Being socially conscious starts by aligning our own conscience with true north, otherwise we will all be continually led like sheep to the slaughter. Over the last three years I’ve never researched business trends and community more than I have in my forty plus years of work history. I came up with the following concept… Continue reading BIG DATA WITH NO SOUL WILL RUIN HUMANITY
In the space of a few short weeks, individuals are drawn down to their last pennies, some companies are pushed to the wall, Faith groups and community enterprises such as sports clubs and entertainment have been decimated. Remember the golden rule, those who hold the gold, make the rules. Meanwhile our government’s footing has become… Continue reading THOSE WHO HOLD THE GOLD MAKE THE RULES
Bigger, Bolder, Brighter Every now and again you have to change directions, wipe the slate clean and reset. Our journey is long, our quest is noble, our loyalties are fixed. We have but one Master and our God given conscience leads us into the unknown. It’s in the unknown we discover something truly remarkable about… Continue reading SETTING ON A NEW VENTURE
ALL WE HAVE IS TODAY A morbid post that gives me joy today. Success is an illusion One person reaching their successful expectations is another persons nightmare. The ILLUSION of success was perfectly illustrated by an ancient king when he said “All is vanity” He tried to find meaning and he didn’t hold back. He… Continue reading ALL WE HAVE IS TODAY
Unless you’ve been here, you’ll never appreciate the sweet, sweet taste of life’s beauty unravelled by the oddest people we meet. Here’s just one glimpse that will last a lifetime. 1987, My wife, our baby girl and I are living thousands of kms from our family and community trying to build another community to give… Continue reading Unless you’ve been here, it’s hard to appreciate
Getting the soil conditions fertile so the seed can prosper and multiply. From the basic home, schooling and workplace environment, it’s all about the culture we set in place that determines the fruit we will produce. Having a mother birthed in a harsh rural village setting in the mountains of northern Greece, conditioning the soil… Continue reading A MISSION ORIENTATED LIFE (part 3)
'The Job is the Boss’ ~ Construction Boss, Gerry Hanssen (His mum always did say he was called to be a missionary, she probably didn’t suspect he’d be doing it in the Construction Industry, focused on making a difference) It’s important to have a complete open door policy but it’s equally important to remain mission… Continue reading A MISSION ORIENTATED LIFE (Part 2)
Life & Community must be fought for and the battle starts with the person in the mirror. In the land of the living, the journey from infancy to full maturity will always be attacked and replaced with politics, process and control. Flow and synergy in community is a result from personal freedom, discipline and sacrifice… Continue reading A MISSION ORIENTATED LIFE
The age of Industrialism clashing with Technology. The world has reaped extraordinary wealth & wellbeing since WW2 by international collaboration. (Interdependence) As always, history repeats itself and there’ll always be an elite group that siphon power and resources during a time of prosperity (Regardless of political persuasion) I call these individuals ‘Self Serving Locusts’. They… Continue reading INTERDEPENDENT LEADERS GLUE SOCIETIES TOGETHER
Growing up with shows like Pot Black in the 70s as a kid, my older brother got me into snooker. We’d visit my eccentric uncle who had a Snooker Room in his house likened to a James Bond film. The game was cool & sophisticated with an obvious military component to it. It’s a game… Continue reading STAY COOL & DON’T GET SNOOKERED IN 2020
I hope I can assist you in 2020 to connect to the freedom of an authentic life. Ten years ago I was seriously at a loss, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. December 31st 2009, I recall being curled up in fetal position with a growing knot in my stomach. I had earphones on, listening to the… Continue reading THE FREEDOM OF AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
Like a sharp steel screwdriver etching itself across twenty years of music, was there ever an ability to get over it? The holistic sound of the vinyl record until that bloody scratch, that irritating scratch, that damaged scratch appears. How did it happen?, who did it?, why did it happen?, when did it happen?, What… Continue reading I LIVED WITH A SEVEN YEAR ETCHED SCRATCH – HOW TORMENTING
The last shall be first and the first shall be last, it’s our time to catch up because we’re definitely lagging behind. First Smart Forrest City in Mexico will be 100% food and energy self-sufficient https://inhabitat.com/first-smart-forest-city-in-mexico-will-be-100-food-and-energy-self-sufficient/ DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIES WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE We must wake up from our success syndrome stupor. We are drunk… Continue reading WESTERN CIVILISATION IS BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL
Don’t let the naysayers steel your dreams. It’s in the obscurity of thought and belief, favourable doors seem open. That capacity to do something out of the norm, that belief that you’re walking into purpose and the resolve that it will just happen. Keep’m guessing and don’t waver from your God given conscience. Your creative… Continue reading THINK AND SPEAK THE IMPOSSIBLE INTO EXISTENCE
Phil is one of our latest members of the Swan Chamber and like many in small business, they lack confidence selling because they are so passionate and brilliant about what they do. Phil builds his own 3D printers and creates some amazing products. Sometimes we have to give people a real telling off 😁 when… Continue reading ALWAYS BE PEOPLE CENTRED WHEN SELLING
Being loyal is one thing, being progressive is another. Those missed opportunities of not considering the ridiculous. When we’re doing everything we have been taught, we settle for busy, being polite and working extra hard. Everything becomes ridiculous when we’re tired and frustrated. There must always be room to deliberately consider alternatives and alternatives often… Continue reading MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
My first taste of pure politics (evil) in the church They recognised our ability and they exploited it rather than empowering it. I’ve always viewed the world 🌎 a little different to the average Joe and have dreamt about the ‘WHAT IF?’ Some would call me a dreamer and perhaps I am. The difference would… Continue reading DREAMERS STRUGGLE IN THE POLITICAL REALM – I’LL REMAIN A DREAMER
After 21 years of involvement in a religious organisation with so many many great early memories, unfortunately for me it ended badly. As the years went on and I developed as a person, in my marriage, as a father and my connection to humanity, the church started to choke my every thought. The more I… Continue reading I WAS 38 YEARS OF AGE AND CLUELESS ABOUT MY CALLING
I decided to catch the bus into the city this morning and get back to practising smart living. I started a chat with a homeless gentleman and then two.. let’s call it four... they seemed hungry so a bought four whoppers from Hungry Jacks and then two more, actually four more, eight in all, they… Continue reading PERTH’S DRUG PROBLEM IS GROWING
When working on a new project, these are my four non negotiable rules to bring about wholesome change # 1 Clean your own space, you can’t give what you haven’t got # 2 Separate yourself from the sheep and become a sheep dog # 3 Know where you’re going and work backward # 4 Be… Continue reading MORE WHOLESOME CHANGE AGENTS PLEASE
Always go the extra mile, just remind yourself why? Blessing others according to our ability. There is nothing more fulfilling in life than being our fellow human beings keeper in their time of need. Being liberal fattens the soul. The moment someone, anyone tries to monetise me, they steal my energy. What they fail to… Continue reading Stewards will always outproduce slaves
“Who’s the master?” He said (a comment made to me) To the modern day slave, that’s easy to answer, to the free person, that’s an entirely different equation. Truly free individuals become servants to all humanity. Sometimes it’s far easier to revert back and be chained to a self serving master rather than be completely… Continue reading Who’s your Master?
There’s most definitely a lone wolf in a potential leader, they have the ability to think and act independently. To truly impact society, such lone wolves must yield to the greater law of harmony. Subjecting their ego, talent and self determination to building a wholesome community. The strength of interdependence secures even the lone Wolfe’s… Continue reading A TIME TO PARTNER UP AND DO SOME REAL WHOLESOME DAMAGE
A standing ovation at the end comes when everyone plays their part. I listened to the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Eroica live, which sounded like heaven on earth. The skill of every individual was threaded in the piece. All the private practice of each instrument 🎻 was now on show. Egos had to… Continue reading Symphony – In the Greek ‘Agreement’
Casual Friday - For city Folk, it means not wearing a tie, for us, it’s a little bit more relaxed. What does an XCOP, XCRIM and an XPREACHER have in common? I often catch up with my oldest friend Mario on Fridays, we shoot the breeze and enjoy coffees at the beach. Today, I felt… Continue reading What does an XCOP, XCRIM and an XPREACHER have in common?
They accused him of associating too much with the Scum Of The Earth. Who did and why did they accuse him? Lawyers & Do gooders Individuals that just see with shallow eyes and not with the heart. He rebuffs these legalists and self riotous accusers with a classic line. “Those who are well have no… Continue reading Original Gangster – The Empath that surprised them all
Clash of two worlds I watched this homeless man take a seat at the head of the table at Times Square and he just sat there watching the world go by. Joan Osborne’s song ‘One of us’ came to mind as I watched the world go by with him. ~ What if God was one… Continue reading Black Jesus at Times Square – No, just a homeless man
Longmore, Riverbank juvenile prisons among others was the main topic of discussion with John, who’s now retired after decades of serving our youth. John is in his mid 70s and shares that he is soul searching when he goes for his one hour walks in the mornings. His life work sounds like a war zone… Continue reading Most men wouldn’t recognise love even if it punched them in the face
Dear young business person, you have plenty of time to succeed. He’d get on the phone (when phones were connected to the wall) and call everyone he could to make sure they made the next network decades ago... (a time when Facebook was not even conceived) “Tom, I would personally followup to make sure nobody… Continue reading John was already a FREE MAN before he became a Freeman – Just like you
Wake up our city Perth, from its stupor No, it’s not Perth 1960, it’s Perth 2019 at 10:30am, Tuesday 24th September, looking right through the guts of our golden mile. Streets are quiet, foot traffic is non existent and it reminds me of a Bob Dylan chorus from ‘Times Are A-Changin’ 'Come senators, congressmen Please… Continue reading Perth – ‘Times are A-Changing’
'Developing global cities with a social conscience' is just smart urban design that reassures repeat business. I had a chat with one of the new apartment owners during the launch of one of Perth's latest lifestyle developments by Finbar. Local Government, Developer, Architect, Investors, Builder, working in collaboration to create Urban Rehabilitation at its best,… Continue reading Urban design measured by the health of its citizens
Clash of two worlds I watched this homeless man take a seat at the head of the table at Times Square and he just sat there watching the world go by. Joan Osborne’s song ‘One of us’ came to mind as I watched the world go by with him. ~ What if God was one… Continue reading Clash of two worlds
The people create a city’s soul, not government Let’s be the modern day Pharos, a lighthouse to the world. SMART CITY PERTH ‘DEVELOPING A GLOBAL CITY WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE’ Perth, Western Australia, it’s time to go global. Asia’s & and emerging Africa’s hub to the new Silicon Valley, Medical, Mining, Construction etc... Centres for… Continue reading A city set on a hill
He’s as MAD as they come My wife and I made a new friend, John, an extraordinary Irish guy that was no longer interested in being a CPA, got into the restaurant business over 28 years ago. At the height of his and his wife’s restaurant empire within Manhattan they had dozens of restaurants with… Continue reading A Manhattan restauranteur staying ahead of the game.
"I am just a grain of sand" During my visit in Manhattan, New York I'm asking random unsuspecting people big questions about themselves and society. From the homeless, business people, lawyers, producers and this guy. A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m sitting in the foyer of the hotel and couldn’t help but take… Continue reading I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND
Plan like you'll live forever, live like it's your last breath. It may sound morbid but I've always been fascinated by funerals, even taking photos with my 35mm Camera back in the seventies at a family burial. I'm surprised no one stopped me and thought it may have been distasteful, maybe they saw the value… Continue reading There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute.
Racing my dog this morning means two different things to him and I. I was trying to get him to stay in his lane and he was just having fun running all over the place. Then the thought occurred to me ‘The day I stopped running in the fictional white lines painted by my previous… Continue reading True freedom is frightening for most
Is he Driven or is he Led The Lyndon-James family understand Social Capital at its finest I started hearing about this guy called Peter Lyndon-James some time ago and didn’t think much of it, just another story of a guy that went from the dark side to a fanatical religious side of life, or so… Continue reading My encounter with the CEO of Australia’s strictest REHAB – Is he Driven or is he Led?
LOVE IS A CHOICE I just think a lot of men just need to be that - MEN and chase your lady till the day you have breath no more. The following helps if you want a marriage partner for life (From my perspective) 1. Are you attracted to them (no brainer) 2. Do they… Continue reading Love & Marriage
While travelling in India this week, one of my favourite teachings have come to life Let’s get a little spiritual and why I love the historical life of Jesus and how it still effects me today. Not quite a selfie because I was trying to get the white haired guy in the picture. I literally… Continue reading Be the light we want the world to have
Being transparent doesn’t guarantee having favour with everyone. Being transparent helps draw out those that identify with our values. Being transparent also makes us a target because of our values. It’s not up to us, how others see us. It’s not our burden to carry. Healthy Radical Transparency requires the development of an internal compass… Continue reading Radical Transparency
WHAT DO YOU WANT? A question I seem to be asking more and more people that are trapped in life’s drama. We’re often fighting battles that have little to do with what we actually want out of life. We’re fighting people, even in our heads believing they are stopping us from achieving what we want.… Continue reading WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Early morning meeting in Maylands (a suburb of Perth, Western Australia), I stopped for five minutes to say hello to some of the Hanssen Construction team on one of their new construction sites. A few years back this was the very spot that had a drug raid by the Perth Drug Squad which was authorised… Continue reading Prison Reform through Social Capital
An Underdog's creative space can change the world. “When you shared the idea of transforming our city, it felt like a train smashing my mind. It was too much” ~ Young gifted film maker We were laughing a few days ago as he described how he felt when I shared a vision along with other… Continue reading UNDERDOGS ROCK
Dear MD, CEO, Leader, Pastor or Empath An empath’s gift is as real as a poet, musician, sculpturer, artist. Their gift has the ability to breath life into others just by their presence and words. There’s a unique ancient story of a woman struggling with an emotional and physical blood disorder. She in her desperation… Continue reading The empath has no ownership of those they rescue
So you think you’re in control? I walked my dog this morning hoping to bump into my homeless Muslim friend and see how he’s new shows are going.(not to be) Today I talked to a Corporate Hypnotist feeding pigeons in a park. I was curious who kept feeding the birds each morning and this morning… Continue reading Are we not of the same vine?
Unexpected Lesson on my morning dog walk. I decided to go a different way and a crazy shabby barefoot guy was yelling at me in the distance. Typical me, I go and find out what’s he yelling about. He asks me if he can retrieve his shoes from the Good Sammy bin because he can’t… Continue reading We’re all a bit crazy – Beauty of being human
Quirky things that shape us We sat on a park bench discussing the affairs of the organisation and I shared my concerns. He was being polite and understanding to a point. He then goes on to say words to this effect “You’ve only dealt with the nice side of me to this point” It was… Continue reading Ultimatums have a short life span
A global mindset according to the creator is different to a franchise, religion and a corporation. McDonald’s has a global mindset Religion has a global mindset Corporations have a global mindset When Jesus said to his disciples “Go into all the world and make disciples” I just can’t help but believe, he didn’t mean create… Continue reading A global mindset
Who's sustaining the 14,000 businesses in the Perth CBD? Companies are increasingly changing the way they do business in their endeavour to become more holistic and effective. The need for employees to visit the outside world from their city towers during the day becomes less frequent. Hot desks, innovative and relaxed work spaces, the new… Continue reading Perth CBD cannot possibly sustain itself, unless?
Nothing makes a troll feel better than tarnishing your character as they create an unreal image of their power in your mind. It's no different to the classroom or workplace bully. If you're in the public space, let's face it, you've become a target of Chucky, the undeveloped mind. Chucky is an undeveloped creature who… Continue reading Dealing with a Social Media Chucky (Troll)
Be a walking contradiction. Life is not absolute. It’s filled with contradictions. It’s easy to judge someone when power is unchallenged. When a king is confronted by a supposed mad man from the desert for his adulterous affair, the king cuts his head off. (The king just gets rid of the voice) When an adulterous… Continue reading Be a walking contradiction
Men’s Mental Health (applicable to women I’m sure, but this is a call to men) Men will choke when it comes to sharing their feelings with other men. Men often keep their dark feelings to themselves or they vent to their partners, children or their work subordinates. Compound these inner negative feelings and over time… Continue reading Peace is an inside Job – Men’s Mental Health
I’ve talked to a number of business friends about opportunities within Perth. We seem to be fighting for the little that remains rather than bask in opportunity. 1. Big developer tells me, Government must change dramatically to increase opportunity and investment. 2. Small developer tells me, Local Government is forever exhausting our resources and are… Continue reading The ocean is vast – Lets break the fishbowl
Fuel for the fodder ‘Human Resource’ They find the gift within, they get you to sign a code of conduct, they extract the gift and then they leave your carcass behind. There is plenty more human fodder for the corporate machine. After all, the earth belongs to the corporation and the fullness within. As long… Continue reading Do the people belong to the corporation 24/7 ?
"Local Government- Where ideas and energy goes to die” ~ Concerned Citizen messages me today Over the past few months I’ve shared some views on local government that aren’t personal, just reflective. Today I’ve had another person message me asking my thoughts on becoming a city councillor, out of his frustration? I gave him my… Continue reading Local Government & Roulette Tables
Passion is that place that sees opportunities left, right and centre. Passion is that old fire in the belly that creates movement, it melts everything in its way. Passion fuels ideas till they're realised. Some may call us idealists, dreamers, out of touch. Passionate people tap into the unknown and bring it to the known.… Continue reading Passion vs Anger
‘Minister for happiness’ announced to create social good in the Arab world, starting in Dubai. Regardless of what we think of the Arab World. They are leading in capturing tourism, development and working with a huge migrant community. Dubai alone houses over 200 nationalities. There is a principle behind prosperity, it lifts the poor out… Continue reading ‘Minister for happiness’
I was twenty four, my wife was twenty two, we and our six month old baby left family, community and the familiar to pioneer a church across a nation. We were children with a baby going from a pretty little Perth back in the eighties to the big smoke of Melbourne. Average prices of a… Continue reading A Jewish Boss & his button factory, my doorway to pioneering a church
One thing is for sure, Perth a city asleep is waking up Doers are coming out of the caves and sharing their frustrations I’m talking about significant individuals that in their own right are successful They have no interest joining yet another network, they make money while they sleep What they are interested in is… Continue reading Governments will have to adapt to the futurists
There were moments during the presentation by Gerry Hanssen you could hear their brains ticking of sheer possibilities... minds being disrupted to be free thinkers and not be at the beck and call of bureaucracy or our own fears and limitations. Perth, it’s our city Smart City Perth is a kindling fire made up of… Continue reading Minds disrupted to the possibilities of creating a global city with a social conscience
Every parent would benefit from reading this book and teaching their children the virtues of self governing. While I’m all for good local, state and federal governance. I’m forever at a loss when the day will come when politicians from all sides of government stop playing the Animal Farm Card. ~ ‘All animals are equal… Continue reading Dear Australian citizen
What will you build in your lifetime?A man had two sons and he assigned each of them to build a house for themselves in a tired old town that showed prospect. It appeared to be a good investment for their future. The time came for the father to inspect what each son had built. He… Continue reading An old Greek parable for entrepreneurs
Children of unskilled, unlearned and non English speaking migrants 51 years today, 16th April 2019 My parents arrived at the Fremantle docks with all their woes and sorrows of poverty, civil war and hopelessness into the arms of a country that gave them a chance. My brother ended up getting two degrees, maths and music… Continue reading Australian Migrants Rock
When politicians preachers parents practitioners professionals have no appetite other than the pursuits of power. You can guarantee they do not have your best interest at heart. Dethrone them from their lofty towers and let them go hungry for a season. Bring each and everyone back to the grassroots of empathy and relevance. Hunger awakens… Continue reading We are weary of your rhetoric
I think we stumble into purpose, I certainly have. I had a crazy idea, that I could make a difference within a construction company. After a five year experiment it was evident healthy change happened. I'm convinced we can roll out this crazy idea or as some would call it, a pipe-dream called Smart City… Continue reading Smart City Perth – Stumbling into purpose
When designing a Smart City, who brings all the soft sciences together? not Engineers. Engineers are often brilliant in a silo environment, like mad scientists, they thrive on creating possibilities. The shepherd (facilitator) isn't threatened nor absorbed by the process of invention. Shepherds have the ability to bring the team together and keep the overall… Continue reading Engineers are terrible Shepherds
From the Managers table to the Leaders tableI invited potential leaders within a Construction company to the managers table, teaching them management and effectiveness. I'd pick various managers month to month and we'd go out to breakfast. My hope was to see them transition from management into leadership. The difference between a manager and a… Continue reading Make managers squirm at the leadership table
I'm glad some people never retireI Just finished a great conversation with a semi-retired teacher/ educator who’s been doing her work for over forty five years Interesting observations through her eyes. 1. The world has changed so much and children aren’t being prepared for life. 2. Teachers get worn out by the system and the… Continue reading Teachers Rock, I know, I married one
The factory manager pushed his luckI was new to the job and the factory manager assigned me to spot weld meter boxes all day long. While learning new skills, the manager approached me and decided to share an inappropriate joke about Jesus. I was eighteen years old and new to the Christian Faith and the… Continue reading My dad’s advice handling bullies, it wasn’t for me
We produce so much and yet we have so much lack. We must renew our thinking from the modern market that thrives on scarcity. In the modern age a yield of 10% is an excellent return on an investment. In nature the yield is abundant, it has no limit. Let's create a larger pie The… Continue reading Become a Corporate Hippie
Superstitions & Myths probably have a basis for truth if we peel things back just a little. My mother would tell me never to throw bread away because it was like throwing the body of Christ in the bin. Growing up in Australian schools as a superstitious kid, you can imagine how mortified I was… Continue reading Superstitions & Myths
King Solomon ~ "There is an evil I have seen under the sun, Kings and rulers make grave mistakes when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth". I can understand parts of the world where autocratic rule and nepotism becomes the burden of the state. I can't… Continue reading What’s the difference between Local Government and a Cartel?
No matter how grand the vision is we must pace ourselvesJust because change is needed or you see a market opportunity doesn't mean success will happen on our time schedule. You have a dream to start a business and you take the leap. It makes perfect sense because you see the need and you're equiped… Continue reading Survival tips on starting a new enterprise
Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast with Linda Reylolds
WILL YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE?I walked through the second last Blockbuster store at Morley, Western Australia and watched the remains of a store getting picked apart to get a bargain. The store is set to close at the end of March 2019. I've been renting movies from here for years and used the family cat's name… Continue reading Blockbuster’s Death – SWOT is forever at our heels
Women who birthed leaders need to be celebrated Women's International Day must be recognised because of the millions of women like my mother who endured unbelievable hardship in quietness. These types of women influenced future leaders to be individuals of integrity. Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My mother more than any… Continue reading Women’s International Day – Millions who endured and shined in darkness
A chance meeting with a real M.A.D (Making a difference) person She's soft natured, softly spoken but a lioness beneath her slight build. I stumbled upon this pop up shop in the heart of Midland and the message is clear, it's about social responsibility in our own back yard and effecting communities thousands of miles… Continue reading ‘get M.A.D with us’ Belinda is MAD
Perth City takes the most amazing Ariel pics. If you lived in South of Perth, the vista is to die for but after 6pm in the Perth CBD, welcome to Zombie land. I'd like to take all the city planners for a walk through our beautiful city after 6pm to feel what I feel, all… Continue reading Directions 2031 will have Perth CBD look like Gotham if it doesn’t adapt.
Building a Fellowship is an art form of hidden sacrifice and private devotion. Building a Firm is strategic, exhausting and filled with collateral damage. I was once a part of a world wide Fellowship and I thought nothing of sacrifice and devotion towards those I considered brothers and sisters in the faith. The transition between… Continue reading The Fellowship was replaced with the Firm
Leaders set the tone, cool, calm and deliberate. I just finished a week of festivities to my daughters wedding. The anticipation was great, the preparation was detailed and the execution was magnificent. With over two hundred guests, family and friends coming in from all over and creating harmony throughout the day into the night seemed… Continue reading The great event – Invite only – Behave yourself
The anchor of a city is the promise it gives. Reshaping, rebuilding to fully appreciate what's in our midst. 100,000 more residents, students and tourists filling the Perth CBD void, which is required to create an enviable vibrant global city. Perth is Safe, Clean and open for business. What some call a boring City is… Continue reading Perth, Sky’s the limit – A City Change within our reach
I met him through his brother when I was about five years old, he was one of the primary school's fastest runners, him and the Aussie guy. Mario being Greek was obviously was my first preference of who to barrack for, even at such a young age, we were tribal. We've weaved in and out… Continue reading My oldest friend – Half a century later
I wasn't prepared and I learned quick. pic taken one metre away from my first job at twelve years of age forty three years later with my cousin, my first boss, he was nineteen at the time. I was given my one square metre of responsibility, all I had to do was answer the phone… Continue reading At 12 my first boss treated me like a man
I was privileged to speak to about fifty young men aged between eighteen and thirty in a Perth prison along with prison officers and the prison director. I also had a couple of construction site managers. an x-police officer and an indigenous leader come along for the ride. These young prisoners are incredibly intuitive and… Continue reading A prisoners eyes – The prison bars aren’t the inhibitor
When the light shines bright the darkness dissipates. Picture taken in Port Hedland, one of the most affluent communities in Australia and it looks like something out of Mad Max. Love conquers all, tough love at times, love none the less, not data. The concern with AI, artificial intelligence and a system bent on data,… Continue reading Public safety – More wholesome boots on the streets
Let's build the smartest cultural city in the world with the aim of making Perth the gateway to Australia. Smart City Perth is an idea to connect leaders with leaders. It's not about attracting followers to justify its existence. It's definitely not about one person's agenda or ideology. The aim is to get initiatives off… Continue reading Imagine a network of leaders – Not a leader and a bunch of sheep
The moment you walk in, it's evident wether you're welcome or not. Picture of John Stefanelli Senior sharing some wisdom with young leaders. I thought it would be good to have one of the founders of the Swan Chamber of Commerce some forty years earlier give young people a taste of what it's like to… Continue reading The day fear is introduced, the association, business stops growing
A low cost supermarket and cafe in the heart of Midland, Perth Western Australia. A perfect example of Re-Habitation of Commercial Real Estate. It's the moment you meet individuals like Ursula that you begin to appreciate the term 'Making a difference' The picture behind Ursula is apt to describe her mother's heart in all the… Continue reading Dream Builders Care
I know nothing about prisons, the workings of a criminal mind or how the systems of incarceration facilities operate to minimise recidivism. What I do know is, we can dramatically change the current outcomes by introducing a consciousness of moral law. An intelligent young man living on the streets. I bought him breakfast in exchange… Continue reading Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons
There is something disturbing about the silence of an unchartered track, especially when we make the shift from the safe path to the unknown. While most people can get frustrated by routine, rarely will they give it up in order to explore possibilities. The day we launch our new business and open the doors, the… Continue reading Off the beaten track – Paths that sharpen a leader’s senses
The moment someone leaves an organisation, family, job, club, it's like leaving a tribe. There is a primitive mechanism that kicks in, the tribe regroups and isolates those who are seen as the defectors. Having the courage to be inclusive is a sign of enlightenment and an end to primitive tribalism. Tribes survive with us… Continue reading A Smart City masterpiece and an end of tribalism
I had a catch up with the General Manager of Hanssen Construction just before Christmas and he gives me a gift, my now new coffee cup that I use each morning. Reminding me that 'The Job is the Boss' What job? I heard this term some years ago when attending manager site meetings on various… Continue reading The Job is the boss
I am who I am and can be nothing more. What I can be, is a healthier version of me or a run down sickly version of me, but to be anything else is impossible. Its most naive to profile someone based on our observation and hearsay, believing we have great insight into the human… Continue reading When people think they know you who you are from a distance?
This is the person that has come of age, experience and maturity to know what they don't want and free to follow their dreams. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Corporate Hippie refreshes those within their sphere of influence, always leading others through the terrain and encouraging them to follow moral law rather than outdated paths and… Continue reading A Corporate Hippie’s impact
First time I recall meeting Junior was in a stairwell of a high-rise construction company called Hanssen, he smiled a lot, but he also carried the world on his shoulders. Junior was already married and a family man before his twenty first birthday and he was thousands of miles from his hometown. We connected instantly… Continue reading Blind bosses missed Junior’s value, undoubtedly their loss
One of the privileges of a Corporate Chaplain is the places I get to walk in order to be effective. I chose to corner the crane operator in his cabin 60 metres in the air, it's what I call having a captive audience. To be honest, I hated climbing the crane, there's just something psychological… Continue reading As a Chaplain, I cornered the crane operator 60 metres up in the air
2018 greeted me with a series of medical checks My glasses are thicker, I had my first rear tooth mola removed and then things get a little more intense. Mid year I welcomed a five inch scar along my lower spine after a procedure to remove a malignant melanoma and to finish off the year,… Continue reading The beauty of ageing gracefully and refusing to worry
How many would close a business because it's going too well? Hardly, however there are some things more important than popularity. For me it's the validation of authenticity and no one can answer that but ourselves. There is nothing I hate worse than forever talking about yesterday's victories, we must be current in our victories… Continue reading Two years off the Social Media grid – Why come back?
When we're young, we bow our knee with enthusiasm to all sorts of loyalties, confessing our allegiances to family, best friends, team, career, country, beliefs etc... Out of our youthful strength with our hand holding the sword tight, ready to stand and fight without a second thought. When we're older, we often bow our knee… Continue reading Every knee will bow at some point in life