Over 10 years ago I left a great job in the city to spend more time with my family. My mother had recently died, the ground was shaky and I felt the need to balance my family life with my ambition.
Published in the Australian Financial Review 28th May 2016 Many small business owners start off with the best of intentions but get sidetracked by the day-to-day minutiae. Without pro-active structure and planning, it’s all too easy to lose sight of their initial goals and a clear strategy.
Welcome to our Aide de MD Newsletter. I’m fully aware that we live in a time of information overload and that the “reading section” on my laptop and next to my bed is toppling over. However, when it’s time to celebrate and acknowledge events, the written word is still the best.
The novelty of new people. No offence to any of my current contacts, but I have just realised how stretching, challenging and exciting it is to meet new people. This week I have met or been introduced to a staggering 11 new significant contacts with whom I’m looking forward to developing connections.
“We all have to do everything now!” Really? I’m not convinced. When businesses moved from having shared support to executives managing their own desks, diaries, etc I believe that there was a marked shift in workflow and production. Senior staff had done their time learning how to do “everything” so it was a natural response […]
Welcome back! It’s already mid-January 2016 and my feet are well and truly under my desk. What is the most helpful thing anyone can do for me or any professional returning to work after a fabulously relaxing holiday? Remind me of my Vision for 2016 and core goals…as you would expect, I’ve made a list: […]
Welcome to my second newsletter for 2015. It’s been a busy year and Kristy and I have been working almost to capacity. This month celebrates my 9th year of operations, a perfect time to consolidate and review. The strengths of Aide de MD include specialising in management at the top level, being flexible with businesses […]
Published in the Australian Financial Review 30th July 2015, by Jacquie Hayes Blow your own trumpet more is the advice to women seeking pay rises at work. How is it that men are so, well, self-promoting and women generally are not? Girlfriends and I have shared many entertaining conversations over the years about the tendency […]
Over the last year, I’ve made some changes at Aide de MD. I have appointed Kristy McGuire as Executive Assistant, broadened my scope of business and been noticed by the Australian Financial Review. Below you will find my latest article, titled “Honest Feedback The Best Policy”, published in the AFR Saturday 21st February 2015.
Published in the Australian Financial Review 23rd February 2015. It would take a brave employee to approach the owner of the business they are working for and tell them they weren’t happy with their leadership. The challenge of how to encourage honest feedback, which could be taken the wrong way, is probably why the principals […]