Baden U'Ren

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2018 12/Nov

You can feel it when two people are truly in love. There’s an energy that lifts a room and brings smiles to faces and excitement to conversations. We’ve all experienced it. Onlookers reflect on their own relationships and take cues on what is needed to drive a vibrant existence. The atmosphere of a couple truly […]

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2018 22/Jun

This article appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin on June 22, 2018 The power dynamic between employer and employee is changing. Companies which traditionally existed to maximise efficiency at scale are being increasingly disrupted by digital infrastructures undermining their very reason for being. The predictable markets of the 20th Century are behind us, replaced by […]

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2018 18/May

It was an honour to represent the academic community as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Myriad Innovation Festival in Brisbane. I took the opportunity to state my case for change to our national curriculum: to embed experiential entrepreneurship education into our education system such that EVERY Australian child enters the workforce with elevated entrepreneurial […]

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2018 13/May

This article was originally published in the Gold Coast Bulletin on May 13th 2018, and was written as part of my contribution to the City of Gold Coast’s “Gold Coast Way Ahead” initiative. THE fourth industrial revolution is in full swing and our youth are increasingly ill-prepared to take advantage of it. Innovative organisations operate […]

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2018 14/Mar

Incumbent professional services firms are facing enormous competitive pressures from disruptive entrants, losing market share to innovative services in market niches with cost and other specialised advantages. Organisational change is required to adapt to new market conditions, and senior management will benefit from a strategic approach to enabling reorganisation in order to compete. The Tax […]

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2017 27/Nov

On Friday The Australian newspaper published a series of articles in The Deal examining the commercial appeal of the Gold Coast. The managing editor, Helen Trinca, asked me to comment on what makes the Gold Coast unique: what distinguishes our region from others in terms of industry and commerce. Our discussion was written up in an article titled Hot […]

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2017 18/Jul

  As we prepare to raise a child for the first time we naturally engage with our village to support us on this unknown journey: we sign up for antenatal classes; fathers ‘wet the baby’s head’; mothers’ groups form. We lean on our family and friends in times of need and model behaviour by observing […]

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2017 12/Jun

Deloitte’s (2012) white paper Digital disruption – Short fuse, big bang? placed the professional services industry squarely in the short fuse, big bang category, indicating an imminent and significant impact on the business models of entities such as taxation professionals. You will note that I refer to business model impacts: the effects of digital disruption are not […]

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2017 10/Feb

It was this, and other personal anecdotes delivered by the players in the Boulder startup community, which mark my first day on the Startup Catalyst Community Leaders Mission. We were sitting in the boardroom at Techstars HQ, chatting casually with co-founder David Cohen. Freshly returned from a trip down under, he was engaging and constructive, […]

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2017 10/Feb

an entrepreneurial experiment. Entrepreneurship is as much an art as it is a science, with the space in which entrepreneurs work impacting the outcome. In this article I share some of the insights I have gained on the impact of space whilst travelling as a delegate on the Startup Catalyst Community Leaders Mission to Boulder, […]

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