Ex-Macquarie exec takes top job at Yellow Brick Road

Ex-Macquarie exec takes top job at Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road (ASX: YBR) has appointed an ex-Macquarie board member to its helm, just weeks after a wild ride which included an unsolicited takeover offer of the company and a collapsed $300 million credit facility. Frank Ganis, former executive director at Macquarie Group, has joined the mortgage broker as CEO and is expected to help...

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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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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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James Packer steps down from family business

James Packer steps down from family business

Gambling mogul and head of the Packer fortune, James Packer, has announced his withdrawal from the private family business to focus on his health. Citing mental health issues, a spokesperson from Consolidated Press Holdings says Packer has departed from the board of his family business in order to "continue his recovery". No...

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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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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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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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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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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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SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

POWERHOUSE Australian companies iVvy, Mentorloop and Canva all share a common thread. During their respective growth phrases, these companies joined a host of other successful women-led ventures through the Springboard Australia Business Accelerator, a program which is once again hot on the search for its next big disruptor. With nomi...

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INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

SEEKOLOGY, a next-generation buyer's agent, is claiming to save property investors thousands on fees. 

The startup aims to save investors thousands of dollars on the cost of a standard buyer's agent and offers owner-occupiers a standard industry commission at the time of property purchase.

It says the only cost to the investor...

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SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

STAY in school, kids, and you might just develop a business plan as great as Dustin Leonard's of HERO Condoms.

HERO Condoms began as a university assignment in Sydney, a business plan where the Texan-born entrepreneur identified the condom industry as ripe for disruption.

"The funny thing is, I never went out to start a con...

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GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

AS A young girl riding BMX bikes, Fiona de Jong never dreamed she would be where she is today, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee and the first female to hold this title.

Following a strict regime of 'six hours learning, six hours studying, six hours training and six hours sleeping' as she studied to become a lawyer, the Bri...

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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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TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

BEAUTY is big business but can be a big, bad business - something L'Oreal Australia is trying to change with New York company TerraCycle.

The companies have developed a world-first program to ensure beauty and personal care packaging doesn't end up in landfill.

They are an odd couple on the surface, but TerraCycle's focu...

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SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY agency The Works has raised the bar in creative industries with its new baby daycare bonus.

As of July 1, the Employer-funded Return to Work Bonus will take effect at The Works, providing $100 per day paid childcare to mothers returning to the workplace over six months.

Average childcare costs in NSW are currently $96 per day...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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