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A sign above my desk says ‘if you’ve never made a mistake, you’ve never made a decision‘, which I like not just because of the clever use of double negative, but more due to the dig it gives to those who cannot get off the fence or those who tend to over analyse or even lampoon others for...
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It was a wintry English day in late 1988, and I took my A-Level class to the Westminster Hall in London for an Economics conference. On the bill was the the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasurer) John Smith, but he could not make it on the day, so his very young looking 35 year old parliamentary private...
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I enjoy mixing with startup people; and I’ve been catching up with quite a few recently, a meeting here, a cup of coffee there, a presentation somewhere else. So it got me to thinking about the top 10 tips I’d pass on to anyone contemplating a startup… 1. PROBLEM: Focus on the problem you are solving –...
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I am reading ‘Startup Nation‘, which tells the story of Israel’s tech startup community – 3,500 or more companies. An incredible number considering a population of 7 million. On this measure Perth should have about 1,000 or so. Maybe it does. A report published last September put it at 200, but this might only be...
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Run every business like a startup … the secret is how to keep that buzz, hunger and excitement going. Too many businesses are just dead boring. Going through the motions. Budgets and meetings. Political workplaces. Them and us. The thrill has gone. The edge has gone. It was there at the beginning, why must it...
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Last night I attended a GMA event on ‘Leading Boards’ with Michael Chaney, Margaret Sears and Michael Smith – each have extensive Board experience, here are my notes: Chaney: putting a Board together has become more of a serious business usually there is a full search process, with a skills matrix showing gaps that need...
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I felt better that I got that off my chest yesterday, so here’s another bug bear. “I’m sorry, I didn’t have the time“. No excuse. Ever! You mean you did not prioritise and make time. You thought something else was more important, which may be true, so at least be honest and say that. That’s...
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Many moons ago in a former job on a different continent I remember seeing a circus performer give an electrifying ad lib performance to a school assembly, involving several of the students there assembled. During the mayhem, he looked up and said “if any of yers see a job for a company that talks about...
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I like clouds – they are amazing things. I can stare at them for hours, lying on my back in a field or out the window of a plane flying through and above them. White and fluffy, and making all our weather work. * insert Day Dream sequence here! * Few hours later… a chance conversation  with...
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For the past two decades, I have driven digital transformation and led change at various innovative companies, obtaining strong results.

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