ABOUT MARK BOURIS AM

Entrepreneur, Innovator, Author and Academic

Mark Bouris shows you how to capitalise on your strengths for success on your own terms in both life and work.

As host of the TV Show ‘The Mentor‘ and the founder of Mentored, he is one of Australia's best known and most revered business leaders, with decades of success and experience in financial services and technology.

Mark first hit the public eye with his Wizard Home Loans business, being one of the first of the new lenders to challenge the big banks in the home loan market. In 2004, the mortgage book of Wizard had grown to over $19 billion and the business was sold for over $500 million.

Mark is an Adjunct Professor for Banking & Finance and Business Law & Taxation at the University of New South Wales Australian School of Business and speaks to undergraduate, postgraduate and prospective students about leadership, success, and global economics. He also sits on the UNSW Australian School of Business Advisory Council Board.

Mark is the author of ‘Wealth Wizard’ and, most recently, ‘What It Takes’ and he writes a number of financial columns for some of Australia’s most recognised publications.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney conferred the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on Mark Bouris for distinguished service to the financial services industry in Australia. And in 2008 he was awarded as 'Banker of the decade' by the Australian Banking and Finance Magazine.

In recent years Mark’s focus has broadened to industries across; technology, biotech, resources and media - holding executive and non-executive positions in each.

Currently Chair of the SME Association of Australia - a not-for-profit body which acts as the anchor for more than 300,000 small and medium businesses in Australia Mark is passionate about growing small business and innovation in Australia.

SOME OF THE HOT TOPICS MARK WILL COVER:

HOW TO SCALE AND LEARN TO FAIL

  • Know when to grow your business - How to choose, employ & incentivise the right new people - and trusting them to help build your brand
  • Having options for your business - Taking risks on others but being able to get rid of those that aren’t a right fit
  • Don’t be a perfectionist - You can’t micro-manage every detail
  • Human scaling - Do you have the right people?
  • Your digital system - Is it built to handle your growing needs?
  • Financial capital - Do you have the funds to grow?
  • Patience - Can’t be in the position to grow when your patience is running out
  • Embracing mistakes - Failure is a part of learning

ADAPT OR DIE WONDERING

  • Digitising your business - How to leverage content and social media to drive growth
  • Get modern or get out - Separating yourself from competitors
  • The core of your business - How to develop a bulletproof culture
  • Growth acceleration - Next level essentials for your business
  • Diversifying your business - Why you must, how to do it

THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS MINDSET

  • What drives you? - Mark outlines the singular mindset of a successful businessperson
  • Using worry in a positive sense - Obsessing on your business & what your competitors are doing
  • The ultimate key to success - Why a healthy body with routine and discipline is crucial
  • The importance of Life Balance - Stepping back from the business & the need for emotional tools as much as digital/physical tools

“It has long been my passion to grow and help small to medium business owners in Australia and I believe that behind every great business is a great Mentor.”

Mark Bouris