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2017-monthly-planning-calendar free downloadable

This humble tool is one of the most powerful tools I use in my business, and that I use with clients. Because unless you can see your time laid out in front of you, you can’t make realistic plans, set achievable goals or get everyone aligned about what needs to be done, and by when.

I use this tool with my executive coaching clients to help them plan out and ideal week, and understand what’s achievable with their time. I use it with my content marketing clients to map out content plans, deadlines and publishing dates. I use it with my business clients to help them and their team see what needs to be done, and when by so they all get on the same page, literally. Read more…

So often we are consumed with setting the goals, drawing a straight line to their completion and moving onto the next thing. It’s deliciously tempting to think about living our entire lives that way. But magic doesn’t happen at the coal face of constant engagement with what we already know. To think about creating a different kind of life, an alternative way of being in the world, we need to change our horizons and our roadmaps, sometimes, literally.

When mortgage broker Lauren Williams and freelance designer Alexander Knorr packed up for a holiday road trip around Tasmania, starting a business was not on their itinerary. But a chance forage in a town op shop to look for a hat for their journey sparked an idea. The arguments about whose turn it was to wear the vintage fedora they purchased, gradually turned into a more productive discussion about how they could bring hats like their special find to more people like them. And so Will and Bear, unisex hats for the road, came to be – but only after using their would-be house deposit to fund their first order. Read more…

In The Company Podcast Justin Dry Vinomofo

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Justin Dry, co-founder, online wine club Vinomofo. Justin, along with his brother-in-law Andre, originally started their business as Qwoff, an online wine community, where members rated and reviewed wines. They then produced a web series chronicling their wide road trip across Australia in a combi visiting some of the countries best winemakers. But after several years of trying to make it a viable business through community and content, Justin and Andre pivoted to become a wine deals site, adding commerce to their mix, and so Vinomofo was born.

Today we’re talking with Justin about the journey, and the role innovation has played in taking an idea, executing it, learning, pivoting and the importance of evolving in small business.

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In The Company Podcast Julie Anne and Glen Mayer Subo

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Julie Anne and Glen Mayer, founders of Subo, the reusable food bottle designed and made in Australia.

As active parents of young children, Julie Anne and Glen would often find themselves on the move, and wanting to feed their kids nutritious, homemade food that was also easy to handle and minimized the potential for being worn instead of eaten.

In 2012, sparked by an idea under she had under the shower, Julie Anne challenged Glen to make a prototype food bottle from a toothpaste pump dispenser. Held together with duct tape the prototype worked and was enough for encourage the Mayers to develop the idea further.

Between their full-time jobs and parenting roles, Julie Anne and Glen launched the product in October 2016, and this month sees Glen leave his jobs in sales to leap into Subo full-time.

Today we chat about how the Mayer family have their sights firmly set on changing the way we eat on the go.

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In The Company Podcast Alicia Darvall, B Corporation

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Alicia Darvall, the executive director of global partners for B Lab. B Lab is a non-profit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best FOR the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

B Lab drives change by building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between genuinely “good companies” and good marketing. Today, there are more than 1,200 Certified B Corps from 41 countries and 121 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

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In The Company Podcast Anna Ross Kester Black

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival: Women In Business Week

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Anna Ross, founder of Kester Black, an ethical and sustainable nail polish and skincare company launched in 2012 and which has quickly become one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most innovative beauty brands.

Anna’s products are vegan, sustainable, cruelty-free and B Corp certified. Made in Australia, Kester Black now sells to Asia, America, Europe and also the Middle East, where its water-permeable products appeal to Muslim women, and in 2016 Anna was awarded the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year.

Anna is on a mission to initiate global change in the beauty industry by setting new standards for cosmetics with a positive social and environmental impact.

Today we talk with Anna about going beyond the leap, and how to take a small business to the next level.

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In The Company Podcast Sheree Rubenstein One Roof

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival: Women In Business Week

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Sheree Rubenstein, a former corporate lawyer who made the leap to found One Roof, Australia’s Leading Co-working Space for women-led businesses.

Sheree is an expert in curating spaces, programs and communities that nurture and inspire female entrepreneurs to thrive. One Roof has established a presence in four cities across Australia and the USA and built a global community of over 10,000 women. In 2015 Sheree was nominated as one of Australia’s top young innovators by the Foundation for Young Australians and in 2016 she was awarded the Victorian Young Achievers Leadership Award.

In this episode we chat with Sheree about why small business is the new women’s movement.

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Clint Smith TEDTalk The Dangers of Silence

“Silence is the residue of fear.” And it’s designed to keep you compliant. So you if you don’t like how things are playing out in your life, talk to someone. If you don’t like what’s happening in career, talk through a change strategy with a trusted advisor. If you don’t like what’s happening in your community, talk to a local councillor. If you don’t like what’s happening in your State, talk to a minister. If you don’t like what’s happening in your country, talk to your MP. And if you don’t like what’s happening in the world, speak up and let your voice be heard and counted with others who share what you believe. Silence only feeds the abusers, the perpetrators and oppressors. Change starts with communication. And then action.

This 4 minute TEDTalk by teacher and poet Clint Smith is a powerful reminder to use our words. Read more…

In The Company Nick Avaitis HeadsUp beyondblue

Proudly sponsored by: Victoria’s Small Business Festival

In this podcast episode of In The Company, we chat with Nick Arvanitis, Head of Workplace Research and Development at Australian mental health organisation beyondblue. Nick leads projects that support workforces to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces, including HeadsUp.org.au We chat with Nick about ways small business owners and employees can foster greater mental health and work and in life.
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In The Company Podcast Bernadette Jiwa The Story of Telling

In this podcast episode of In The Company we chat with Bernadette Jiwa, a recognised global authority on the role of story in business, innovation and marketing. Bernadette is a business advisor, keynote speaker and best-selling A=author of five #1 Amazon bestsellers, including Marketing: A Love Story and Meaningful: The story of ideas that fly. Bernadette works with Fortune 500 companies, startups, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world, helping them to build their brands and become meaningful to their customers.

In June 2017 Bernadette published her sixth book Hunch: how to turn your everyday insights into the next big thing, which we talk about during episode. Read more…

In The Company Podcast Clare Desira Top Five Movement

In this podcast episode of In The Company we talk with Clare Desira. Clare is a writer, coach, speaker and founder of the Top Five Movement – her side gig from her full-time corporate role. In December 2006 Clare started a daily practice of journaling her top five moments from the day, and has done so every day since. She now has over 2000 top five lists totalling more than 10,000 memories. The impact of her daily gratitude practice has been so profound that she created the Top Five Movement as a way of encouraging people to foster greater happiness, confidence and energy in their lives. Earlier this year, Clare’s Positive Thought Starter cards won product of the year.
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