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Turning Fear Into Courage

Monday, 09 October 2017 17:29

lessons from adventure and elite sport

In the years since my solo voyage around the world, I’ve had the incredible privilege of meeting a wide range of sports stars, from surfers to cricketers and rugby players. What’s more, I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with and count myself friends with a crowd who have an impressive appetite for pain, suffering and isolation: adventurers. And I’ve come to an interesting revelation about this crowd of overachievers: they are very often not the gung-ho, adrenaline junkies you might expect. Many have overcome fears to achieve what they have.

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Three Cups of Tea

Monday, 09 October 2017 14:28

In today’s fast paced world of instant communication, short deadlines, e-mail, text, online chat, social media, speed networking and deal-making, I think we can all agree that the old fashioned art of relationship-building has been somewhat diminished in its importance, if not lost altogether?

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THE RETAIL REVOLUTION

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:49

“Sometimes people want to shop. And sometimes people want to go shopping.” Tim Kobe is the lead designer behind the Apple store and we talked at length about the future of retail when we met at the World Retail Congress in Dubai earlier this year.

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BY MARK BUNN

Gym memberships, fruit packs and on-site massages are old news. Pedometers, mindfulness and in-house yoga classes will not be far behind.

Yet, despite constantly evolving technologies, we are seeing constantly declining worker and workplace health. How so? What’s ahead? How do we embrace technological and digital advancement without destroying the foundations of individual and collective health – connection to Mother Nature and even more importantly, interpersonal relationships and human connections?

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Teamwork

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:24

"People acting together as a team can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about"
- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Transitions

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:22

Lately there has been a lot of TV and online discussion about athletes “transitioning” to a life after sport. Some say more should be done to assist our sports stars to make sure the move from sport to life, is easy, supported and managed by the federation, admiration or team that the athlete represented; others are of the opinion that an athlete retiring from sport to a life in “the real world” is just like a university student needing to find a job after they get a degree from years of study, focus and sacrifice. Basically, just get on with it.

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The Three Steps of Marketing

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:56

There are some marketing consultants out there who like to make marketing very complex. Lots of words, lots of pages, lots of complexity. Whereas I like to make it simple. And let’s face it, if we make marketing too complicated, how will the poor old target market ever be able to follow it?

I think there are really only three steps to any good marketing strategy:

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Change Your Morning. Change Your Day.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:36

Everyone wants to have a great day . No one wakes up and consciously thinks "I want to have a terrible day today!” But having worked with thousands of staff and managers over the last 20 years, it is obvious that very few people decide they are going to have a great day. In fact most people don’t even know how it starts.

Most people set up their day poorly. In my productivity workshops, when I ask people when they are most effective, the vast majority will say in the morning. But people rarely capitalise on this. Mornings are unproductive affairs - and here’s what the average morning looks like:

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Booking a professional speaker for your next conference or event can seem overwhelming, and it is a decision that will determine not only the success of a conference but also the success of an organisation's culture, performance and productivity long after the event is over.

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By Michelle Watts, SANE EVENTS GROUP

There’s very little that good PCO’s don’t cover in the realm of services these days, but it’s worthwhile knowing there’s an yawning chasm of difference between delivering logistics and adding value to your business bottom line.  Whilst every program has differing objectives, there’s a few things that take your event from being ‘just an event’ to an experience that they’ll talk about for years to come.

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Register for Ovations Speaker Showcase 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:54

We'll shortly be announcing our first speaker showcase for 2017. If you've never joined us, it's an experience enjoyed by all. Set in the best event venues around, with a sumptuous breakfast and headlined by some of the foremost thought-leaders Australia has to offer, it's sure to make your event-planning year an easy win!

If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, why not check out our Melbourne Speaker Showcase?

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Top 10 Recommendations for 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:20

Who's trending for 2017? 

A trending new face could be a hit with a younger event demographic, while a seasoned pro will ensure your conference success. We've carefully curated the top 10 speakers we think will really make an impact in 2017!

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Could you be our new events co-ordinator?

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Our friends at Golden Door have put together an amazing offer for clients of Ovations. If you've never experienced the indulgence and relaxation of a Golden Door retreat, now's your best chance to do so!

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Michael Licenblat featured in CIO India

Monday, 28 March 2016 09:43

Bounce back with IQ and resilience quotient

CIOs and their teams should display a greater sense of tenacity while facing tough challenges, says resilience expert Michael Licenblat in this video for CEO.in

 

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Read an extract from Narelle's new book

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:08

Amid the widespread post-financial crisis soul searching in managerial capitalism, leading thinker Professor Gary Hamel argues bluntly that most big organisational structures aren’t fit for the future.

This is taken from an extract in The Australian from Narelle Hooper's recently published new book - "New Women, New Men, New Economy". 

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