What kind of leader do you want to be, Ardern or Trump?

- November 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

Emotionally intelligent leaders are coming into their own during the pandemic, not only in the business world but also on the global stage, writes Kirk Peterson, Founder and Managing Director of Performance Shift. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern excels at Emotional Intelligence (EI) and her country has benefited from it during the pandemic. Her… Read more »

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Why Australia’s military pact with Japan is bad news for China trade relations

- November 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Prime Minister’s recent visit to Japan codifying a pact for increased military cooperation between our nations will have roll-on effects to Australia’s  already tense relationship with China, writes China strategist and negotiation expert Leonie McKeon For some reason, the Australian Government thinks this pact will have no effect on Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China,… Read more »


Three reasons to wind up, not down, for Christmas

- November 25, 2020 4 MIN READ

As we hit early December, or even late November, typically you can almost audibly hear the collective exhale in breathe as Australians prepare for the ironic big chill as summer shutdowns begin to happen. Catch ups pre Christmas, coffee or lunch, become slightly longer or pending tasks, once bordering a priority, are relegated or procrastinated… Read more »


What the end of Sizzler’s means for small business eateries in Australia

- November 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

After 35 years in Australia, the last plates of cheese toast will soon be served at Sizzler’s nine remaining outlets across Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, writes Katherine Kirkwood The family-friendly restaurant, famous for the all-you-can-eat salad bar and cheesy TV ads, was once a suburban dining stalwart. But Sizzler’s closure on 15… Read more »


Why the future of post-COVID retail is in the suburbs

- November 14, 2020 4 MIN READ

The COVID-19 pandemic delivered a body blow to CBD retailers, but it’s just the latest of their challenges in recent years. They were already under pressure from cautious consumer spending, intense competition from online retailing and the growth of suburban “mega-centres”. Now, declining commuter foot traffic and an increase in people working from home present… Read more »


Is Biden good for Aussie business?

- November 11, 2020 3 MIN READ

After what was dubbed the most important political election in modern times, Joe Biden was finally declared President-Elect by US networks over the weekend. After the exhausting unpredictability of the last four years of Trumpism, a Biden presidency will have a far-reaching impact on global markets and economies. What are the most likely implications for… Read more »


The economy, climate change and China: what could a Biden presidency mean for Australia

- November 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

Joe Hockey, former Australian ambassador to the United States who’s now in business there, came under sharp attack for some ill-informed comments about the high Democrat vote in Washington, DC. Despite this faux pas, Hockey’s description of the American system as a dog’s breakfast – with states, counties and even some cities having responsibility for… Read more »

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3 things retailers need to get right this holiday season

- November 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

From lockdowns to e-commerce booms, retailers have had a challenging year in 2020. As we approach the end of the year busy season for retailers, many questions remain over how this holiday period will compare to those of previous years, writes Jason Toshack, General Manager ANZ at Oracle NetSuite. It’s all about perspective The outlook… Read more »