2023 has been the most incredible and inspiring year and while it has come with a plethora of challenges, they have been far outweighed by the exceptional. With all this year has held, it is difficult to believe that it was only four years ago that Jamie Meyer embarked on a journey that would change her life entirely.
When embarking on any journey, there are moments when one wonders, "Am I being overly ambitious? Can I truly achieve this?" However, as we progress along the path, we find ourselves less concerned with whether it's possible and more focused on pushing the boundaries of our own limitations, we consider whether we are being ambitious enough. Transitioning from self-questioning to self-daring.
Every day, we find ourselves fortunate to witness moments of wonder, a testament to the dedication and hard work of our Teams and the Clients we work with. Amid that unwavering commitment, we are repeatedly bestowed with the gift of witnessing progress and change unfold before our very eyes. We believe that if you are not happy while pursuing your goals, the achievement of them won't make you happy either. This is what distracts us and Jamie from taking a step back to contemplate just how much has transformed over the past four years. Our usual focus remains fixated on what we are designing, enjoying it as it unfolds and what lies ahead.
With Jamie being acknowledged as one of the Top Social and Economic Development Women Entrepreneurs of 2023, it has provided a rare moment of reflection. At the heart of every endeavour we undertake lies a foundational principle: how can we create a sustainable global impact on social and economic development while concurrently generating profit to drive this mission across diverse sectors? This aspiration is so deeply ingrained in our company that we seldom pause to recognise the magnitude of our contribution toward this purpose.
Our gratitude extends to Great Companies not only for this recognition of Jamie's efforts and work, but also for the poignant reminder of how far we've come, the unwavering passion that propels us, and the boundless potential we hold for the future.
To all those honoured with these awards, we extend our thanks. Your dedication to greatness and your consideration of the vast world and its limitless potential are sources of inspiration. Regardless of your objectives, we wish you the utmost success in achieving them. May your accomplishments not only surprise you but also create profound impacts for others.
For anyone on the precipice of a journey, graveyards are littered with those who wish they had taken the risk. And for those on a journey but questioning their progress, we usually make far greater progress than we ever recognise at the time and sometimes it never hurts to make a hard left and take that journey somewhere else entirely unexpected.
Our Founder remembers when Nine Carat was nothing more than 5 pieces of pink poster paper taped to the wall of her home in Brisbane, Australia, with a fervent desire to transcend the standard boundaries of business operations, practices and structures. Although driven to unearth the furthest extent of what was possible for others, Jamie couldn't have imagined what Nine Carat would become. Reflecting on our evolution and the impact Nine Carat has made on Individuals, Organizations, and Communities, she remains humbled and deeply passionate about our mission.
The recent honour of being named Corporate Vision's Corporate Performance Coaching Provider of the Year for the 2023 Education and Training Awards underscores a fundamental principle at the core of our foundation: the empowerment of People, drives the unparalleled success of Organizations. We firmly believe that genuine achievement for any entity stems from the cumulative and magnified accomplishments of those within it.
From our small beginnings, we have dedicated ourselves to crafting internal infrastructures that embody this philosophy. We challenged conventional models and ecosystems trapped in a never-ending cycle of conformity. Part of what we do is equip Organizations with the tools to break free from the norm, elevate their standards and practices, and fundamentally redefine their Success and sustainability. Through these efforts, we inspire and cultivate the Success of those who steer the ship daily.
We extend our gratitude to Corporate Vision, for providing a platform to recognize individuals and companies of this calibre. It is an immense honour to be counted among such ranks.
To our fellow Awardees, we offer our congratulations for the impact and contributions you have made to your respective sectors and missions. May your endeavours be met with resounding success, and may you continue to drive positive change and innovation.
Great Companies was founded with a mission to harness the entrepreneurial spark to ignite creativity in others. It serves as a platform for visionary Entrepreneurs to share their inspiring stories, fostering collective growth and success.
I am honored to announce that Nine Carat has been recognized by Great Companies as one of the Top SME Businesses of the Year in the Business Services and Consulting Category for 2023. This accolade is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire Team, Network and Clients.
Alicia Cramer's family owned a dairy farm. A dairy farmer's life is hardening and its general mantra is "Hard work." So despite always dreaming of working for herself, it is no surprise that Alicia's journey to success was both hard work and hard. An interesting contradiction, when working for herself was an ambition of admiration and freedom. And yet hindered by the adopted conditioning from the life of a young farm hand.
By 22, Alicia had 2 businesses under her belt. Obsessed with succeeding she worked 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only to find those businesses slip away regardless of her investment.
Alicia still held onto her desire to have her own business but had to face the reality that she was creating a chasm of difficulty between her and her success.
At 25 she tried again, focusing on her passion for Emotional Freedom Techniques. Achieving some success, but like many, didn't have the expertise in building a successful business. Around the age of 28, Alicia had additional incentive to really commit to her success, which led her into Hypnotherapy Training.
She is now the go-to Hypnotherapist and Mindset Expert for Entrepreneurs, an International Best Selling Author, Public Speaker and has been an Expert Panelist on a TV Show for 2 Seasons.
Her expertise now focuses on Mindset Reconditioning to overcome blocks to success in business and life.
Alicia and I discuss how much smaller the critical gaps in business have become but are under-utilised, new forms of possible business infrastructure, being trapped by what we have become accustomed to, breaking out of those restraints to consider what success alternatives could lead to, how recycling the old stagnates growth, how to not waste a crisis and make it your greatest opportunity and how all of this can then be applied to our own personal development or progress.
If you aren't willing to face your challenges, you probably aren't willing to look at your opportunities.
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and Alicia's Podcast Site https://aliciacramer.com/podcast
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You can also find Alicia Cramer on her website www.aliciacramer.com
2023 has been many things. Expected isn't one of them. Like being interviewed by Robert Miller for CEO Weekly.
Nine Carat was designed from the beginning to be a larger-than-life company. Something I would grow into. But even with the expanse of that plan, it never ceases to amaze me what experiences come up along the way.
Corporate Vision was launched with a focus on bettering business practices globally. They spotlight advances in the HR, Marketing, Coaching and Recruitment sectors, with the intention to highlight gatekeepers of better business. People and Companies who use their expertise to help creatively build and develop more productive and efficient workplaces for the betterment of our experience at work. They are dedicated to honouring the top performers across sectors globally to enhance access to those driving business into the future.
For the past 3 years, Corporate Vision has recognised individuals and firms who have illustrated a commitment to innovation, first-rate Client Service and are dedicated to breaking new ground in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment. It is through these awards they showcase businesses that are making an essential difference to others and designing a better working world for everyone.
It was our great pleasure to be named within these Awards, as the Most Insightful Global Management Consultancy Firm - 2022. We work hard to design advancements in our sectors and the sectors of each of our Clients. But we would not have been able to make such an impact if not for those Companies willing to work for it themselves. We would like to share this Award with all of our Clients that have chosen to do things differently and have chosen to invest in not just their success, but the success of everyone that makes it a reality. Our sincerest gratitude to our Clients and our Network for bringing the future of business to life.
A thank you to Corporate Vision for highlighting exceptional individuals and firms in this sector. And a round of applause for having a grander vision for business on all counts. Much gratitude to the person or persons that nominated us for these Awards. It is an honour to be named within this list and exhilarating to know there are so many organisations working towards achieving new levels of success for others.
Bugy is an online media platform looking to make success accessible for Entrepreneurs.
Curating a wealth of knowledge from experienced Entrepreneurs and Investors, who share their experience and perspective so that others may benefit. Be inspired and more aptly navigate the landmines that can come with the Entrepreneurial territory. Helping everyone from novices to generating connections between experienced professionals in the sector. Bugy honours a long standing tradition of passing on wisdom and knowledge from one to another.
I had the privilege of being featured on this platform this month. Which honours my mission to enhance the capacity to which others can succeed. I am grateful to Bugy for the opportunity to add value to this community. See the article here;
You can explore the value added by other Founders here;
UpCity creates and empowers Successful relationships between Businesses and Service providers.
We are always an advocate for any platform that generates or promotes the expansion of and access to Success. Our Founder, Jamie Meyer contributed to their recent Article: Top Customer Service Improvement Strategies For SMBs In 2022, she took this as an opportunity for us to contribute to the Success of the UpCity intention and those of their extensive portfolio of Businesses.
You can read the Article written by David J. Brin here;
I have always gravitated towards Clutch when reviewing Companies to consider for Partnerships or the Nine Carat Network. When I was approached by Clutch to become a part of their Women Owned Business Certification. I was blown away by their depth and substance! Not to mention an unexpected commitment to a greater cause that was demonstrated by the Team.
With motivations driven towards highlighting Businesses in the most accessible and helpful ways. Emphasising minority Owned Businesses, of all shapes and sizes. And inspiring an environment which opens support and development in various areas.
I couldn’t possibly deny the opportunity to be involved in part of their dynamic endeavour.
From the Ground Up is a Podcast developed by Clutch. Focused on the kind of People that could potentially be living next door to you. Incognito Leaders with a story to tell or something to say.
In this Episode, How to Reach your Full Potential. Michael lead me down a different way of discussing Nine Carat. Eliciting a more personalised version of what we do and how we aim to change the world.
Business is an organism. It has goals. It goes through transformations. And it's composed of living, breathing People.
You can listen to the Episode here, discussing limitations and touching on discovering underlying potential.
APAC Insider is dedicated to reflecting the innovative, dedicated and results-focused culture of the Asia Pacific region and is an invaluable resource for more than 160,000 leaders and decision makers, looking to be kept fully informed of all the major developments in this business arena.
Their Australian Enterprise Awards programme is dedicated to celebrating successful and pioneering businesses and professional individuals, who have played a crucial role in contributing to the Australian economy.
In 2022 they have focused on highlighting talent across all industries, that have demonstrated perseverance and who have played a pivotal role in the resurgence of this economy in the face of recent difficulties.
Australia boasts many individuals and organisations from across a myriad of sectors who are recognised throughout this year’s Winners. I am beyond humbled to have Nine Carat Business named the Best Strategic & Transformation Consulting Firm from Queensland for 2022 under this banner. Australia, just as the World, has severely been affected since 2019 for an endless list of reasons and in equally as many ways. Bravo to everyone that has both made this list and those that have not. For contributing to a leading economy. Seeking and moving towards new solutions in our ever-changing landscape.
We have been privileged to work with and support some of those People that have fought hard to survive these times or take them as an opportunity to achieve more. And to witness the emergence of a new level and dedication to business, careers, and goals. To have been able to contribute to those journeys has been an exceptional experience. One that I hope continues for everyone.
Thank you to APAC for promoting this list of leaders in Business for 2022 and including us amoungst it's ranks. And much gratitude to all of those of whom we have been able to help.
We couldn't be more grateful for these illuminating opportunities. And the People and Publications that make them shine!