Leadership Q&A

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Greg Rogers

Greg Rogers, Founder and CEO at

Hi Sarah,
I'm on a role today and loving communicating with fellow Savvy SME members.
All sound advice that you have received, I would pare it back even more.
The FIRST step to having an effective meeting is knowing (in detail) the outcome/s from the meeting. Without knowing that how can you measure (not ...  Continue Reading
Sarah Irwin

, SME Community Director at SavvySME

Thank you, I appreciate the advice and must say I like the 5 P's Framework. I have always performed better in meetings when I went in with a plan and preparation work done.

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Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

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Mine would probably not remembering when tools and software transition from the discounted promotional or trial rate to the full price. I'm constantly shocked at bills going up, but it is just because I don't keep good track of when those billing cycles and rates change. I'm working on improving this by keeping a spreadsheet.

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Carol Jones

Carol Jones, Owner at Interface Pty Ltd

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Greetings Jeanette from rural Australia,
Everybody makes mistakes in business. James Packer and One-Tel. Rupert Murdoch buying MySpace and turning it into a dinosaur. Steve Job's NeXT computer company. His Apple III. And MobileMe are amongst 7 of his failures.
You can't succeed if you don't fail. That's ...  Continue Reading
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Rebecca Carroll-Bell

Rebecca Carroll-Bell at

The ability to get up each and every time you get knocked back. AKA sticktoitness.

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Tom Potter

Tom Potter at pottercorp

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I think a major ability for you to motivate yourself is to ensure your challenges are laid out and your always looking for change and improvement

Preetha S


And that we are making a difference by doing the right things, keeping the big picture in mind all along.

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Neil Steggall

Neil Steggall, Partner at Wardour Capital Partners

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When one looks at the statistics available on Australia's 2.0 million SME's the one that always worries me the most is that 95%+ of SME's do not have a business plan. As savvySME members we mostly fit into the second largest SME category of "Professionals" which includes everything from the corner ...  Continue Reading
Dr Louise Metcalf

, Associate Lecturer at

Ah yes, I often say this to my students, if they need a good business idea, go out and write business plans for small businesses, essential but hardly ever done! This whole strand indicates that for SME's leadership is a very practical thing. I wonder if there are some short cuts in there though, things that we've learned and would never do again, or things that we now realise are essential. i'm a serial entrepreneur and I often wonder what I would tell myself as I opened my first business (a signwriting company over twenty years ago now), I would certainly run it differently now, but there are all those practical things you still have to consider - because in the end you still have to make stuff and collect money! So where is the balance, can we do the 'management' stuff more efficiently and actually have the time to lead better?

Neil Steggall

, Partner at Wardour Capital Partners

Louise, thanks for your comments. Your questions closely follow our thinking at Wardour Capital and we are in the process of finalising two new SME business products for the Australian market. The first and closest to launch is "Tooliers" a system of on-line buisiness diagnostic tools and the second CG - Create Growth, is a range of simple yet comprehensive SME templates and tips for planning and accounting. Both of these products will be supported by webinars and podcasts. To see more have a look at our web site. I apologise for turning this into a "plug" it wasn't my intention.

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Wendy Huang

Wendy Huang, Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes

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I'd have to try and contain myself here, because there are quite a few that I could gush about all day. At the top of this list would have to be Tim Ferris who is a business leader, writer and guru on many topics rolled into one.
What I love about him is his ability to do great on all areas (not just ...  Continue Reading
Neil Steggall

, Partner at Wardour Capital Partners

I cut my teeth on Peter Drucker and Edward de Bono and was a true believer in my corporate days. More recently I question why? more than how? and that has lead me to read more widely and look at life and business differently. Steve Jobs was a great "why guy". Your comment on being a good all rounder also resonates (I am also lazy) and I have adjusted my business to allow me to turn a profit whilst indulging in my great passions for food, wine and travel. I would class cooking and books as my great hobbies - I cook every day that I am home and the iPad is always loaded for reading!

Roland Hanekroot

, Founder at New Perspectives Business Coaching

I have to say that my current heroes and people who inspire me most, fall outside or on the fringes of business a little. My two current heroes are: Brene Brown, professor at the university of Austin Texas and author of books such as "Daring Greatly" and Graham Long, minister at The Wayside Chapel in Sydney. Both of them make my skin itch when I read their words or hear them speak... so much more wisdom and inspiration than most of the business gurus I have to say. Seth Godin is of course a fantastically interesting character but a little obvious... I read a great book by Daniel PInk called "To Sell is Human"... now that is a great read for business owners over christmas... you will not regret taking the time... Neil, I totally agree with your take on Peter Drucker and Edward the Bono, but I am going to disagree vehemently with your mentioning of Steve Jobs as one of the great and good.. I really have a lot of trouble with the cult of reverence for Steve Jobs, yes he created a lot of wealth for a lot of people and I agree that his computers look better than other's and that he broke new ground several times, but from everything that has come out since his death it seems quite clear that at a personal level he was a rank A@#$&*le riding rough shod over people and generally being the opposite of a nice human being... I suppose the reason I get so much more inspired by someone like Graham Long or Brene Brown is that I don't think the world needs more selfobsessed inconsiderate egomaniacs.... The world needs more people who care about others.

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown, Principal at

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Whilst I don't have employees myself, I have worked with plenty of businesses who do. The major challenge that comes up time and time again is keeping a cohesive culture. James' 5 points are excellent and all pertain to keeping a positive, engaged and productive culture. The challenge is when employees move or growth happens, and new employees are required. How do they maintain that culture that has been fostered over a period of time and ensure that new employees are able to integrate well into it? It's not as easy as you would initially think.