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How a Sydney tech company scored a $266 million venture capital investment - SmartCompany

Sydney-based Campaign Monitor secured a US$250 million ($266 million) investment by venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners yesterday.<p>The email …

Venture Capital

The Real Reason New MBAs Want to Work for Goldman Sachs

What attracts top talent? Is it great benefits, flexible hours, steep pay packages, or state-of-the-art training? New research suggests it’s something simpler – but more difficult to obtain.<p>Prestige.<p>The status of a firm is quite possibly the leading driver in attracting the best of the best, at …

Wi-Fi in the Sky Is Taking Off

With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground — and at lower cost.<p>But the fast evolution of rival systems and standards, such as Ku band and Ka band, pose a big …

Wi-Fi

How a social cause can improve your company and also impress Gen Y - SmartCompany

<b>I am 29 years old and one of the younger people in my team, you would think that I could easily relate to the younger workforce, but you will be</b> …

The Workplace

Looking To Find Your Passion? Here's How To Recognize The Real Thing

Until fairly recently in human history, people ended up doing the jobs their parents did. Mom and dad were farmers? You’ll be a farmer. Dad was a stonemason? Here’s your chisel. Mom was a weaver? Hope you can work a loom. The idea that having a ‘passion’ for something would be a reasonable …

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression. They are mindful of what most employees do and don’t expect of them and want …

Future of Work: Four trends tipped to change the workplace

Businesses need to learn to adapt to a changing workforce that involves more generations of workers, greater collaboration and more stakeholders, or …

CSR

The Problem with Being Too Nice

Leaders are placed under a tremendous amount of pressure to be relatable, human and … nice. Many yield to this instinct, because it feels much easier to be liked. Few people want to be the bad guy. But leaders are also expected to make the tough decisions that serve the company or the team’s best …

Four Ways to Adapt to an Aging Workforce

Calls to maximize the utility of older workers — by honoring experience, providing training opportunities, and offering flexible work and retirement options — began to sound at least a decade ago. HBR contributors have suggested we “retire retirement“ and “adapt for an aging workforce.”<p>But …

The Public Corporation Is Finally in Eclipse

In his classic 1989 HBR article “Eclipse of the Public Corporation,” Michael Jensen analyzed early leveraged buyouts and identified a new form of corporate organization, the LBO association. He believed it would outperform the traditional public company thanks to “pay-for-performance compensation …

The corporate graveyard

<b>Allergen-free food is probably one of the fastest growing retail sectors, particularly around gluten free. So what can we learn from t</b><b>he recent</b> …

Profit

The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic

<i>Why can’t I force myself to go to the gym before work? Get my high-priority work done</i> before <i>I check my email? Stop letting my expense reports pile up? Why am I so bad at changing?</i><p>Even the most motivated people can get stuck, frustrated, and lose hope during the process of behavioral change. As a …

Transformation Is an Era, Not an Event

When I arrived at Liz Claiborne, in 2006, I wasn’t expecting to lead a major transformation. The board had hired me to make sense of a swollen portfolio of mainly wholesale brands—more than 45 in all—and everything suggested a “realignment” opportunity. But in my sixth month on the job, the …

Matt Jones lands miracle chip to win Houston Open and book his spot at the Masters

AUSTRALIA has a seventh Masters participant after Matt Jones won the Houston Open in extraordinary fashion.<p>Jones, who began the final round fourth …

Golf

How to Have a Eureka Moment

In the ancient world, the Greeks believed that all great insights came from one of nine muses, divine sisters who brought inspiration to mere mortals. In the modern world, few people still believe in the muses, but we all still love to hear stories of sudden inspiration. Like Newton and the apple, …

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath. But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial.<p>In “Puppy Love,” a perfectly …

How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

Negotiating skills for small business owners: How to get a better deal

<b>The business environment can be tough for small business owners. Cash flow is a constant concern, payroll tax is a disincentive to employ staff and</b> …

How a $30,000 investment turned into a travel business that turns over up to $70 million a year

<b>Randall Deer, managing director of Ignite Travel Group, turned his expert knowledge of the luxury travel sector into a growing business expected to</b> …

How Paul Sadler swam his way into a $25 million business

<b>In the mid-1970s, special needs school teacher Paul Sadler had a passion for teaching kids how to swim. He taught at a local pool on Saturdays, and</b> …

Swimming

What is emotional competence? And how can you improve it? - SmartCompany

<b>Emotional competence is a skill that really does not get the attention it deserves.</b><p>In a society that has for so long rewarded the ruthless and …

Self-help

Minute Manager Series)

Publication Date: <b>March 11, 2014</b><p>Feeling stressed about your upcoming presentation? Whether you're nervous about how you'll organize your thoughts or how you'll articulate them on the big day, Presentations provides the quick guidelines and expert tips you need to: (1) Craft your message, (2) Prepare …

Management

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

The Heretic’s Guide to Getting More Done

Are you working endlessly but not accomplishing all you want? Mystified that continuous attention to work is not resulting in satisfactory progress toward your goals? So focused on work that you’re not thinking about or doing much else? If so, you may not be giving your brain the benefit of …

An MBA Holds its Perceived Value, Even in Lean Times

Just as the Great Recession sent investors retreating to value positions in the stock market, it also heightened questions for anyone investing in higher education. In general, concerns with high tuitions, student debt loads, and student outcomes are fueling debates about whether the returns are …

Turn Your Next Interruption into an Opportunity

Modern life, particularly work life, has become increasingly hectic<b>.</b> There are relentless demands from meetings, emails, text messages, questions to answer, problems to solve, fires to put out. It can begin to feel like there is never any time to get “real work” done. If you feel overwhelmed by …

Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?”<p>What happens next is predictable:<p>“My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…”<p>“I worked for a number of years in publishing …