Do you have a best “Pain-in-the-A” friend?

My very dearest best friend of some twenty years periodically reminds me: “I love you dearly, but you are a real “pain-in-the-A at times.” Perhaps you think I should be offended? In fact, I’m not! I’m actually tickled by the compliment that she is paying me. We worked together for the first seven years or Read More


Are you fearless? How was your fearlessness achieved? Is “Just do it!” fearlessness or stupidity? It makes me nervous when I see the rampant usage of “fearless” in various advertising campaigns. It’s not confined to promotion of extreme sports or adventurous activities. There are universities that promote the idea that “Fearless begins here!” Now I Read More

The key characteristics of an economy

George W Adair (1823 – 1899):  “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” It’s been said often that the “most successful” people are those with the greatest confidence and greatest ignorance. While I don’t subscribe to this generalisation about success, it’s important people understand that capitalist economies thrive or wither on Read More

The Monster in the room…

Remember: “Mushrooms prosper by being kept in the dark and fed manure!” Within the context of genetics and the environment within a mother’s womb, a baby when born is the most perfect human that it can be within the parameters surrounding its conception, womb development and birth. Birth places a child on the starting blocks Read More

Leading from where?

Imagine you… yes, YOU… being told the following in a one-on-one discussion by a senior executive person in a large organisation. “We’re really pleased to have you as part of this new team, which is going to make great transformational change within this business. It’s going to be fantastic and I know you are excited Read More

S/he’ll grow into it!

Have you been a parent? If you have, then I’m sure you’ll have recollections of visits by grandparents or other relatives or friends who haven’t seen your children for some time. Invariably they bring gifts for your child, having spent considerable time prior to their visit agonisingly reflecting about how big they expect your child Read More

Division of labour

Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”         Thomas Edison: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Are there still people around you who believe Henry Ford invented the motor car? I remember in my youth there were such people and they were Read More