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Unintended Consequences

14 December 2011 by Michael Harrison

The campaign led by Gerry Harvey to charge GST on small overseas purchases seems to have badly misfired. To be fair it was never going to succeed. You cant stop an avalanche with an advertisement.Yesterday I was chatting to the passenger sitting next to me on a flight to Sydney. I pricked up my ears when he told me he had employed 150 people in Australia over the last 12 months.He was the operations manager for an international freight company and he told me how much inbound freight has increase... Read More...

Web access is expanding

08 December 2011 by Michael Harrison

When you think that just a few years ago the only way to access the web was via computer its obvious how much the world has changed.Expect those changes to continue in 2012, making it easier for people to access your website and to discover your business.Prospects access the web through numerous means. 20% of web access is now via smart phones and PDAs, and its growing, so expect to see more robust tools to come to market in 2012.The 2011 Computer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, intro... Read More...

Are You Ready For The Ball To Drop?

01 December 2011 by Michael Harrison

Were just a few short weeks away from glorious fireworks displays, champagne toasts and the start of a new year. And its going to be a good one. Probably your best, if youre prepared.The last few weeks of the year are the ideal time to look back over the previous business year to assess what worked, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with the New Year.AnalyseYou have a years worth of data so prepare a short statement of achievements, lessons learned and how you can... Read More...

Google's New Algorithm

20 November 2011 by Michael Harrison

Have you checked your business web site page rank lately? How about positioning on search engine results pages (SERPs)? Are you still showing up on page 1 of SERPs? Chances are, if you havent made changes to your web site in a couple of years, youve seen PR and SERPs positioning fall thanks to Panda Googles new algorithm introduced in February, 2011.Panda has changed the rules for obtaining a higher page rank and better positioning on search results based on several key factors. The most import... Read More...

Paper Free UK Boardrooms

18 September 2011 by Michael Harrison

UK boardroom meetings could soon take place in a paperless environment, thanks to the new iPad enabled board meeting software Blueprint BoardPad 2. The software was revealed to the public in June this year.Conceived and designed by ICSA Software, a business software development specialist the iPad application has already made waves in the industry. Some 75 per cent of FTSE 100 companies have already opted to use the software and many more are believed to follow suit.Older versions of the Bluepri... Read More...

Alice Springs. Great place for a sensational conference.

07 September 2011 by Michael Harrison

The Synchron NextGen conference for under 40 year old financial advisers is my favourite conference of the year.This year in Alice Springs was no exception. Sales training by Jim Prigg, technology insights by yours truly and video instruction by Colin Pearce. Add plenty of outdoor activities, morning aerobics with Zumba lessons, learning to play a digeriedoo and a visit from some real snakes.Here are a couple of photos of me "at work".... Read More...

The Value of Perception

16 August 2011 by Michael Harrison

With the recent stock market crash bankers and investors are once again living in fear. The financial repercussions that arise from a combination of make-belief economies and Band-Aid promises have us play ball like the good citizens we are ought to be. But what is wrong with the bigger picture?Its a matter of perception in a high-stakes gamePerception is and can be very dangerous if it is based on make-belief politics. Take the US government for example: for months they have hinted that the eco... Read More...

How One Broken Promise Can Cost You Your Credibility

25 July 2011 by Michael Harrison

If youre into news stories at all then you are already familiar with the story of Julia. Julia is a particularly strong woman: shes a party leader, an accomplished politician and a master tactician.  By now youve probably gathered that Julia is no other than our Honorable MP, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard.So what has our Prime Minister got to do with broken promises and lost credibility?The answer of course is a lot.Gillard has demonstrated to us the one way we should never do b... Read More...

Lesson from Murdoch #1 – Practice Business Transparency

23 July 2011 by Michael Harrison

The recent and continuing tide of negativity that has surrounded News Corp after its phone hacking scandal is once again testimony that it never pays to build a castle on quicksand.The mighty News Corp came crashing down faster than lightning speed after the scandal was made public. It resulted in shameful closure of the once popular newspaper News of the World and ruined the credibility of news publications across the UK, perhaps further still.Journos are at best a mildly trusted bunch of profe... Read More...

Has Your Business Gone Up in Ash?

23 July 2011 by Michael Harrison

The recent disruptions of flights around Australia, resulting in closed-down airports has once again made apparent the importance of insurance cover for unlikely events. reported in their June 27 issue that many airlines were unlikely to be covered with a business interruption policy for the event that created chaos all over Australian airports.... Read More...

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