Friday, 08 February 2013
It's Chinese New Year this weekend. What does the Year of the Snake hold in store for the economy and your business?
Friday, 07 September 2012
Australia is getting worse, not better, at giving women a go at the executive level – and that's going to hurt our economy.
Friday, 14 December 2012
By ignoring the short-term, headline grabbing doomsayers, smart companies can plan for slow and steady growth in 2013.
Friday, 07 December 2012
After the rate cut earlier this week, smart companies will make hay while the sun shines.
Monday, 03 December 2012
Despite strong consumer confidence, there are several compelling reasons why SMEs need a rate cut.
Friday, 23 November 2012
There's a resurgence of small business co-operatives and shared marketing, creating new customers for smart SMEs.
Friday, 16 November 2012
The media coverage of our business context is suffering from electionitus and madmiration deficit syndrome.
Friday, 09 November 2012
A new Federal Government-backed initiative hopes to redress the gender imbalance on Australia's corporate boards.
Friday, 02 November 2012
A meeting of global finance ministers in Mexico will determine much of the tenor in the international economy for the coming year.
Friday, 12 October 2012
The relationship breakdown between banks and SMEs has led to wilted growth at the grassroots of the economy.
Friday, 05 October 2012
Both US presidential candidates made a point of mentioning the importance of small business to an American recovery. Let's see if they deliver on the talk.
Friday, 28 September 2012
The global banking system faces serious global, national and local threats in the next few months.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Small business owners in the US are weighing up the offerings from the presidential candidates, with some interesting parallels to what's happening here in Australia.
Friday, 14 September 2012
New realities are breaking out all over, from the crazy through to the disturbing and the segmented. What do these new realities mean for business?
Friday, 24 August 2012
There's a strong case to be made for RBA governor Glenn Stevens to answer some questions about the direction the global economy is heading.
Monday, 20 August 2012
A new Federal Government commissioned report into manufacturing has outlined how companies can change to meet future demands.
Friday, 17 August 2012
SMEs should start gearing up to capitalise on better business conditions as Christmas approaches.
Friday, 10 August 2012
Here are 10 fundamentals that are changing the way we do business today and into the future.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Smart companies do not attempt to predict the future but rather prepare the business to hold the right level of inventory and stay close to key suppliers and their value chain.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Smart leaders will be looking to engage five key change factors to take advantage of the return to growth in domestic markets.
Friday, 06 July 2012
It is vital that smart company leaders remember that the business of business is the growth of their business.
Friday, 29 June 2012
Business confidence is returning, as Europe slowly mends its economy, and Australian businesses fix their focus on domestic matters.
Friday, 22 June 2012
As the old financial year ends, smart businesses will already be planning for new year success.
Friday, 08 June 2012
New research shows that resources projects are 40% more expensive to deliver in Australia than along the United States Gulf Coast.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
The Facebook float hype is over, so it's worth recalling some fundamental lessons smart companies can take away from the whole thing.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Here are the 10 things you need to know about how your business can deal with the radically changing business world.
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Who will emerge victorious from Wayne Swan’s “Get Smart” budget?
Friday, 27 April 2012
We now must wait for the decision of the RBA on highly prophesised rate cuts in the patchwork world as we attempt to write our business plans for the next financial year.
Friday, 20 April 2012
What does it take to become an efficient, effective and effulgent change master to take your smart company on the path to progress?
Friday, 13 April 2012
While the US economy is in stall mode despite a couple of Ben Bernanke boosts, and China is jumping all over its financial institutions to keep inflation in order, the pain in Spain is going to make things very difficult for the next few months.
Monday, 02 April 2012
Companies with an eye to the future would do well to treat with caution some of the politically motivated, short-term assessments of China’s economy.
Friday, 16 March 2012
It is interesting to see the future through Chinese eyes as I roam the streets of Shanghai.
Friday, 09 March 2012
Fears that Australian business and consumer confidence cannot cope with global challenges is fuel for the politics of no.
Friday, 02 March 2012
There is lots of money sloshing around the system, but when is it going to get to the SME level?
Friday, 24 February 2012
Companies will need to consider their growth (or consolidation) plans carefully based on who wins the Labor leadership ballot.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The political turmoil and potential collapse of business and consumer confidence masks the reality of labour market failure.
Friday, 10 February 2012
As the nation’s media is more concerned with the sartorial splendour of Speaker Slipper than the state of the nation, maybe it’s a good thing that Parliament will take a break before delivering a budget.
Friday, 03 February 2012
As the big end of town shreds jobs to retain profitability, the key to success will increasingly give smart companies the edge through scope not scale.
Friday, 27 January 2012
What do Christine Lagarde, Barack Obama and Julia Gillard have in common? They all agree that small and medium business capacity to create new jobs is the key to their success this year.
Friday, 20 January 2012
SMEs should prepare contingency plans that carefully monitor the next three to six months of operating costs, and defer significant risks until later in the calendar year.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Smart companies will use this year to reach beyond their current customer base by consolidating the personal and professional growth of the people within it.
Friday, 06 January 2012
Smart companies will benefit from having trimmed their sails to tack closer to their customer base and set a course for exports into the Asian markets.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Here are nine reasons that things will really start to pick up in 2012, the Year of the Dragon.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Smart companies will continue to plan for steady growth in premium product sales and strategic business developments for the longer-term.
Friday, 09 December 2011
Small businesses are going to face even closer scrutiny and tough love when seeking funds for inventory and short-term growth.
Friday, 02 December 2011
Overcoming economic gloom requires a commitment to innovation, creativity and renewal through productivity enhancements.
Friday, 25 November 2011
As always, the key to success relies upon motivated sales staff and exemplary attention to quality service.
Friday, 18 November 2011
We must now be patient and wait until November 24 to get the results from the head butting, recalcitrant and entrenched political disputes to be determined by the US Super Committee’s patchwork response to the US debt crisis.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Following Glenn Steven’s Cup Day rate cut, smart companies should plan ahead to get ahead of a resurgent Australian economy in 2013-14.
Friday, 04 November 2011
Market volatility makes it hard to plan, but the best bet is to stay focused on superior service, technological upgrades and productivity promotion through skills training and active staff engagement.