#40 - Jo Burston - If she can I can

#40 - Jo Burston - If she can I can

Episode 40 - If she can I can

Jo Burston is the founder and CEO of Job Capital a company she grew from nothing to $40M in less than 5 years with a team of 12, co-founder and director of Phronesis.Academy and founder of the entrepreneurial movement Inspiring Rare Birds, Rare Birds works to promote opportunity for women in entrepreneurship and has a global vision to have ten million women in its community by 2020.

Jo has been recognised as one of Australia’s top entrepreneurs for the past six years and is a leading authority on global women’s entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship as a whole, and SMB markets. Jo is an active mentor for fast growth entrepreneurs both men and women, and is passionate about encouraging young Australians to endeavour to find out exactly who it is that they want to become, and create their own jobs to achieve this.

Episode #40 can be found here www.mentorlist.com.au/job

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The essential leadership skill that often gets overlooked

The essential leadership skill that often gets overlooked

If I asked you to list the skills you think a great leader needs, you’d probably include things like negotiation, communication, strategic planning, assertiveness, and time-management. And you’d be right. But what you may not have included is the ability to create trust.

Many of us assume that trust exists but don’t actively take measures to ensure that it does. Sometimes, we say we trust someone but then unwittingly undermine that trust by not allowing them the opportunity to express their ideas or make their own decisions.

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#39 - Jan Owen - Socially enterprising

#39 - Jan Owen - Socially enterprising

Episode 39 - Socially enterprising

Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world. 

Episode #39 can be found here www.mentorlist.com.au/jan

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Healthy ways to avoid burnout at work

Healthy ways to avoid burnout at work

Are you feeling unmotivated and disillusioned at work?
Do you feel your work is ineffective or unproductive?
Do you regularly suffer from physical issues such as insomnia, headaches or exhaustion?

If any of these sound like you, it’s possible you may be experiencing job burnout. (Check with your doctor though, as these symptoms can also apply to other ailments.)

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#38 - Michael Gill - Write your own story

#38 - Michael Gill - Write your own story

Episode 38 - Write your own story

Michael Gill is counsellor with Dragoman, an international advisory firm. He is chairman of Newbe Global, a digital media venture, and of Sustainable Skills Ltd, which advises governments on vocational education systems. From 1998 to 2011 he was CEO and editor in chief of the Financial Review Group and was chairman of AAP Ltd.

Episode #38 can be found here mentorlist.com.au/michaelg

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#37 - Malcolm Jackman - Turnaround merchant

#37 - Malcolm Jackman - Turnaround merchant

Episode 37 - Turnaround merchant

Malcolm is the Chief Executive of the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission and Chair of the SAFECOM Board, to which the State Emergency Service, Metropolitan Fire Service and Country Fire Service report.

He joined the publicly listed Coates Hire in 2003 as CEO, and oversaw a period of rapid and sustained growth as the company consolidated its position in the Australian equipment rental market as well as rationalising their overseas operations. In early 2008 Coates was acquired by a consortium comprising Carlyle and National Hire. Malcolm was appointed to lead the merged group which ranks as a global leader in the equipment rental sector and managed the integration before stepping down in July 2008.

In September 2008 he was appointed as the CEO of Futuris Corporation which changed its name to Elders Limited in April 2009. During his tenure he initiated a significant business restructure and change in strategic direction, focussing the group operations on its core agribusinesses. This was achieved despite the company being under significant pressure with an over-geared balance sheet and constrained working capital.  

Episode #37 can be found here mentorlist.com.au/malcolm

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Using technology to drive social change within your network

Using technology to drive social change within your network

Do you remember what the world was like before the internet made shared communication possible?

We certainly did many things differently. To get a message out to a group of people, we could only call them one at a time or post each a letter. We could also use advertising to get our message out there. Occasionally, we could set up a communication chain where each person contacted the next one until everyone was covered.

Emails and fax machines helped us speed these ‘one-to-one’ or ‘one-to-many’ forms of communication up and conference calls allowed small groups of people to join in a single conversation. However, it wasn’t until the advent of social media and other online platforms that we could finally start engaging with anyone in our entire network at any time. We haven’t looked back since!

So far, I haven’t said anything to surprise you but bear with me. I’d like to shed light on some of the many ways shared communication through technology is moulding our patterns of social behaviour en masse.

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#36 - The year gone by - Thank you

#36 - The year gone by - Thank you

The Mentor List celebrates its first year! (Part 3 of 3)

Time flies when you're having fun. To celebrate our one year anniversary here on The Mentor List we are showcasing highlights from the year gone by.

Tell me, what advice do you wish you received? Listen in as our Mentor's share with you the advice they either received or better still, wish they received.

- Claire Rogers
- Whitney Johnson
- Zeger Degraeve
- Katherine Teh-White
- Tim Fung
- Cameron Schwab
- Michelle Melbourne
- John Drury
- Soren Trampedach
- Jo Mikleus
- Catherine Ball
- Federico Re

You can find this and more episodes at www.mentorlist.com.au

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What today’s top companies are doing right

What today’s top companies are doing right

We’ve been hearing lots of talk about ‘agile’ and ‘innovative’ companies over the last few years. These are the companies that seem to be the game-changers in terms of product development and organisational structure. However, there are also many companies out there that are using all the right buzz words but aren’t backing it up with results.

The terminology itself is not that important. What matters is what companies do every day to benefit their clients, employees and other stakeholders.

Ian Williamson is a globally recognised expert on human resource management and is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Professor Williamson was recently a keynote speaker at the World of Business Ideas Forum in Sydney where he was asked to share his thoughts on the attributes of todays’ high-performing organisations.

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#35 - Celebrating our first year - Thank you!

#35 - Celebrating our first year  - Thank you!

The Mentor List celebrates its first year! (Part 2 of 3)

Time flies when you're having fun. To celebrate our one year anniversary here on The Mentor List we are showcasing highlights from the year gone by.

Tell me, what advice do you wish you received? Listen in as our Mentor's share with you the advice they either received or better still, wish they received.

- Sam Wylie
- Tessa Court
- Anne Lytle
- Sam Cobb
- Brad Smith
- Bonnie Power
- Richard Bowles
- Amantha Imber
- Sam Cawthorn
- Gavin Freeman

You can find this and more episodes at www.mentorlist.com.au

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How multi-disciplinary teams promote innovation

How multi-disciplinary teams promote innovation

Do you ever find yourself wondering who first thought of combining pancakes and maple syrup? What about baked potatoes, mushrooms, and sour cream? (That person was a genius!)

Creating a unique and tasty recipe by bringing different ingredients together and trying them out in different combinations is the goal of every budding chef.

In much the same way, today’s organisations are gradually embracing the idea of bringing together people from different departments or disciplines (ingredients) to add fresh perspectives and develop new products and ideas (recipes).

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#34 - The Mentor List Turns 1 - Thank you!

#34 - The Mentor List Turns 1 - Thank you!

The Mentor List celebrates its first birthday! (Part 1 of 3)

Time flies when you're having fun. To celebrate our first birthday we've put together a reel of highlights from each of our Mentors over the previous 33 episodes. 

Listen in as our Mentor's share with you the best pieces of advice they received or better still, wish they received. We hope you enjoy Part 1 of our birthday celebrations! 

- Tom Mullaly
- Richard Everett
- Cholena Orr
- Vesna Grubacevic
- Susan Burke
- Helen Collier Kogteves
- Sanjay Khushu
- Michelle Gibbings
- Marcus Pearce

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Where are all the female bosses?

Where are all the female bosses?

Ever heard of a company called Facebook?

Thought so!

Randi Zuckerberg ran the mega-company's marketing programs from 2005-2011. She is also an author, actress, TV producer, keynote speaker, and founder and CEO of marketing firm and production company, Zuckerberg Media. Randi also happens to be the sister of Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. This woman knows what it’s like to work at the top!

At the recent World of Business Ideas Forum in Sydney, Randi was the keynote speaker. While there, Randi was interviewed about her thoughts on the issues facing women in business today. They included the lack of diversity at senior corporate levels, the lack of venture capital funding for female entrepreneurs, the education system, and families and pop culture not seeing tech and business-savvy women as positive role models.

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#33 - Federico Re - Creative Entrepreneur

#33 - Federico Re - Creative Entrepreneur

Episode 33 - Creative Entrepreneur

For two decades, Federico has built his reputation as an entrepreneurship coach, mentor, motivational speaker, journalist, and business writer across the Australian business sectors.

He is the founder of a niche coaching practice, tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, SME business owners, CEO’s, and world-class business leaders.

Federico’s journey is inspirational, one where an enduring passion blossomed into an entrepreneurial adventure. In 1997, at only 22 years of age, Federico co-founded his first business venture – a designer stationery and giftware company which defied the sceptics. His business achieved the unthinkable, delivering and sustaining revenue growth of more than 50% per annum over 10 consecutive years, reaching retail sales of more than $10 million per year, throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Episode #33 can be found here www.mentorlist.com.au/federico

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5 ways to ensure your career change is successful

5 ways to ensure your career change is successful

Have you ever wanted to turn your back on your current career and try something new?

Most of us feel this way at some point - often when we’re under pressure from looming deadlines, difficult clients, or long hours. Usually, the thoughts drift away once the drama has passed.

What happens when those thoughts turn from being an occasional whisper to a constant internal roar?

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#32 - Gavin Freeman - Business Olympian

#32 - Gavin Freeman - Business Olympian

Episode 32 - Business Olympian

Gavin was the team psychologist for the Winter Olympic team in Turrino 2006 and 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. He was also Team Psychologist for the Olympic Archery Team in Sydney 2000.

Gavin’s background is diverse as it is unique. He is a fully registered psychologist with experience in both the sporting and corporate world.  A great cross section of experience of at the elite level in sport and business

Episode #32 can be found here www.mentorlist.com.au/gavin

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5 essential ingredients for an outstanding career

5 essential ingredients for an outstanding career

In his recent interview on The Mentor List, Zeger Degraeve outlined the key factors that influenced the outcome of Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of Antarctica. In 1915, Shackleton and his crew were ice-moored for 10 months aboard their ship, the Endurance. Eventually, the ship was crushed by ice and the crew were forced to use their lifeboat to travel 850 miles over treacherous seas to the tiny, isolated island of South Georgia. Incredibly, they reached their destination and were ultimately rescued.

Degraeve says that the 5 essential elements that led to the crew’s survival were skill, tenacity, perseverance, good process and luck. He believes that these elements were also responsible for his own success in life. He must be onto something as he has had an outstanding and diverse career. Today he still enjoys the little luxuries in life and continues to pursue his passions.

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#31 - Catherine Ball - Drones for good

#31 - Catherine Ball - Drones for good

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection.

A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists.  Dr. Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, aka geo-ethics.

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5 ways freelancers can save you time and money

5 ways freelancers can save you time and money

Do you ever feel as though you don’t have enough time to do all the things you want to do?

What’s that? I can hear your symphony of “yes’s” thundering through the air to me and I doubt any of you said “no”.

We all want more time to do that extra project around the house or at work. Or simply to get through all the things that we are ‘supposed’ to do each day. But never fear, help is here!

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#30 - Katherine Teh-White - A social license to operate

#30 - Katherine Teh-White - A social license to operate

Episode 30 - A social license to operate

Katherine’s social licence to operate methodology and problem-solving approach has made organisations more successful in an era of quickly shifting community expectations and instantaneous communication.

In 2002 she founded Futureye which provides market research, sustainable innovation, public policy, public affairs, risk communication, foresight and strategy and change management. Futureye operates in Australia, Asia and Europe and is currently expanding in the Americas. In the past five years she has also founded WikiCurve that provides a two-way engagement platform on public policy.

Episode #30 can be found here www.mentorlist.com.au/katherine

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