Last snow of winter

Having had the experience of the last snow of winter on Perisher and some brilliant weather in Sydney at least, this morning the news reported new snow in Katoomba. Visiting the snow however it is brilliant to see how quickly young people pick up new... Read More

Marketing 101

A friend’s son who started working at McDonalds behind the counter at Thornleigh went on to work as a chef in London and is now back as chef for the leading restaurant in Sydney. So if you want to start learning about marketing their model is a good... Read More

Swiss bank accounts

On the current subject of "follow the money" as a reminder that anything is possible, one assignment the company was faced with was tracking down Australia’s then possibly number one tax defaulter. The government knew this low life who made his start... Read More

When in Rome...

With all the discussion in Australia on whether or not to ban the wearing of burqa, The American wife of a friend of mine working in Saudi says that when in that country she always goes out in a burqa since without it she would not only be stared at by... Read More

Bamboo curtain

With the current focus on terrorism in Australia, it is interesting to look at this separation of “them versus us” which has long be a taboo subject for our necessity of being politically correct. I actually started researching this while trying to... Read More

Global threats

 Now that Australia has responded to the threat of the criminal organisation ISIS, and the idea is to blow them off the planet, presumably that fixes that. There is no doubt ISIS is a criminal organisation nor is there any doubt that they need to be... Read More

The economy

There is little dispute amongst most qualified non political economists that the Australian economy is not in good shape for the long run. The main reason seems to be that Australia spent too long firstly on the sheep's back and then as a quarry for an... Read More

Confusion in country comparisons

Life get confusing. Scotland has a referendum and say it wants to pull out of the UK. Ukraine has a referendum and the Russian speakers want to pull out. The rest of the Ukrainian people don't want the Russian speakers to pull out and they fight. The... Read More

Weather proofing your business

One of the functions of a strategy consultant is to be able to look at the future and try to predict how best to handle anything which could be thrown at you. A bit like when I attended Military Staff College although I can’t say they always got it right... Read More

Benefits of longevity

A benefit of longevity is that one can objectively review the past and see where mistakes have been made. Not a pacifist, I was not against involvement in the Vietnam War but at Duntroon at the time, went along with the military’s advice to the... Read More