Good sports

Business First - - EDITOR’S DESK -

The cor­re­la­tion be­tween sport and busi­ness is sig­nif­i­cant. Last year Ernst & Young com­mis­sioned a global on­line sur­vey to in­ves­ti­gate the role of sports in the de­vel­op­ment of fe­male ex­ec­u­tives. This was done in con­nec­tion with its Women Ath­letes Global Lead­er­ship Net­work. Go to­spon­sor­ships-and-pro­grams/Women-Ath­letesGlobal-Lead­er­ship-Net­work. This is a great web­site for in­for­ma­tion about the ad­vance­ment of women in busi­ness po­si­tions. It con­nects elite fe­male ath­letes with busi­ness lead­ers.

The study found that in com­par­ing C-level fe­male re­spon­dents to other fe­male man­agers, 55% of the C-suite women had played sports at a univer­sity level, com­pared with 39% of other fe­male man­agers. A Forbes re­port on the sur­vey stated that more than three-quar­ters, or 76%, of women agree that adopt­ing be­hav­iours and tech­niques from sport in the cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment can be an ef­fec­tive way of im­prov­ing the per­for­mance of teams.

The re­spon­dents in­cluded 821 se­nior man­agers and ex­ec­u­tives (40% fe­male, 60% male) who work at com­pa­nies with an­nual rev­enues in ex­cess of US$250 mil­lion (AU$265).

Sport in­creases team em­pa­thy, cog­ni­tive skills and de­vel­ops lead­ers. People who play sport are usu­ally driven to suc­ceed and there­fore are well placed to en­ter the cor­po­rate world.

Our cover story this is­sue is Stephanie Rice, who has ex­pe­ri­enced the pin­na­cle of suc­cess in sport and is now about to em­bark on her own busi­ness ven­ture.

Stephanie has the hon­our of be­ing our first fe­male cover story. And she is a wor­thy one. She has learnt some hard busi­ness lessons in the last two years, but she has a de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed in busi­ness that mir­rors the traits she dis­played in the pool. She talks about sport­ing suc­cess, the value of men­tors and never giv­ing up on your dream.

Also fea­tured in this is­sue is Con­rad Smith who has taken in-flight cater­ing to a new level, as the ex­pec­ta­tions of trav­ellers be­come more de­mand­ing.

Still in the air, Nick Mair dis­cusses the lo­gis­tics of run­ning CHC He­li­copters which pro­vides emer­gency ser­vices as well as con­nec­tion be­tween the isolation of oil rig work­ers and their fam­i­lies on land.

Mean­while Tas­plan’s Neil Cas­sidy dis­cusses the con­stant changes to su­per­an­nu­a­tion and grow­ing a strong com­pany in this sec­tor and Nick Strauss and Ric Hull help us ex­am­ine what it is like run­ning a mo­tor ve­hi­cle busi­ness in what is a very tight mar­ket.

Eric Mor­ris is one of the most in­flu­en­tial men in re­tail and he gives us his in­sight into why the re­tail in­dus­try is strug­gling.

We also tackle the topics of global digi­ti­sa­tion, nav­i­gat­ing the cloud, build­ing a property port­fo­lio, smart in­vest­ment plans and smarter mar­ket­ing.

This is­sue is our big­gest yet… and for good rea­son. More profiles, more anal­y­sis and even more lux­ury.

We hope you en­joy this is­sue as much as we have en­joyed putting it to­gether.

Good read­ing

Jonathan Jack­son

Edi­tor, Busi­ness First Mag­a­zine

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