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Chris Sheedy

With over 20 years’ experience in the magazine, newspaper, book, web and corporate writing industries in Sydney, London and New York, Chris is one of Australia’s busiest and most respected professional writers. When not writing about leading businesses and inspirational management, he travels Australasia to watch people break world records - as the Australia/NZ/South Pacific representative of Guinness World Records.

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A mock-up of aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin’s crew lander vehicle that is set for launch in 2024 to take a team of NASA astronauts to the moon.

Watch this space: Why every business will be a space business


Are we seeing the emergence of a new type of nationalism, a return to a perceived security of production?

Supply chain management: Diversifying sources of supply


The BNPL business model is built around getting customers paying on time, compared  to that of the credit card model, which relies on customers being permanently in debt.

Why buy now, pay later providers are here to stay


There is a good chance that major changes could occur in offices over the next few months as staff start to return.

How to expertly handle return-to-work for employees post-pandemic


Life has not been easy for those on the land over the past several years, but their jobs remain vital to the nation.

Tough for farmers despite food supply abundance in Australia


"When you can create a product solution that appeals to half of the Australian population, that’s pretty powerful." Callum Mulvihill CPA.

Powerball odds - new rules, new thinking at play


Businesses that achieve astronomical growth in short periods of time inspire other entrepreneurs to come out of the shadows and have a go.

Supercharging start-up investment: risks and rewards


The notion of tethered self relates to the fact that, because of technology, devices and social media, we’re always on and we’re always available.

New social media: 8 do's and don'ts


Financial abuse is a hidden and subtle form of family violence that often has dire consequences for its victims.

The accountant's role in stamping out financial abuse


The challenges in the audit of less complex entities


How does a business know whether the right people are having the right conversations? The use of social network analysis can shine a light on the social influences within team structures.

Social network analysis: what it is and why it matters


What insolvency practitioners need to know about revised APES 330


Machine teaching is about simplifying things by building multi-purpose tools that can be given to business users.

Machine teaching: the next extension of machine learning


The shortest statements are the hardest to prepare, just one of the reasons why the elevator pitch cannot be “winged”.

The perfect elevator pitch: Could you sell your great idea in 60-90 seconds?


Good workplace design will tell visitors that this a creative space, a place of power or this is a business that cares about people

What does your workplace design say about your business?


Looking down on ground water that has accumulated in the pit of the Mountain Pass rare earth mine.

Extracting the truth about rare earths


When accountants allow or encourage dodgy tax claims, their clients speak with friends and the problem becomes greater for the entire industry.

Outrageous tax claims: why are they so popular?


Deploying AI technology in a workplace must be done sensitively for it to be recognised as a positive, and not a threat.

Machine learning has arrived, and the NHMRC is employing it in the workplace


By automating the mundane, people can get back to being customer-centric decisionmakers and to innovators. Or so the theory goes.

Is robotic process automation - or RPA - the real deal? That depends.


Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) providers don’t have to operate under the same rules as traditional credit providers because their offerings are not captured by the National Credit Act.

Should credit rules apply to Afterpay and other buy now, pay later plans?


Many small business owners and their accountants don't yet have a clear understanding of fintech. Illustrations: Michael Killalea

How should accountants talk to clients about fintechs?


One of the greatest challenges of having a business based on a subscription model is figuring out exactly what the business is worth.

What you need to know about subscription business models


If the stigma around bankruptcy diminishes, rogue bankrupts could become less concerned about the consequences and creditors could suffer greater losses.

Bankruptcy exclusion period: will dropping it to one year really improve economic growth?


How can a smart business avoid the potential negative effects of a trade war?

How trade wars change business


Ray Ball and Philip Brown are revolutionary figures in accounting history.

For love or money: how Ray Ball and Philip Brown changed global accounting forever


Perhaps most important in understanding whether entrepreneurship can or cannot be taught, is understanding entrepreneurship itself.

Entrepreneurs: born that way or raised?


'My team was charged with finding out where the Taliban got its money from and how much.' US Navy Lieutenant Bill Conway, who used his accounting acumen to fight terrorism. Photography: Chris Strong.

From accounting to bringing down the Taliban


Peter Skene has changed the way Australian Dairy Farms Group operates. Photo: Jarrod Barnes.

In the dairy industry fortune favours the bold, as Peter Skene discovers


There are plenty of stories on the topic of a Royal Commission-driven credit crunch right now, and not all of them are based on fact.

Are consumers and small business facing a credit crunch?


American con artist George C. Parker claimed to have "sold" the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge up to twice a week for 30 years. Police stopped several of his victims from erecting toll booths on their new purchase. Illustrations: Michael Killalea

Ponzi scheme, fraud, white-collar crime: 6 modern-day swindlers and how they did it