Character, Community, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Futurist, Influence, Smart Living

Dare to be different for 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

Business, Character, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Favour, Mental Health, Smart Living

3 thoughts to stay on track

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

Character, Community, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Influence, Leadership, Smart Living

Be a MAVERICK with a SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

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

Character, Community, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Influence, Leadership, Smart Living

3 Reasons the weakest link needs removing

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

Business, Character, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Personal Development, Smart Living, Spiritual

What are you trying to build?

Motivation gets you started, good habits keep you going. I MAKE NO APOLOGIES, I AM HIGHLY AMBITIOUS, VERY PASSIONATE If you want to build the largest building in town, build the largest building in town. Don’t be the person that wants to build the largest building in town by tearing the other buildings down. and… Continue reading What are you trying to build?

Influence, Leadership, Mental Health, Motivation, Personal Development, Smart Living

Recognise the 3 ways bullies use to control you

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

Community, Futurist, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Development, Smart Living, Spiritual

3 Reasons Influencers share stories, not just facts

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

Disruption, Entrepreneur, Futurist, Leadership, Smart Living, Spiritual

TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT DESTROY PROGRESS

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

Community, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruptor, Entrepreneur, Influence, Leadership, Smart Living

3 Steps To Community Sustainability

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

MOTIVATION KILLERS
Entrepreneur, Influence, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Development, Smart Living

5 MOTIVATION KILLERS

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

HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL
Character, Disruption, Leadership, Motivation, Smart Living, Spiritual

HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL

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

Favour, Leadership, Motivation, Smart Living, Social Capital, Spiritual

TOO MUCH ACTIVITY BLOCKS FLOW

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

DESERT MAN
Disruptor, Entrepreneur, Leadership, Motivation, Social Capital, Spiritual

MAD MAN OR FREEMAN

If your message solves problems, they’ll come looking for you in the wilderness. He would’ve been in his late twenties to thirty years of age and he unlocked so many minds. He was in the desert declaring the greatest message to come to earth. “Change the way you think, we are about to experience the… Continue reading MAD MAN OR FREEMAN

Business, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Leadership, Motivation

SETTING ON A NEW VENTURE

Bigger, Bolder, Brighter Every now and again you have to change directions, wipe the slate clean and reset. Our journey is long, our quest is noble, our loyalties are fixed. We have but one Master and our God given conscience leads us into the unknown. It’s in the unknown we discover something truly remarkable about… Continue reading SETTING ON A NEW VENTURE

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?

Smart City Perth

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

Character, Influence, Leadership, Smart City Perth, Spiritual

Ultimatums have a short life span

Quirky things that shape us We sat on a park bench discussing the affairs of the organisation and I shared my concerns. He was being polite and understanding to a point. He then goes on to say words to this effect “You’ve only dealt with the nice side of me to this point” It was… Continue reading Ultimatums have a short life span

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)

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

The ocean is vast – Lets break the fishbowl

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

Character, Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Do the people belong to the corporation 24/7 ?

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 ?

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Local Government & Roulette Tables

"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

Influence, Leadership, Smart City Perth

‘Minister for happiness’

‘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’

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Governments will have to adapt to the futurists

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Minds disrupted to the possibilities of creating a global city with a social conscience

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Dear Australian citizen

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

We are weary of your rhetoric

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Smart City Perth – Stumbling into purpose

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Engineers are terrible Shepherds

When designing a Smart City, who brings all the soft sciences together? not Engineers. Engineers are often brilliant in a silo environment, like mad scientists, they thrive on creating possibilities. The shepherd (facilitator) isn't threatened nor absorbed by the process of invention. Shepherds have the ability to bring the team together and keep the overall… Continue reading Engineers are terrible Shepherds

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

Make managers squirm at the leadership table

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

My dad’s advice handling bullies, it wasn’t for me

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

Corporate Social Responsabilty, Leadership, Smart City Perth

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

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

‘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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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.

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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?

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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?

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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?

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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

Leadership, Smart City Perth, Smart Living

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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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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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)