March 17, 2018

If you've ever read Dickens' Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge then you're familiar with the tale of the mean, terrible overlord-boss who demands constant effort from those in his employ.

Scrooge is the ultimate micro-managing, unforgiving, all-seeing, hard-taskmaster...

November 26, 2017

One of my proudest moments from this past year has been to lead a group of individuals with an Employee Engagement score in the Top Quartile of surveyed teams across Australia & New Zealand.

Our Engagement outcome is a factor of each & every person in our team bein...

December 24, 2016

In June of 2013, Australia's Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison A.O. gave a 3 minute and 6 second speech directed at the personnel of the Australian Army. The speech was published to Youtube and to date has been viewed over 1.7M times.

In his speech, Morris...

December 2, 2015

There's an old saying that "Those who can, do.  Those that can't, teach."  I reckon that is unfair to teachers who, by and large, do an awesome job.  For me, the more appropriate and correct statement is:

"Those that can, do.  Those that can't, keep score."...

November 19, 2015

If you are a child of the 1960's or 70's there is a good chance you've seen "The Parent Trap".  Starring Hayley Mills and Maureen O'Hara this original motion picture was a tale of identical twins (Mills playing both roles) scheming to bring their divorced parents toget...

November 5, 2015

At the height of the cold war Mikhail Gorbachev asked (perhaps as much to himself as the world at large) -

"If not me, Who? And if not now, When?"

To be sure, Gorbachev was dealing with issues of immense importance. From maintaining the USSR as a single sovereign state t...

September 17, 2015

I spent today with a group of about 30 school children.  They were all around the ages of 6 or 7.  The cohort was largely well mannered and well behaved.  The boys were a little more boisterous than the girls.  The girls paid a little more attention to instructions....

August 21, 2015

Some years back when I was managing a portfolio I received an email from a client which caused me to react in a particularly negative way: to be blunt, I was pissed off.

My initial response was to assume negative intent on behalf of my client. My amygdala went straight...

August 8, 2015

A few weeks back I was struggling to find something to watch on a Sunday afternoon when I came across the classic Cruise/Nicholson film "A Few Good Men".

It had been a few years since I'd last seen the movie and as it neared the climax with Nicholson's outburst '.....yo...

August 1, 2015

As the closing sequences of the HBO Series "True Detective" play out, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey's character) utters what sounds to be a fairly inane sentence: 

"Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning."  

I've been thinking a lot about th...

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