State Of Default
Jan08

State Of Default

The rising rate of loan payment failure By Sandy Galland The toughest of times might be over for many, but latest figures on loan defaults show a marked rise in the number of businesses failing to meet financial commitments. Recent data from leading credit bureau Veda Advantage shows the number of commercial defaults increased by 38.46 percent in 2009, compared to 2008. By comparison, consumer defaults were up by only 8.86 percent....

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Emotional Intelligence
Jan08

Emotional Intelligence

By Kate Pierson In life we are taught the virtues of maintaining holistic balance in day-to-day life. But at times, sustaining that balance can be a challenge. Social, emotional and professional tides of change can disrupt our preferential patterns and propel us forward into unfamiliar territory, requiring us to re-establish the equilibrium. Being emotionally aware and content is part of achieving balance and requires emotional...

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Marketing’s Future

By Bridget Gourlay   Predicting the future is always a risky affair, but in the world of marketing keeping your finger on the pulse of where and how to advertise is crucial. TBWA Group CEO David Walden says there has been a ‘seismic change’ in marketing with the advent of social networking, the digital age and the change in when and how people watch TV, with programmes being available on network websites, able to be...

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Discount Dangers

By Kate Pierson   It’s a sensory stimulant for consumers and can break budgets on a whim. With the ability to bend the will of even the most avid window-only shopper, it’s one of the most attractive concepts to the human eye – the discount. Making the eyes wide, the sales salivary glands water and the heart pit-a-patter in anticipation, it’s one of the most powerful signs in commercial language. Yes, the...

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XYZ Generation Wars
Jan08

XYZ Generation Wars

By Sandy Galland   Is there a war going on in your office? Does your workplace culture succumb to the insidious cycle of ageist generalisations which compartmentalise your colleagues, based on nothing more than when they were born? In today’s workplaces, the war between generations seem to be getting more attention than any other time in history. Relations among the generations seem to be at a low point: Gen Y thinks Gen X are a...

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Is Bigger Better?
Jan08

Is Bigger Better?

By Kate Pierson For some, the prospect of expanding their business is not a possibility or even on the objectivity radar to begin with. For other companies, growth is a natural or intentional development. Some believe growth is the formula for success — but is it really that simple? And is it fact or fiction that bigger is better when it comes to business? Yes and no. There are many variables to consider when evaluating the...

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