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How Good Is Your 'Good Deed' Really?

May 22nd 2014

Selfish is hard to resist

As part of my work as a speaker on human behaviour, I'm constantly teaching those in the HR industry how to use our key human drivers to do better business. One of the key drivers, our biggest motivator as human beings is self interest. Which doesn't seem like a good thing does it? But once we get that, as leaders and professionals in HR, we can actually use this knowledge to do a lot of good.

The Lost Art Of Signatures

May 22nd 2014

In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long held practice because it was no longer deemed of practical use. More significantly, however, is the emerging trend that has some parents, educators and lawmakers espousing their concern - when asked to sign most kids these days are simply writing their name - the art of the signature may soon be a lost art. A recent report in Gulf News disclosed that this is a global problem with kids in Canada, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere moving away from written signatures because they live their life through technology, but without the need to sign.

Innovation Director at Next Bank

Scott Bales Testimonials

A true technology innovator and financial services guru

Project Director at Terrapinn

Scott Bales Testimonials

Working with Scott was an absolute pleasure. His topic was a highlight of the agenda and his interactive presentation format was the source of much praise. 

Commercial Marketing Director, Dell Australia and New Zealand

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

James really resonated with our sales teams and the challenges they face every day and made them think differently about ‘thinking’ - I could not recommend him highly enough.

Radical Strategies To Increase Profit

May 7th 2014

The Big Pivot: Radically practical strategies for a warming world

What has until now been called green business, or sustainability, cannot be a side department or a niche conversation in the technology and IT industry. Instead, we must pivot — sometimes painfully, always purposefully — so that solving the world’s biggest challenges profitably becomes the core pursuit of business.

The Biggest Tech Shifts In Banking!

May 6th 2014

Brett King is a globally renowned speaker and expert on shifting trends in banking. Technology & IT trends are the two biggest disruptors in finance, and the shifting demands of consumers is ensuring that further evolution in how banks interact with their stakeholders, via websites, apps and wearable tech, is absolutely vital for their survival.

In this blog post, Brett outlines the ways in which banks will need to evolve their IT / technology strategy to ensure they keep their customers engaged.

In 5 Years, 50% of revenue will be digital but where’s the revenue going to come from?

Grit

[Getting you to thrive]

We’ve been sold a lie. Told happiness comes from being content, taking it easy and not struggling. What this has meant for your company is that you now have a workforce who is allergic to change. Scared to risk. Frightened to evolve. It’s why 77% of all change plans FAIL in organisations – because at the first sign of a struggle everyone retreats to a “why can’t things stay the same” mentality.

And while organisations cower, the business world is evolving without them.

In this gritty and powerful presentation Dr Adam Fraser will:

  • Empower teams with simple tools to increase their perseverance and tenacity in the heat of battle
  • Demonstrate how a shift from a “fixed” mindset where things are too hard to a “growth” mindset greatly increases GRIT
  • Unlock key tools to help team members tap into the meaning and purpose of their role to increase their passion for their work

The Three Keys To Communication

May 1st 2014

If you work in the IT & technology sector you will know first hand the difficulties faced when it comes to communicating.

You have an incredible understanding of such complex products & services that make you the best at what you do. But the problem is, to the average person, the language that you speak might as well be code!

How To Power Down In A Tech World

May 1st 2014

Technology is taking over the world! No this isn’t some doomsday naysayer trying to convince you that your children are robots – it’s simply fact.

Where we once used to put pen to paper, we now put fingers to keyboard or voice to iphone.

We all know the feeling of having a full on workday where we quietly say to ourselves ‘If I have to deal with one more angry customer, broken bone, cup of coffee today I will scream’.

The Great Banking Reboot!

April 22nd 2014

Are banks becoming irrelevant? Are payments going to be invisible? Where is our money going to be held? Brett King examines all of these questions and so much more in his latest book.

Time To Get Mean With Anti-Green

April 14th 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said something to a shareholder that you very rarely hear: take a hike. I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly.

At the company’s latest shareholder meeting, a think tank, NCPPR, pushed Apple to stop pursuing environmental initiatives like investing in renewable energy. Cook went on a tirade — or at least what passes for one from the very cool and collected CEO. He made it clear that he makes choices for reasons beyond just the profit motive. As he put it, “If you only want me to make decisions that have a clear ROI, then you should get out of the stock.”

Are you a not-so-boring Accountant?

April 9th 2014

We're looking for an events industry finance manager. Someone who breaks the mold of the typical finance type, someone who's looking for a challenge, someone who'd rather work in the beautiful leafy suburbs of Balmain than the CBD.

Sound like you? Then read on!

Be Efficient, Effective, Successful

March 31st 2014

Are you as productive as you could be?

In today’s uber fast pharmaceutical industry, the ability to define and do a multitude of tasks quickly is more important than ever. Not just to drive sales forward, but also to make it home for dinner with our family or partner.

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