First 5000 is a business network for Australia's most significant mid-sized companies. It's a vehicle to connect and network with local and international big business as well as policy makers, and of course each other.
In today’s world, it seems technical competence is a given, not a competitive edge. What differentiates outstanding businesses from average ones now is the degree to which leaders in the business understand what makes people tick.
Whether you’re a leader, manager or frontline employee, mastering this mindset is the key to creating, innovating and delivering products and services that customers want, and essential for building workplace cultures where employees are motivated to serve and over-achieve.
Plenty of Australians have decent broadband speeds and computers in the home, so what’s stopping more of us from working from home?
Think about it. Why do we suffer a morning and afternoon commute (and pay for the privilege), only to sit in front of a screen all day to do something we could have easily done without leaving the house?
As the editor of First 5000, the only website dedicated to mid-sized business* in Australia, one of the best parts of my job is getting out and speaking to the people who run these enterprises.
Most people don’t know about mid-sized businesses, or should I say, specifically about mid-sized businesses. Often bundled with small businesses in the ‘SME’ acronym, the importance of mid-sized businesses often gets lost in the SME rhetoric.