The essential elements of any good pirate story include a ship, one-eyed pirate, wooden leg, marauding crew, squawking parrot, buried treasure and a map. Using the map, the pirates set out to find the buried treasure which more often than not is buried on some deserted island beneath a spot marked X. The cartographic brilliance…

Focus on the projects that matter Focus on the projects that matter. This was a key learning I gained after reading a great book by Peter Cook (http://petercook.com/) titled “The new rules of management”. Some of the key take outs from this book included: Get implementing – the best ideas, projects and intentions are meaningless…

Just came across the following article which details how Monash University ran an immersion course for PhD students enrolling in their EMBL Australia PhD course (EMBL – European Molecular Biology Laboratory). Students are heavily involved in organising this course, some of who are also speaker. The students and participants are not only taking part from…

I’ve just finished reading a report by Ernst and Young titled “Connecting Innovation to Profit – Five key insights from the world’s leading entrepreneurs.” http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/Connecting_inovation_to_profit/$FILE/EY_innovation_survey.pdf One of the quotes I liked in this report was “Innovation is not a department, it is a mentality”. This resonated with me for a number of reasons one which was…

Myth: Creative thinking is only for the select few, for the gifted As we mentioned in our first session, a common myth is that the ability to be creative resides only in the brilliant. The response to this myth is the belief that anyone can be creative. Myth: People are born creative Another myth is…

The title for this blog post is a bit of a play on words but growth is a key focus for a project in the small town of Bingara in northern New South Wales called the Living Classroom. The initiative is turning 150 hectares of little used town common into a journey that platforms the…

Just finished reading the following article on the Amtrak train being rolled out in the NE of USA – “All Aboard! U.S. Vice President Biden Welcomes First Siemens-built Amtrak Locomotive Entering Passenger Service“. What I found interesting was the degree to which the trains capture the energy lost during braking to feed back into the…

I’m following a post within the Linkedin Group social media marketing that asks people to choose one word that summarises their brand. My word was resourceful to capture how I focus my efforts on helping individuals and organisations cultivate and amplify value from their existing resources. Some of the other responses which I found attractive…

What caught my interest in a recent article was the innovative use of plastic for fuel. On its own I thought this was quite innovative but when I read further I learnt it was to be used as aviation fuel, which took it up a few innovative notches. The person featured in the article was…

I recently phoned one of the Australian big banks to enquire on some details regards my account. The person I was speaking to was pleasant but presented a less than confident image. How so? I asked a question to which she did not know the answer – her response was ‘I have not been trained…

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