Three Signs You Should Not be enrolling in an MBA (and One that You Should)

Earlier this week, I published a post on LinkedIn drawing three lessons from Queensland’s recent domination of the Australian Financial Review (AFR)/BOSS biennial review of Australia’s best MBA programs. For those who missed the results, Queensland schools took out four of the top five positions, including the top spot, with another two schools in the top eight of a survey that gives its highest weighting to the value graduates put on their experience. At the crux of each of the lessons was one central truth: in a market as crowded as that of Australia’s MBA providers, the key is to give the people what they want. Which raises a question for those thinking about undertaking an MBA – what do you want? And is an MBA the right way to get it? Here are three signs your plans to commit serious time and money to an MBA – the winner of the best value-for-money title (also a Queenslander: number 8 overall) has full-time fees of $AU32,400 – may not be the best way to get what you’re really after: Continue reading

Stars or Strategy? – Why the Innovation Industries need AVCAL to Stay Focussed

AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Limited, has announced a pretty interesting line-up for its 2015 conference in Melbourne this September. Interesting, in part because the theme they appear to be weaving through all their activities – Building Better Business – doesn’t really seem to be reflected in the choice of speakers; in part, because the star speakers have some serious wattage; and in part in the sectors chosen as the focus for Spotlight sessions.  Continue reading

The Five Websites You Should Visit That Are Probably News to You

When I chose the tag line for this blog – services and support for innovators and creators – it was because that was what I really, really wanted to do. Not to pontificate from a soapbox (sorry, that should read “just pontificate”), but to provide content that would be of use to those smarter and more skilled than I in their pursuit of their excellence. The logic being, if I can’t make the world better by an idea, technology, creation or innovation, my contribution can be making it easier for those ideas, technologies, creations and innovations to make it to said world.

Which brings us to this post, in which I jeopardise my future value to the reader, by giving away all some of my most treasured sources, in the hopes that giving you a direct route won’t necessarily mean you’ll cut out the middle man. Screw it; consider it a sign of how much I believe my own tag line….  Continue reading

The Top Five Reasons Why I Love Eric Ries’s “The Lean Start-up”

There is a category of consumer referred to as the early adopter, who is the person who wants to be the first to get their hands on a new product even if it’s not quite perfect yet, just to be at the front of the pack.  I like to get my mind on to a new idea or product early – I don’t know whether its impatience or cheapness, but my hands are happy to wait til its proven worth it – but if there is a pack, then I’ve been known to become hypercritical and dismissive for no reason other than its popularity. It happened with the Harry Potter books, which I deeply regret; it happened with Facebook, which I do not.  Continue reading

Do you speak Commerce?

french translation: do you speak commerce German translation: do you speak commerce

May 15 is the launch of my second business:  second in birth date, but at least at the moment, primary in effort!  The concept of Your Commercial Foundations (YCF) has been festering for a number of years – over and over, I would see incredibly smart and capable clients not able to fully participate in their own projects and applications due to a lack of understanding of the commercial world and its priorities.

YCF is essentially an immersion course in the language and culture of the commercial world Continue reading

“When it comes …

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“When it comes to things like business education, we have an interesting debate [Success] is far tougher to teach at university. As an entrepreneur, you just need to be able to add up, subtract and multiply…What matters is you create products that people really want.”

Food for thought: Sir Richard Branson, at UQ Business School’s luncheon 9 May 2013              (Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/branson-tells-uq-forum-not-to-waste-money-on-degrees-20130509-2ja84.html#ixzz2TGUvVcys

Putting the “Continuing” in Continuing Education

Changes in the mix of skills and occupations required by various industries influence the demand for education; this particularly influences mature-age students to return to education. The development of post-graduate courses and flexible methods for course delivery has allowed the expansion of this field over the past five years. In 2012-13, mature age students ie over 25 years old, accounted for 17.3% of the education and training market. Demand for these courses is high as people update and upgrade their knowledge and skills for career change and progression. Australia also has a strong record for participation in lifelong learning, measured against other OECD countries (IBISWorld Industry Report: Education and Training in Australia, February 2013.) Continue reading