THE PATH TO SUCCESS
OK, so luck is a big part of success, but there are some strategies you can use. Glenda Korporaal on who to follow, Deirdre Macken on where to live and what to read, Shane Rodgers on when to change and Kylar Loussikian on why we work
who to follow Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar
Co-founders, Atlassian The software company founders had a passion for computers from a young age. They met at the University of New South Wales where they were studying business information technology. They co-founded Atlassian in 2002, straight out of university and using their credit cards to raise $10,000 in working capital. The company now employs more than 1100 staff in eight cities and has filed documents for an initial public offering in the US, which could see the company worth more than $3 billion. Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar maintain a start-up culture, their offices are continually voted as great places to work and they provide advice and financial assistance to upcoming entrepreneurs. They represent a new generation of business people who start out with a global market in mind from day one.
WHY: Successful start-up
Founder and chairman, Westfield Corporation and Football Federation Australia One of Australia’s most successful self-made billionaires, Lowy founded the Westfield empire from a base in western Sydney. Westfield Group has a net worth of more than $7 billion. His business was shaped by his vision for the future. He introduced the latest trends from America at his shopping centres and then set up Westfield in the US. He plays an active community role from supporting Jewish charities to football.
WHY: Global visionary
Gordon Cairns Chairman, Woolworths and Origin Energy Cairns is the go-to chairman for companies needing a turnaround. He combines a gregarious, high energy personal manner with tough business skills. He began his career in the food and beverage business, becoming chief executive of beer company Lion Nathan in 1997. After retiring in 2004 he took on a number of directorships. Cairns became a Buddhist in 2000, saying it has encouraged the practice of mindfulness or “being in the moment.” He was appointed chairman of David Jones and oversaw its sale to South Africa’s Woolworths Holdings. Earlier this year he was appointed chairman of troubled Australian supermarket group Woolworths.
WHY: The fix-it man
Gail Kelly Former chief executive, Westpac; director, Woolworths Holdings The teacher turned banker became the first woman to head up a Big Four bank in 2008. Having a daughter and then triplets did not stop her managerial career. Moving to Australia from South Africa, she was able to sell her skills to the Commonwealth Bank, before becoming chief executive of St George and then winning the top job at Westpac. Kelly advises people looking for career advice to “be bold”, take action and look for line management jobs rather than advisory roles. She also advises people to approach life with a generosity of spirit towards others.
WHY: Smashed the glass ceiling