Experience your industry before you jump in

A colleague recently commented on the necessity of fledgling business owners (in particular social enterprise owners) trialing and testing their industry before launching themselves upon the world. Personally, I couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.  You may have participated in one of those conversations.  A ‘good idea’ is borne, the committee says “Everyone will want one of those”, a grant …

When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock by now you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’. There are many and varied definitions of the illustrious notion of social enterprise, our working definition “a business entity that TRADES for a social purpose” (noting the word TRADES). In Australia social enterprise is not a legal structure in it’s own right and for that matter, a …

Stop planning, start doing.

If I could distill just one thing from over 12 years consulting for communities it’s this; People in any community, no matter how disadvantaged already know how they want to live their lives. And that’s hard for an ‘expert’ to chew on.  Because we are paid to have the great ideas, right? One of the things that always irked me in …

A resolution that sticks

Which best describes your approach to new year’s resolutions? 1. I’m a master – I set the challenge and follow through knowing it’s an excellent way to create change 2. I usually fall off the wagon around 3 January 3. Who are you kidding, I couldn’t even be bothered setting one 4. I waiver between all of the above.  Depends …

#15 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 15 of posts to inspire you through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first… I’ve been thinking a lot about CHANGE, in particular leading in times of change …

Want an ethical energy supplier

Nearing the $1.5 million mark With less than 4 weeks to go, Enova are on the verge of passing their half-way mark to raising the minimum $3m capital they need to operate. This is a major achievement. The Australian Energy Regulator has approved Enova’s application for our energy retail licence, subject to our capital raising ~ which is an Australian first …

Boost your local economy

Wayne Lowe is the Business Development Manager for Nambucca Shire Council which is located in the Mid North Coast of NSW. Join us from the comfort of your office on Wednesday 11 November (10am-11am) to learn how Wayne has created employment and business opportunities in an environment which has pockets of extreme disadvantage. From establishing manufacturing clusters to reinvigorating local …

#14 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 14 of posts to inspire you through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first… Don’t wait for time. Make it. Don’t wait for love. Feel it. Don’t wait …

5 steps to the personal development program for you

In a world where we are being bombarded with suggestions that we need to change, grow, be better, feel more, connect, make more, do more, earn more, be more, breathe, eat better, drink less, exercise more, choose the right colours to wear, sit our furniture in the correct position, automate more and slow down to connect better – ARGH ! …

#13 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 13 of posts to inspire leaders of change through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first… Not quite poetry this week, but some inspiring words for you all …