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This week of course is the end of the financial year. Time to reflect, review, and reinvigorate ready for the new financial year. Last Monday we finalized the plans for FY12 – each team leader presenting their insights, ideas and execution plans – requesting resources and budgets. This is now the eleventh annual planning cycle and each year I am even more excited by the innovations and new opportunities that RedBalloon creates.

I managed to get to Melbourne for the NAB speaking engagement last week– and back for the Eastern Region Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year event- despite the airline chaos. My daughter came with me to the event. It was wonderful for her to hear the other business leaders’ stories. She whispered to me as proceedings commenced ‘Mum this is just like a speech night for grown ups’. Now 15, I was so proud of her; how she engaged in conversation and was truly interested in other people. (She was also proud of her mother as I accepted the category award and go on to the National finals in Melbourne in November.) Also made it for the third year to the BRW Best Places to Work list… well done team.

This week:

Adelaide: for Westpac’s Ruby Connection lunch and the Australian National Credit Union conference

Sydney: for client meetings, attending a presentation by Dr Brene Brown and a strategic offsite for Best Buddies

Canberra: Debater for the affirmative at AIMs Great Debate with Julie McCrossin.


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  1. Congratulation Naomi – Love your work and thanks for sharing your advice on this blog…

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