Team Efficiency

Good businesses build happy, productive teams, dedicated to achieving mutual success. Discover tips and advice on the technologies and team building activities that can encourage more effective teamwork.

How to foster a culture of innovation
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How to foster a culture of innovation

The best innovations often come from frontline staff, who deal with day-to-day operations and have great ideas about how incremental improvements can transform the business. It...

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Top tips for multitasking like a pro

Industry leaders share tips on productive moves as we head to the end of the financial year. Managing a business can be a constant exercise in multitasking. You may find that y...

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Signs your business is ready for an intranet

Get your workers completely engaged ‑ and at the same time free your management teams from low-value tasks ‑ with astute use of an intranet. You’ve worked hard to grow your business from a one-person operation into a medium sized operation with different teams operating in different locations. You’ve noticed your culture become deeper, richer and m...

How to foster a culture of innovation
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How to foster a culture of innovation

The best innovations often come from frontline staff, who deal with day-to-day operations and have great ideas about how incremental improvements can transform the business. It...

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Top tips for multitasking like a pro

Industry leaders share tips on productive moves as we head to the end of the financial year. Managing a business can be a constant exercise in multitasking. You may find that y...

How a positive workplace can make your organisational culture great
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How a positive workplace can make your organisational culture great

A solid organisational culture is a differentiator between you and your competition. Jason Cunningham shares the lessons he learned in changing his own business’ culture. Any s...

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Game, set, match: Business lessons from tennis

Consistent training, determination and mental fortitude. Here’s what your business can learn from centre court. Tennis champions aren’t stars over night. It takes years of trai...

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The control freak's six rules to delegation

Most business owners know what they want, but few can do it all. Lisa Messenger explores how you can learn to let it go. How many items are on your to-do list right now? Or – i...

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The benefits of rewards: Improve employee morale this holiday season

Coming to the end of the year can mean impending deadlines and a huge upturn in activity, especially for retailers. That means the holiday period might feel like it’s all about...

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Managing a perfect storm with apps

Storm Electrical broke out of a cycle of paperwork by giving their staff access to modern technology and a system to manage their workflow. Storm Electrical were looking to mak...

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Telstra business apps: Process redefined

The workplace is evolving, from the traditional offices we grew up with to a more distributed network of productivity. For finance operations, keeping this flow under wraps doe...

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Managing your best assets

People are the core of any business. So how do you balance staff management with morale? You get a solid Deputy. There are lots of things that make up a successful business: gr...

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Toughen up on softer skills

For small businesses, getting employment right can make all the difference. But what do you look for outside of the right resumé? A resumé tells a story someone looking for a j...

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Is work life balance dead?

From typewriters to tablets, technology has changed how we operate. But has it taken over our lives? A staggering 13 million Australians spend 18 hours a day online – that’s 6,...

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How to deal with a difficult employee

Dealing with difficult staff can be a challenge. Jeff Haden explains why it could be you as much as them. All the great bosses I know are optimistic – especially when it comes ...

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Signs you're approaching burnout (and how to avoid it)

When the only constant is pressure, as a small business owner you need to know the signs that indicate the need for time out. Whether you opt for a day at the spa or spend the ...

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The secrets to successful collaboration

Collaboration is one of the biggest pieces of the effective business puzzle. Experts and business owners share their tips and advice on successful collaborations and partnershi...

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4 ways to foster feedback

Having the right feedback can be the difference between a good decision and a bad one. Here’s how to get the information you need. You’re in charge. You make decisions – lots o...

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The incredible importance of body language

Body language can say a lot about a person. From how to stand to internal psychology, Jeff Haden explores the benefits of being mindful of how you act. You’re attending a netwo...

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Surround your business with experts

Business owners are often required to know everything about everything, but this is neither realistic, nor reliable. We explore where and how small business owners can make con...

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Gen Y and the agile workforce

Generation Y is a polarising generation. But as they approach the majority share of the workforce, how can business take advantage? Attitudes to Gen Y vary greatly across workf...

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Why smart doesn't mean successful

Being smart is a desirable trait. But will it get you to the top? Jeff Haden looks at why emotional intelligence trumps IQ every time.

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What's on your desk? Ryan Trainor

Ryan Trainor has sold more companies than some people work for. But for the founder of Republica Education, the motivation is his family.

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Why You Shouldn't Send That Email

The immediacy of email changed the working world forever, and overwhelmingly for the better. But with immediacy comes responsibility, says Jeff Haden.

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Why you don't need an army to be victorious

How many staff members do you need to be successful? Serial entrepreneur Lisa Messenger, CEO of The Collective, says pick a number – and then halve it.

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Taking care of business: The importance of happy staff

Staff are the backbone of any small business. And when they’re overwhelmed or stressed, productivity and morale can decrease. Here’s how you can protect you most important asse...

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5 steps to staff management

Shaping a business is reliant on knowledge. Knowing your team is not only empowering, it’s also the sign of a resilient, tuned-in leader. Meetings and workshops foster collabor...

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Team building isn't a craft activity

Looking to build bonds between your team? Jeff Haden looks at ways to create a culture without resorting to craft activities.

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Brain vs. brawn? Hitting the gym increases creativity

Whether you run a small graphic design firm, restaurant or construction business, one thing is for sure – creativity is a valuable trait. And getting fit could help you harness...

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How to build a culture of innovation

Innovation is the aim of the game for many small businesses, but is it an inherent quality, or can it be built?

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5 traits to be significantly more effective

What is the biggest difference between efficient people and effective people? Efficient people are organised and competent. They check items off their to-do lists. They get stu...

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9 bad habits that are good for business

The personality traits that bug your friends and family might just be the key to your success.

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What can the army teach small business?

Every small business owner says they want innovative, creative, collaborative, team-oriented employees willing to embrace and pursue a larger purpose.

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Smart work pods: Thinking outside the box

Jason Fremder, managing director of Harwyn, says his idea of prefabricated pods to provide businesses a little extra room for a lot more freedom came to him like a bolt of ligh...

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10 hr lessons from the healthcare industry

Australia’s medical sector is high stress and high pressure, but there’s plenty to learn as it moves to promote a better workplace.

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Want employee engagement? Show them respect

Employees who are engaged and committed are crucial to the success of a business. Yet for many business leaders, their own incivility could be the biggest obstacle to nurturing...

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Coaches: Not just for sportspeople

It’s not just Ennis Cehic champions who have coaches to help them become the best at their game. Business leaders are turning to coaches in droves – and finding both business a...

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Are you getting the best from your sales team?

The more successful your sales team, the healthier your bottom line. Here’s how to get your sales team operating efficiently and effectively to maximise profits.

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Say no, get yes

When you are passive, you risk compromising your needs. When you are aggressive, the other person might be compromised. Assertiveness is a middle ground and there’s a simple te...

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New year, new approach: 15 ways to get 90% of your work done before lunch

Want to know the secret to leaving work on time? Follow these 15 tips and you’ll be able to help squeeze two days into one. Back in the office after a fully loaded festive seas...

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Wakey wakey work awaits - 5 apps to help kick start your day

Even when you’re running your own small business, dragging yourself out of bed every morning can be hard – especially if you’re a night owl and you do your best work when the s...

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Easy Breakfast Building Blocks To Help Lift Your Business Game

Time-poor but keen to fit in an easy brekkie that ticks the boxes and suits an entrepreneur’s hectic schedule? When it comes to making a nutritious breakfast on the go, the opt...

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What to eat to beat stress and fuel productivity

Is the mad rush getting the better of you? Follow our expert guide on what to eat to lower your stress levels and get more out of each working day. If you live with a small bus...

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New hires: Experience vs. qualifications

When it comes to hiring young recruits, do you pay greater heed to work experience or university degrees? 80 per cent of the new graduates you interview have a strong opinion o...

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Standing desk guide: Say no to sitting at work all day

Stand up for your health at work with our list of budget friendly standing desk options. Our sedentary lives have hit the headlines as the consequences of spending most of our ...

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Help wanted: Survive the staffing nightmare before Christmas

Need a hand to get through the Christmas chaos? If you’ve left recruitment to the last minute, there is hope! Read on for tips on staffing your business during the festive seas...

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The computer monitors that are a sight for sore eyes

With more and more workers opting for the mobility benefits of a laptop versus a desktop, the screen that you use on a day-to-day basis is likely to be a lot smaller than 19 in...

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Staff Christmas gifts without the fringe benefit tax sting

Want to reward your staff with a cool gadget, smartphone or wearable device this Christmas? Follow our gift guide and avoid being slugged with fringe benefits tax. Tired of the...

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Is Your Leadership Style Flexible Enough?

Business owners are, by default, also leaders. But Leadership comes in many different shapes and sizes. Read on to see if you can pinpoint your own style.

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Why You Should Always Be Yourself In Business

Alex Malley believes that effective leaders should possess the courage to fail, so they are able to succeed. Here’s a sneak peek of the lessons you’ll learn in his new book and...

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Can Mozart Help You Do More? Research Confirms Music's Productivity Power

Everywhere you go, people have their earphones in, tuning out to their favourite song. But could this music-centric culture be a good thing when it comes to increasing workplac...

5 Top Ways To Get Moving At Work
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5 Top Ways To Get Moving At Work

The latest stats on physical activity in Australia are concerning. According to The Department of Health, low levels of physical activity is the second greatest contributor, be...

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How to quit multitasking in a world that demands it

Despite the fact that experts have repeatedly cautioned against multitasking, small business owners keep doing it. Why?

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Please don't stop the music

The right mix of music can go a long way towards improving your productivity levels. Here are the best products and services to bring music to your ears.

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5 Tips For A Happy Workplace

Happy people lead to happy customers which leads to happy shareholders, says top ranking businesses in BRW’s Best Places to Work 2014 survey.

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From LEGO To Business Happiness

Why you need to ditch the rules and work together to boost workplace creativity.

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The Pros And Cons Of Internships And Apprentices

The legalities of taking on interns and apprentices explained.

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5 Qualities Every Elite Business Team Has

Business trainer and former professional sports coach Kirk Peterson works with large corporates, small businesses, and AFL footballers to develop Leadership and management skil...

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Why You Should Play To The Strengths Of Your Staff

This burgeoning area of psychology research shows what is more productive for business leaders to focus on than trying to improve weaknesses.

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Sleeplessness Can Kill: How Sleep Muse Ahna De Vena Saves Lives

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep has been drilled into us from birth, yet the reality of achieving a good eight hours a night is but a dream! Or is it?

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How To Know If Your Mentor Is Right For You

The best way to learn how to run a business and increase growth is to learn directly from a mentor who's been around the block, but how do you know what to look for in a mentor...

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6 Simple Strategies For Happy Workers

A successful business is made of happy workers. Check out these 6 simple strategies for keeping your workers engaged and happy.

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Mental Health In The Workplace: It's The Law

Workplace mental health laws not only protect workers but can help with business productivity and profit.

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Can Thinking Like A Gamer Unlock Motivation?

Think of motivation like this – you’re playing a video game and you need to unlock the next level.

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How small businesses can hire the best talent

How does small business compete with the big corporates when it comes to hiring the best talent?

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The rod or the carrot? How to motivate staff the right way

Yvette Chegwidden holds a red-hot poker to the feet of three business leaders to find out how they motivate their staff. These experts have to say about motivating their staff ...

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Turn to technology to retain Gen Y

It takes time and effort to train up young workers, but how do you keep Gen Y happy and not moving on? Sometimes it comes down to how you arm them with technology, as Jonno Sei...