Don’t make the mistake of fighting the future

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: |

The future is a scary place. The internet might destroy our industries. Robots might take our jobs. So much of human existence is about control. We yearn for control. It dominates the way we manage [...]

Why you must start planning for retirement immediately

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

Anyone who’s planning to rely on the pension to fund their retirement is making a big mistake. Don’t take my word for it – just look at the hard demographic facts. Australia’s population is ageing. [...]

Birthdays: the global delusion

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|

Is it your birthday today? If so, don’t expect me to wish you happy birthday, because I’m not happy about it. That’s not to say I’m upset it’s your birthday. I’m just not happy about [...]

Why your company is (almost certainly) going to die

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: |

After years of procrastinating, I finally read Only the Paranoid Survive, the business classic written by former Intel boss Andy Grove. It put me in a reflective mood. The main theme of Grove’s book, which [...]

How to score free publicity for your business

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

It might seem unlikely, but every SME is capable of attracting media coverage – provided you follow a few common-sense rules. During my years as a journalist, I gave free publicity to hundreds of businesses [...]

Don’t be a customer-centric idiot

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

The research is in: people who speak plain English are considered smarter than those who use corporate bullshit. In a nice coincidence, I discovered this research soon after reading a stupendously awful strategy statement from [...]

Our debt binge will trigger a nasty hangover

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: |

I really, really, really hope I’m wrong, but I fear this will end badly for many, many, many people. Too many people have borrowed too much money to buy homes that were priced too high. [...]

Why a corrupt politician can teach us a lot about business

By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

Three cheers for Eddie Obeid! There’s a guy who knew how to make money. Ironic exclamation marks aside, honest businesspeople really could learn a lot from the Sultan of Shonk. Have you ever wondered how [...]

In which I serve up foot-long portions of truth

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Blogging|Tags: , |

For almost 20 years, I’ve been waging a fierce battle over the English language with a giant multinational company. My enemy has been Subway and we’ve been fighting about a seemingly insignificant five-letter word. I [...]