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First 5000 is a new business development alliance for Australia's most significant mid-size 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.

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Sharryn Millican


Female participation in the information and communications technology is very low compared to other industries. Sharryn Millican from Qlik explains why gender diversity is crucial in today’s business environment.

Much has been written about women in information and communications technology (ICT), with conversations often relating towards the low percentage of women who occupy the sector.

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Making meaningful comparisons as a customer is challenging. Christopher Zinn says we need help in order to make better decisions as consumers.

It is a big ‘what if’ because too many businesses profit from the lack of determination of their customers for better products, services and even prices.

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Svetlana Stankovic


Defibrillators at the workplace save lives, and it is critical to ensure that they work when needed. All industry professionals and interested stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on the new defibrillator guidelines.

Revised guidelines for the deployment and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) were released for consultation this month by the Automated External Defibrillator Deployment Registry (AEDDR). A dedicated AEDDR Consultation Committee has been established in response to initial feedback to coordinate the process.

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Tony Gleeson

Too many middle managers are unloved, unskilled and often unwanted. Tony Gleeson, executive general manager of the Australian Institute of Management, has solutions to improve the productivity of middle managers.

There’s a clear solution to one of Australia’s most pressing productivity challenges – how to boost the productivity and commitment of our nation’s half a million middle managers. Survey research by the Australian Institute of Management in conjunction with Monash University confirms the performance of middle managers is hurting many Australian organisations.

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Michal Bodi

Michal Bodi writes about how to get the best out of your team members so they stay with you for a long time.

If you’re a small business owner then hiring new people to join your business can be traumatic. But that’s only step one, right? Then you need to keep them motivated so they enjoy their role and stay with you. After weeks (or months) of training, spending your valuable time, money and resources, you don’t want to have to start over again.

But how do we successfully master the art of keeping our employees happy?

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