Perspectives Stephen Barnes Management Consultant Byronvale Advisors Run Your Business Better Melbourne Management Consultant


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?

Getting a competitive edge with workplace competition

December 19, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Systemise your business

Systemise your business

Systemising your business turns…
December 16, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

We need young people on boards

We need young people on boards
There are great benefits to…
November 13, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Taking Care of Business – Fix It

Taking Care of Business
Stephen Barnes, author of 'Run Your…
October 9, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Corporate Insolvency Risk Industries

Corporate Insolvency Risk Industries
What are the highest…
September 18, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

I need a mental health day

I need a mental health day
How does an employee ask for a…
September 14, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Let’s Talk – Perspective

Let’s talk… Perspective
Dynamic Business asked founders…
August 29, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Introverts Guide To Surviving In Business

Introverts Guide To Surviving In Business
Introverts prefer…
August 14, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

The precarious life of an independent worker

The precarious life of an independent worker
More and more…
August 5, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

How Business Owners Can Protect Their Personal Assets

Extract of Byronvale’s Stephen Barnes video seminar ' How…
July 16, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

Run Your Business Better podcast – Outsourcing v Offshoring

Run Your Business Better podcast with Stephen Barnes
In this…
July 14, 2018/by Stephen Barnes

The benefits of podcasting your business

The benefits of podcasting your business
Following a comment…
July 3, 2018/by Stephen Barnes