Holiday feasts for your dining table (and your business)

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to do some grocery shopping in preparation for the parties, luncheons and get-togethers. As you plan your menu for the lunches and dinners, consider how the usual holiday fare can also bring you insights and tips for your entrepreneurial journey.

 

The Australian Christmas feast is a combination of local culture and influences from the UK and the US. But what makes Christmas in this side of the globe different is that it coincides with the summer season. Check some of the common dishes that take centre stage on the dining table at this time of the year.

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Best cities for business travel

Progress is taking place simultaneously in various parts of the world, and more and more places are growing at an accelerated rate. With all the modernisation and development in cities, many of them become great destinations for business travel. Business trips demand a lot of needs. Whether you travel for meetings, conferences, events, exploration, professional development, networking, company visits, attending EO activities, or incentives, it is important to pick the right place for such important transactions.

They say, go where the business will take you, but if you have a choice when it comes to business travel, there are factors to consider when selecting a place. These are availability and frequency of flights, complete amenities like venues, accommodations, emergency facilities, and restaurants, communication and connectivity, cost, and safety and convenience of travellers.

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Anna Ross and her entrepreneurial learnings

Growing up in New Zealand, Anna Ross has developed a deep sense of care for the environment and animals. Such values have helped shape the direction of her business, Kester Black, which prides itself as Australia’s most ethical beauty brand.

Going towards that route was more of a “common sense rather than a business decision” for Anna. But she clarifies, “We’re not an activist brand, but we do highlight issues in the industry. You buy our product, and then later you find out that we’re vegan and cruelty-free. If you want to learn more about vegan and cruelty-free and what that means, then we’ve got the information available. But we don’t ram it down your throat. We only talk about what we do. We don’t pinpoint or poke fingers at anybody else in the industry.”

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Disruptive innovation 101 for business owners

The term “disruption” or “disruptive innovation” is something you would hear at times in the business world. The adventurous are attracted to it, while the cautious may try to avoid it. There are those who created disruptive innovation without them foreseeing that their idea, product or service would create a disruption to the status quo. But what is disruptive innovation?

American scholar Clayton Christensen came up with the theory and coined the name “disruptive innovation”. Now, it is used widely in the business sphere, especially with fast movements in markets and new ideas that break conventions and set trends.

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