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3 Reasons Purpose is the Next Disruptor

At the turn of the millennium, “digital disruption” was well and truly an established term in the marketplace. Despite the dot-com bubble bursting in 2000,...
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The impacts of innovation

We cannot polarise innovation by placing success and failure at two ends of spectrum. There is more fluidity when it comes to defining this pair of ‘opposites...
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Building a business that will last

Innovative leadership is not a comfortable style of leadership. It is not meant to be. It involves the weathering of uncertain conditions, artful handling of cr...
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How mindful leadership drives success

As is becoming increasingly clear, workplaces – and society in general – are suffering from somewhat of a leadership crisis. Indeed leaders today ar...
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Leadership: Doing it differently and thriving

Innovative leadership is not a comfortable style of leadership. It is not meant to be. It involves the weathering of uncertain conditions, artful handling of cr...
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Critical capabilities of mindful leaders

Mindful leadership is more than a passing fad. It is a response to a world that desperately needs the characteristics of mindful leaders. _______ This is an ada...
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Eight powerful purpose-driven businesses.

Businesses that identify an overriding purpose often achieve far more than those pursuing profit alone. Take a closer look at some of those leading the way. All
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With Broadsheet director Nick Shelton.

Broadsheet came along at a time when the media industry was ripe for disruption. Scaling, diversification and staying agile have been on founding director Nick
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Critical capabilities of mindful leaders

Mindful leadership is more than a passing fad. It is a response to a world that desperately needs the characteristics of mindful leaders. _______ This is an ada...
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Adapting leadership styles

The self-aware leader can manage for different personality styles as their self-awareness allows them to understand others better. _______ This is an adapted ve...
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Building an ethical business model

_______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project’s Starting a Start-Up unit. _______ Anchoring the business model in strong ethical ...
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Ethical practices help fashion labels stand out from the crowd

Iconic Australian brands such as Veronika Maine and R.M. Williams are just some of those signed up to the Ethical Clothing Australia charter. At the Plato Proje...
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Sustainability, ethics and innovation.

Understanding the future is not just about digitisation and creating a tech product that delights its users. Arguably, some of the most innovative businesses in...
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Creatively thinking towards innovation

It’s a truism to suggest that innovation – or at least an acceptance of innovation – is a necessary element of daily life in almost all occupation...
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Funding your new venture

Funding is often an ongoing challenge for entrepreneurs and founders. While sources of finance are more varied and ubiquitous than ever before, the proliferatio...
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Want inspiration for a new business? Here it is.

Melbourne-based start-up Reground is showing the business community how to do things differently. They are redistributing coffee waste from cafés to sustainabl...
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Finding your purpose as a newly found entrepreneur

A combination of technological advancement, greater informational flows and macroeconomic changes have led us to an environment which is well suited to an entre...
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The innovator’s challenge: managing cultural change

Innovation has dominated business lexicon in recent times. Entire business disciplines, theories and functions have been born of this drive for change. But ...
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On integrating business and social needs

Entrepreneur Paul Steele is a leader in raising capital for social enterprises. In this edition of Ask Me Anything he explains some of the inspiring initiatives...
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Conversations with James Meldrum of Whole Kids

In this regular column, Living Values, Dr Dimity Podger  shares insights and practical approaches from purpose-driven leaders and organisations to help you bui...
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Success, failure, and the impact of innovation

Innovations do not simply succeed or fail. While innovation success connotes impact, we can measure impact in various ways. Likewise, failure is not absolute ...
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The key to whole-of-life success lies in how we think

In the second edition of her Total Living column, creative mentor Jo-Anne Hook talks about the importance of prioritising our highest values. Jo-Anne Hook  is ...
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Nine amazing social enterprises worldwide

Social enterprises come in many shapes and forms, but they all share a goal of contributing to social or environmental outcomes. Social enterprises span a varie...
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In conversation with Carsales CTO Jason Blackman

Finding ways to give its people a sense of ownership over the products they work on is a key part of Carsales’ success, according to CTO Jason Blackman.    ...
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Vollie, a new way of volunteering

Vollie is a platform that matches a new breed of online volunteers to the amazing non-profits that need their help. Breaking the Mould is a new column looking a...
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Social enterprises break the cycle of disadvantage

Now in their fourth year, the Social Enterprise Awards celebrate the best organisations harnessing the power of business for social impact. This year the Social...
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With Bianca Monley of Eat Fit Food

Are vending machines the future of healthy food? Eat Fit Food’s Bianca Monley thinks so. Bianca Monley has led the wellbeing way with Eat Fit Food. Launched i...
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EQ versus IQ: what’s the perfect management mix?

Intelligence Quotient or IQ is a way to measure the level of potential ability of people, and as such has links to education and work performance, as well as pe...
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CrowdSpot puts community insight on the map

With applications from public safety to encouraging sustainable transport, check out CrowdSpot, a map-based platform for crowdsourcing insight and feedback from...
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James Tutton on starting Moonlight Cinema

In this edition of Business Boosters, Plato Project co-founder James Tutton remembers the raw enthusiasm he took into his first startup, Moonlight Cinema. An ...
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Six mantras for mindful communication

A few years ago, renowned and respected thought leader Thich Nhat Hanh released a book entitled ‘The Art of Communicating’. In this fascinating take on what...
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‘What I’ve learned… from my brush with bankruptcy.’

Achieving ‘success’ early on, then almost going bankrupt, taught Plato Project CEO Omar de Silva a valuable life lesson. In this regular column, What I’ve...
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Deep work, and how to make time for it

Learn how to eliminate distraction and increase your productivity with these nine tips for deep work. There is a way of working that can not only improve your f...
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One Heart Foundation on creating meaningful businesses

Dean Landy balances getting up at 4am with his commitments to architecture practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke and the not-for-profit One Heart Foundation. Architect D...
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What I'm Reading

A conversation with Jan Owen of FYA

The CEO of Foundation for Young Australians talks podcasts, Ted and the art of memory. In this regular column, What I’m Reading, The Dialogue asks inspiring e...
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YGAP talks about contributing to change- and Polished Man

In October, Polished Man is asking men to paint one fingernail to raise awareness and funds to prevent violence against children. The campaign is just one of th...
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Living Values

Pursuing success and purpose, with Helen Souness of Etsy

Take a look at the values and purpose inside the maker-focused world of Etsy. Helen Souness, managing director for Australia and Asia, speaks to consultant Dr D...
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From ideas to execution: Innovation in action

While innovation involves ideas, it is the clever channeling of these ideas that leads to a beautifully refined solution. We need to make space for the explora...
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Part II: Inside the culture of one of Australia’s most attractive companies

Barb Hyman heads up people and culture at one of the most attractive companies in Australia. In this second instalment of our two-part interview, she describes ...
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Eight successful entrepreneurs who overcame failure

Try, and try again. So many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs didn’t succeed the first time around, but their persistence paid off, big time.   ...
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Who Gives a Crap, giving back one sheet at a time

Australian based social enterprise Who Gives a Crap is experiencing rapid growth and pushing into new markets. Director Simon Griffiths shares the philosophy an...
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Jan Owen on the importance of enterprising skills

Jan Owen, CEO of Foundation for Young Australians, explains why the future of business depends on nurturing and rewarding enterprising, interpersonal skills.  ...
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Mindfulness and organisational change

Organisational change, especially if it means downsizing, can be a stressful time. Practising mindfulness and compassion can help employees adjust to change wit...
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Part I: Inside the culture of one of Australia’s most attractive companies

LinkedIn names REA Group as one of the 25 most desirable companies to work for in Australia. In the first of a two-part interview Barb Hyman, executive general ...
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Leading humans, not resources

When we lead, we want to get the best from our teams. One of the key determinants of success is therefore how we are developing our people. We need to help them...
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Business education needs a rethink.

There is a real need for better integration between business and education, especially if the next generation of entrepreneurs is to meet the environmental and ...
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The whole-of-life approach to success.

Creative mentor Jo-Anne Hook asks if we need a new metaphor for work–life balance. Jo-Anne Hook is a creative mentor, life designer and holistic coach. With t...
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The Social Studio – an engine room for empowerment.

Tapping into the power of a globalised youth culture, the Social Studio is a social enterprise that uses fashion and food to help at-risk young people from refu...
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What I've Learned

Nick Di’Lodovico: ‘What I’ve learned about diversity and inclusion.’

Nick Di’Lodovico is senior manager of Talent Development and Diversity at REA Group. In our inaugural What I’ve Learned column, Nick shares what he has come...
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With Jacky Winter director Jeremy Wortsman.

In this regular column, What I’m Reading, The Dialogue asks inspiring entrepreneurs and business people to share what’s sitting on their bedside table o...
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‘I want a future where fifty percent of leadership roles are held by women.’

In this new column, Into the Future, we ask entrepreneurs, business people and thought leaders to share their big-picture visions for the coming world. Gemma Mu...
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Maintaining your health and wellbeing as a founder

In what is the era of the entrepreneur, we often tend to glorify the founder, their success and their lifestyle. What’s becoming increasingly clear, however, ...
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Selecting a team: putting values first

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play to...
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Pollinate Energy – sunshine for social change.

Social enterprise Pollinate Energy’s model of micro entrepreneurs brightens the lives of both customers and sales people. Many social enterprises look, feel, ...
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What is purpose-driven business?

Harnessing the potential of business as a force for good motivates a growing number of influential purpose-driven businesses. There is a new movement afoot. Li...
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With Brendan White of Future Assembly.

Artificial Intelligence will change the world in radical ways sooner than you think says Brendan White, the co-founder of emergent technology festival Future As...
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With Ray Good of Hooked.

Entrepreneur and Hooked founder Ray Good has reinvented himself many times, setting trends along the way. He gives us his advice for start-ups and talks about w...
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Eight powerful purpose-driven businesses.

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With Broadsheet director Nick Shelton.

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Understanding the purpose-driven business sector.

Confused by conscious capitalism and corporate responsibility? Looking to untangle ESG from ethical investment? According to Harvard Business Review, purpose is...
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With Alaina Percival of Women Who Code.

Alaina Percival, the inspiring leader of Women Who Code, talks about technology, diversity and a new initiative aimed at making it much easier for women to get ...
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Let’s start with social change, not innovation

Businesses built upon an ethos of social change are defined by a strong sense of purpose. They reject exploitative practices and engage in positive and collabor...
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Practising mindful communication and building trust

If we are to be mindful in our leadership, we also need to be mindful in our communication. If we are to express our values in how we lead, we also need to expr...
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Know your customers

In a new venture, the validation of a product or service against the market, and vice versa, allows for positioning that is both accurate and competitive. Align...
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