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July 5, 2018

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Having just been working in China, I was interested to hear a fascinating talk from Professor John Fitzgerald of Swinburne University at The Bookcellar this week on the current discussion around China.  The talk was based on his curre...

March 2, 2018


An unexpected pleasure of being grownups back at school is to see the undergraduates being, well, undergraduates. At lunchtime I sat in the sun reading amid the sounds of music, laughter, boys and girls joking, having fun. As with tertiary institutions everywhere, hig...

February 3, 2018

So, this week I went back to school.  I am at the Edinburgh Business School (EBS) trying to find out whether I can (or want to) go back to university to do a DBA or PhD.  More of how I got here later, but in the meantime...

I am in a class room in a modern universi...

January 24, 2018

 This is the time of year when many of us have time to do some thinking - the challenge is making yourself think in a meaningful way.  This is what worked for me:

1.  I wiped the slate clean - literally.  I painted one of the walls in my office with blackboard pain...

December 18, 2017

Time seems to be running out, and there are always things you need to get done. This is a list of things you can take off your to do list to make this last week a bit calmer and help you ease into the holiday period:

1.       Write Christmas cards...

October 31, 2017

At the recent ICON conference held in Sydney, I was delighted to hear the fabulous Avril Henry 'Talking About Your Generation'. A diversity expert, one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence, and current senior advisor to the Chief of Army, Avril is an engaging speaker who re...

October 24, 2017

In my many years working in professional services firms, I have noticed an often stark contrast between the profile of the marketing and human resources (HR) professionals within many firms. When I have been presenting to the partners and senior management, my HR equiv...

October 13, 2017

Crisis management and planning is important so everyone knows what to do when something goes wrong. But when you are in the middle of the storm, people can panic and time is short. The best time to do the planning is while the sea is calm.

1. Get ship shape and have goo...

July 25, 2017

Every time we are in a plane about to take off, the safety briefing advises us to put our own oxygen mask on before helping others. While this is good advice in a crisis, it is also good advice for avoiding one.

All too often in our professional and personal lives, we p...

July 3, 2017

Over on Saint Giorgio, ‘One plus One equals Three’ is a simple installation with great effect inside Saint Giorgio Maggiore, made slightly surreal by viewing during a Sunday Mass. Pae White’s ‘Qwalala’ (below) is a sensuous glass wall made of delicately patterned flat...

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