29 May 2022
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Look what they done to my brain, Ma

In my blog a few weeks ago, I wrote about a study undertaken at Oxford University that ranked Australian men as the least attractive to women wanting to enter long-term relationships. As someone who has taught at university over the years and engaged in high level research for my law thesis, I ask the question: […]

Sisters are doin' it to themselves

Spare me a moment’s distraction from my usual literary references as I resort to Wikipedia, to define the word ‘confidence’. According to this internet source, confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most […]

Who are the companies of tomorrow?

Where will earnings and profits come from in the new economic environment? Where will growth come from and which sectors should we focus on? What stocks do we buy in order to position ourselves to be part of the next upturn? Following the economic difficulties over the past year, when investors feared the worst, we […]

Gimme, gimme, gimme (a man after midnight)

Apparently a study emanating from an obscurely named corridor of Oxford University has pointed the finger of shame at Aussie blokes who don’t carry their weight when it comes to domestic chores. I picked up this article on Reuters under the title ‘Scandinavians most attractive husbands, Aussies least’. The study suggests that women are keen […]

Shape shifters

Our analyst Michael Knox regularly writes thought provoking pieces and we are supportive of the recovery underway. We believe that as China recovers, it changes shape As the economy of China is recovering, so the structure of the Chinese economy is changing shape. In this issue, we look at three surveys of the Chinese economy: […]

Bonfire of the Vanities

This week, I had the privilege of sitting in on the first webinar in a series our company is involved in with CPA Australia. The series is called On The Pulse hosted by Peter Switzer. The first guest, David Gonski, is (among many things) Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, chair of the […]

Never miss a sale

I've been doing some research lately into the topic of selling to women. I remember years ago being so annoyed with bank managers, real estate agents, insurance salesmen and car salesmen (and yes, I say men as 99.9 per cent of them were men) to name a few. In our family, I make 50 per […]

Kerry Stokes to James Packer: SUP

"SUP": (slang of "what's up?") inquiry used as a verbal or text greeting. I couldn’t help wondering if that is what Kerry Stokes or James Packer will say to each other next time they meet. It may be a short conversation that goes along the following lines. Kerry to James, whilst nodding says, “Hey James, […]

Get up, stand up

One of the key findings of a recent study based on data collected for Executive Managers and Key Management Personnel as part of the 2008 EOWA Australian Census of Women in Leadership – Pay, Power and Position – was that remuneration generally increases as companies get larger (measured by market capitalisation) but it increases much […]

From orphan to entrepreneur extraordinaire

Saw the French film Coco Avant Chanel last week. What an inspirational story. She went from orphan to entrepreneur extraordinaire in a period in history when any woman would have found it tough. It takes courage break out and do things against the norm. I recommend this film highly to anyone looking for inspiration to […]

Strategies for growth

As your business grows, it should begin to take on a life of its own and unless it’s structured to do this, its ability to grow will be limited. If you have structured your business well, it will need less and less of your input in the day-to-day technical work. Your capacity to be everywhere […]

Why do women shy from the limelight?

I've been in business over 20 years now and seen a lot of changes but one constant is that women have a tendency to keep themselves from the limelight. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but on so many occasions I see women declining opportunities for publicity. In numerous business awards, the line up […]

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