Crucial lessons from the C-suite: Grow yourself to grow your company

Crucial lessons from the C-suite: Grow yourself to grow your company

It took three years of building a successful medical device startup company before Nina Quinn was headhunted to become the CEO of Neurosensory. Quinn's transition in taking Neurosensory from a South East Queensland business turning over $5 million, to a multi-clinic enterprise now spanning three states wasn't an easy one. Had ...

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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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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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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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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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Meet the local woman inspiring major connections at the sporting event of the decade

Meet the local woman inspiring major connections at the sporting event of the decade

While Sam Kennedy's role as the director for strategy and innovation at Optus may constantly take her to the far corners of the world, she couldn't imagine calling anywhere but the Gold Coast home. Kennedy is a self-confessed lover of the city from its business landscape to vibrant social culture. So, when the Gold Coast was n...

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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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G8 EDUCATION EXECUTIVE CHRIS SCOTT RETIRES AS COMPANY CUTS CHINESE TIES

G8 EDUCATION EXECUTIVE CHRIS SCOTT RETIRES AS COMPANY CUTS CHINESE TIES

LONG-TIME managing director and executive of G8 Education (ASX: GEM) Chris Scott has announced his retirement, on the same day that his company has emerged from a trading halt to raise $100 million in a new institutional placement. Scott has been central to the growth of the Gold Coast-based G8 Education since it began life as listed comp...

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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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SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHTS OFFER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SUPERYACHT Australia has devised a strategy to attract more superyachts to Queensland and capitalise on revenue opportunities ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The peak body has put together a working group to focus on uniting stakeholders and share the benefits of engaging with the superyacht community as part of the Super...

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2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

THE millennial work ethic isn't always cast in a positive light when compared to older generations, but these young professionals are proving otherwise. From multimillion-dollar transactions to civic advancement, five ambitious men and women are driving success for their employers and ultimately the Gold Coast. As finalists in the...

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SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

FOR Jeff Robinson, the phrase 'sink or swim' is a mantra he once imbibed as a high-flyer in the business world, but it soon became a stark reality when, floating out to sea, he fought the will to live.

The former Gold Coast General Manager of AE Smith, the largest privately-owned air-conditioning and engineering firm in Australia, now...

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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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MGI GOLD COAST EXPANDS

MGI GOLD COAST EXPANDS

LEADING Australasian acounting network, MGI, has bolstered its team by appointing Helen Whelan as director at its Gold Coast office.

Due to an expanding client base on the Gold Coast, Whelan, who was previously senior manager at MGI's Brisbane office, has been brought on to manage the growing Southport business.

"MGI is committed ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

DELOITTE Access Economics released its monthly Business Outlook today. It puts Brexit in perspective for Australia and explains how Australia is growing, despite some strong headwinds. Business News Australia has broken the Deloitte report down to seven points:

China matters more than Brexit

"Although a renewed burst of credit ...

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CIOBO WARNS CREDIT RATING COULD BE AT RISK

CIOBO WARNS CREDIT RATING COULD BE AT RISK

FEDERAL Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo has warned a Labor victory following this weekend's federal election could put Australia's triple-A credit rating at risk.   "You can say I am just being political, but there is a point where you can only get so much debt," says Ciobo, addressing a Young Profess...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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