Mining for magic dust

Tattooed entertainment tycoon Ashley Sutton worked his way up from the bottom: the pits of the Pilbara. Now, Sutton, who has won wide media coverage, borders on famous but by his own admission is no people-person. Speaking from his adopted city of Bangkok, the brawny, profanity-prone part-time fantasy author says he should be more outgoing, only he finds socialising “very stressful”. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..




The scoop on Earth’s best friend

Could dog poo or a solar sponge help a carbon-choked world? David Wilson speaks to innovators who have stepped on some inventive green ideas.

In light of spiralling carbon dioxide levels swelled by our 200-year binge on fossil fuel, the need for clean energy seems increasingly urgent.

So, here we highlight the work of two of Australia’s most inventive green engineers.


Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Nice guys finish first

Nice guys can finish first

Generosity begets business benefits, so give and watch the rewards flood in, writes David Wilson.

Financial adviser Peter Audet plays a star role in the blockbuster business guide Give and Take by Wharton business school whiz Adam Grant.

In the guide, which highlights the boomerang value of giving, Audet is painted as an outstanding businessman.


Read at the Sydney Morning Herald

Drop that mobile! The retailers fighting back against showrooming

Do you feel a little used and abused by customers who try but never buy? Take a tip from these two clever retailers.

Pity the poor high-street retailer. Running an old-school bricks-and-mortar shop now seems especially tough thanks to the impact of a controversial, voyeuristic trend in the spotlight called “showrooming”.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Simplicity the core element: Business experts explain why Apple is at the top of the game

Apple’s success story looks set to be studied in business schools for decades – likely by students reading from iPads, not textbooks. The tech giant rose from the brink of extinction in 1997 to become the world’s most valuable company.

Now, according to CNNMoney, Apple is worth more than Greece is – more than $400 billion. Despite criticism of working conditions at its Chinese Foxconn plant, Apple is widely seen as the world’s most impressive company.

So what is Apple’s secret? Find out at the Sydney Morning Herald..



The New Class Distinction

Australian university campuses increasingly resemble small cities – just look at the University of Sydney’s main Camperdown campus. However, whether any home-grown university can match the trappings ambitious American counterparts boast is doubtful. And whether a luxurious tertiary life results in a more qualified or job-ready graduate is also questionable.

America’s public universities are fiercely pursuing a taxpayer-funded “amenities arms race”, analyst Andrew Rosen says in his radical tract Rebooting for the New Talent Economy.

Luxury amenities on American campuses range from 20-person hot tubs to mega-stadiums. And you can blame what Rosen calls “Harvard envy”. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.



Climbing the ladder

Still not chief executive? If you are giving your all but are stuck in middle management, you may feel resentful because success can seem like a lottery.

You probably know a clown chief executive scarcely capable of running a pub quiz. Likewise, you may know a clerk who deserves to be a captain of industry.

Doubt surrounds whether reaching the top rests on working smarter, for instance, or just showing up – which accounts for 80 per cent of success, according to the film director Woody Allen. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.