Confidential: LASA NextGen only

August 10, 2019 | People at Mirus Australia

Hey, thanks for flocking! You rock!

I hope you have the opportunity to connect with the following people. I really admire their achievements and how they move through the world . . . (please note: I have included a couple of hacks at the bottom)

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult. – Warren Bennis

(1) Please meet Tom Lawrence, founder & director of Swanky Socks

Tom started Swanky Socks as just an idea and a hobby when he was 24 years old. The business became official when he was 26 in November 2014.

Tom says he had ‘one of the rockier of roads’ as a business owner. He explains it was more a journey of learning and understanding what direction he wanted to go in, as he had so many ideas. It wasn’t until he focused 100% on Swanky Socks that they started to really grow.

Did you ever feel like giving up Tom and why?

“I had more times then I can count when I just wanted to stop. You ask yourself ‘is this really worth it and can I do this?’ Then you have other factors like family and for me, children and IVF become a tough one, as running a start-up with no income and going through this emotional process began to take its toll.”

TOM LAWRENECE, FOUNDER + DIRECTOR

Tom says he believes his purpose or his “why” was what kept him going. He truly feels that he can give back to society through a profitable business. Socks are an item that is needed for people who are homeless. “This became my why early on.”

This is still the purpose of Swanky Socks and they are just about to donate another 6,000 pairs of custom bamboo socks to Orange Sky Laundry. Tom says he wants to donate 50 – 100,00 pairs in the next few years.

“My other why which I think is truly important, is my family, my child. They’re the ones that keep me going every day!”

Would you do it all again if you were starting today and why?

“I would do it all again but I know that I would make a lot of changes. Of course, that comes with experience and the journey as a young business owner you go through. We learn, we grow, and we find a deeper meaning to why we do what we do.”

(2) Please meet Lucy Osborn, Registered Nurse, NICU and PAED ED & Community of Interest chair, NEXT GEN & Emerging nurse leader, Australian College of Nursing. Follow her blogs at The scrubs that fit

Lucy began University at the age of 18 years old, but really found her passion at 20 years old when she had the opportunity to travel, work and present as a nextgen speaker via her university in The Cook Islands. 

Did you ever feel like giving up Lucy and why?

“On a regular basis, yes! Sometimes things just seemed out of reach, or I feel I am too young to make a meaningful change. However, I use these feelings to help motivate me and prove myself wrong. Nursing is an extremely emotionally challenging profession and sometimes this alone can be enough for me to want to give up, but again I remind myself, ‘you started nursing for a reason, remember that.’ 

LUCY OSBORN, RN + NEXTGEN + EMERGING NURSE LEADER

Would you do it all again if you were starting today and why?

“Its really a case of sliding doors and I can’t honestly say 100% that I would be a nurse if I was starting again, however, I do know that I would be a leader in health care in some form.”

(In the interests of transparency, Lucy is my niece.)

(3) Please meet Dr. Pooja Newman, MBBS, and Clinical Director at Ananda Aged Care and founder of Globalaai.

Pooja was born into the health industry! She comes from a culture of caring for the elderly. She saw this in the extended family but then was also a part of setting up their families’ organisation and transitioning from an old home style offering into a purpose-built home with modern amenities.

“I feel like I’ve seen it all. Most of all I miss the old matron uniform ha!”

Did you ever feel like giving up Pooja and why?

“Yes, and when I find it hard to deliver the service and care standards I want to achieve because of the financial constraints of the industry. This constant juggle sometimes feels too tricky. When it’s increasingly difficult to reward my workforce for their efforts and when they have their morale affected by community perceptions, I find it a struggle to help hold it all together. It’s a time to go back to basics and focus on what matters the most and our loyal staff are what keeps me in the sector, that and the privilege of caring for the older generations that once served us.”

Would you do it all again if you were starting today and why?

I think being a provider comes with added responsibility and pitfalls that our country has not yet addressed. Being a supplier and having the chance to create functions that simplify and improve processes would be my passion if I had my time again, that and inspiring staff to be the best they can be to serve older Aussies.

DR POOJA NEWMAN, CLINICAL DIRECTOR + FOUNDER

“Yes and no. I think being a provider comes with added responsibility and pitfalls that our country has not yet addressed. Being a supplier and having the chance to create functions that simplify and improve processes would be my passion if I had my time again, that and inspiring staff to be the best they can be to serve older Aussies. But something more creative with neon bright digital storytelling and modern, hip wording, oh and working on a tropical island also appeal to me!”

(4) Please meet James Price, co-founder of Mirus Australia #makingagedcarebetter

James was just 36 years old when he and his business partner started Mirus Australia on the 5th of October 2010. During this time, he also married and became a father of two adorable boys.

Did you ever feel like giving up James and why?

“Most small businesses fail in the early years and mostly as a result of a lack of capital, or they take too long to turn a profit. Our hardest years have been our later ones as we expand our business to allow us to grow. This is when the business became very complex and all-consuming and sometimes, yes it felt like it was time to give it all up. It’s the side of small business that people don’t see. We shout about the successes but we keep quiet about the tough times.”

Would you do it all again if you were starting today and why?

“Absolutely, Yes! I would do plenty of things differently but I’d still advise my younger self to give it a go!”

JAMES PRICE, FOUNDER + ENTREPRENEUR

HACK 1: Personal branding building is so much more than social media and clever marketing. Check out this resource that Taranjot from LASA NEXT GEN (Brisbane) found!

HACK 2: Google Yourself.

HACK 3: My goto for continuous education: Harvard Business Review

HACK 4: My goto for aged care media: my friends and journalists at Australian Ageing Agenda

HACK 5: Teamwork – a reminder from the wisest of wise Chelsea Wymer:

HACK 6: Jay Shetty and his podcast on Purpose

HACK 7: Chatham House Rules 😉

HACK 8Core Values

I work at Mirus Australia, NED at Globalaai and Co-Creator of #Celebratingwomeinagedcare with Samantha Bowen