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Follow the Hird: Business lessons from the Essendon supplements scandal

8:20PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Jason Rose

From a crisis management point of view, AFL coach James Hird’s handling of the recent Essendon supplements scandal has been fascinating. Here’s a key crisis management lesson you can apply to your business.

Feeling anxious? Tips for keeping anxiety in check

8:38PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Matt Murphy

There are many things to feel anxious about when you’re starting a business. Thankfully, there are techniques that can help you to keep those nerves in check.

Apple tries to trademark “start-up” in Australia: Time to stand up to patent trolls and intellectual property bullies

8:33PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There are some things in life your humble correspondent just can’t stand. An intellectual property bully is high on the list.

Fresh is best: Are the flavours and presentation of your menu appealing?

8:15PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

When was the last time that you changed your menu? There are good reasons why you should aim to change your restaurant menu with the seasons.

Five ways to beat perfectionism

8:34AM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

The biggest productivity killer in business isn't procrastination; it’s perfectionism. Thankfully, there are easy ways to keep it under control.

The highway to good communications

8:31AM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Good communications is a journey – and one you can’t always map out ahead of time. Thankfully, there are ways to make reaching your desired destination easier.

I’ve just been stung! How not to grow a business

8:16AM | Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

Want to grow your business? Be sharp, and make sure your customers aren’t stung by a bad experience.

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Pipe dreams are better than tunnel vision

8:51PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Remember how, in the 1970s, state governments and planners promised us that freeways were the solution to traffic jams? Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk says he has a new solution to our traffic woes.

The company you keep: Seven tips to keep you out of trouble as a company director

8:02PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Ursula Hogben

Incorporating a business often also means becoming a director – along with all the legal responsibilities that entails. Here are seven key issues you must be aware of as a company director.

Recruitment: Why age should be no barrier

8:54PM | Monday, 12 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Age discrimination at both ends of the spectrum poses a golden opportunity for smart entrepreneurs looking to hire staff.

Make sure your business trademark is unique

8:50PM | Thursday, 8 August 2013 | Craig Yeung

The recent Apple v Amazon case in the United States concerning Amazon’s use of the phrase ‘Appstore’ provides an important lesson for business owners in relation to use of trademarks.

Business is war: Jack Tramiel’s secret to conquering Silicon Valley

8:15PM | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Jack Tramiel was a Holocaust survivor, refugee and – later – a US Army engineer. Here is the secret to how a pioneering tech entrepreneur managed to grow a typewriter repair shop into the world’s largest desktop computer company.

Risk management for start-ups: The four legal risk areas you need to know about

8:52PM | Monday, 5 August 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Once your business gets off the ground, the legal issues you face change. Here are four major legal risks every business needs to manage.

Best of the web reads: How to harness the power of fast innovation

8:02PM | Friday, 2 August 2013 | Gavin Lower

Here are five unconventional ways to spark innovation fast. Plus the murky world of computer crime and the lasting appeal of barber shops.

A republican small business lesson from the royal baby

7:19PM | Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you’re a committed republican like Old Taskmaster, there is at least one valuable lesson from the British royal family. (Warning: If you’re a committed monarchist, you might want to skip this piece – you have been warned!)

Social media use by Australia’s largest companies

7:17PM | Monday, 22 July 2013 | StartupSmart

This infographic was created by BRR Media after they surveyed Australia’s largest companies about their social media use.

The cowardly salesperson: What to do when good staff go bad

7:43PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Taskmaster

How important are effective sales structures and incentives to your business? After yet another battle with the phone company, Old Taskmaster has the answer.

Managing expectations: Is your manager right for your business?

7:30PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

Are you looking for a manager to help you to look after your bar, club or restaurant? Here are some warning signs you must be alert for.

Confessions of a serial emailer

7:01PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Email might be convenient, but there are times it pays to pick up the phone and build a working relationship with the person at the other end.

The News Wrap: Business says election uncertainty hurting jobs

7:23AM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Business leaders say uncertainty over when the next federal election will be called is sabotaging jobs and investment. Also, Myer is in a war of words with the Human Rights Commission and China says economic growth isn’t the only measure of success.

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