Reflections on Speaking and Small Business in Australia and New Zealand

By Andrew J. Birol, President, Birol Growth Consulting, Inc.

  • Both the Aussies and the Kiwis are a refreshingly proud, optimistic, fun-loving yet humble people. From the moment I started speaking on my book it became clear that every business owner's top priority is preserving one's fabulous lifestyle. Even before their monthly Christmas holiday begins, business winds down during what is known as the “silly season.”


  • While there are political differences between Australia, politically a more conservative, “red” country and New Zealand, which is more liberal or “blue,” both countries are growing regardless. Perhaps their parliamentary systems of government allows for more collaboration and cooperation towards progress and growth than does our two party system.


  • Both Australians and New Zealanders have an interesting mix of pride and humility. While both countries are deeply nationalistic and have sent troops into nearly every major conflict since their founding, the individual is taught humility and to work for the common good.


  • There is an expression called, “don't be the tall poppy.” This means don't stand out from the crowd but rather draw your strength from the group. Interestingly this encourages entrepreneurism while it might dampen it in other countries.


  • Wherever you go, you will hear the expression “no worries” in response to a question, request, or concern. This sums up this continent's collective conscience and wonderful spirit.


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