Managing people



How to handle the emotional rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur

7:45PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

As an entrepreneur, sometimes it feels as if you are getting kicked in the guts from every angle! But with experience comes a measure of stability.

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.

Re-energise by doing more work

7:00AM | Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you feel lethargic by the time Thursday and Friday roll around? It’s time to boost your energy levels by reviewing your schedule.

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.

Incentivise your team: A quick guide to employee share schemes and phantom share schemes

7:28PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Ursula Hogben

The right team can make the difference between your businesses failing or achieving your vision.

Entrepreneurs welcome Gonski reforms, but call for innovation in education

7:00AM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups are calling for more innovation in Australia’s education sector following the passage of the Gonski school funding reforms into law.

When to hire a CFO

6:37PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | Matthew Murphy

As a business grows, it becomes important to make the right decision when hiring key staff such as a chief financial officer.

Global start-up leadership course opens applications for Australian program

6:18PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Applications are now open for the Startup Leadership Program, a global, founder-focused development course for start-ups across all sectors.

Small business owners wasting time on administrative tasks, research finds

6:20PM | Friday, 14 June 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Australian small business owners spend on average one third of their time dealing with administrative tasks, rather than focusing on the core of their business, according to research published this week.

Five keys to keeping your start-up staff happy

6:27PM | Thursday, 13 June 2013 | Michael Hansen

Employee satisfaction is a vital part of the success of any business. Here are five key ways to help you establish a positive corporate culture in your business.

Rudds under the bed: Why your business needs some meetings

6:58PM | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | Taskmaster

Is there a politician lurking in your office? Old Taskmaster says it’s time to catch them out!

It’s time to rally the troops

5:00AM | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Taskmaster

As much as it pains me to type this, it’s time to call a meeting. Don’t make it a short 10 minute meeting either – go the full hour.

Make your office slightly more paperless

5:00AM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Taskmaster

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we were promised a paperless office. Now that the digital revolution has well and truly arrived, it’s time to throw away some paper.

Tackle the big jobs in little pieces

5:00AM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Taskmaster

At Taskmaster Towers, the windows were recently bricked up with paperwork. Here's how Old Taskmaster cleared the backlog – one page at a time.

Federal budget 2013: Government to raise $198 million by nearly doubling application fees for 457 visas

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The federal budget has delivered a double blow to the 457 visa program, with the government to nearly double application fees and compliance activity for the controversial system.

Unemployment dips to 5.5% as 50,000 new jobs created

5:46PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Daniella White

Unemployment dropped from 5.6% to 5.5% in April, despite most economists predicting it would remain steady or even rise.

Australian businesses can unlock $305 billion in productivity through staff

5:41PM | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Australian economy is losing as much as $305 billion due to lost productivity, a study from Ernst & Young has revealed.

Take advantage of your lack of knowledge

4:00AM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Playing dumb can be a wonderful business weapon and there are plenty of different ways to do it.

Why it’s important to celebrate little victories

4:01PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Do you celebrate when your team achieves a key milestone? If not, there are five very good reasons why you should.

Four leadership lessons from Margaret Thatcher

4:05PM | Tuesday, 9 April 2013 | Myriam Robin

Margaret Thatcher's extraordinary life is an example of striving against the odds. Here are four key lessons from the former British prime minister.