An Ancient Eastern Proverb - It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Even nature reveals in our early development the magic of growth happens while we sleep. Three magical things we allow… Continue reading Sleep is a gift from God, which I rediscovered in my forties
The success of one generation is often the hinderance of the next I’ve come across way to many successful individuals that struggle to pass on their entrepreneurial spirit at the right time. They hold on to their success like it’s the end of the road. Each generation therefore must respectfully rebel against their own mentors,… Continue reading Every generation must find their voice
Everyone needs personal space to flourish, so to be left alone from time to time is not all bad. People that end up feeling lonely often place a hedge around their lives which repels sincere companionship. Most toxic relationships are often a result of individuals not knowing the difference between being alone and becoming lonely.… Continue reading Being alone and being lonely aren’t the same
Fire breathing and starting a business is always risky, you have to juggle between attracting an audience and staying alive. 1. They both must bedazzle the audience Fire breathers are conscious that an audience wants to be bedazzled, it’s all part of the entertainment Starting a new business has its own opportunities for the same… Continue reading Fire breathers and entrepreneurs always attract public interest, why?
Some people remind me of balloons, you can pump them up easily but they deflate just as easy, why? We’ve been trapped by marketing trends and the expectations of others, rather than run our own race. Get rid of doing anything seasonal, break every rule and get motivated and I’ll tell you why? Motivation is… Continue reading Motivation is an inside job
Over forty two years ago I was made to do athletics at school. I hated it, so I turned up on the field fully dressed with my desert boots. The teacher in his wisdom made me run a race I didn’t want to. I did and reluctantly ran around the field wanting to send a… Continue reading Run in your own lane and stop tripping others up
There are storms that strengthen our resolve and there are storms that take us on a different course. It’s hard to recognise which storms do what until the right storm comes that changes our course forever. This is the storm that you believe you won’t survive and why? 1. You’ve tried everything that has helped… Continue reading You’ll thank God later for the Disruption
An ancient proverb reveals the progression of friendship ‘A person who has friends must be friendly, but there is a friend that becomes closer than a sibling’ Three steps to long term friendships 1. Try to be nice, a smile goes a long way I’ve always enjoyed seeing icy people warm up just because I… Continue reading 3 steps to long lasting friendships
From the kindergarten playground to the grave, politics is a way of life. I’m guilty of trying to be apolitical, but it is about as a political statement as you can get. It’s all part of the debate. Most people are happy to mind their own business until their business gets disrupted. This is when… Continue reading Politics – The debate of governance, property and rule
I had lunch with a scientist who prospects for gold and other precious metals. With half a century of experience in the harsh field of mining, the elderly gentleman opens up about a number of subjects including his personal beliefs. He was triggered by my comment about my past work, “I was a pastor for… Continue reading The Atheist is often closer to God than the shallow believer
The vote has already been predetermined and committees legitimise and hide the strongest influencers. let’s be honest and reinvent the value of a committee Leadership is the prerequisite of any movement or progressive organisation. The idea of committees was birthed to control excessive powers or legitimise them. Noble or Divisive, committees are a tool of… Continue reading The committee is dead, how do we bring it back to life?
Life has a way of wearing us down to the point of exhaustion Very rarely do we see the writing on the wall that tells us to slow down, change directions or just stop. 1. Running out of fuel is the first step to taking a forced break The problem with this type of break… Continue reading Two ways to take a mental break, only one of them will leave you refreshed
When we hold on too hard, everything can become weighty. I’ve heard the saying ‘Let go and let God’ and it’s probably a neat way of saying ‘LIVE’ The very idea of living to the full allows us to discover our gifting which always adds value to the world. Being completely stifled in a job… Continue reading We are born to die, it’s what happens in between that matters.
A philanthropic friend has told me on many occasions that he gives because he’s selfish, it makes him feel good. That’s an interesting way to view the act of giving. 1. To freely give of our time, talent or resources, there must be a return of something, why? Even nature has demands of every living… Continue reading Why give? Two Reasons
Mankind has a bazar obsession with individuality. It’s become a trend to speak out, speak up and be contrary. With the rise of social media in a democracy, everyone can have a voice and be heard. If we’re going to be different, don’t do it just because you can, do it for two reasons. 1.… Continue reading Dare to be different for two reasons
If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going in circles. 1. Moving through terrains, it’s wise to be prepared I often marvel at professionals that are decisive and make things happen. These individuals aren’t reckless, they see way ahead and anticipate movements along the way. Experience does two things, it makes you fearful… Continue reading 3 thoughts to stay on track
Independent thinking to create cohesion and freedom The term Maverick is said to derive from a Sam Maverick (1803-1870), a prominent Texan landowner who despite intense pressure from other cattle farmers, steadfastly refused to brand his cattle and allowed them to freely roam, instead of being penned within fields. In the new age of independence… Continue reading Be a MAVERICK with a SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
Proverb ‘You are only as strong as your weakest link’ Wether it’s a toxic relationship or an unhealthy habit, it’s the weak links that keep us from achieving our end goal. 1. Weak links render the whole chain weak Weak links emotionally blackmail the chain to its lowest denominator, or worse, make the whole chain… Continue reading 3 Reasons the weakest link needs removing
A bully knows exactly what they are doing and their endgame is control. The following three attributes of a Bully can be easily avoided if you know their motive. 1. They are dismissive in their manner When encountering a bully for the first time, you’ll find them dismissive. They instantly make you feel unworthy. Wether… Continue reading Recognise the 3 ways bullies use to control you
There’s nothing worse than a relationship gone wrong, be it friends, marriage or in the work place. There’s three steps to minimise that feeling of contempt in others and them in you. 1. Lifelong relationships need space to develop If a relationship starts off with with sparks, it’s probably a good thing. All to often… Continue reading 3 steps to avoid the contempt of familiarity in close relationships
1. Influencers engage the heart not just the mind History records some of the greatest influencers talked in story form or parables a. Story telling opens up the imagination b. Story telling draws in the soul to make independent evaluation of the truth being revealed c. Story telling has an ability separate the light observer… Continue reading 3 Reasons Influencers share stories, not just facts
Don’t eat all the seed in your hand To those that have more will be given and to those that don’t have, even the little that they have will be taken from them ~ Jesus paraphrased 1. Poverty Mindset Poverty - Not having the means to live a healthy existence Breaking the cycle of poverty… Continue reading RICH vs a POVERTY MINDSET
Growth develops in uncomfortable settings During lockdown rules of Covid19, societies have had to adapt to a new way of living. Most will miss the opportunity to grow during this season and can’t wait to go back to their complacent norm. I’ve taken the opportunity to say yes to three new things over the last… Continue reading TRY NEW THINGS
When setting on a new path, it’s wise to remember where you’ve come from. An old Italian Business Man in his nineties shared with a board room full of young people. He started with a quote ‘If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you won’t know where you’re going’ History has its place in… Continue reading TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT DESTROY PROGRESS
There are plenty of negative forces that bring us down. From the moment we wake up, self doubt, apathy and lack of purpose work are at us like atrophy to muscles mass. The following 3 ingredients build up the inner person. Many will experience a combination of them from time to time, but it’s mastering… Continue reading 3 Golden Ingredients to life
Wether it’s a Business Chamber, Sports Association, Tree Hugging Society or Faith Group, there is an art to creating a sustainable community. In September 2019, I was asked to be the CEO of a business chamber that has been in existence since 1968. With a strong history of business and political punch, the Chamber had… Continue reading 3 Steps To Community Sustainability
Rewiring and restarting your life by creating a lifestyle by design is within your reach.
Five motivation killers and one motivation rule to extinguish them! 1. The criticism of those that have not invested in you. 2. Work that is meaningless. 3. Answering to those that have not achieved what you have. 4. Having to participate in an atmosphere where individuals bring their toxic spirit in. 5. The greatest motivation… Continue reading 5 MOTIVATION KILLERS
Ancient Proverb 'All roads lead to Rome' or all paths lead to the same goal. The sickest souls on earth are those who fight against their conscience in order to gain something that is not real. The modern digital roads take us to places Ancient Rome couldn't even conceive. Centuries later when the Medieval Templar… Continue reading HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL
The delusion that being busy is being effective. Wether it’s a world pandemic or personal crisis, we all end up against the wall of self reflection. More often than not we don’t like what we see, blaming the crisis or circumstances for our discontent. The only place the sun shines more than any place on… Continue reading TOO MUCH ACTIVITY BLOCKS FLOW
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 other 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… Continue reading THOSE WHO HOLD THE GOLD MAKE THE RULES
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 Was it Black Jesus at Times Square?
"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
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?
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)
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?
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