Tony Featherstone is a former managing editor of Business Review Weekly and Shares magazines. He is a specialist writer on small companies and entrepreneurs for The Age online, The Australian Financial Review and BRW. Tony's blog looks at the human side of entrepreneurship and business failure, a topic poorly understood in this country.
Email him at tony@xpressinfo.com.au
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Are open plan offices insane?

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Tony Featherstone   Are they work spaces that encourage collaboration or merely a ploy to squash us in like sardines?

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Eleven excuses for not starting a business

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Tony Featherstone   Forget the cop-outs. It's time for you to get out there and 'have a go'.

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The one great hipster lesson

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Tony Featherstone   It's not how to grow a beard or take a selfie. So what is it?

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Seven ways to sidestep workplace whingers

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Tony Featherstone   There are ways to avoid office bores and time-wasters.

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Would you hire the Chief Rock Star?

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Tony Featherstone   Fanciful job titles are all the rage - do you buy them? Do you have one?

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Lessons for entrepreneurs from Lego

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Tony Featherstone   Want to learn how to build a world-class venture, brick by brick?

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Do soft skills really matter?

At one City of London law firm, prospective partners who did not say a friendly "good morning" to the receptionist were either turned down for partner, or were told they would have to learn better manners.

Tony Featherstone   Is it up to businesses to train people in presenting, communicating and selling?

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Easiest four weeks of your life

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Tony Featherstone   How did you spend your last notice period after handing in your resignation?

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The lies entrepreneurs tell

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Tony Featherstone   You don't get an ambitious new venture off the ground without playing a bit of fast and loose.

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Would you like crumbs with that?

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Tony Featherstone   What's your worst experience seeing someone eat while serving you?

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There is a solution to traffic chaos

Sydney drivers spend more time in traffic than with the kids

Tony Featherstone   So why hasn't it been acknowledged by policy makers?

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Would your boss care if you resigned?

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Tony Featherstone   Perhaps more importantly, do they want to know why?

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I don't want to work at Apple

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Tony Featherstone   Why would young people prefer to work for the government over an amazing tech business?

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Forget your Aussie team

Outsource

When you can hire a bunch of experts offshore for just $10,000 a year it's hard to justify investing in local talent.

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