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?
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
"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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
As a Chaplain to one Australia's largest high rise construction companies, represented by hundreds of workers from over 60 nationalities, my role was stealth until a need arose. (Run for a friend ; was a suicide awareness campaign we rolled out over a period time to help people open up about their struggles) The following… Continue reading A Construction Chaplain’s approach to a Muslim new convert
As a trouble shooter for a high rise construction company, I'd often visit frustrated clients wanting a resolve with an apparent defect. By the time the problem reached me, there would be all sorts of opinions flying around looking to lay blame, especially when there are a few stakeholders. A property manager, a Strata manager,… Continue reading Taking the lead and calming the storm
The most unlikely atmosphere in the most unlikely location, Crooked Spire located at 71 Victoria St, Midland is the winner of 2018 Swan Chamber business of the year award and when you visit, it's not hard to understand why? The moment you walk in you'd be hard pressed to locate yourself anywhere in Perth. There… Continue reading Crooked Spire, epitome of a destination cafe
Why, in such a modern technological world are we still riddled with political and religious fervour? Mankind is bent on the few controlling the masses and no political or religious entity is immune to its intoxicating grip. While religion likes to consider John the Baptist as their own and the militant atheist disregards the supposed… Continue reading Modern day John the Baptist, where are you?
We must get with the times if we're going to be a real world class SMART CITY. Perth has all the trappings of a world class city and is well within reach of creating the smartest city in the world if it would slow down its urban sprawl and focus on populating our inner city… Continue reading PERTH – Let’s Build at least 200 more Concerto’s please
I'd hate the thought of three strange rich men visiting my poorest of conditions and revealing to me my new born child's complete destiny till the day of his death, what parent would want to know that? The most unusual story of three wise men from the east following a star to bare gifts to… Continue reading Wise people seek the divine among us
It was a privilege to connect my old Pastor friend of 38 years with my my first boss, my cousin from my teenage years, to reignite life to this old reception centre in the city of Swan. This building on the corner of Great Northern Highway and Toodyay Road, Middle Swan was full of life… Continue reading Not quite a cathedral but you have to have vision
One of the greatest joys one can experience is the realisation of a dream. Why I believe Smart City Perth will work, comes from the three F's aligned in my life and other collaborators seeking to create a greater world for generations to come. Family - Faith - Friends Family: I’ve inherited a legacy of… Continue reading My passion for life comes from the three F’s
To the Smart City Concept - There's nothing new under than sun. What are we willing to exchange for peace of mind, community and true prosperity? It's more than nostalgia, it's about family and community bonds. As a migrant Greek/Macedonian child growing up in the Perth suburbs, I could count eight homes we could walk… Continue reading Smart Cities and the conceited side of prosperity failing to connect
No two ways about it, what I thought was a Chamber in its death spiral some years back has definitely turned a corner. My involvement with the chamber spans many years and I've never really seen the benefit of involvement but respectfully I represented a family and a local shopping centre and on their behalf… Continue reading Swan Chamber of Commerce in Revival mode
Who doesn't want to leave their mark on the world? From a backyard dream to influencing the masses, there is something in the human DNA that wants to impress upon their fellow human being, I'm somebody, my opinion matters. The unfortunate natural pecking order of life The toddler has already worked this out, understanding that… Continue reading Making a difference by having an outta body experience
In a world riddled with uncertainty, the fabric of society is held together not by mortar alone. Connectivity and safety in society cannot be drummed into our boys with anti bully slogans or the threat of discipline from a heartless system. Our girls ought to feel safe without thinking twice. A father's heart raises the… Continue reading A father’s heart is integral to a city’s fabric, not just a father’s paycheque
The dark side of great data and number crunching erodes basic intuition and the survival skills of the masses. The talk of job losses resulting from technology is not new nor should it be surprising to anyone that still thinks for themselves. For us baby boomers, we can recall back in the 70s in Perth,… Continue reading The softer side to hard data
Love is a word least likely to appear in a building contract or a developers feasibility, yet love guarantees sustainability. Having spent the past forty years of my career in family business, the not for profit and the property sector, I'm convinced 'Love is what keeps us together' Love, compassion, mercy and justice are the… Continue reading Building tomorrows cities with social justice (love) at its core
We must acknowledge the end of a season and reflect on how good that season was, otherwise we'll miss the whole point of compassion. Making a difference comes in seasons There's a time to sow and there's a time to reap, smart people know the difference and there's definitely a time to let the soil… Continue reading Compassion fatigue sets in when we don’t have an off button
His weekend hobby looks a little like Stonehenge and it may be the perfect venue for Smart City Perth 2020 Perfect Vision Symposium. Gerry standing in the centre of his future thousand seat auditorium. Nestled in the heart of the Swan Valley, one of Perth premier tourism regions, Gerry Hanssen has set out to build… Continue reading More cray cray visionaries like Gerry Hanssen
A city centre should be the epicentre of living, working, eating and playing. Let's rid our city of traffic jams and unwholesome living. A city centre that ought to attract world class head offices, entrepreneurs, visionaries and the most curious tourist. There is a renewal happening at a grassroots level as the transition takes place… Continue reading More high-rise mixed use Apartments in the heart of the city with a 5 star hotel culture.
On my morning walk during a quick trip up in Karatha, Red Dog territory, I noticed a man with one golf club and a touch at 5am. I trapped him into a quick conversation, it's not everyday you see someone playing golf in the dark. He's a local doctor who shared his story. He's past… Continue reading Smart doctor taking a torch to his local golf course at 5am
Our weakness is exposed in unfamiliar territory and we have two natural choices. Accept our conditions and adapt or just wait to become irrelevant. Smart living is the ability to understand our surroundings not just to make the best use of them in order to survive, but rather we defy them and manipulate them by… Continue reading Smart living – Vulnerability creates colour and beauty unseen in the predictable
Communities can thrive in smart cities if they're designed by the community minded. The ability we have to inhabit the stratosphere is genius. With apartment and office buildings reaching the skies and technology orchestrated right through the city infrastructure. We just have to keep in mind to include the soul to the splendor.. ...marble floors,… Continue reading Building smart cities must inhabit the soul, otherwise they’re nothing more than elaborate mausoleums
It was not until my mid forties that I slowed down and started hearing the birds sing. Perhaps I was too ambitious chasing the wind or had something to prove. Worrying about tomorrow and completely missing out on today. These days I try and catch my breath as often as I can and not allow… Continue reading Don’t worry – listen to the birds sing each morning, catch up with your thoughts – not everything you think is you
I am results driven as any leader or manager should be. My personal mantra 'be effective, not busy'. It's a smarter way of living which allows us to reap the most out of life without jeopardising what we hold most precious; our health, our relationships and our sanity. I look to bring the best out… Continue reading Engage Tom Smilovitis – Reap the results
These are the individuals that capture possibilities in their imagination first as they walk towards their dreams, not even realising they awaken the sleepy conscience of everyone in their path. These types of Leaders aren't too interested in gaining a following. They are keen to unleash other leaders with a wild imagination, encouraging them to… Continue reading Leaders embrace the lonely path to pave the way for others
$5.90 and it's gone When I think of world poverty and the vast opportunity we as a collective have to make a difference. My mum reminded me many times before she died at ninety-three years of age, a story that typifies the extreme changes to our family when we migrated to Australia in 1968. Within… Continue reading Who deserves what? I’m about to sip a coffee that 3 billion people have to work two days for
Pic taken in a lane-way along side a public park in Wellington NZ. Years ago I attended a community meeting held by leaders of a youth program. Local council officials, police, landlords and property managers like myself were among the group. It was an opportunity for a youth program to work with local graffiti artists… Continue reading Graffiti and street art; One protests against the system, the other adapts and influences the system.
It's a natural tendency to lose touch of the working class person or the battler the busier we get and the more reliant we become on advisors. The crowd starts to fade and the information we receive becomes generic. Generic information is how we become complacent and lose the confidence of the masses. The temptation… Continue reading When we lose touch of the masses, we become desensitised and make foolish decisions
With city councils costs rising dramatically, wouldn't they be truly heroic if they offer a surprise to their residents by eliminating any further hikes on rates for the next few years. I took this pic at a teaching lesson at Shalom House by its founder. Men ready to make a difference as they turn their… Continue reading Smart opportunity for a city council – Putting Perth on the world map if they dare to lead
A couple of weeks ago I woke up early and felt that I needed to honour one of Perth's elders. Only room for twelve - Keep it small and intimate I sent a text to about fifteen young leaders and invited them to hear ninety three year old John Stefanelli Senior share about his life… Continue reading There’s no security in the world, only opportunity
The perfectionist struggles to experience growth for fear of failure. Always planning and seeking 99.9% in their theoretical results which makes them fail to launch in the real world. By seeking excellence we acknowledge failure is very much a part of the growing experience. Unless we are willing to fail miserably from time to time,… Continue reading Desire excellence not perfection – Fail more and let the adrenaline kick in
My local fruit and vegetable shop was sold a number of months ago and you could instantly tell something changed. Shelves looked lean, the quality had dropped and the vibe was dead. The previous owner, an old Italian man had that shop for decades and the customer base was strong. The prices, quality and service… Continue reading Take time out to sharpen the axe – Working harder doesn’t always guarantee greater outcomes
We don't have to be rich to practice philanthropy It was 4am and I had a McDonalds breakfast in a bag hoping to find a hungry soul, breakfast in exchange for a story. His face looked familiar, the face of yet another stranger who lost their way. He was happy to share his story and… Continue reading Even street people yearn for community – Let’s call him Bob
Choosing to be ignorant of how goodwill works in community is not an excuse. Corporate and civil social responsibility is everyone's business. You don't palm this off to some make-believe GOODWILL department or PR department. It's everyone's role to create good-will. Am I my brother's keeper? is the very first story in Judo/Christian teachings of… Continue reading Our community’s fabric is destroyed when Goodwill is chopped down and uprooted and replaced with codes, laws and bylaws
Boxer walks around a construction site with a sense of urgency and purpose, like name like character. Boxer is one of those rare people that reminds me of the marble in a paint can, when the can is shaken the paint mixes well because of the marble. Guys like Boxer bring order to urgency as… Continue reading They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites
One of the greatest privileges we have as an individual is to give back to society by choice and not by coercion. Business chambers, not for profits and government have been given a bad rap in recent years and I'm sympathetic to the disgruntled voices. In the absence of a leadership that inspires and rallies… Continue reading They vote him in and then they try and shut him up – Irony (Chambers need leaders)
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 Local Government with the authority of a cartel- Who gave them such power, we did
They show potential and the blood thirst of the economy must be fed so small business is encouraged at all costs. Modern-Day Gladiators, practicing their skills when no one is watching, waiting for the day they get a shot in the arena. The arena (THE MARKET PLACE) is packed to the brim, represented by every… Continue reading Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators
Ever feel the condescending tone? You're too young - You're not educated enough - You're not equipped - You're an outsider - You'll never amount to anything Young people need to be seen, they are not fodder for the economy. Teachers on more than one occasion would encourage my school friends to keep away from… Continue reading Defying teachers and elders until they see you – My English teacher, she saw me
Six years on and it's still happening, wholesome leaders empowering people to build amazing structures in Perth's high-rise horizon. pic taken at Langley Park nurturing good mental health and suicide awareness, a Hanssen campaign 'run for a friend ;' September 2018, I concluded a five year personal challenge to make a difference in the building… Continue reading Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership
To any up and coming leader, they may offer you a job, but no one can ever give you your reason. If you have a dream don't settle for a job. It's all bogus - High school guidance officers helping young people plot out a career or recruitment companies trying to profile you for a… Continue reading I don’t want a job – I want a reason