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The Kouk on 'thinking global'

Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:23

This month, Leanne Christie was lucky enough to catch up with chief financial prognosticator, Stephen Koukoulas.

A former senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and past chief enconomist to both local and European banks, Stephen has his finger on the pulse of the Australian economy - while keeping one eye on the global picture that informs us of what's to come.

If your business needs to know what's coming next for the Australian and world economies, then you need to pay attention to The Kouk!



What new Silicon Valley cloud innovations are likely to change how your IT department thinks about the future? What is going on amongst mobile phone vendors in Bangalore that will upend how you think about mobile devices at work? Which Shanghai pirates are likely to shift your thinking about intellectual property? What Barcelona designer is likely to give shape to the tablet device of tomorrow? And which Sydney cafe owner is likely to inspire co-working and innovation hubs of 2020?

In order to position yourself and your organisation favourably for tomorrow and for 2020, you need to think global, and act local. Glocalization is upon us, and that is why global, yet local, insights from around the world are critical to your business success.


This month's theme of 'Think Global, Act Local' exemplifies a trend from both our speakers and our clients towards thinking beyond the typical geographic boundaries of Australia. It's a trend in flux, with benefits flowing both ways and influenced by a myriad of factors - the new world order of instantaneous information allows us to import and spread new ideas and new tools, while the fluctuating Australian dollar changes the balance of how we prioritise real-world commerce.

To dig deeper into this trend, we spoke to our senior consultant Jane Rowland-Smith.


Multimedia Made Me

Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:54

By Robert Brand

Well, not all by itself, but it sure accelerated the time it took for acceptance in the global world of real space missions. Two years ago I was not even working in Aerospace and had no credentials. What I did have was the capacity to make change within myself to get on top of aerospace and an ability to make the web work for me.

Heck! Australia is not even a player in space missions these days so it was multimedia to the rescue.


When booking a speaker, you want to know that they can do more than talk the talk. If you didn't already know that Liesl Capper is one of Australia's most respected tech pioneers, then this year's Top 50 in Technology list in The Australian should leave you in no doubt.


If you've always thought you were destined for the comedy circuit, now's your chance to prove it!


How to be HOT in Social Media

Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:04

What did Abe Lincoln have to say about the internet?


Sydney Speaker Showcase Now Online!

Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:57

If you've never had the opportunity to attend one of our fabulous breakfast showcases, here's your chance to experience just a little of the incredible atmosphere that is the hallmark of an Ovations Speaker Showcase. Watch Craig Reucassel, Kamal Sarma, Paul Wallbank and Narelle Hooper strut their stuff on stage, demonstrating the business savvy and vision that helps our clients succeed!


Twenty trends for 2020

Monday, 04 March 2013 20:18

By Paul Wallbank

Now we’re in the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, business is accelerating as a combination of changes in technology and society come together.

Some of these changes are global, such as the continued rise of China and the Western world’s aging. Others affect us on a personal level. All of them will have a big impact on our businesses and the way we work.

Many of these trends have been predicted for some time. It’s the availability of the cheap (almost free!) computing power that’s delivering many of the promises made by technology over the last thirty years. These are worth examining more closely.

Here are the top twenty...


What takes a demo from NOT to HOT

Friday, 01 March 2013 21:45

I have watched literally thousands of demo videos during my Ovations days.


Who won the Big Book Giveaway?

Friday, 01 March 2013 20:23

Winners of our Big Book Giveaway!

Congrats to Lena Dubojski (REA Group), Karen Sales (Concept Event Management) , Belinda Peuser (Sanitarium), Nikki Abercrombie Smith (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) and Ann McCormack, the winners of our Big Book Giveaway!

Fortunately, if you're a book lover, we've got another giveaway this month and this time everyone's a winner!

We're giving away eBook versions of Kamal Sarma's the Leadership Leap! 

Grab a copy of 'The Leadership Leap'

The Nature of Leadership

Friday, 01 March 2013 19:06

By Narelle Hooper

First a quick quizz.

  • Q:1 Are you expected to devote extraordinary amounts of time to your work?
  • Q:2 Do you seem to spend more time with your work colleagues than anyone else?
  • Q:3 Has work taken over your life?

Actually I borrowed these questions from, a web site dedicated to helping former cultists recover.

Has work become the new cult?


By Kamal Sarma

Technology has shaped nearly every aspect of our lives. It has drastically altered the work/life balance many of us had previously enjoyed. In that regard, technology is often viewed as both a blessing and a curse.


A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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