We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but want to wish our friends in the U.S. a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Keynote Speaker at Sydney Graduate School of Management
We are proud to announce that William de Ora will be the keynote speaker at the United Nations Day for Tolerance on Friday 16 November at the Sydney Graduate School of Management.
What a great honor for someone who showed up in Australia with $70 to their name, progressing to a true blue Aussie businessman with a profound success story.
William would be happy to speak at any other events. Please contact William to inquire.
Tomorrow (13 September) is RUOK? Day in Australia. It was founded by the late Gavin Larkin and participation is simple: ask someone close to you (friend, colleague, neighbor, family member, etc.) how they are doing. Specifically, you ask, “Are you ok?”
Melbourne-based author, artist and playwright Barry Dickins talks about the role of his family and friends in his recovery from severe depression. He especially appreciates how his son would not leave him alone, but instilled the confidence that he would get better.
Let’s be relentless in how we know our friends and loved ones. Don’t assume they are ok. Just ask.
Marketing your business with Anthea Leonard—recently featured on Master Chef. Anthea is the managing director of Sweet Art in Sydney. Anthea is truly a business rock star.
Whether it’s cake decorating, styling for flowers or parties, or giving anything a creative edge, Anthea is constantly creating her unique business brand.
In the marketplace today, you need to create yourself as a brand. She asks these clarifying questions, “What is your point of difference? How special are you? How is your rapport with clients?” The tricky question for small business owners, according to Anthea, “How good are you at balancing their (clients or customers) requirement with what you want to deliver?”
Fortunately, the answers are found in a book written by Louise Woodbury and William de Ora, The Invsible Branson.
What is unique about this book? It teaches how to create ourselves as a brand through principles derived from Sir Richard Branson and time-tested wisdom from Louise and William’s personal and business experiences.
After a weekend’s reading of The Invisible Branson, you’ll have all the answers when it comes to ‘creating magic’ for your personal branding.
Wayne Rivers, president of The Family Business Institute speaks to Louise Woodbury and William de Ora, authors of The Invisible Partnership - How To Work With Your Spouse Without Getting Divorced, about pruning the family tree in a family-owned business.
Having under-skilled family members active in a family business can be frustrating. Anytime, according to Rivers, there are a sizeable group working together, it will contain a combination of skilled employees and less-skilled employees. In today’s distressed economy, it is even more imperative to scale back for efficiency and effectiveness.
Two important reasons for letting under-performing family members go are:
1. It’s the practical thing to do.
2. Keeping an under-performing family member on the payroll is among one of the most morale-busting behaviors.
To bring a healthy balance when acting on streamlining the business, family members must learn how to ‘divorce’ their business brains from their family brains. Then, and only then, can they move ahead as a venture and know how to effectively deal with the trauma associated with having to let a family member go.
A new video revealing the success of R U OK?Day 2011. The event occurred in September, but this video was released recently to portray the ever-increasing reach of Australians preventing suicide.
The enthusiasm of this movement has spread like wildfire here, but what about your country. All it takes is sitting down with a friend, a co-worker, a family member or neighbor and asking them if they are doing alright. It can be awkward to probe below the surface, but if that person’s life depended on it wouldn’t it be worth the emotional discomfort?
Gavin Larkin pioneered this movement in Australia just a few short years ago, and even though cancer took his life just days after this event in September, his legacy lives on through his beloved family and this powerful vision of disarming suicide one person at a time.
RU OK? A movement started by the late Gavin Larkin has spread like wildfire across NSW in Australia. This video depicts how simply asking a coworker (even your boss) how they are doing can make a profound difference.