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Day 3 of the company directors course, and we had a superb facilitator, Peter Fitzpatrick, who has loads of experience, and even better, is a well versed and highly competent at providing it. He kept us engaged all day. Quite a skill. We’re 60% of the way through, and it’s a weekend, so I can take...
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Day Two of the Company Directors Course was about the duties and responsibilities of Directors, and the legal environment. It was a drier day in many respects than day one, not only because the wintry rain abated. Much of the day was spent delving into such matters as the fiduciary duties of directors, recent test...
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I’m back at school again, this time on the student side, for the first time in 18 years. Day one of the AICD Company Directors Course has just ended, and I’m going to blog my thoughts and take aways each day, so this will be the first of 5 such posts…  The CDC course involves 10...
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The phony war is over, the real war has begun. On Friday, the first official day of campaigning started with those that favour UK leaving or remaining in the European Union making their opening arguments. Prime Minister Cameron, coming off a difficult week thanks to the Panama Papers and findings around his father’s money, is arguing for the country...
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OK, I know I got the whole Chris Gayle sexism thing off my chest recently, but when one of my junior cricketers yesterday was telling me how good Gayle’s recent 12-ball 50 was (… hopefully his final innings at the Big Bash), I had to take issue. Did his team win that game, I asked? Err…...
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For the past 55 years, every Australia Day, the ‘Australian of the Year’ is announced, usually by the Prime Minister in a ceremony outside Parliament House. It’s become a major occasion, and is televised. The Award was originally designed to bring some deeper meaning and a focal point to Australia Day itself. These days the...
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Last week I spoke about catastrophe theory, and the way things can go belly up pretty quickly, from a seemingly impregnable position. It can happen in business (think Kodak, Blockbuster, Australia Post..) and sport (countless examples – including the French golfer who blew up in the last at Carnoustie in 1999). It can happen in...
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There’s no doubt that most of business, sport and life generally is played in the mind. What fascinates me are those moments of madness, when what has gone before is seemingly irrelevant, and pressure leads to craziness. Take the incredible implosion of French golfer Jean van de Velde at the last hole of the British...
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For the fourth time, TED has come to town, or rather ‘TEDx’ – the independently organised TED event run by volunteers. As always, it was a sell out. I made it down by tea time to hear the last 3 speakers, and the chat around the Concert Hall was of another terrific day, full of eclectic...
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On the 100th anniversary of the Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers last year, Chairman and former MD Michael Chaney was asked what measures he used to decide on acquiring another company. “I use the Three S’s as a guide,” said Mr Chaney,”and they are: Synergy, Strategic and Someone else will do it. If anyone uses these words, then I am not buying!” Management...
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