Ever heard of a festival in celebration of all things unicorn? If you’re a Millennial you’re all over this one. On behalf of the rest of us, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox goes in search of the mythical creature and this year’s biggest social media trend. For answers she turned to Melissa Polglase, Melbourne Central’s marketing manager, who tapped into 2017’s biggest social trend to create the shopping centre’s most successful event ever. Like totes amazeballs!
This time round Life Collective’s Kristen Boschma has visual designers Tom, George and Heather in her crosshairs.
Together they explore the art of visual storytelling; are today’s designers just a bunch of appropriators who recycle the same old tropes, or commercially savvy practitioners who use design practices, principles and theories passed down through the ages to create sensitive messages that sell, sell, sell?
Michelle Cox asks three very different people what their definition of success is and got three very different perspectives.
Is a good reputation your right or your responsibility? And if something goes wrong how easy is it to get back into everyone’s good books?
Kristen Boschma talks about balancing commercial realities with kindness and empathy with Bastion Reputation Management Founder and CEO Brian Walsh and his colleagues fighting the good fight Anna Butler and Heidi Wearne.
Is workplace culture all about the lurks and perks, bean bags and sleeping pod, or does it go deeper than that?
Life Collective’s Michelle Cox talks culture, work-life balance and dogs at work with Edwina Webb, Head of People + Process at Bastion Collective.
In E:14 China specialists Doris Li, Tom Parker and Jennifer Connelly are back to help us navigate the complexities of Chinese culture and business practices.
They help us separate our hóngbāo from our guanxi - these and other pearls of wisdom could spell the difference between the success and failure of your China adventures.
If you’ve contemplated doing business in China but haven’t made the great leap forward (pun intended) because you think it’s a dangerous, unregulated market with impenetrable customs that could land you in trouble, worry no more. Listen to Life Collective with Doris Li, Tom Parker and Jennifer Connolly in conversation with Kristen Boschma - as they dispel the misconceptions that have cemented China’s reputation for being a tough place to make a buck.
In E:12 Michelle Cox chats to Adam Blake the Global Head of Brand, Design and Consumer Engagement for Blundstone. Adam’s philosophy on life, love and design and how they intersect make him one of the best in the biz. The proof is in the boots.
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
No, that’s not recent media reporting of Kardashian-loving Millennials who demand to be CEO before they’re 25...but Socrates waxing lyrical on young people over two and a half thousand years ago!
Join our lively conversation about how to make life work.
This week Michelle Cox sits down with Bastion EBA CEO, Simon Garlic. From retiring after 11 years as an AFL player, starting his first 'real job' at 30 to moving on after falling out of love (his words not ours!) with some fellow administrators as Western Bulldogs CEO, Simon Garlick reckons he knows a few things about confronting significant change and challenge, and getting up and going again.
Given his incredible journey, Michelle Cox asks Simon: what are you so happy about?
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While life is a juggle for adults who work and run families, life can also be tough for our kids as they navigate the internet, teen suicide, porn and mobile devices.
Listen to Life Collective with Tom Wrigley, Ben Sellenger and Jonathon Mahon in conversation with Kristen Boschma HERE: EPISODE 7
To open the door or not to open the door? How about swearing with clients? It’s getting harder and harder to know what’s naughty and what’s nice in the realm of modern-day manners. This week Bastion Collective’s Tom Wrigley, Ben Sellenger and Jonathon Mahon get down to the nitty gritty with Kristen Boschma.
This week Bastion Latitude CEO Dianne Gardiner talks about how she stared down her fears, backed herself and established her own small business just as the GFC hit Australia.
Ten years down the track she’s not only survived, she has a unique take on why small business is such a big deal.
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Aged 18 and drafted pick 14 into the AFL by the Adelaide Crows, Fergus Watts had the footy world at his feet. Fast forward four years and Watts had just been delisted by St Kilda after a short lived career plagued by injury and a self-confessed lack of talent.
Venturing into real life adulthood at 23, Watts worked at a brand communications agency, and quickly realised there was a gap in the market for a group of complementary agencies that operated alongside a centralised business unit who took care of the administration side of things, allowing creatives and account managers to do what they do best, so Watts started Bastion Collective.
A few great quotes from Fergus Watts interview with Boss Hunting
"Failure is okay and it does happen time and time again. But it’s about being able to adapt from that and keep moving forward."
"Believe you can achieve anything. When you do something and make a mistake that doesn’t mean you are not good enough, it simply means you did not get that one right. Don’t lose who you are. Believe you are unstoppable and you will be."
Is ambition a dirty word? Who gets to decide what it is and what it isn’t?
Can it be a force for the greater good or is it an intensely personal thing?
Listen to Life Collective with Jack Watts, CEO Bastion Collective (Australia), Roxanne Millar, GM Property - Bastion Effect and Gus Seebeck, CEO Bastion EBA (NSW) in conversation with Kristen Boschma to hear who and what has helped shape their definition of ambition.
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In Part 2 of the Life Collectives' conversation with Hamish McLachlan, Hamish recalls his early years on the family farm, the massive influence his maternal grandmother and mother have had on his life, the near-loss of his eldest daughter and how it’s sparked an idea that might just revolutionise the way the whole world gives. Now wouldn’t that be great!
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This week Life Collective’s Michelle Cox sits down with Melbourne-based sports broadcaster and columnist Hamish McLachlan for the first instalment of a two-part chat.
Hamish tells how his early beginnings in sports commentating took him from the local scrub polo club to the Royal enclosure in the UK, his brushes with depression and why interesting and interested people light his fire.
This week on Life Collective, we talk all things socially social on Life Collective with Karalee Evans, Doris Li and Natalie Arnell in conversation with Kristen Boschma.
Some people seem to have life all figured out, while for others their work is their life. Either way, it's fascinating finding out how people deal with modern life.
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