Spotify Asia CEO profile - October 2015

In The Black
CPA Australia

"Spotify Asia CEO Sunita Kaur: why patience makes great strategy"

Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1800 words

You’d expect a quick and nimble approach at digital music service Spotify, but patience also has its place. Digital music streaming is a dynamic business. The recent headlines about Spotify, one of the biggest streamers in the game, illustrate the opportunities and challenges that play out daily. READ FULL STORY

Lessons in winning - October 2015

Journal
Australia New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance

"Business champions"

Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1700 words

The average on-field career of a professional rugby player is six years. During the time they spend training and playing, their old school friends are getting ahead in education and in business. They are completing degrees, working their way up through organisations, developing reputations and establishing valuable networks. Why is it then, that so many professional rugby players make successful business people? READ FULL STORY


Big brands battle for relevance - October 2015

In The Black
CPA Australia

"Disney, Coca-Cola and McDonalds fight to remain relevant in a digital world"


Professional writer: Chris Sheedy
2200 words

In a world increasingly dominated by technology and rapid change, long-established consumer businesses have to fight to stay current. No consumer business is invulnerable, however powerful it may look.
When a business grows to dominate its industry, it soon faces a new and powerful set of challenges – technological surprises, upstart newcomers, a jaded public, incursions from firms and sectors not previously considered competitors. 
A 2012 study by Professor Richard Foster from Yale University revealed the average lifespan of a businessIn a world increasingly dominated by technology and rapid change, long-established consumer businesses have to fight to stay current... READ FULL STORY

When stress and anxiety are good - October 2015

Business Think
UNSW Australia School of Business

"Why a little stress and anxiety pays dividends"

Business writer: Chris Sheedy
1200 words

A new study finds that experiencing a moderate level of neuroticism in the face of a specific challenge can be motivational and lead to higher performance. This is different from being inherently neurotic.

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The pain of business failure - September 2015

In The Black
CPA Australia

"Get out there and fail"

Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1500 words

Learning through failure, or “flearning”, is a valuable part of any entrepreneur’s journey. But that doesn’t make it any less painful. READ FULL STORY


How to make HR processes work - Sept 2015

Business Think
UNSW Australia School of Business

"All together: How to make HR processes really work"

Professional writer: Chris Sheedy
1200 words

When the work of an organisation's HR team becomes clear and distinctive for staff within that business, it is usually a result of two specific things, says Rhonda Brighton-Hall, a director on the board of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

The first is that the business has a CEO and senior team that actually understand the HR function, and moreover they appreciate why people are important to the business.

The second is that the HR director and their team are acting courageously. In other words, they are balancing their role as employee advocates with the wellbeing of the organisation and the success of its strategy. READ FULL STORY

An Atticus moment: Creating strong characters

As we prepare to welcome our first writing students to The Hard Word Writing School, here are some thoughts about character development in a work of fiction.
Recently my husband faced a moral dilemma. It involved our son’s Under-9 soccer team and it wasn’t life or death, but it affected my husband greatly. When he related the incident to me and described his conflict, I let him in on a secret. When I’m faced with similar predicaments, I always ask myself the same question. What would Atticus Finch do? Once I have the answer, I act accordingly.

Harper Lee’s fifty-something father from her novel To Kill a Mockingbird has become the yardstick for parents and people all around the world. There aren’t many characters in literature who are as upright, ethical, balanced and believable as Atticus Finch. Lee’s achievement is remarkable. Few authors have ever been able to create a such a perfectly drawn character. But there is a crucial first step all writers must take when building strong characters.

Good Cop, Good Cop - August 2015

HR Monthly
Australian Human Resources Institute

"Force Majeure"

Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1500 words

How do you manage the development, wellbeing and behaviour of 6500 law enforcement officers spread here and around the globe? Shane Connelly, Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner and HR head, spoke to Chris Sheedy. READ EDITED VERSION


A powerful partnership - August 2015

In The Black magazine
CPA Australia

"My boss and me: A neat fit"

Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1000 words

Paul Bakker is a big-picture guy and Ben Antram thrives on detail. At work (and at lunch) they're a powerful team.


Spread your wings in business - August 2015

Vet Practice magazine

"Asia: the land of opportunity?"

Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1000 words

There are many opportunities for Australian vets, and for Australian-trained vets, in Asia. But if you're going to make the move, it's important to know how to do it right. Chris Sheedy reports. READ FULL STORY


Selling a business - July 2015

Restaurant & Catering magazine
Restaurant & Catering Australia

"5 top tips for selling a restaurant"

Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1000 words

The classifieds are littered with food businesses selling at a price that simply covers equipment costs. But plan properly for the sale of your cafe or restaurant and you should realise a tidy profit. An important part of running a business is knowing when it is time to sell and what needs to be in place once that time arrives. Here, the experts give us their top five tips to a successful restaurant sale. Chris Sheedy reports.


Shaking up the dental industry - June 2015

Bite magazine

"The rise and rise of dental travel"

Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1500 words

The Australian dental profession is beginning to ask serious questions about itself as the brave new world of dental travel, highlighted by the recently announced nib Options business, becomes a reality. Chris Sheedy reports. SEE FULL STORY


Borrowing ideas in business - May 2015

Business Think
UNSW Australia - AGSM

"In praise of creative theft ... from other industries"


Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1200 words

Australia's mid-market sector is an engine room of the economy but its firms are missing an opportunity for advantage by looking internally for innovative solutions. There's much to be gained from transplanting external ideas, adapting them, and making them your own. READ FULL STORY


Canberra: The outdoor capital - April 2015

Voyeur magazine
Virgin Australia in-flight magazine

"Spin City"
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy / THE HARD WORD
1900 words

Despite what you may think about Canberra, the city is not all hallowed halls and gallery walls. In fact, the capital is the perfect place for adventurous travellers to explore the great outdoors.

Gallipoli from both sides - March 2015

Sydney Morning Herald / Canberra Times
Freelance writer: Chris Sheedy
1500 words

'Approaching Gallipoli: The view from both sides'

At his court martial for being under the influence of alcohol during a route march on the island of Lemnos in early 1915, the Australian corporal who had enlisted as Edward Edwards (his real name was Edward Fitzgerald) offered an amusingly flimsy defence.
Edwards had been seen by Major Edward Oldham to be "very unsteady on his legs and on one occasion appeared to be in danger of falling over". After stumbling, Edwards had asked Captain Keith Green's permission to fall out. Green later backed Oldham's testimony, saying that from Edwards' speech and general demeanour, Green believed the corporal was drunk.

Taking the crap out of crowdsourcing - March 2015

Business Think
UNSW Australia - AGSM

"How to avoid sourcing dross from the crowd''
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1200 words

Crowdsourcing can be a powerful platform for innovation but it can also attract a deluge of useless submissions that are costly to process. A recent case study reveals how a simple questionnaire can identify the participants you want and weed out the time-wasters. 

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E-commerce via social media - March 2015

Insights
SecurePay

'Beware the dangers of social media “buy” buttons'
Freelance business writer: Chris Sheedy
600 words

Most major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are testing or implementing a “buy” button. But don’t dive in without first checking what’s beneath the surface.


The rise of “buy” buttons on social media networks is an exciting new part of the e-commerce revolution, but retailers should be very careful of – and do their research into – these new buttons, experts warn.

John Szangolies profile - February 2015

Restaurant & Catering magazine
Restaurant & Catering Australia

The emperor and the pineapple
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1500 words


It has been a long and challenging, but ultimately immensely rewarding, road for Urban Purveyor Group’s founder John Szangolies. Along the way he has sidestepped his fair share of obstacles and made a lot of fine and timely decisions. Chris Sheedy seeks out the secrets to his success.


In the incredibly sassy and deliciously designed confines of Ananas Bar & Brasserie in Sydney’s The Rocks district, it is an experience in itself just wandering through the space and appreciating the decor. Before you are even seated, the room’s atmosphere makes it clear that guests are in for a very special evening. There is an elaborate table that was rescued from a theatre in Paris. A clock on the wall, various antique sideboards and pineapple light fittings came from antique stores in the French capital. And the zinc bar top was designed and hand-crafted in the City of Light—the French master craftsmen travelled to Sydney to weld the final pieces together and ensure they were a perfect fit.

Disruption of the dental industry - January 2015

Bite magazine

"The problem with preferred providers"
Freelance journalist: Chris Sheedy
1000 words




It makes sense that some dental practice owners might be tempted into accepting a preferred provider offer from a private health insurance company, says Julie Parker, co-founder of Julie Parker Dental Management. From a personal point of view, Parker says, she completely understands why this might happen. Some dental practice owners are feeling the pinch. Some are seeing less patients coming through their doors thanks to an environment of increased competition. She understands the motivation that might encourage a practice owner to become a preferred provider for an insurance company. But at the same time, Parker says, she is concerned about the damage the preferred provider model is doing to the dental industry.