Planting the seed

If you’ve ever suggested something to someone, only to have them excitedly announce that same thing to you a few weeks later, then you know the frustration of ‘planting seeds’. It’s especially annoying when they glowingly tell you about it being suggested to them by someone else… This is the difference between ‘planting seeds’ versus ‘watering...

Glamorous lives

I caught up with old workmates at a company ‘reunion’ a few weeks back. Some of them I hadn’t seen since 2007 (that’s 16 years ago as I write this). I was struck by a few things: many conversations picked up easily again, as if it were just days, not decades, since we last spoke so many things haven’t changed – we’re all the same old people we used to be...

Robodebt justice begins

The findings from the Robodebt royal commission have been accepted by the Government, and 16 public servants are now being investigated. Thus begins the start of justice, in this shameful scheme. As a reminder, the Robodebt scheme unlawfully – and in many cases erroneously – sent more than 160,000 debt notices to people on welfare and social services. The scheme resulted in suicides...

True colours

Spend decades being a good person: “Not sure about that person…” Drink too much at the staff Christmas party and say some dumb things (could be racist or sexist or political or religious etc): “Now we see their true colours!” As the saying goes: Reputations take a lifetime to build and an instant to lose. On one hand: We all say dumb things at times On the other:...

So what?

Chatting with Mal last week and he reminded me of the ‘So What?’ test – a good habit to implement when preparing a presentation, article, meeting agenda, proposal, etc. Essentially, just ask yourself ‘So What?’ when you’ve prepared the slide, or paragraph or bullet point. Does it add value to the conversation? If not, why is it there? (Not a new concept, and...

Resistance and Clarity

I’m reminded of this quote from Chip and Dan Heath

Resistance is created through a lack of clarity

This is a good tonic to my musing last month.

Looking back on the golden days

Remember a few years ago when ranking on Google was easy, buying clicks on Google Ads was cheap, Facebook ads were a bargain, and getting followers on social was just a matter of using the right hashtag? It’s easy to look back on those times and think about what we should have done at the time. What we should have taken advantage of. What we could have achieved. Before it all became so hard...

Detection Dogs

Who knew?

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have specially trained dogs that can sniff out electronic devices, mobile phones, SIM cards and USB sticks.

As well as drugs, currency, explosives and firearms (which you probably already knew).

Only found out about this after reading the latest news about the mushroom murders.

(via a daily email from The Sizzle)

How much profit are you making?

A reminder to myself to continue to focus on profit growth (as opposed to revenue, headcount, toys, etc).

So many companies doing it tough this year.

Small and large.

For example, I wonder if Atlassian will ever make a profit…

Understand big outcomes, solve micro problems

A reasonably useful rule of thumb when starting new consulting projects with clients:

Understand big outcomes, solve micro problems

You must understand the overall context and expected outcomes – broad and wide ranging as they are.

But focus intensely on solving small pieces, bit by bit.