Posts in category: Work & Life

Evangelical fear

I had the dubious opportunity to be handed an evangelical booklet the other day. This was one of those comic-book-like affairs with nice black ink drawings. It is ironic to note that in this day where the media and advertising ram hysteria, fear and uncertainty down...

Unexpected consequences

You are reading a book, an article, or a blog post. The piece spoke to you. It resonated with something inside you. You thought “Wow! This is great. I must contact the author!” You get on to email… Then you stop. “Why would they want to hear from me? They don’t know...

One word to open new worlds

I gave a talk to a group of Year 10 students recently on the Power of Choice. After the talk, one student came up to me and asked “Should I become a spray painter or an electrician?” I said “Do both!” And the look on his face made my day. How...

Dream house, dream business

When buying your dream home, are you making design decisions based on what you want? Or the resell value of the house? It strikes me that many people sacrifice what they way in their dream home for fear of eroding the resell value. They live with something somewhat...

Choosing input

The world will give us feedback and input whether we seek it out or now. People will make comments about our work. It is actually we ourselves who attach the labels “nice” or “negative” to each piece of input. We may not be able to choose our...

Contemplating an egg

An egg is a versatile thing indeed. It can be used in an amazing variety of ways. Similarly, you too have egg-like versatile skills if you look deep enough. We often lump our skills with our jobs or training – accountant, ballet teacher, homemaker. Dig deeper and a...

Part time work a cynical scam?

According to the news, part time / flexible time workers are on the increase. At the same time, the news item also reported that employers get more time and effort out of their part time workers. And part timer are more likely to stay in their job. Is this actually a...

Keeping score vs satisfaction

“..numbers were useful only in keeping score, not in judging satisfaction.” Robert Ludlum’s in his novel The Altman Code. I am thinking of the myriad of business/entrepreneur/etc awards out there that continue to celebrate money-making above all...

What has your business done for you lately?

The financial year has finished, your tax paperwork is probably more or less under control. Time to think about you. What has your business done for you in the last financial year? This is for you the individual; not you the director or employee. Has it helped you...

Exercise your creativity at the supermarket

Waiting at the checkout can be a great opportunity to practice creativity. Look at your purchases: what is the weirdest and funniest “meal” you can make out of what you have? (I had bleach, kitty litter, peanut paste, eggs…) This is good practice to...

Out of the ordinary – right now

Think of something you do in your business that you have been doing the same way for a while now. Can you do it differently today? How differently dare you do it today?

Happiness drive

Start a happiness drive today. What can you do for a customer right now that will bring a smile to their face? How about a complete stranger? And what can you do for youself today to add to your own happiness? (Example: pay the toll of the driver behind you.) What are...
The Big Moo

The Big Moo

The Big Moo – Stop trying to be perfect and start being remarkable. The group of 33 edited by Seth Godin. ISBN 1-59184-103-8. Loads of thought provokers in bite-sized chunks. My favourite takeaway is: what if my business had to rely on donations (like a radio...

New beginnings

I have recently left a consulting business I co-founded called Vermillion. It has been an interesting, rewarding and challenging three years. Vermillion launched a revolutionary, humanist approach to business practice. In that short time, it made significant...

Working with your “faults”

In a conformist world, we often have our “faults” pointed out to us repeated by the well meaning (or otherwise!). “You are too opinionated.” “You are too accommodating.” The advice is usually something inactionable and frustratingly...

Butterflies or blowflies?

Keep a fly diary. Seriously. Every morning, when you are getting ready to go to work, take 15 seconds to pause and assess your tummy. Therein be butterflies? Or blowflies? Butterflies are what you get when you are doing something exciting, scary, new, and GOOD. You...

Your beautiful dream

On the chalkboard of a cafe in Perth: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt 2006 is still young. What is your dream for your business this year?

Rush rush rush

As we steel ourselves to rush into another year of the rat race, this post by Natalie is worth the moment it takes to read.

“The first pancake is always lumpy.”

Isn’t this is just the best quote about embracing mistakes as part of the journey towards success?!! The man who said this is Genia Landa. A big THANK YOU to Glenn Capelli of The True Learning Centre for sharing this. (If you give a damn about learning and...
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