Month: October 2011

When 0.5% Is Not a Statistical Glitch

When you are dealing with statistics one expects a margin of error. You could be estimating a project and suggest +/- 10 percent. You could be waving your finger in the air and provide a rough order of magnitude “guesstimate” of +/- 200 percent. So the thought of taking as little of 0.5% out of an equation should not be a problem, right? But what happens if that 0.5% happen to control 38.5% of the world’s total wealth? The Business Insider shares 13 Staggering Facts About the Global Super Rich – and it leads out with this image of the global wealth pyramid based on data from Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook 2011. Given these figures, there’s little surprise that civil protests like #OccupyWallStreet in New York are gaining momentum (including the local #occupysydney efforts). It makes for interesting...

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Joey Quits with Style

I don’t know about you, but I find resigning from a job a bit of a challenge. I tend to put a lot of energy and commitment into my work and into my relationships with colleagues – so leaving can be a little traumatic. But sometimes – just sometimes – leaving can be immensely cathartic.  Take this approach from Joey and his friends from the What Cheer? Brigade. He claims that three years of poor treatment by management at the Renaissance Providence Hotel led him to this point … and seems to savour every moment (and who wouldn’t with over 1 million views). We often say that “our employees are our best assets” – but how many business cultures and how many managers bring that to life? And as we continue to see the Social Way manifest in more lives and in more places, our business practices as executives, managers – and yes, even employees – will face deeper scrutiny. It’s time to get your house in...

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What’s New with News Limited in Australia? Digital Subscriptions. That’s What

An interesting cast of folks assembled at News Limited's Sydney office to be briefed on the upcoming digital subscription offer being rolled out for The Australian. Those present included Katie Chatfield, Tim Burrowes, Tiphereth Gloria, Craig Wilson, Karalee Evans, Bronwen Clune, Laurel Papworth, Gary Hayes, Ross Dawson, Melanie James and a few folks I didn't have the chance to meet. Here's a selection of the main points tweeted at the briefing. View "What New with News in Australia? Digital Subscriptions. That's What" on...

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Five Must-Read Posts from Last Week

With the global zeitgeist in full swing, I often find threads of connections between the posts that catch my attention. Maybe that is my own desire to pattern match. Or maybe it is the emerging global consciousness. Which ever way, each of these five posts have a thread of connection – even though the authors may not know or read each others’ blogs. Maybe now that will change! Which of the following five must-read posts inspires you most? One of the challenges for any business – especially a startup – is to raise awareness. The tried and true approach here is the traditional “press release”. Alan Jones has written a great article on How to Write and Deliver a Startup Press Release. And there are lessons there for all of us. Not jus the startups. Let’s face it, our markets (and our customers) change all the time. And in business, one of the largest challenges is balancing the long term with the short – keeping an eye on trends, an eye on your customers and a vital, third eye on your business. What should executives focus on? Neil Perkin shares some insight in Playing the Long Game. We often talk about business having an impact beyond the business. Indeed, research indicates that most people prefer (and Gen Y demand) that their employers contribute to the “greater good”. Kate Carruthers...

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A Cup of Chaos #73: Tara Hunt’s 10 Things I’ve Done Wrong

We often think that we have to live through a lesson to learn from it. But the smart ones. The cleverest ones. Those most wanting to survive and thrive, learn from the lessons of others. So if you are the sort of person who ever wanted change the world in which you live – and live to tell the tale as well, spend some time leafing through Tara Hunt’s great presentation. The 10 Mistakes I’ve made…so you don’t have to View more presentations from Tara...

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