Smart City Perth

What does an XCOP, XCRIM and an XPREACHER have in common?

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?

Business, Character, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Favour, Influence, Leadership, Marriage, Motivation, Prison Reform, Rehab, Smart City Perth, Smart Living, Spiritual, Teachers

I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND

"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

Business, Character, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Favour, Influence, Leadership, Marriage, Motivation, Prison Reform, Rehab, Smart City Perth, Spiritual, Teachers

There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute.

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.

Business, Character, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Favour, Influence, Leadership, Marriage, Motivation, Prison Reform, Rehab, Smart City Perth, Smart Living, Spiritual, Teachers

True freedom is frightening for most

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

Business, Character, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Influence, Leadership, Motivation, Prison Reform, Rehab, Smart City Perth, Smart Living, Spiritual, Teachers

My encounter with the CEO of Australia’s strictest REHAB – Is he Driven or is he Led?

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?

Disruption, Influence, Leadership, Marriage, Motivation, Smart City Perth, Spiritual, Teachers

Love & Marriage

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

Business, Character, Disruption, Influence, Motivation, Smart City Perth, Spiritual, Teachers

Be the light we want the world to have

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Leadership, Motivation, Smart City Perth

Radical Transparency

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Favour, Smart City Perth, Spiritual, Teachers

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

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?

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Prison Reform through Social Capital

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

Disruption, Influence, Smart City Perth

UNDERDOGS ROCK

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Spiritual

The empath has no ownership of those they rescue

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

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We’re all a bit crazy – Beauty of being human

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Perth CBD cannot possibly sustain itself, unless?

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?

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Motivation, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

Dealing with a Social Media Chucky (Troll)

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)

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Become a Corporate Hippie

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

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Superstitions & Myths

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

Leadership, Smart Living

Blockbuster’s Death – SWOT is forever at our heels

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

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Women’s International Day – Millions who endured and shined in darkness

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

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‘get M.A.D with us’ Belinda is MAD

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

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Directions 2031 will have Perth CBD look like Gotham if it doesn’t adapt.

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.

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The Fellowship was replaced with the Firm

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

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The great event – Invite only – Behave yourself

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

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Perth, Sky’s the limit – A City Change within our reach

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

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My oldest friend – Half a century later

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

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At 12 my first boss treated me like a man

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

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A prisoners eyes – The prison bars aren’t the inhibitor

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

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Public safety – More wholesome boots on the streets

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

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Imagine a network of leaders – Not a leader and a bunch of sheep

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

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The day fear is introduced, the association, business stops growing

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

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Dream Builders Care

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

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Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons

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

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Off the beaten track – Paths that sharpen a leader’s senses

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

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A Smart City masterpiece and an end of tribalism

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

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The Job is the boss

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

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When people think they know you who you are from a distance?

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?

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A Corporate Hippie’s impact

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

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Blind bosses missed Junior’s value, undoubtedly their loss

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

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The beauty of ageing gracefully and refusing to worry

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

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Two years off the Social Media grid – Why come back?

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?

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Every knee will bow at some point in life

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

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A Construction Chaplain’s approach to a Muslim new convert

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

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Taking the lead and calming the storm

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

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Crooked Spire, epitome of a destination cafe

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

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Modern day John the Baptist, where are you?

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?

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PERTH – Let’s Build at least 200 more Concerto’s please

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

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Wise people seek the divine among us

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

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Not quite a cathedral but you have to have vision

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

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My passion for life comes from the three F’s

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

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Smart Cities and the conceited side of prosperity failing to connect

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

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Swan Chamber of Commerce in Revival mode

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

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Making a difference by having an outta body experience

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

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A father’s heart is integral to a city’s fabric, not just a father’s paycheque

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

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The softer side to hard data

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

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Building tomorrows cities with social justice (love) at its core

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

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Compassion fatigue sets in when we don’t have an off button

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

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More cray cray visionaries like Gerry Hanssen

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

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More high-rise mixed use Apartments in the heart of the city with a 5 star hotel culture.

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.

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Smart doctor taking a torch to his local golf course at 5am

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

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Smart living – Vulnerability creates colour and beauty unseen in the predictable

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

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Building smart cities must inhabit the soul, otherwise they’re nothing more than elaborate mausoleums

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

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Don’t worry – listen to the birds sing each morning, catch up with your thoughts – not everything you think is you

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

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Engage Tom Smilovitis – Reap the results

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

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Leaders embrace the lonely path to pave the way for others

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

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Who deserves what? I’m about to sip a coffee that 3 billion people have to work two days for

$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

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Graffiti and street art; One protests against the system, the other adapts and influences the system.

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.

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When we lose touch of the masses, we become desensitised and make foolish decisions

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

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Smart opportunity for a city council – Putting Perth on the world map if they dare to lead

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

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There’s no security in the world, only opportunity

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

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Desire excellence not perfection – Fail more and let the adrenaline kick in

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

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Take time out to sharpen the axe – Working harder doesn’t always guarantee greater outcomes

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

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Even street people yearn for community – Let’s call him Bob

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

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Our community’s fabric is destroyed when Goodwill is chopped down and uprooted and replaced with codes, laws and bylaws

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

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They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites

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

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They vote him in and then they try and shut him up – Irony (Chambers need leaders)

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)

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Local Government with the authority of a cartel- Who gave them such power, we did

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

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Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators

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

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Defying teachers and elders until they see you – My English teacher, she saw me

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

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Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership

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

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I don’t want a job – I want a reason

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

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Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants

Willing to risk and jump into the unknown, we were called migrants 1968 coming towards the port of Fremantle, my mother looked at the flatness of the land, with no buildings and said to my dad, "Where are we going to find work here?" Like most migrants to Australia, they arrived from countries with ancient… Continue reading Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants

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A life without a CV – You are better than that

The moment we start writing our CV, we begin to define ourselves and I assure you that you are better than your CV, no matter how exaggerated it is.  Often a CV will try to identify qualifications, experience and character by its author and the unfortunate aspect of this is, the reader will read it… Continue reading A life without a CV – You are better than that

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Rubbish tip to beauty – Smart cities must reclaim urban sanctity

My childhood rubbish tip turned into a bird sanctuary with parks and gardens. I can't help but believe there's far greater ways to create urban cities that capture the holistic advantages of nature. A concrete jungle geared purely towards commerce costs far more than being nature minded as we inhabit. Suburbs have distanced many from… Continue reading Rubbish tip to beauty – Smart cities must reclaim urban sanctity

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You can’t legislate against serial bullies – they must repent (have a change of heart)

Get up close and personal and do it with a smile. Yes, a serial bully can change if we help them see the error of their way. They must have a change of heart, not just a change in outward behaviour. My heart races when this subject arises but it must be addressed all the… Continue reading You can’t legislate against serial bullies – they must repent (have a change of heart)

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Who will replace elders like John Stefanelli? Building a new city on their foundations

It takes Time, so have the long view - Develop patients with people - Have respect for nature, it's a great teacher The three gems I gleaned at the end of our conversation from John's vast business and life experience. From a wood-mill, tree plantations, cattle, fishing charters, tyres, news paper, developments, shopping centre or… Continue reading Who will replace elders like John Stefanelli? Building a new city on their foundations

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Prison Motivational Talk; Captive audience and tough love

Two years later, prisoners are on new paths because something happened that day. The room is empty and the prison guards prepare to bring in about fifty young men, average age, low twenties. These young men are in the prime of life and stuck behind walls paying back to society their time in exchange for… Continue reading Prison Motivational Talk; Captive audience and tough love

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Wretched chatter – Why I switch my phone off

God does not shout to make himself heard, be still and hear God speak. Silence can be the loudest experience for some of us when our soul is not rested. We tend to busy ourselves with more chatter, more noise until a breakdown happens rather than a breakthrough. Taking photos while doing a charity drive… Continue reading Wretched chatter – Why I switch my phone off

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Belly flops and less rules

I think therefore I AM ~ René Descartes Encourage common sense and deregulation Walking along the Swan River early on a particular Sunday morning I reminisced on the simplicity of my childhood. Coming down to this river with a bunch of my friends, climbing this bridge and jumping into the water was the norm. (We were… Continue reading Belly flops and less rules

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Construction Boss called me The Chaplain

Mentoring in Construction is a tough gig, Gerry was my doorway. The following is my story and intro into the high rise construction industry in Perth Western Australia through construction Boss, Gerry Hanssen. Gerry has become a friend and mutual agitator to make a difference in the lives of people and the building industry. ‘The… Continue reading Construction Boss called me The Chaplain

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To our youth – We dream too small

Discovering we dream too small To any young upcoming leader In my late teens I had a dream that I'd travel the world and teach ethics & faith, make a difference and be an encouragement every place I set my feet. For thirteen years starting at seventeen years of age I worked tirelessly developing my… Continue reading To our youth – We dream too small

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Razor Edge Authority

The razor edge of authority Authority is likened to the razor edge of a surgeons scalpel and the two razor edges of a warriors sword. The scalpel- Knowing when to use the scalpel by mentoring others and surgically removing the cancers that eat away at a persons life. The two edged sword - Knowing when… Continue reading Razor Edge Authority

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3500km in three days – Beach River Desert – Mental Health is everyone’s business

run for a friend ; Run for a friend ; is an idea that was fostered out of a tragedy when my youngest daughter shared that a close friend of hers took her own life. My daughter and I discussed how we can make Beth's short-lived life count and decided to launch 'run for a… Continue reading 3500km in three days – Beach River Desert – Mental Health is everyone’s business

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Senior Detective to Construction Mentor

Looking for significance rather than job security. I've known Chris for over two decades and our paths have passed in recent years through the amazing world of social media. For years I had the privilege of using vehicles like Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram, sending out daily messages in the hope of challenging the audience to… Continue reading Senior Detective to Construction Mentor

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Disrupt or be disrupted

The last shall be first and first shall be last. ~ a 2000 year old parable on success  We have a choice to enhance our lives through the power of technology or be swallowed up by it. One of the greatest challenges we have in the new world of technology is to understand how to… Continue reading Disrupt or be disrupted

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Emerging Economies – Old wine skins and new pathways

Ask yourself when you’re around a suspected old wine skin “Do relationships & ideas thrive or die around them?” “no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (an ancient method… Continue reading Emerging Economies – Old wine skins and new pathways

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Groomers enslave – Mentor’s set us free

He thought he was my boss, but he just needed a mentor (I volunteered without his permission, I cared too much) The young Director walked me through my new role within the company. Desk, pigeon hole, board room and resources to start producing, the sky was the limit if I adhered to the company culture… Continue reading Groomers enslave – Mentor’s set us free