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The Veil of Ignorance

American philosopher John Rawls in his “original position” political philosophy developed a method of determining the morality of political issues now known as ‘The Veil of Ignorance’.   The theory is based upon the following thought experiment: people making political decisions imagine that they know nothing about the particular talents, abilities, tastes, social class, and […]

Why the Government is a bad example of good governance

I have been watching the goings-on in politics both here in Australia and internationally recently and, while I don’t usually voice my opinions on politics publicly, there have been some great examples of why the government is a bad example of good governance for the business community.  Over the coming weeks I’ll give my thoughts […]

Lessons from The West Wing #3

Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of his White House had a big block of cheese…. I am making a mental list of those who are snickering, and even as I speak I am preparing appropriate retribution.”- Leo McGarry, Chief of Staff, The West Wing   In the episode, The Crackpots and These Women, the […]

Reconciliations – the right way

Reconciliations – the right way. Often we find that reconciliations aren’t being done, and when they are being done not always the right way

Ten-step end of financial year checklist for small businesses

Directors of small businesses are advised to ensure their businesses bite the bullet today and start taking tiny steps to get their houses in order for 1 July. Indeed, MYOB CEO Tim Reed cautions them to avoid the long hours and late nights of cramming months or an entire year of paperwork into a last-minute […]

Lessons from The West Wing #2 – Parable of the man that lived by the river

In the episode ‘Take this Sabbath Day’, President Bartlett is being is being asked by his senior staff to consider commuting the death sentence of a convicted drug dealer whose appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court.  The advisors seek their own advice from various sources including a rabbi, and a Quaker campaign adviser.  President […]

Do you have a business or a job?

One of the most common questions you might ask when you meet someone new is what they do for a living.  The response is always correct – I’m an electrician, or a web designer, or a hairdresser etc..  However, a large portion of these people would also say that they are small business owners, which […]

Lessons from The West Wing #1

While the characters of President Bartlett and press secretary C.J. Cregg) said this in The West Wing, (and it has been used extensively in speeches by Aaron Sorkin the show’s screenwriter) it was actually taken from a quote of a real US President – Harry Truman.   Recently I was having dinner with my nephew […]

Lessons from ‘The West Wing’

Season 7, Episode 22 from the TV show The West Wing is going to air today.  It is the final episode of the final season of the hit TV show that originally ran from 1999 -2006.  Much to my wife’s disbelief this is probably the fifth time I have watched the whole seven seasons, but […]

Three things you should do before closing your company

One of the most common questions ASIC is asked is ‘what do officeholders need to do before closing their company?

Social media for business – Facebook

Social media for business - Facebook
Author and business…
February 15, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Do you apply the Veil of Ignorance in business?

Do you apply the Veil of Ignorance in business?
Broadly speaking,…
February 14, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

How business owners can protect their personal assets

One thing business owners are not so good at is understanding and protecting personal assets that may be exposed to a business failure
February 14, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Making the most of social media

Making the most of social media
 In this series I’ll explore…
February 6, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

How to work out what price to charge

How to work out what price to charge
The price that is set…
February 6, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

5 tips to create engaging marketing content

5 tips to create engaging marketing content
Today, we flip…
February 3, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Pricing mistakes to avoid

Pricing mistakes to avoid
Read how to avoid making mistakes…
February 2, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Team Guru podcast with Stephen Barnes

You're about to hear a very timely conversation. In the last episode we spoke with Kerry Boulton about the importance of creating a sales mindset. Thinking big enough to develop our business in a way so that it has some value on the open market. My guest in this episode is Stephen Barnes who is an expert in turning around businesses. He's all about changing the corporate culture from labour-intensive stress factories into high-performing value machines. At this time of year when we are all full of enthusiasm for the opportunities ahead Stephen tells us the top five things we must have to ensure a flourishing company.
February 1, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

The risks and returns of offshoring

The risks and returns of offshoring
The last article in a…
January 27, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Outsourcing: Pros and Cons

Second article of a three part series on Outsourcing and Offshoring
January 22, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

3 business skills you need to succeed

3 business skills you need to succeed
If you’re thinking…
January 16, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Outsourcing v offshoring: Let’s clear up the confusion

Outsourcing v offshoring: Let’s clear up the confusion
Outsourcing…
January 13, 2018/by Stephen Barnes
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