Momentum

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  • What do businesses that grow fast have in common? If we knew that, we could bottle it.
  • 850 million people are active on Facebook every month. 175 million tweets were sent in through Twitter every day in 2012. Our passionate affair with social media has not burned brightly then fizzled. It is developing all the characteristics of a relationship that is here for the long-haul.
  • Boards are not just for big companies – the knowledge and contacts that experienced board members bring can help small companies to fast track their growth.
  • As consumers become more sophisticated, tourism and leisure businesses are no longer simply providing a service but selling an experience. Now research is casting new light on what tourists really want and how to design experiences to meet their expectations.
  • Renowned business mentor John Bittleston has had a 60-year career in business. In the first of two interviews with Momentum, he recalls how he found his first mentor at the age of 13 when a ploughman taught him how to create a straight furrow across a field by fixing his eyes on a tree at the other end. He discusses his own approach to mentoring and the importance of helping people to find their own ‘tree’.
  • Public speaking is an important skill for leaders. But if the thought fills you with dread, don’t be deterred – some of the most famous orators in history were nervous speakers. Here are seven tips on how to make a speech.
  • Team building can be challenging if the members are thousands of miles apart. However research has indicated ways to help virtual teams manage conflicts and become high performers.
  • Futurists meet a need. In the midst of relentless and constant change, CEOs are looking for tools to manage uncertainty and reduce risk. But that’s not all. Business leaders don’t simply want to prepare for change; they want to influence it.
  • “Innovation is imperative. But there’s no point being innovative just for the sake of it. You don’t want to re-invent the wheel. If you are doing something that works, keep doing it. But if you spot a gap, you get innovative.”

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  • ‘Two-speed economy’ has become a bit of a business catch phrase, some might say cliché. We talk to 20 leaders about what it means to their businesses.
  • Celebrities have been walking off the movie set and the sports field to help promote brands for decades. Dr Ravi Pappu of UQ Business School argues that research now shows there are measurable benefits in brand credibility to linking your name to a rising star.
  • Cash flow and customers – your business needs both. But in times of rapid change, just about everything else is up for grabs. What business skills will keep your company relevant? What are the capabilities of Business 3.0?
    Five UQ Business School thought leaders give their take on core capabilities for competitive corporations.

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