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Tomorrow's Trends Today

06 April 2015 by Michael Harrison

As a business consultant I've had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds on the planet – experts at everything from assessing insurable risk to selling widgets on the Internet. I speak at business conferences, industry and association conventions, big groups, small groups, and sometimes, I speak with one person – the owner, the decision maker, the person who can best implement suggestions.... Read More...

All I want for Christmas...

20 December 2010 by Michael Harrison

Ever thought of something you really wanted, but couldnt find it in shops? Chances are, if the product is quirky enough, an Australian has already invented it.Jo Lapidge and her family decided to buy a cat. However, she was soon regretting the decision after discovering how often she needed to clean the kitty litter. Watching the movie Meet the parents Lapidge found her solution when the cat went to the toilet on an actual toilet! With a few disks and a cheap toilet seat, Lapidge trained her own... Read More...

Why Telstra's share price can't last

01 December 2010 by Michael Harrison

Telstra shares jumped on the strength on another public bail out. This time its called the NBN. We are buying back the assets we originally owned before the famous float.This short-term reprieve looks great … on paper. The problem is that Telstra will continue to bleed market share because of terrible customer service. A recent personal experience is typical of on-line comments about Telstra.After an issue with one of my numbers, I braved the obstacles and called Telstras business help li... Read More...

The U.S. Elections - What it means for Australia

05 November 2010 by Michael Harrison

This weeks election made it clear that American voters want change in Washington.The U.S. House of Representatives, under Democratic control for the past two years, saw a shift to Republican control in the 2010 mid-term election, picking up 60 seats in the part of Congress that initiates tax bills and government spending.No surprise here. The swing from Democratic to Republican control had been anticipated for at least the past four weeks a foregone conclusion according to the endless polling d... Read More...

Entrepreneurs: born or bred?

19 September 2010 by Michael Harrison

What makes someone successful in business? Were they born to it or did they learn it?For some entrepreneurs, such as Aimee Marks, the path to success has been through a university course. Despite getting the idea for her biodegradable tampon company, T.O.M Organic, at school, Marks decided a university course would develop her product and company in a more thorough manner with a secure network of mentors to support her.The course taught me the fundamentals of launching and growing a business, an... Read More...

Yes - Australia needs its connections!

11 September 2010 by Michael Harrison

Australians are fantastic innovators. Were the creators of the cervical cancer vaccine, bionic ear, electric drill and boomerang! But to maintain our lead in the world, an excellent broadband network is absolutely essential.Finland was the first to recognize the importance of the Net, declaring into law the right of every citizen to broadband access. Now the US is following suit, considering a plan for free or very low-cost broadband connections for every American. So where is Australia in all t... Read More...

The price of independence

05 September 2010 by Michael Harrison

What was the point of the independents demanding to see how well both parties can balance their costings if they are only going to shake them up by adding more?... Read More...

Batt fiasco is PM's fault

24 February 2010 by Michael Harrison

This is one of the best articles I have read about current politics in Australia. Congratulations to the Herald Sun.... Read More...

Obamanomics: Is it Working?

22 September 2009 by Michael Harrison

Like it not, Kevin Rudd and co follow the lead of the US. So, once again, I have been thinking about the US economy and what it might hold for our future.Barack Obama was elected on a platform of change. And Washington was ready for change after eight years of the Bush Administrations mucking up on the world stage.The war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan despite the deep tragedy the world experienced on September 11, 2001 (and indeed, it was a world tragedy), we arent any safer. We arent any bet... Read More...

The Rocky Fiscal Horror Show

26 February 2009 by Michael Harrison

Youll scream in HORROR at the ZOMBIE BANKS!!!Youll cringe as TOXIC ASSETS ooze closer to your nest egg!!!Youll SHIVER IN FEAR at the CREEPING NATIONALIZATION!!!DONT MISSTHE ROCKY FISCAL HORROR SHOWcoming soon to a cinema near you(Okay, a bit cynical but an apt metaphor for whats taking place in the global economy.)With U.S. President, Barack Obamas economic stimulus package in place all 1,000 pages of it global economists have had the opportunity to pore over this dry (as Adelaides c... Read More...

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