Monday, September 30, 2019

Redemption? In the time of polictical correctness?

The Marlion Pickett Family

Our Australian Papers are filled with the story of Marlion Pickett, a footballer who achieved greatness by playing his first game of AFL Football in a winning Grand Final side...

But where ould the story be if he came from out current PC world?? Pickett is from a disadvantaged background, spent time in prison and didn't get a chance to shine until in his late 20's. What is more, he gives his success to overcoming the adversities that life through at him... and the popular press is lapping it up.

But if he was from a progressive left leaning community he would not have learned the pain of losing [ hey, the goalposts have been removed so they don't even keep score ] he wouldn't have spent time in prison [Oh he would be free to roam and do shit because "it wasn't his fault!"]

My thoughts are that life has and will continue to be about overcoming hurdles and setbacks... if we remove all of those you won't learn resilience or fortitude... we are being run by snowflakes who want everything to be like the lollipop world of rainbows.

Unfortunately, I have to apologise for having an opinion OR NOT.

[Why the strange spelling for Marlion - the added i is to distance him from his past!]

Sunday, September 29, 2019

100 compromises

by Seth Godin
Bit by bit, this is how we ended up with our organization, our job, our life.
It’s impossible to move forward without them.
And so we compromise on schedule, or quality, or on the pace of our days. We compromise on our standards, on our expectations and on what matters right now.
You can’t produce without compromises.
The question is: What would happen if you only had 98 of them?
The difference between extraordinary performance and average performance is simply in the last two compromises.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Business 101

Debt Shark

I am feeling the effects of a business transition gone wrong... my succession plan has become a casualty of the ever changing times in which we live.

Many years [ about 12 ish! ] of building a business was destroyed [ the vale of it] with Donald Trump's first venture in to foreign policy - his first visit was to Saudi Arabia and he asked them to pick sides and the sides picked pushed our host country into an alliance with Iran and with all the noise currently I think that will get worse before it gets better. [ People on the ground said it would fix in 6 weeks nearly 2 years ago - and that was before drone strikes on the Saudi Oil Fields ]

So what to do??

One of the strategies I have followed was to have all accumulated assets in someone else's [ the wife ] name so risk didn't mean losing everything. However, that has some strange "unexpected" consequences. Coffee becomes a decision when you are relying on cash flow to fund it but $10k's is just a computer click away... a speeding ticket [8ks over in a 60 zone by a hidden camera in a "open stretch" ] arrives in someone else's name and your integrity is questioned... it was just a fine - no points but Business 101 is to have no personal assets so that mistakes don't cost you your safe haven.

I understand that something you didn't incur, the person getting the fine, for example, is annoying BUT I have difficulty with the attached judgement sent my way... maybe I should never exceed any speed limit but seriously 8 k is a rounding issue and the fine is just taxation by stealth.

So my rant today is not about the blowback but that if you are in business, put your personal assets out of reach because the system attacks you because it can. A public servant [ don't fight Government because they normally win and when they lose nobody but you loses ]  who makes errors doesn't put his house on the line everyday!

An interesting aside... most people chased by debt collectors used to have EXCELLENT credit ratings until the wheels fell off [ and from personal experience ] often from NOT their fault.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Rules for work and life

Rules for Work and Life[Stephen A Schwarzman]

It's as easy to do something big as it is to do something small, so reach for a fantasy worthy of your pursuit, with rewards commensurate to your effort


The best executives are made, not born. They never stop learning. Study the people and organisations in your life that have had enormous success. They offer a free course from the real world to help you improve.


Write or call the people you admire, and ask for advice. You never know who will be willing to meet with you. You may end up learning something important or form a connection you can leverage for the rest of your life. Meeting people in life creates unusual bonds.


There is nothing more interesting to people than their own problems. Think about what others are dealing with, and try and come up with ideas to help them. almost anyone, however senior or important, is receptive to new ideas provided they are thoughtful.


Every business is a closed, integrated system with a set of distinct ut interrelated parts. Great managers understand how each part works on its own and in relation to all the others.

Information is the most important asset in business. The more you have the bigger your advantage!

Only take a job that provides you with a steep learning curve and training is provided.


Impressions matter. Things like being on time, be authentic, be prepared and look the part.


No one, regardless of how smart, can solve every problem


people usually focus on their own problems when the answer usually lies in fixing someone else's problem.

Monday, September 16, 2019

More right

More right

Seth Godin
There are at least seven realistic ways to get from my home near New York to a meeting in Washington DC. None of them is wrong. Each offers its own advantage in terms of resilience, speed, cost or hassle.
And so, we can’t choose based on this is right and those are wrong. The only useful construct is to consider our priorities and find the route with the best combination of trade-offs.
Waiting for perfect is a never-ending game.
And the comfort of totally right vs. totally wrong is elusive.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The high cost of a little bit sooner

The high cost of a little bit sooner

Seth Godin
As the news cycle has trained us to find out results the moment they happen (or sometimes, as polling promises, before they happen), it’s easy to lose track of a simple truth:
There’s a sweet spot between knowing with certainty at a low price (yesterday’s weather report is free) and guessing with a bit of a head start at a huge price (insider trading information).
When we’re anxious, we spend too much time and thus too much money trying to hurry up what we’re about to find out anyway.
A deep breath is usually a better plan.


Friday, September 06, 2019

The true cost of customer response

The true cost of customer response

Seth Godin

“Your call is very important to us.”
If you hear that, it means someone is not just lying, but also isn’t good at arithmetic.
Your company spends $6 on digital ads to get a click, and one in a hundred clicks leads to an inquiry. Which means that every inquiry sitting in the queue cost you $600. Inquiries are a bit like cronuts, in that they go stale quickly. Waiting an extra day to get back to just one person probably costs you more than the entire day’s salary of a customer service salesperson.
Your company spends $2,000 a day on rent for its showroom. And you paid that rent (along with all of those ads) for a month before John walks into the store. The uninterested, undertrained, under-compensated salesperson is finishing up a personal call, John gets bored and leaves. That (non) interaction cost you $20,000.
Jon, the reservationist, is overwhelmed by incoming calls, and he’s snippy when a regular calls for a table this Saturday night. So the patron, rebuffed and feeling disrespected, goes to a different restaurant, loves it, and never returns. Let’s see–10 business dinners a year at $200 including tip and wine–you can do the math.
“You can do the math,” while true, is rarely followed up by, “I did the math.”

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The minimizing coin

The minimizing coin

Seth Godin

If your habit is to clear your throat, apologize a few times, minimize the quality of the work you’re about to share and in general, apologize for the assertions you’re about to make…
you probably realize that this is not an effective way to give a talk, lead a class or have a strategic discussion.
Consider carrying a coin in your pocket, one that’s large, or in a foreign currency.
Every time you feel like you need to minimize your contribution, simply stop and turn the coin over. You can count that as your obligation fulfilled.
And then you can get back to work.
[This isn’t simply an analogy. It actually works.]

Monday, September 02, 2019

Where did you leave the buggy?

Strange things you see on an early morning walk!

Kids Buggy

What do people think when they steal [ well if you owned the buggy would you just leave it here? ] a child's buggy. Last time I checked these things were worth $1000 new but not much second had because who uses second-hand stuff for babies??

Second hand or hand me down shops for kids stuff don't succeed well in 2019 when new is the only option for the "little darlings"

So, on my walks, I often see really expensive stuff abandoned by either thieves or indulgent parents - I suspect abandoned by thieves
... the item isn't usually there the next morning so I am left wondering... how about you?


Sunday, September 01, 2019

“Don’t pee in the pool”

“Don’t pee in the pool”

by Seth Godin

For generations, people dumped crap into the Hudson River. The river was so large and so swift that they assumed that the effluent wouldn’t come back to haunt them.
Of course, it did, killing the oyster beds and poisoning the public.
How big does a body of water have to be before we forget that we’re swimming in it? That it all comes around…
Why are we are okay at yelling at a stranger, but not our neighbour? We will abuse the department in the other building, but not down the hall…
It turns out that the pool/river/tub that we live in is far smaller than it seems. The culture of the place we work, the vibe of the community where we live. It’s all more connected than we realize.