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Nothing worse than seeing someone step into roles they’re not suited to. It’s often the case when someone gets that promotion and they become miserable. To some, a promotion may end up being a demotion of the soul. They’ve gone from something they’re great at to the unfortunate mismatch of the square peg trying to fit a round hole. There’s no shame in loving what we do and being the best at… Read More

Unhealthy habits begin when we get stifled and we look for immediate gratification Long term goals can get exhausting, like planning for your retirement at 30 years of age; or your job and relationships are just a repeat unconscious actions. Unhealthy habits form to replace nature’s endorphins. Boredom & Rockbottom have two things in common 1. They both become difficult to recognise the self halm we do Addictive habits form that produce… Read More

Some people remind me of balloons, you can pump them up easily but they deflate just as easy, why? We’ve been trapped by marketing trends and the expectations of others, rather than run our own race. Get rid of doing anything seasonal, break every rule and get motivated and I’ll tell you why? Motivation is simply a willingness to do something. It has very little to do with outside circumstances and all… Read More

Wether it’s a Business Chamber, Sports Association, Tree Hugging Society or Faith Group, there is an art to creating a sustainable community. In September 2019, I was asked to be the CEO of a business chamber that has been in existence since 1968. With a strong history of business and political punch, the Chamber had lost its zest. If it wasn’t for a handful of sponsors that really had no need for… Read More

HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL

Ancient Proverb ‘All roads lead to Rome’ or all paths lead to the same goal. The sickest souls on earth are those who fight against their conscience in order to gain something that is not real. The modern digital roads take us to places Ancient Rome couldn’t even conceive. Centuries later when the Medieval Templar launched in search of the Holy Grail, had they seen the internet; surely it would be the… Read More

The delusion that being busy is being effective. Wether it’s a world pandemic or personal crisis, we all end up against the wall of self reflection. More often than not we don’t like what we see, blaming the crisis or circumstances for our discontent. The only place the sun shines more than any place on earth is the desert. The very notion that happiness should follow us wherever we go has is… Read More

Friendship

If our friends don’t grow us and add to community, they are hidden weeds, not wholesome friends. I’ve cleared a patch of good soil in my front yard, preparing for a new garden. Within two weeks uninvited weeds are trying to make their home in the well developed soil. Fair-weathered friends appear out of nowhere. Many families and communities get destroyed by these fair-weathered friends. They always appear when the hard work… Read More

Casual Friday – For city Folk, it means not wearing a tie, for us, it’s a little bit more relaxed. What does an XCOP, XCRIM and an XPREACHER have in common? I often catch up with my oldest friend Mario on Fridays, we shoot the breeze and enjoy coffees at the beach. It’s good to disrupt our routine from time to time I felt to take to Mario to Shalom House, no… Read More

Clash of two worlds I watched this homeless man take a seat at the head of the table at Times Square and he just sat there watching the world go by. Joan Osborne’s song ‘One of us’ came to mind as I watched the world go by with him. ~ What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us Just a stranger on the bus Tryin’ to… Read More

Plan like you’ll live forever, live like it’s your last breath. It may sound morbid but I’ve always been fascinated by funerals, even taking photos with my vintage Agfa 35mm Camera back in the seventies at a family burial. I’m surprised no one stopped me and thought it may have been distasteful. Maybe they to saw the value of capturing moments in time like physical death that is irreversible. As I got… Read More

I raced my dog on a track and field and he didn’t stay in his lane, he just raced all over the field having fun. Then the thought occurred to me ‘The day I stopped running in the fictional white lines painted by my previous task masters was the day I discovered a new world’ I’m all for boundaries set by my creator, moral law, integrity. I can assure you, they are… Read More

Don’t judge a book by its cover The Lyndon-James’s family understand Social Capital at its finest I started hearing about this guy called Peter Lyndon-James some time ago and didn’t think much of it, just another story of a guy that went from the dark side to a fanatical religious side of life, or so I assumed. Having a real fascination for philanthropy and its purist form drew me to Peter time… Read More

While travelling in India, one of my favorite teachings came to life while walking through a fishing village. Jesus the itinerant and his first message I was reminded of the first public message over 2000 years ago and the setting we have of Jesus’s itinerant ministry. History described him as one who walked among those that lived in darkness. When he came on the scene, it was like the dawn had arrived… Read More

When they give you an ultimatum, they lose   My encounter with a bully that equipped me to deal with other bullies We sat on a park bench discussing the affairs of the organisation and I shared my concerns. He was being polite and understanding to a point. He then goes on to say words to this effect “You’ve only dealt with the nice side of me to this point” It was a… Read More

Nothing makes a troll feel better than tarnishing your character as they create an unreal image of their power in your mind. It’s no different to the classroom or workplace bully. If you’re in the public space, let’s face it, you’ve become a target of Chucky, the undeveloped mind. Chucky is an undeveloped creature who only appears at night and when you’re vulnerable. Chucky unsettles every area of your life because we… Read More

What will you build in your lifetime? A man had two sons and he assigned each of them to build a house for themselves in a tired old town that showed prospect. It appeared to be a good investment for their future. The time came for the father to inspect what each son had built. He visited the first son who built his house on top of the hill overlooking the town… Read More

I’m glad some people never retire I Just finished a great conversation with a semi-retired teacher/ educator who’s been doing her work for over forty five years Interesting observations through her eyes. 1. The world has changed so much and children aren’t being prepared for life. 2. Teachers get worn out by the system and the children get left behind 3. Government is way too slow to recognise the issues let alone… Read More

King Solomon ~ “There is an evil I have seen under the sun, Kings and rulers make grave mistakes when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth”. I can understand parts of the world where autocratic rule and nepotism becomes the burden of the state. I can’t understand how free states with the democratic power to determine our own destiny gets derailed; unless we… Read More

The moment you walk in, it’s evident wether you’re welcome or not. Picture of John Stefanelli Senior sharing some wisdom with young leaders. I thought it would be good to have one of the founders of the Swan Chamber of Commerce some forty years earlier to give young people a taste of what it’s like to birth ideas that last decades. Leaders that walk the walk and talk the talk. John spoke… Read More

Boxer walks around a construction site with a sense of urgency and purpose, like name like character. Boxer is one of those rare people that reminds me of the marble in a paint can, when the can is shaken the paint mixes well because of the marble. Guys like Boxer bring order to urgency as he challenges men sixty years younger than him to work ethically and not cut corners. I’ve heard… Read More

Updated June 2020 and the positive narrative continues. Seven years on and it’s still happening, wholesome leaders empowering people to build amazing structures in Perth’s high-rise horizon. pic taken at Langley Park nurturing good mental health and suicide awareness, a Hanssen campaign ‘run for a friend ;’ September 2018, I concluded a five year personal challenge to make a difference in the building industry within my sphere of influence. I was invited… Read More

The razor edge of authority Authority is likened to the razor edge of a surgeons scalpel and the two razor edges of a warriors sword. The scalpel- Knowing when to use the scalpel by mentoring others and surgically removing the cancers that eat away at a persons life. The two edged sword – Knowing when to strategically attack when the threat of an enemy approaches. The inexperienced leader will often use a… Read More

run for a friend ; Run for a friend ; is an idea that was fostered out of a tragedy when my youngest daughter shared that a close friend of hers took her own life. My daughter and I discussed how we can make Beth’s short-lived life count and decided to launch ‘run for a friend ;’. The semicolon has become symbolic of suicide survivors, meaning individuals put a pause in their… Read More

I pray you go through life with minimal regrets.  I’ve thought of ten standout life regrets that have helped define my new found passion and renewal of life. They are forever forging convictions and attitudes in me like solid foundations to build an even greater life. I walk through life on purpose, a man on a mission that will not be deterred. I’ve been very fortunate to achieve everything I’ve imagined (few… Read More

Looking for significance rather than job security. I’ve known Chris for over two decades and our paths have passed in recent years through the amazing world of social media. For years I had the privilege of using vehicles like Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram, sending out daily messages in the hope of challenging the audience to fight the temptation of mediocrity. I endeavoured to the best of my ability to live a life… Read More

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