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ABC Business Coaching now a part of the DIRIGO Group

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  As of January 2014 ABC Business Coaching became part of the DIRIGO Group meaning that all current and future clients will not only continue to receive help with Business Plans, Marketing Plans, Business Mentoring/ Training/ Coaching, but now they also have access to a range of complimentary and value add services. At the Dirigo Group we can offer a full set of Business Lending/Loans/ Commercial Finance solutions with both bank and non bank lenders...it is worth getting your current business loans and business insurance reviewed for a better deal! We can also now offer an extended marketing service including website development and digital marketing.…
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If you don’t monitor social media, you might as well not use it

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 Written by Catriona Pollard The only car accident I've ever had was when I managed to reverse parallel-park into a telephone pole on a busy Sydney street. As I'm due for a new car, I was quite excited when I saw an ad showing the Ford Focus Titanium reverse parallel-parking by itself. I started doing my research online. Like all the major manufacturers, Ford has a "book a test drive" feature on its website and on the face of it, it's a very clever marketing tactic. Ford is fulfilling the potential buyer's needs without them having to even pick up the phone or walk into…
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The 8-Step Process for Leading Change

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  To successfully react to windows of opportunity, regardless of the focus — innovation, growth, culture, cost structure, technology — a new methodology of change leadership is required. Thirty years of research by leadership guru Dr. John Kotter have proven that 70% of all major change efforts in organisations fail. Why do they fail? Because organisations often do not take the holistic approach required to see the change through.   However, by following the 8-Step Process outlined by Dr. Kotter, organisations can avoid failure and become adept at change. By improving their ability to change, organisations can increase their chances of success, both today and in the…
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GOOD-TO-GREAT PRINCIPLES

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 By Jim Collins 1.  Quality Executive Leadership Leaders have Personal Humility Leaders show Professional Will, almost fanatical Leaders show Workmanlike diligence – more plow horse, than show horse Leaders are Ambitious for the company, not themselves  2. First Who, Then What Getting the right people on the team comes before vision, strategy and tactics Get the right people on the bus Get the wrong people off the bus Put your best people on your biggest opportunities, not the biggest problems 3. Confront the Brutal Facts (But Never Lose Faith in the Potential for Greatness) Impossible to make good decisions without an honest confrontation of the…
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Five things you should know about the cloud

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 By John Russell – July 2013 There are many people who think they know what the cloud is. Truth be told, the majority of these people would have absolutely no idea how to describe what is becoming a buzz word in business technology – and a concept potentially annoying to all those supposedly against it. I want to lay a few silly rumors to bed today and tell you the five things you should know about the cloud – and no, not the fluffy white things in the sky – the technology that will help us move forward as a society into the next stratosphere.…
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How to avoid family-run business drama

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  By Lorna Brett   With over 70 percent of all Aussie businesses owned and run by families, it's vital policies and systems are put into place so a feud between family members doesn't have the power to bring the business down.   According to Family Business Australia CEO Philippa Taylor, avoiding a bitter family feud in business can be as simple as implementing some clear governance practices, similar to what publically listed companies use. "There have been several high profile cases of feuds in family businesses recently, which may have been avoided if plans and policies existed from the outset," she said. "It's an…
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Six things your website needs

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By Adam Franklin While social media has been stealing headlines for years, the humble website is very often where you are best off focusing your initial efforts. I'm not talking about a website re-design, really just an audit of what you've got already. There are six essential elements to a successful website that we'll discuss below.   When it's your own website, it's easy to fall into the trap of obsessing over the "look and feel". Try to suppress your constant yearning to freshen up the design. Remember it's only you who looks at your website every day, so it's unlikely that anyone else is…
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The 2011 census: 15 gems for business

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By Myriam Robin  The census is important to more than demographers and policy-makers. It's a snapshot of where we are as a nation, one which businesses can dip into for insight into their workforce and customers. Conducted every five years, in 2012, now is the moment to explore it before its currency starts to wane.   Here are 15 important points your business needs to know.   1) We're living longer: The median age in Australia was 37 years, steady from 2006. However, the number of Australians aged 85 or older was 1.9%, up from 1.6%. 2) And there's a baby boom: Fertility is up,…
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Eight ways you should be preparing for the smartphone revolution

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Written by Patrick Stafford Nearly 10 million more smartphones will enter the Australian market within the next four years, and businesses need to start preparing. New data from industry research house Telsyte shows that 10 million more smartphones will be in use by 2015, with the total number set to reach 18.5 million. By that time, nearly 90% of users will be using a smartphone as their primary device, up from the current level of just under 50%.   While the iPhone may be popular now, the next few years will see an amalgam of different handsets from manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and HTC,…
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How do I hire staff with the right attitude?

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By Martin Nally   I'm overwhelmed with work for my new business and I need to take on my first member of staff. How do I ensure that I get someone who has the right attitude and is prepared to stick with the business through thick and (initially, at least) thin?   You need to seek someone with the right attitude for your business, not just for today but also for the future.   So do the groundwork and define what you ideally would like and need in an employee.   Firstly, as you are in small business you must seek a compatible person. That's…
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