“Can you imagine what the world would be like if we never developed new ideas or new ways of doing things? We’d be right back in the pre-historic ages with no fire, tools or clothing. But even then, there were some groups who didn’t catch on. It’s hardly surprising that they weren’t the one that survived and evolved.”Read More
“Before technology took over kid’s lives, many were budding engineers, building the things they wanted from scratch in their backyards. A classic example is the humble billy cart. For decades, early last century, almost every suburban street in Australia was full of them.”Read More
“Have you seen the ‘Compare the pair’ superannuation ads on TV? The ones that show 2 people at similar stages of life along with their superannuation values? The ads then cut to the same people some years later and compare their super values again. The point of the ads is to highlight the different returns on investment between the person who paid attention and invested strategically and their counterpart who did nothing. The person who paid attention and made intentional changes to their super ended up with a significantly greater return on investment.”Read More
“What do you do when you’re ready to take the next step in your career and you know exactly what you want to do, but there are too many obstacles in the way? Do you:
A: Give up and say it’s all too hard, or
B: Look for different ways to get to where you want to go?
(Hint. The answer is B.)
Sometimes it can be hard to see how you can change your situation, but if you know where to look and are prepared to step outside your comfort zone, you can still get your dream job. Let’s look at three of the most common roadblocks that might be sitting in the middle of your career pathway and how you can get around them.”Read More
“How do you feel about receiving targeted advertising?
Does it make your life easier or are you concerned about the possible consequences, such as a reduction in privacy?
Not sure what I mean? Let me explain.
Targeted advertising is only delivered to specific groups of potential consumers, as opposed to mass-marketing. While non-digital advertising has often been targeted, digital advertising lifts the possibilities to an astronomical level. For example, marketers might only want to promote their goods to the under 25’s or to women looking to buy a car. They do this by using information gathered from your previous searches and purchases that’s probably still sitting in your browser.”Read More
“The biggest challenge in the 21st Century is choice. There is too much choice … You can’t do everything. There are too many things to listen to. Too many books to read. Too many things you want to get done. Whether it’s take care of the trash, clean the house, renovate the back porch, go to the gym, go hiking, have a holiday, take care of your marriage, take care of your kids, advance your business, get some part-time education – there’s too much to do.”Read More
“Do you remember the mix of job advice you were given when you left school? Were you encouraged to pursue your dreams, to look for traditionally ‘safe’ jobs or to apply for any job going until you worked out what you really wanted to do?
The chances are, you probably heard a mix of all three approaches, and maybe they were all partly right. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.
Following your dreams
Let’s look at the ‘follow your dreams’ approach as it’s the one that’s touted most often. This approach can work well for those who have a strong sense of direction, even if they don’t know the exact form it will take. Some kids change what they want to be when they grow up almost as often as they change their clothes, but for others, their career path looks more obvious. Think of the kids who build model planes or pull things apart to see how they work. They often go on to be the best engineers.
Being in the drivers’ seat of your career is very empowering. When you know what the end goal is, and you really want to achieve it, you’ll keep learning, you’ll put in the long hours, you’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”Read More
“With new technologies reshaping our lives almost daily, organisations and governments alike are having to learn to deal with rapid change across many areas simultaneously. Some are handling this well and others are already struggling. So, what are they doing differently?
Those that are struggling tend to be those that are resistant to change or who simply don’t see that they have a problem. On the other hand, those that are responding positively to widespread disruption are those that have seen the need to review their core beliefs about how things should work within their organisation.”Read More
“Did you know that you have hidden powers?
That’s right, you can influence how governments and organisations work at the touch of a button (or a device screen).
True, we’ve been able to vote for over a century and to choose one retailer or service supplier over another. However, we’ve generally only been able to select from a limited range of options that someone else decided that they wanted to present to us. We can vote governments in and out, but we can’t change how the system works. Or can we?
Citizens and consumers in many countries can now dictate the choices we want, and we are getting results. We are the ones with the power. Here are some of the areas where we are having the biggest influence.”Read More
“You’ve spent most of your working life building up an impressive range of skills. You’ve got a broad knowledge base in your area of expertise and some quite specific or niche skills. Now you feel an increasing urge to do something different because you don’t want to stay in that sort of environment for the rest of your life.
Maybe you’ve earned a professional degree, but the regular job opportunities are limited due to reduced budgets or your personal situation, such as having a young family.
Or, maybe, you are passionate about a specific area, like organisational psychology, or planning events and you want to use your talents to help others, but you can’t find a role that ticks all your boxes.
So, what do you do?”Read More
Are you looking for a sideline business to bring in extra income or maybe one you can develop to replace your current job? If so, the online world is full of opportunities waiting for you. But, how do you know where to start? We all have some things we can either create for others or teach to others. Don’t worry if you are not a recognised ‘expert’ in any field, we’ll share some tips to help you move past that below. For now, just consider the big picture.Read More
Do you ever feel that you should have figured out what you are supposed to be by now?
Maybe you are in a job that you enjoy (or maybe not), but even so, you feel as though there is something more that you are meant to do to before you can truly feel fulfilled. The problem is that you have no idea what that ‘something’ is. Sound familiar?Read More
This simple serenity prayer is known throughout the world and resonates with people of different religions as well as those with no religion. It is believed to have been written by Reinhold Niebuhr, a famous Protestant theologian, and was adopted by the Alcoholics Anonymous organisation in the 1940’s.It’s a great reminder that we always have choices in any situation, including the choice to accept things as they are.Read More
When Rachael Robertson was appointed as the second female to lead the Australian expedition to Davis Station, Antarctica for a year, she turned to the first female leader, Diane Patterson, for advice. The best tip Rachael received was not one she’d expected. Diane suggested she keep a journal as a way of looking after herself, but Rachael wasn’t convinced at first. She doubted she’d have time to do anything that seemed so indulgent when she’d be in charge of over 100 people in summer and 18 people.....Read More
Do you know what motivates the people in your workplace to perform at their best? Are you happy with the general level of motivation and performance? As a leader, getting the best out of the people in your team can be a challenge. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the people in your organisation always perform poorly or that morale is low. It may just mean that performance levels are generally good, but you have a feeling that there is something preventing them from being great.....Read More
Why is it that many of us find it so hard to talk about our health? After all, not of us have perfect bodies and we do suffer illnesses or injuries from time to time. We also suffer from mental and emotional health issues such as stress, anxiety or relationship problems. While none of these are ideal, they are part of life. So, why the taboo?Read More
If I asked you what your purpose in life is, what drives you, would you know the answer?
Don’t worry, you are not going to lose points if you say, “I don’t know”. You won’t be the only one either.
It’s important to note that knowing your purpose in life is not the same as knowing the career you want (although the two may overlap).Read More
For more than 20 years Scott Harris has been coaching, mentoring & speaking to individuals, businesses & large audiences to help them create great success; financially, physically & emotionally.
Having dedicated his entire adult life to growth, change, and inspiration, Scott now delivers profound powerful training, coaching & mentoring programs around the world to facilitate life-changing positive...Read More
Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia commencing 3rd September 2012. Since being in the role Elaine has led an improvement in the financial position of this conservation charity and an increase in Zoos SA membership base from 26,000 to over 43,000. She also led the work that culminated in the release of a 20 year Master Plan for both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos in early 2015...Read More
Martine is an experienced executive within non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion both in Australia and internationally.
Martine joined the Committee in March 2016, after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia....Read More