Business

The importance of international experience for CEOs

The business world is becoming more globalised – hence the demand for business leaders to have worked internationally is stronger than ever. The most successful leaders are likely to be those who have experience operating in different countries, cultures and organisational structures. Testament to this sentiment, the annual Robert Half CEO Tracker, which profiled ASX 200-listed CEOs, reveals the typical CEO ...

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Inspiring people to make successful choices

Most leaders I meet understand they need to inspire people to get the best from them. Many of them, however, don’t feel that they are particularly inspiring. In fact, most believe that to be inspiring they need to be charismatic and something of a showman. Having achieved phenomenal feats is often seen as a prerequisite to earning the depth of ...

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How to be a high performer

Leaders who perform at their peak and spend more time in ‘flow’ have learned a powerful self-awareness strategy: to recognise when they are in high achiever mode and learn how to shift back to high performer mode. In peak performance, we feel at our best and do our best work. Peak performance is the state where you can best apply ...

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Attributes of a successful entrepreneur

Starting a business can be exciting and scary at the same time. When you hear stories about how many businesses go broke or how many relationships fail due to the pressures of starting a business, you can be forgiven for wondering why anyone would even contemplate it. Entrepreneurs start businesses for a variety of reasons. They might want to work ...

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Why AI ethics should be top of mind for business leaders

As artificial intelligence continues to shape societies and change economies around the world, business leaders need to be aware of the power of the technology and their responsibility for its ethical deployment, implementation and management. Business leaders understand that AI will give their companies a competitive advantage. Global AI spending is forecast to reach US$79.2 billion in 2022. However, many organisations ...

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How edge computing is changing modern business

Edge computing is the next digital frontier, but for many leaders, it remains a relatively new concept. According to Gartner, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed beyond centralised cloud data centres, via edge computing by the year 2025, a mere five years away. Despite edge computing taking off at lightning speed, leaders often fail to recognise or understand ...

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Four days or 80 hours – what’s the future of the standard work week?

An oft-cited (if only for its inaccuracy) prediction from 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes suggested technological evolution would see the work week reduced to 15 hours by the end of the century. Clearly, that didn’t pan out. What went wrong? Essentially, Keynes missed the simple fact that employers would use this additional efficiency to produce more, rather than work less. ...

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Why corporate social responsibility should be on your mind

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a key pillar for any large organisation. While you may question the true motives of some, there’s no doubt that good comes of it, especially to the beneficiaries. In most cases, businesses are sincere about their CSR intentions. In the 2019 Global Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte, the CEOs surveyed cited impact on society, ...

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Fashion-tech entrepreneur Dale McCarthy shares 10 rules that have guided her in business

As Fairfax Digital’s Director, Corporate Development, Dale McCarthy oversaw Strategy and M&A. It was a role that regularly brought her into contact with some of the country’s brightest entrepreneurs. “Witnessing their challenges and celebrating their wins, I aspired to their autonomy and ability to write their own destiny,” she explains. Hooked, the advertising and marketing executive knew her next chapter ...

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