The world will not end through the efforts of Donald J. Trump. I know it’s popular right now amongst a portion of the world’s population to think that he will start World War III because he is confronting the leader of North Korea. If the manner of his remarks were less inflammatory and couched more diplomatically, then we might think it’s less, as one person put it in conversation at a business leaders’ meeting, “two naughty boys in the playground!” and more the sensible, rational efforts of a nation seeking to squelch what is essentially a mafia-style dictator who happily kills his own brother and would happily turn nukes on his neighbours. (more…)
The current citizenship obsession within the Australian Government is a case of policy and process destabilising performance. The Coalition Party clearly needed to do more to prevent these dual citizenships from cropping up as problems, but given that never, in the history of Australian Federal Politics, has this been made an issue, one could understand their lack of internal scrutiny.
More importantly, this debacle is being used to destabilise government for its own sake, rather than to do anything that remotely impinges on the effectiveness of our government. Not one of the people caught in this trap has demonstrated affiliative influence related to their “other” citizenship. They have been Australian by birth, upbringing and intent.
The Opposition has been feeling secure in its own vetting processes, but has held back on calling for full audits because they may well be wringing their hands now and saying, “What if one of us was granted citizenship by right of birth and by decree of a foreign government, without us even knowing it?” Because that is what is happening with a number of these individuals.
Time to put a stop to this nonsense and for the High Court to rule that despite having a dual citizenship, there is clearly no intent to deceive or defraud the Commonwealth on the part of these individuals and that they should simply take steps to comply with legislation and/or formally and publicly renounce their external citizenship within a reasonable time, if so deemed necessary, but that they may continue meanwhile in the roles to which they were duly elected.
In other words, how about some common sense for the sake of our nation?!
Join me this Monday Night at the Rotary Club, Hillarys, when I speak on “Beyond Leadership – Serving With Heart”.
The evening commences with arrivals at 6:30 pm at Hillarys Yacht Club, followed by the formal part of the evening with my presentation and then dinner, networking and I’m sure great discussions and conversations. You can contact the Club through their website at http://rotaryclubofhillarys.org.au/contact_us to book.
I’ll be speaking on the secrets to supercharging leadership, performance and success through the principle and attitude of service – a long-neglected trait – that I’ve seen through my research, life experiences, leadership in multiple industries and organisations and leaders I’ve worked with, good and bad, around the world! This is a very different approach to business and organisational success that speaks to underlying life truths.
It will surprise you, inspire you and give you concrete actions you can apply the next day.
This Sunday, October 29, I’ll be running the True Grit course in the SouthWest of Western Australia, in Newlands. It’s a military-style obstacle course run over 12 kms. I’ve been working up to the event for a few months, training and fundraising. It is apparently very popular – enough so that accommodation in every nook and cranny in the surrounding areas has been fully booked out for up to 12 months. (more…)
I was commenting to an organisation the other day that often people know what they want for their business – they want to raise profit, have enthusiastic staff, get better customers, provide good service, be at the forefront of their industries, develop and deliver a certain product, improve results, etc. – and often why they want it, but they just don’t know how to make it happen well.
That’s true of both low and high performers. In fact, the higher the performers are, the more aware they are that they need help in order to perform highly or at even higher levels. They need expert insight, independent and objective observation, external perspectives, ideas and energy.
That’s why I don’t just work turnarounds, but work with already exceptional people and organisations to create further growth.
Don’t just tell your people what to do. Show them how!
Amazingly, my local Dymocks Bookstore (who are a great bunch) have got a hold of Australian Rock Legend Jimmy Barnes for a book-signing for his new memoirs, to be held Friday morning November 10.
“How did you get him?” I asked the ladies.
“It was really hard. We had the opportunity. Lots and lots of phone calls. I can hardly believe it – won’t believe it until I see him sitting there!” said one of the family who owns and runs the store.
Persistence can pay off, even in my end of the world!
Barnes would have a fascinating story, I’m sure. I’m interested in Jimmy more because he has a child with cerebral palsy, as I do, (superannuated rock stars we already have in the family – Dad) and how he has coped with that given his fame and undeniable musical success.
Anyway, it’s impressive that even this very small business can get a hold of a megastar like Jimmy Barnes (and I believe he’s visiting some of their other stores in Perth). In a day and age of rapidly closing bookstores around the world, this family’s bookstores continue to thrive because they keep putting in special efforts like this. A great lesson for anyone.
If you’re in the area, drop on by Dymocks Ellenbrook on the 10th and pick up a copy of his book, signed by the “Working Class Man” himself. I’ll be there singing along with everyone else, too!
Bravo to the Scholars and Fellows of St George’s College at the University of Western Australia. This past Sunday, my wife and I joined a crowd of over 150, crammed into the Hogwarts-like Dining Hall at St George’s, by the beautiful Swan River. With its elegant stonework, wood panelling, stain glass windowed bay, and stunning wooden arched vaulted ceiling, it’s a rare treasure in Perth.
There, we enjoyed numerous Schubert pieces – sometimes bleak, sometimes hauntingly beautiful, sometimes vivacious and often quite surprising – by talented older musicians and the younger ones they mentor. The enjoyment was enhanced by the elegant setting and the more intimate environment, rather than a large concert venue.
Astonishingly, Schubert died at the age of 31, yet wrote a huge array of brilliant songs and pieces for a wide variety of instruments and groupings. What a talent! And no internet to prod it. Who would have thought ? 🙂
We were able to hear the amazing Paul Wright on the violin, whom I’ve not heard for decades since my family enjoyed his brilliant association with the Ukrainian Kashtany Group in Perth. Raymond Yong delighted us both with his light touch, yet definitive and driving performances on the bright and sumptuous sound of the Fazioli piano. Louise McKay impressed on the cello (which recalled to my wife her joy playing as a youth). I enjoyed the rendition of Ave Maria (which I recall singing for my brother’s wedding) sung by Brooke McKnight. And we were impressed all around by the skill and musicianship of the other young students we heard, all of whom are now studying music. It was a joy!
Visit “Music at St George’s” here at https://musicatstgeorges.squarespace.com/. If you can, visit the gorgeous little campus for a tour of the chapel, library, dining hall, castle parapets and cozy quadrangle that manages to feel like a bastion of peace and isolation in the city and go on to support these fine musicians: There’s a piano competition coming up, which should be impressive!