• Iconic Aussie watch brand Adina says G'day USA

    AUSTRALIAN hand-crafted wristwatch innovator, Adina Watches, was not only an 'Australiana' timepiece but also a centrepiece of the prestigious G’day USA celebrations on Australia Day 2019.

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  • Business lessons from averting an air disaster

    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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  • Victorian company develops first nanotubes

    A VICTORIAN business will be the first in the world to commercially develop nanotubes – one of the strongest fibres in existence – with applications in the aviation, automotive, aerospace, power, electronics and health industries.

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  • CEOs join the food harvesting global revolution

    Australian 'food rescue' pioneer OzHarvest celebrated its annual fundraiser on March 25 at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries, featuring top chefs and CEOs feeding homeless and disadvantaged people.

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February 26, 2019

Westpac’s new division funds ‘clean and connected’ scale-ups

CLEAN and connected businesses are paving the way for Australia’s future economic growth – revealed in a new report from Westpac – and as a result the bank has launched a new division to help fund leading ‘scale-up’ companies.

Westpac’s Smart Industry Report on Emerging Industries identifies significant changes required to support a new breed of Australian…

Issue #93

Cover story: LEADING EDGE

Richard de Crespigny's logbook on leadership.

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Special Report: Leadership

Lessons for business from averting an air disaster.


Australia needs leadership now, not rulership.

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  • 26 Mar, 2019

    Warning: the most counter-productive budget you can cut


    By Margie Hartley >>

    WITHOUT QUESTION corporate Australia is currently collectively belt tightening and, with that, spending on the non-essentials like ‘leadership development’ and ‘team offsites’ are often the first to be cut.

    Team days can have a poor reputation as either boring ‘love-ins’ or as one government sector client…

  • 22 Mar, 2019

    Tour de force: Bangkok is calling all SkyWalkers

    Asia Pacific

    By Ellen Boonstra, Asia correspondent >>

    PROMISING AN ICONIC cityscape view, atop King Power Mahanakhon, one of Thailand’s tallest towers, Bangkok’s Mahanakhon SkyWalk boasts the country’s highest 360-degree observation deck in the country.

    Open since November last year, the city’s latest tourist attraction boasts the highest…

  • 22 Mar, 2019

    Mayfair monopolises fintechs passing ‘Go’

    Companies on the Move

    By Leon Gettler >>

    WITH THE BANKS retreating from finance in the wake of the Royal Commission, investment firm Mayfair 101’s IPO Wealth Fund is now moving into the breach, funding Australian start-ups and businesses – even helping them expand overseas and build their markets.

    Much of the money is coming from self-managed…

  • 18 Mar, 2019

    A wealth of opportunities after banks get out of the way

    Finance & Investment

    By Leon Gettler >>

    THE Royal Commission is opening new markets for small operators moving into wealth management.

    Simon Madder, the CEO of Prime Financial, said banks were now getting out of wealth management following the shellacking they got at the Royal Commission, opening the way for small businesses.

    And they do it much…

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Digital Business

March 05, 2019

SafetyCulture develops apps that are apt for safe workplaces

By Leon Gettler >>

IN 2004, Townsville local Luke Anear transformed his workplace health and safety consultancy into a…


February 16, 2019

Australia needs leadership now, not rulership

BUSINESS ACUMEN’s special report on leadership, in edition 93, could not be more timely. Or more poignant. Or better…

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February 19, 2019

Queensland employment underpinned by resources

QUEENSLAND can thank its buoyant resources sector for its better-than-expected employment performance, according to the…

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January 27, 2015

Less pain and effort now it’s Ezy-As

For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

Business Incubator: RiverCityLabs

March 13, 2019

River City Labs supports Entrepreneurs' Organization Brisbane Accelerator

BRISBANE tech startup hub River City Labs will support the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Brisbane Chapter as a sponsor of the Accelerator Program in…

Queensland Leaders

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April 29, 2016

Ocular Robotics envisions the future

AUSTRALIAN company Ocular Robotics has been recognised as a ‘game changer’ organisation in the global robotics revolution.

Ocular Robotics, a New South Wales Leaders alumni member, was presented…

Creative Industries

February 25, 2019

Nobody was anti ANTI at Creative3

QUEENSLAND-BASED startup ANTI took home the title of Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup for 2018 at the recent Creative3 event hosted by QUT…

Sports Business

January 16, 2019

Roy Morgan kicks off live sports sponsorship platform

ROY MORGAN has launched the Genome Audience Planner in alliance with TEG Analytics as a ‘next generation sponsorship planning and optimisation…

Indigenous Business

February 20, 2019

Record breaking Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

THE ninth annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) recorded ‘record-breaking’ success last year and more growth is…

Advertising & Marketing

March 12, 2019

Why branding is vital to your family owned business

By Stella Gianotto >>

ONCE available only to large corporations, branding is now more accessible and vitally important to every size – and type – of…

Training & Careers

Finance & Investment


Community Business

March 18, 2019

CEOs join the food harvesting global revolution

By Ellen Boonstra, Asia correspondent >>

ACCORDING TO THE UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 1.3 tonnes of edible food is wasted…

Better Business Technology

March 15, 2019

ACS hackathon develops world-first prototype data sharing solution

A DIRECTED HACKATHON hosted and organised by ACS has produced a world-first prototype solution for safe data sharing. The hackathon was an attempt to…

Bottom Line

February 27, 2019

SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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