Productivity & Best Practice

  • The idea of outsourcing often conjures up images of large factories or warehouses with bad working conditions, but the Beepo offices in the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone in the Philippines look much the same as any you would find elsewhere in the world. Split across two levels, with offices upstairs and a reception, canteen and break rooms downstairs, the…

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  • The Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks are the most successful international rugby team of all time; in fact, one of the most successful sporting teams in the world. Their statistics are staggering; in November 2017 the All Blacks celebrated eight years at the top of the world rugby rankings. That’s 2,922 days at the top, playing 108 tests and winning 96. A…

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  • Despite the fact that many contemporary leadership environments now have become a flat leadership structure, millennial open-office collaborative affair, the essence of leadership is still the same. The buck stops with somebody. When the hard decisions need to be made, when the responsibility for everything needs to be taken, when taking the risks at the highest level is required and when…

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  • As a real estate agent your database is your daily go-to. Powering your business forward, it should allow you to see hot vendors, ready-to-go buyers and appointments at a glance to help you get the most from every day. However, this doesn’t mean creating an overly-complex database with an impossible number of categories; in fact, too many categories can lead to overwhelm. If – after a…

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  • Now before you stop reading, switch off and think, ‘How can something like journaling improve my business?’, let me show you how. What journaling does is alleviate some of the key roadblocks to success in real estate: stress and anxiety, negative mindsets, lack of discipline and consistency. Journaling is a powerful tool to clear the mind. Tim Ferriss says, “I’m just caging my monkey mind on…

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  • Business owners and leaders often understand the financial implications of engaging an offshore team. Firstly, it is more cost effective to have a low-cost resource doing the non-revenue generating, or low-value, work; secondly, the opportunity cost that it creates by freeing up the local team to focus on revenue-generating work is also very clear. However, the commercial benefits alone are…

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  • Remember your last vacation? How long did you take to decide where you were going and plan what you would do there? Planning a vacation is, for many, much easier than planning their goals. Why? Apart from being something people look forward to, it is easy to decide on a destination and then it becomes easier to plan the steps. Often…

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  • ‘PRODUCTIVITY’ is a bit of a buzzword, not just in the real estate industry but across all sectors – corporate, government, sports… But what does it really mean? What does improving your productivity do for you and your business? Productivity is about getting the most from the daily, weekly and monthly activities that are the drivers of your current and…

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  • Tech companies – and clever principals – are exploiting agents’ natural inclinations towards play and competition by gamifying their team’s digital experiences, enhancing bottom-line results in the real world. So, whether riding high on the victory of a hard-won listing or slumping over their laptops, discouraged by losing business to their opposition, how can your team play along? Odds on, you’re already…

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  • 2017 was a big year and one that confirmed that there is nothing more certain than death and taxes… and change. And change has well and truly arrived. Bear with me while I skirt around a few big-ticket items in order to set the scene. Hollywood. I’m sure 100 per cent of us can say that our opinions of Hollywood as a business have…

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  • If you’ve made the decision to come along to #AREC2018 this year (and we hope you have), you’ve made a great decision to invest in your career by taking some time out of the office – to learn some new things and meet some new people. We know it’s a significant investment, but well worth it. Use this handy guide for…

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  • We know that, anecdotally, across the industry 50 per cent of businesses who try outsourcing fail to reap any benefits. But why does this happen when so many succeed? Here are the top seven reasons why out-sourced teams fail: 1. SUPER HERO NEEDED When you start to think about the cost savings associated with an outsourced team, I wouldn’t blame you for getting…

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  • For many Australians, navigating the tax system can be quite overwhelming. To help take the stress out of their tax returns and maximising your return, here is my advice that will help make it easier: Did you know that real estate agents can deduct: Real estate licence – renewals Stationary/business cards Advertising Hammer (for erecting signs) Motor vehicle expenses Mobile/telephone…

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  • Drawing on the example of Australian Open Winner Roger Federer, Pancho Mehrotra looks at the psychology of change and why we find it so difficult. With the benefits of change in real estate so potentially significant, it’s time to take that first small step to overcome our fear of failure. I have been asked many times how long it takes…

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