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WHAT IS PROGRESS?

WHAT IS PROGRESS?

The first benchmark of significance to me was a number of flip-flaps. When I could do ten flip-flaps at one time, I’d make the school’s gymnastic team. Gary Kurtz from my class did it. But I could never get to 10. I have slowly moved on from my missed benchmark of...

ADVICE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE

ADVICE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE

I was a COBOL programmer. Not a very good one, but that didn’t matter in the early 1980s. Back then, every Tuesday’s Australian newspaper featured a twenty-four-page IT section, of which many pages advertised programming and analyst positions available, with most from...

ADVICE IS LEADERSHIP

ADVICE IS LEADERSHIP

I had my own brush with Queen Elizabeth II. It was 1986, and I was running late for a meeting in Sydney. I somehow did not notice a barricade intended to block south bound traffic coming off the Cahill Expressway and heading down Macquarie Street. As I drove...

GOOD ADVICE?

GOOD ADVICE?

What is good advice? Is it cheap advice? Is it easy to implement advice? Is it advice that provides better options? Is it advice that saves time or money? Is it advice from a trusted friend? Is it advice from an algorithm that assumes you aspire, behave and resemble...

The Four Pricers

The Four Pricers

I had a coffee with a 'comparer' last week. Although busier than ever, he was bewildered by a response from a significant prospect. He had pitched an advice strategy that would have saved the prospect tens of thousands of dollars in the first twelve months of an...

Bankers becoming Advisers

Bankers becoming Advisers

For different reasons, all our kids left home once they finished school. The eldest, the family’s best writer, went west to Bathurst to study marketing. The determined actress left Australia to chase opportunities in Vancouver’s film industry. The quiet achiever and...

Under-Delegation – How to cripple an advisory firm

Under-Delegation – How to cripple an advisory firm

Know any Texans? If you have to think about it, the answer is probably no. These guys stand out. I've been there several times and have never met a timid one. In the early 1980s, I worked in a small Australian software firm founded by Bruce – a tall, lanky Texan....

The De-Brief Meeting – A Key to Build Firms Not Jobs

The De-Brief Meeting – A Key to Build Firms Not Jobs

The old fisherman with the summertime job running the rusty merry-go-round on Terrigal Beach taught me how to rig my fishing lines. He reckoned there was only one fishing knot I'd ever need – the locked half-blood knot. While my mates say I'm wasting money renewing my...

AVOIDING REAL POTENTIAL?

AVOIDING REAL POTENTIAL?

I love my vinyl record collection. It started when I discovered Electric Warrior in early ’76. The collection continues to grow despite Anna’s opinion that I’m a hoarder. Regular vinyl still beats the best digital sound – vinyl is so much bigger, brighter and better....

The Value is Within

The Value is Within

I reckon Shaftesbury Avenue was one of Australia's greatest weight-for-age horses. Although dominated in handicapped races of the early 1990s by another great horse, Super Impose, I have always believed Shaftesbury was a better horse. I'm biased. My Godfather – Jimmy...

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