The candid ones

Business First - - EDITOR’S DESK -

I’ve in­ter­viewed CEOs, busi­ness lead­ers and en­trepreneurs for the best part of 20 years. For the most part you have been down to earth and forth­com­ing in the peaks and pit­falls of run­ning a busi­ness; open about your lives and the dif­fi­culty in bal­anc­ing com­mit­ments.

When time is a prob­lem, you find it some­where to have a chat – which is gen­er­ous con­sid­er­ing there will some­times be a few tough ques­tions, par­tic­u­larly about fi­nances. Re­mu­ner­a­tion is a funny thing. We touched on it last is­sue, but what right does any­body re­ally have to ask what an­other per­son owns.

I try to avoid those ques­tions my­self. If the state of a com­pany’s fi­nances is pub­lic record that is fine, and if the pack­ages of the lead­ers of those com­pa­nies are made avail­able, then we can gain in­sight into per­for­mance – which is cru­cial for share­hold­ers. Any other time and it be­comes a lit­tle in­va­sive. But again, some lead­ers will give it up in the course of a con­ver­sa­tion and the open­ness is ap­pre­ci­ated.

We made a great start last is­sue, our first is­sue, be­cause the lead­ers we in­ter­viewed and those who of­fered their ex­per­tise were so will­ing to give their time, sin­cer­ity and can­did­ness.

This is­sue is no dif­fer­ent. We have some ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­for­ma­tive in­ter­views for you this is­sue with some of the coun­try’s leading pri­vate and pub­lic com­pa­nies. Stephen Young of E&A ex­plains how to re­cover from ma­jor set­backs and bring your share price back to record lev­els. Riviera’s Wes Moxey de­scribes what it’s like go­ing from a wholly pri­vate owned com­pany to one be­ing run by an in­vest­ment group. Denise Goldswor­thy gives us in­sight into why it’s im­por­tant to keep learn­ing, no mat­ter where you sit on the cor­po­rate lad­der. Denise worked for BHP and Rio be­fore start­ing her own busi­ness and shaped the pol­icy and reg­u­la­tion with re­gard to women work­ing in these or­gan­i­sa­tions. Keith McIl­wain de­scribes the need for a busi­ness to seek out emerg­ing trends and why fam­ily is so im­por­tant in a fam­ily busi­ness, while Ben Ham­mond ex­plains the in­tri­ca­cies of deal­ing with China. Fi­nally Stephen By­ron, son of fa­mous Aus­tralian en­tre­pre­neur Terry Snow, re­veals how the Can­berra Air­port Group has trans­formed Can­berra.

Mean­while our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors talk ev­ery­thing from health to do­ing busi­ness in China.

This is­sue was a plea­sure to put to­gether be­cause those we in­ter­view and those who con­trib­ute are so giv­ing. I hope you gain the same in­sight as we do here at Busi­ness First.

Happy read­ing.

Jonathan Jack­son

Edi­tor, Busi­ness First Mag­a­zine

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