Digital money – the new game changer
Smartphones will become the new wallets as digital money grows in popularity – but this new and disruptive technology could also have a profound impact on business and the world economy.

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Business lessons from the sports track
In sport, as well as business, improving performance is about creating an environment that enables people to grow and develop. A former Olympic coach explains how it’s done.

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A risky business
The reinsurance industry provides a global safety net to ensure that claims are paid in the wake of a disaster. Now a new book warns that changing practices could lead to a banking-style collapse which would put pay-outs at risk.

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Big data, big potential
We have heard a lot about it but is it just a buzzword? Here are six ways in which big data is being used in business and society at large.

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How to succeed in the third sector
A growing number of business professionals are seeking a career in charities or social enterprise but they are often unprepared for the culture clash. Here’s what you need to know to make a smooth transition.

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How to manage difficult conversations
Confronting problem behaviour is part of a manager’s role. Leadership expert Dr Polly Parker explains how to use ‘challenging conversations’ to resolve conflict and bring about change.

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Survival skills for stressed out workers
Stress in the workplace costs businesses millions of dollars each year. Now research is casting light on why some people are better at dealing with it, and how we can train others to become more resilient.

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 Cracking the whip
Managers trying to encourage their team to ‘do more with less’ sometimes overstep the mark. But when do high-pressure demands turn into abuse – and why do staff differ so markedly in their reactions to it? And how can managers trying to improve performance avoid being seen as bullies?

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Disruptive innovation – or devastation?
How can a small firm with a second-rate product challenge big business and end up dominating the market? Disruption – the concept often used to explain such shifts – is now at the centre of a heated debate.

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Rebuilding tourism in the wake of disaster
Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on tourism. However Australia’s experience with flooding and bushfires has provided some valuable lessons on how destinations can recover after a crisis.

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7 features of the new world economy
International forces are reshaping the world of business, but also creating new opportunities and a more level playing field for small firms.

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A woman’s guide to getting ahead
While women still face barriers to the boardroom, there are some things they can do to help their career progress. A leadership expert gives five tips for those who want to move up the ladder.

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The secret world of CEO selection
The appointment of a CEO is a landmark event for any company but the selection process is generally shrouded in secrecy. Now research has revealed what boards look for in a CEO – and the one key principle which guides their choice.

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How to profit from service
Customer satisfaction depends on the staff, experts believe. But how can you motivate your employees to create the best possible customer experience? Research at a Queensland restaurant chain holds some valuable clues.

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Making virtual teams work
Team building can be challenging if the members are thousands of miles apart. However research has indicated ways to help virtual teams manage conflicts and become high performers.

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Speak up and be heard
Public speaking is an important skill for leaders. But if the thought fills you with dread, don’t be deterred – some of the most famous orators in history were nervous speakers.

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Bringing expertise on board
Boards are not just for big companies – the knowledge and contacts that experienced board members bring can help small companies to fast track their growth.

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The innovation myth
Innovation is big business and many companies invest heavily in trying to generate new ideas. But is it worthwhile? According to some experts, most businesses already have enough ideas – they need to get better at putting them into practice.

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All in a good cause
Corporate sponsorship of charities is on the rise and offers benefits for both sides – though choosing the wrong partner can damage reputations. Now research has cast new light on what makes a successful sponsorship deal.

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How to get a life and grow your business

Tired of working long hours as an owner manager? By taking a step back, you can improve your quality of life and will be in a better position to take the business forward.

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Rolling out the healthcare revolution
Telemedicine could transform Australia’s health services – but overcoming resistance from patients and healthcare professionals will require strong change management skills.

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10 key technology trends for 2014
From driverless cars to smart wallets and self-assembly robots, a host of new technologies could reshape the business landscape, offering new opportunities as well as potential for disruption.

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Why the finance world needs more women
Is it wise to leave young males in charge of the world’s financial system? Research suggests that having more female bankers could help prevent a future financial crisis – the challenge may be keeping them in the industry.

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India – land of hope and opportunity
India offers huge opportunities but also major cultural challenges. After a memorable tour of India with a party of MBA students, Dr Sarah Kelly of the University of Queensland Business School reveals some of the insights they gained.

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The wisdom of crowdsourcing
Two heads are better than one – so why not tap into the combined expertise of thousands of people?

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7 ways 3D printing will change the world
Look out – a disruptive new technology is about to send shockwaves through the world of business.

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Zen and the art of business
Meditation is catching on amongst CEOs as the new way to get ahead. Can it improve your leadership skills?

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Once upon a time . . .
Forget PowerPoint – leaders need to be able to tell a good story if they are to make their ideas stick.

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