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’m somewhat optimistic at times and this shows up in various activities in my life. And at such times I’m remind myself of life’s simple lessons. One of these is when i’m trying to bring the shopping in from the car … if I ran out of my reuse bags at the supermarket I’ll often…

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…

At a breakfast meeting a few days back I took some time out to ask myself what this coffee shop was actually selling (which is a  question I ask myself of other entities as well). With this particular shop were they selling coffee or a meeting place? A quiet contemplation space? A relaxing place to…

When the pressure is on we tend to get ruffled, nervous, excited, abusive and agitated – I was watching a recent football game and when the losing team started to realise they were being out-muscled and out-played they lost their discipline. But this is often when we need discipline the most. We need to be…

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