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Author: Brenton Gowland & Ron Tomlian

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Insights to grow and succeed in business. This podcast has been produced for the South Australian Business Builders Network to provide peer insights about personal development that inspires business growth. The content is relevant for national and global audiences because Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, where this podcast is produced, has been used as a global test market on several occasions. If your product, service or endeavour works in Adelaide, it is likely that you will be able to make it work anywhere in the world. Therefore the principles that work in Adelaide should also be able to provide you with insights that can help you grow and succeed in a post-pandemic economy.
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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

2024-05-1942:52

In this episode, Brenton and Ron continue their series on effective communication by focusing on the fundamental skill of listening. They discuss the significant role listening plays in building strong relationships, making informed decisions, and leading effectively. This episode is full of great examples and straightforward advice that demonstrate why listening is our most important communication tool in both work and life.Key Topics:Benefits of Listening:Understanding others betterBuilding...
In this episode, we're kicking off a new series on Effective Communication by challenging you to benchmark your current skills! Think of it as setting the baseline in a fitness test, where understanding your starting point is the first step towards improvement. In this series, we'll explore why sharpening these skills is beneficial and essential for any business leader. Effective communication can be the bridge between confusion and clarity, the answer to misalignment within teams, and the to...
With the soaring cost of living and global uncertainties, prioritising our mental health has never been more crucial. In this episode, we're talking with Tim Bishop about the unique pressures in the construction industry and how businesses like his are focusing on developing their staff's mental fitness. A vocal advocate for mental health in the workplace, Tim shares his journey of overcoming a dark period in his work life. He offers insights on building resilience, supporting well-being, and...
Welcome to the first Business Builders episode of 2024! This thought-provoking session revolves around the transformative lessons from one of our reading books from the holidays, ‘The Top Five Regrets of the Dying’, by Bronnie Ware. As we embrace the new year, our hosts delve into how understanding life's deepest regrets can be a powerful catalyst for personal and professional growth.Holiday Reflections: A look at how holiday reading, especially poignant books like ‘The Top Five Regrets...
Welcome to Episode 58 of the Business Builders Podcast, titled "Unwrapping the Complexity of Christmas with Samantha Young." This episode brings a fresh perspective to the festive season as we delve into the intricacies and challenges that Christmas presents for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Joined by Samantha Young, CEO of Human Psychology, we explore the nuanced aspects of balancing holiday cheer with professional responsibilities.Key Topics:The True Meaning of Christmas: We begin by ...
What Drives You?

What Drives You?

2023-12-0920:22

What am I really doing this for? Have you ever asked yourself a question like this? It's a big-picture question, and at some point, we all find ourselves asking it. But how often do we actually take the time to ponder the question? Today, we're exploring the big-picture questions in our lives and how they help us find our Life-Work balance.Key Points & Highlights:A Relatable Query: The episode begins with a familiar scenario: an entrepreneur, amidst a flurry of activity, pausing to questi...
Picture a CEO at the helm of a thriving company, their decisions impacting their employees lives and sometimes their customers' lives, not to mention the future of their business. Now imagine that same CEO struggling to find sleep night after night. How will this affect the quality of their decisions and their ability to lead? This is the paradox that we unravel in Episode 56 of the Business Builders Podcast. Joined by Dr. Kristyn Kemp, a leading expert in sleep psychology, we delve into the ...
Give Me A Break

Give Me A Break

2023-10-2950:59

Hey Business Builders, have you ever felt overwhelmed by the relentless demands of the 'hustle culture'? In today's fast-paced world, the importance of taking meaningful breaks has never been more crucial. So, in this episode, we're emphasising how prioritising rest isn't just about relaxation—it's about rejuvenation, innovation, and, ultimately, better productivity.Key Takeaways:The Necessity of Breaks: In a world where being "busy" is often celebrated, it's vital to understand the deeper im...
Hey Business Builders, ever felt like you're constantly juggling work and personal life? We've all been there. After chatting with Samantha Young about burnout in the last few episodes, we realised that the key to avoiding things like burnout is understanding ourselves better and acting on those insights. In this episode, we talk about the simple stuff - taking a step back, thinking about what matters, and making sure we're looking after ourselves. Because when we're good, our businesses are ...
In this second part of our discussion with CEO and Clinical Psychologist Samantha Young, we continue to explore the intricate issue of burnout, especially how to handle it in the workplace and prevent its occurrence.It's a lot like figuring out how to manage your phone's battery - turning off those constant notifications, letting it recharge fully, and making sure it doesn't overheat from non-stop use. We'll talk about managing our energy levels, setting boundaries, and making sure we have en...
Welcome, Business Builders! This is the second episode of our Life-Work Balance series. Today, we're shedding light on a subject that's often experienced yet rarely discussed: Burnout.You've probably heard the phrase "burning the candle at both ends." It perfectly depicts what many of us feel compelled to do in the pursuit of success. We push ourselves to the limit, convinced that more hours, more effort, and less rest will yield superior results. But what transpires when the candle burns out...
Imagine being seated in a quiet room, the soft hum of your laptop the only sound breaking the silence. Late night blurs into early morning as they often do when you’re an entrepreneur, business owner or busy executive. You glance at the clock: 3 AM. You should be asleep, but sleep seems like a luxury you can't afford.Meet Brenton, one of our hosts, a successful entrepreneur with a peculiar work pattern. His day starts late, around 9 or 10 AM, a leisurely morning filled with casual conversatio...
In this episode, we're celebrating a milestone—it's our 50th episode! And in light of this, we're exploring one of our most recommended transformative business practices with you all—The Daily Huddle.We will be unpacking the concept of the daily huddle, a structured, focused, and time-bound meeting that's designed to supercharge communication and coordination within organisations. We'll share our personal experiences with this practice, highlighting its benefits and addressing potential chall...
In this episode of the Business Builders Podcast, we explore the role of marketing insights in driving business growth. We discuss the significance of curiosity in unravelling valuable insights that shape decision-making and customer-centric strategies. Our hosts, Brenton Gowland and Ron Tomlian provide actionable advice on leveraging curiosity to improve your marketing approach.The key in this episode: Understanding Marketing Insights: We explore what makes a marketing insight and...
In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Sim Penzo, Co-Founder of Codefish Studio, who took the bold step of transitioning his business to a 4-day workweek in 2022. Join us as Sim shares insights about how this change has improved work-life balance, boosted productivity, and given them a competitive edge in hiring.Key Takeaways:Work-Life Balance: Discover how a 4-day workweek can enhance work-life balance, especially for employees with young families.Competitive Hiring Advantage: Learn ...
In this insightful episode of the Business Builders podcast, we're joined by renowned futurist Craig Rispin. We delve deep into the realm of emerging technologies and explore how they could reshape the business landscape. Craig shares his expert insights on how to prepare for these inevitable changes today.Key Points Discussed:The importance of understanding the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on the business world.The role of emerging technologies like AI, VR/AR, and synthetic bi...
The Forgotten Market

The Forgotten Market

2023-06-2433:28

Have you ever wondered why some businesses thrive while others struggle, despite their external marketing efforts? In this episode, we explore an area of marketing that is often overlooked - the internal market. We share stories about businesses that have missed the mark in acknowledging their internal market and discuss the importance of engaging and communicating with employees to align them with the company's mission, values, and visions.We dive into the significance of internal marketing ...
Are your sales and marketing teams working together seamlessly, or are they struggling to find common ground? Join us for this eye-opening conversation with Tarnia Conti, a seasoned expert in aligning these critical departments. In this episode, we explore the challenges that can arise when sales and marketing aren't well-aligned and learn how these misalignments can negatively impact customer experiences.Tarnia shares her wealth of knowledge from her extensive background in marketing, sales,...
Your brand goes way beyond your logo or visual identity – it's the impression people have of your company and what they say about you when you're not around. So in today’s episode, we’re discussing the crucial role that marketing plays in shaping the perception of our brands in the market.The topics covered are:The history of brandingWhat is a brand and how does it work?How to manage and develop a brandBranding is an all-of-organisation endeavourAdvice about how to use your brand to develop t...
The success of your rebrand or advertising campaign heavily relies on choosing the right marketing agency. If that sounds like a daunting task, don't worry, we've got you covered. Today we're discussing a tried and tested process to help you select the agency that's best for creating the outcomes that you're hoping for. The topics we discuss in this episode are: Why do organisations even have agencies?What is a marketing agency?How social media has changed the nature of media?How to...
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