolerant reef

A telecommunications entrepreneur who has founded companies with enterprise values of more than $5 billion has his sights on an audacious and likely controversial project to build new reefs to combat the effects of coral bleaching. Bevan Slattery is no stranger to large-scale developments. He made a name for himself in 2009, along with Sh...

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Telco entrepreneur claims proxy advisors "toxic" to the ASX

Telco entrepreneur claims proxy advisors "toxic" to the ASX

The "golden handcuffs" of stock market listing have tightened for Australia's entrepreneurs, with executive pay limitations making it harder to attract talent in a competitive global market. This was a key concern raised yesterday by telecommunications and data cloud pioneer Bevan Slattery while speaking at a breakfast organ...

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Qld fishers launch class action at federal government over White Spot outbreak

Qld fishers launch class action at federal government over White Spot outbreak

More than 100 commercial fishers in Queensland are preparing for a lawsuit against the federal government over the White Spot outbreak. The suit, which will be prepared by Chris Thompson from Law Essentials, a Harvey Bay based law firm, is in relation to the White Spot disease that has infected Queensland prawns and cost the industry mill...

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What it takes to be a great leader in the era of Gen Z and technology

What it takes to be a great leader in the era of Gen Z and technology

What does it take to be a great leader? Successfully leading a team means adapting to different environments, different working styles and accounting for cultural differences. Increased globalisation in today's business landscape means leaders are facing new challenges in leading and managing teams in complex business environments. ...

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How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

In August 1987, my father, a small business entrepreneur, arrived home after work, and announced that we were moving to Australia. This announcement served as my first exposure to risk management from an entrepreneur's perspective. My father was regarded as crazy for uprooting the family and leaving apartheid South Africa Why put ...

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CEOs rake in a record haul by sleeping rough

CEOs rake in a record haul by sleeping rough

Australia's business leaders did what they do best overnight by making big bucks, although this time it was for a worthy cause in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Funds raised nationally from the charity event have reached a record $6.3 million, edging closer to the $6.42 million target set for 2018. However, the funds raised are ...

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Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MPs to pursue a bill to phase out live export trade

Liberal MP Sussan Ley has proposed a private members bill to phase out the cruel live export trade despite the Turnbull government's position on the matter. Whilst Labor wants to see the practice banned, the party's leader, Bill Shorten, is yet to decide if Labor will support Ley's bill. However, as Fairfax Media reports, ...

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Deloitte LGBTI Leaders List highlights the work still to be done

Deloitte LGBTI Leaders List highlights the work still to be done

Despite the tremendous progress Australia has made for the rights of LGBTI citizens over the past year, there's still a lot of work to be done. That's the message Australia's top LGBTI leaders want to impart to the country. Deloitte and Google have partnered up to announce Australia's Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders, to furth...

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Building a brilliant career: inside one woman's dream to create a new city

Building a brilliant career: inside one woman's dream to create a new city

'What is your dream?' A question often asked and answered in similar ways; I want to buy a house, travel overseas or find the perfect job. Ask Raynuha Sinnathamby the same question, the answer goes a little bit further. "We have aspirations to build a new city," she says. As managing director of the Springfie...

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Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Business News Australia joins the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

For more than a decade Vinnies has run the annual CEO Sleepout, a national campaign to fight the issue of homelessness. Each year on the longest night of winter, many of the nation's top executives sleep out on the concrete to raise much needed funds for Aussies who desperately need it. For participants, it is one night of discomf...

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More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

More women than men appointed to the ASX 200 during 1Q18

Female appointments to ASX 200 companies surged past 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, with more women than men appointed during the period. It's a historic moment for Australia's top companies and marks the first time that female appointments have exceeded male appointments since the Australian Institute of Company Direct...

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Making the quantum leap: how an ex-helicopter pilot landed a top role at KPMG

Making the quantum leap: how an ex-helicopter pilot landed a top role at KPMG

Matt Colquhoun (pictured) is all about military precision when it comes to doing business. Before he became an associate director at KPMG, Colquhoun spent the better part of 20 years serving in the Australian Army as an airworthiness engineer and helicopter pilot. While his two career paths seem dramatically different on the surface, ...

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Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

Progress your career with an online post graduate degree

There's a digital revolution happening in tertiary education. Engaging and immersive online learning is becoming more accessible especially for busy, mid-career professionals who are looking to take the next step in their careers. There are numerous benefits to studying online and it's become extremely attractive to professionals ...

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Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

Female board appointments spike during first months of 2018

The percentage of female appointments to ASX 200 boards has spiked in 2018, according to a new report released on International Women's Day by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Women accounted for 47 per cent of ASX 200 board appointments in the first two months of 2018, up from 36 per cent in 2017. The AICD Qu...

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Vinnies predicts this Christmas will be tougher than ever for Queensland families

Vinnies predicts this Christmas will be tougher than ever for Queensland families

THE Vinnies Christmas Appeal has been one of the most important social programs run by the group since its inception. This year, the group hopes to assist 1.3 million people, provide 365,164 beds, and donate 2 million hot meals. But the group anticipates that this year's Christmas could be the toughest one to date for Queenslander...

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HOW TO LEAD A BETTER BUSINESS WITH YOUR PARTNER

HOW TO LEAD A BETTER BUSINESS WITH YOUR PARTNER

PEOPLE say that starting your own business is one of the greatest challenges you can face. Edward and Rebecca Plant, partners in life and business, have taken that statement to the next level. Together the Plants run a coaching program called Lead a Better Business which helps couples build sustainable and profitable businesses that creat...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

CEOS BRAVE THE COLD TO RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE HOMELESS

MORE than 400 executives confronted the cold last night in the annual Vinnies CEO sleepout, which took place beneath the Story Bridge. Participants got a taste of what around 105,000 Australians living on the street experience every night, and in doing so raised around $1.4 million to aid the homeless. Among the 400 executives, manage...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

HOW TO MANAGE OFFICE MOVES: FIVE ESSENTIALS TO PUT INTO ACTION

IF YOU own a business, you will know that the decision to move premises isn't made lightly. Once your business starts to grow, on the one hand it's very exciting, yet on the other it can present a problem for the ill-prepared.   Relocating to a larger space often requires months of planning, and the costs of moving particular...

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WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

EMPLOYEE-owned companies command a higher share price than their publicly listed peers, reaping a 17 per cent premium over the ASX200, a new index has found. The Employee Ownership Australian Index (EOAI) reveals that companies which are at least 30 per cent owned by employees tend to have better environmental, social and governance stand...

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SCREEN QUEENSLAND CEO TRACEY VIEIRA RESETS THE STAGE FOR FILM SUCCESS

SCREEN QUEENSLAND CEO TRACEY VIEIRA RESETS THE STAGE FOR FILM SUCCESS

TRACEY VIEIRA has led Screen Queensland to three of its best years since taking over as CEO in 2014, bringing the organisation out of a malaise that had set in amid bullying claims and the resignations of two CEOs.

Its renewal culminated in FY16 when the organisation secured a direct economic spend of $218 million through international p...

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RED ROOSTER CONTINUES TO CLUCK UP A STORM

RED ROOSTER CONTINUES TO CLUCK UP A STORM

THE age-old saying, 'winner winner, chicken dinner' encapsulates the fondness that Australians have for a good old roast chicken. It is this widespread sentiment and the numerous growth initiatives undertaken by chief executive Chris Green (pictured) which keeps Australian franchise, Red Rooster holding strong despite a wave of di...

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PLAN TO PROVIDE 'PURPOSE' AND 'INTENT' FOR QUEENSLAND ECONOMY

PLAN TO PROVIDE 'PURPOSE' AND 'INTENT' FOR QUEENSLAND ECONOMY

FIVE areas vital to the future growth of the Queensland economy have been identified in an upcoming Deloitte Access Economics report.

The Shaping Future Cities report, to be released in April 2017, will outline a master plan for the restructure and revamp of the economy over the coming decade.

The initiative enlists the help of a co...

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MERGER PROVES A TONIC FOR TERRY WHITE PROFITS

MERGER PROVES A TONIC FOR TERRY WHITE PROFITS

CHEMIST retailer Terry White Group has posted a healthy doubling of underlying earnings over the past year, aided by the acquisition of the Chemplus network in 2015. The Brisbane-based Terry White Group, which is close to finalising an even bigger merger with rival chain Chemmart this month, has revealed a 107 per cent surge in earnings b...

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SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

AFTER spending a decade building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX:BLA) into one of Brisbane's biggest listed companies, founder Mark Sowerby is now poised to share his secrets to success with budding entrepreneurs. Sowerby, who announced last month that he was resigning as CEO of the Brisbane-based investment group to spend more ...

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