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Beware the monoculture of Inertia

1:46AM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a large multinational corporation we’ll call Inertia Corp. Their business model was dead – but senior management didn’t realise it.

Concreter sacked for "smirking" wins unfair dismissal case

1:55PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A Melbourne concreter has won an unfair dismissal case against his employer, after the company fired him for allegedly smirking during a conversation reprimanding him for a safety violation.

How to find an informal mentor for your business

1:11PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Especially if you’re a soloist, advice from friends and family can be invaluable. StartupSmart spoke to three experts to help you get the most out of your mentor. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Hot desks, cold pies and chocolate bars

1:35PM | Friday, 11 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Hot desking has become a popular management trend in recent times. However, as Old Taskmaster discovered, the practice mightn’t be as effective as some of its proponents claim.

“Abbott has F***ED UP badly”: Brendan O’Connor's Twitter gaffe

1:43PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Small Business Minister has apologised after describing volunteer firefighting by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as “f***ing up”.

An inconvenient seat

1:35PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Taskmaster

As long time readers will know, there have recently been some renovations at Taskmaster Towers. Of course, this has raised a tricky dilemma: Who sits where?

Failed start-ups should return funding, says local investor

12:44PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.

Do a personal end-of-year review

12:05PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you in the middle of your end-of-year reviews? If so, there is one person whose performance you can’t afford to overlook.

Wayne Swan dumps the surplus

12:52PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Kath Walters and Myriam Robin

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan at 2.15pm today announced the Federal Government will probably not achieve the promised budget surplus in the 2012/13 budget year.

The challenges of working with a co-founder

12:25PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

Matt Mickiewicz from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is best known as a co-founder of 99designs, Sitepoint and Flippa.com. In this video, he discusses the challenges of working with a co-founder.

Biting the management bullet

12:18PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Marc Peskett

As the owner of a growing start-up, there comes a point where you need to hire experienced managers to help you run your business. Here are five key tips to managing the transition. BY MARC PESKETT.

FWO issues Christmas warning about underpaying workers

12:45PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Cara Waters

Bill Shorten and the Fair Work Ombudsman are warning employers about shortchanging employees on holiday pay rates.

How to get the right boardroom dynamic

12:50PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | James Beck and Geoffrey Kiel

Are you looking to set up your first board of directors? There are eight key factors you need to look out for. BY JAMES BECK and GEOFFREY KIEL.

Five ways the business Grinch could strike this year

12:54PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

The festive season is nearly here. However, from the taxman to the annual Christmas party, there are five potential traps that you need to look out for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Royal prank will cost Austereo “hundreds of thousands” amidst global outrage

12:52PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Cara Waters

The royal prank call that went tragically wrong has sparked a worldwide social media storm, with radio network Austereo suspending all advertising on 2Day FM.

The Grinch that stole your Christmas party

12:28PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Did you know that the courts will treat everything that happens during your Christmas Party as if it happened in your office on Monday morning? If not, you need to prepare.

Business belt tightening set to cut back staff Christmas parties

12:33PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can celebrate Christmas with their staff without breaking the bank, experts say, after it was revealed less than two thirds of employers will organise a staff Christmas party this year.

When doing business is a dog’s life

12:22PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you feeling dog tired? Hounded by the pressures of launching a business? Before you go barking mad, there could be something you need to fetch.

How divorce can cause a messy split in your business

12:06AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Greg Hayes

Despite the best intentions, many marriages don’t last “until death do us part”. However, the end of your marriage need not mean the end of your business. BY GREG HAYES.

How long do you give an employee to improve?

12:01PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Vicki Crowe

There are three questions you need to answer that will determine what you should do next.

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