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XCOP, XCRIM, XPREACHER have a common thread (Lesson 41) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading XCOP, XCRIM, XPREACHER have a common thread (Lesson 41) 90 day challenge

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Was it Black Jesus at Times Square? (Lesson 43) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Was it Black Jesus at Times Square? (Lesson 43) 90 day challenge

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I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND (Lesson 45) 90 day challenge

"I am just a grain of sand" During my visit in Manhattan, New York I'm asking random unsuspecting people big questions about themselves and society. From the homeless, business people, lawyers, producers and this guy. A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m sitting in the foyer of the hotel and couldn’t help but take… Continue reading I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND (Lesson 45) 90 day challenge

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There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute (Lesson 46) 90 day challenge

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 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 saw the value… Continue reading There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute (Lesson 46) 90 day challenge

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True freedom seems frightening (Lesson 47) 90 day challenge

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’… Continue reading True freedom seems frightening (Lesson 47) 90 day challenge

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Don’t judge a book by its cover (Lesson 48) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Don’t judge a book by its cover (Lesson 48) 90 day challenge

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Dealing with a Social Media Troll (Lesson 52) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Dealing with a Social Media Troll (Lesson 52) 90 day challenge

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An old Greek parable for entrepreneurs (Lesson 53) 90 day challenge

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.… Continue reading An old Greek parable for entrepreneurs (Lesson 53) 90 day challenge

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Australian Migrants Rock

Children of unskilled, unlearned and non English speaking migrants 51 years today, 16th April 2019 My parents arrived at the Fremantle docks with all their woes and sorrows of poverty, civil war and hopelessness into the arms of a country that gave them a chance. My brother ended up getting two degrees, maths and music… Continue reading Australian Migrants Rock

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Teachers Rock, I know, I married one

I'm glad some people never retireI 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… Continue reading Teachers Rock, I know, I married one

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Governments and a Cartels? (Lesson 54) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Governments and a Cartels? (Lesson 54) 90 day challenge

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Perth, Sky’s the limit – A City Change within our reach

The anchor of a city is the promise it gives. Reshaping, rebuilding to fully appreciate what's in our midst. 100,000 more residents, students and tourists filling the Perth CBD void, which is required to create an enviable vibrant global city. Perth is Safe, Clean and open for business. What some call a boring City is… Continue reading Perth, Sky’s the limit – A City Change within our reach

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The prison bars aren’t the inhibitor (Lesson 55) 90 day challenge

I was privileged to speak to about fifty young men aged between eighteen and thirty in a Perth prison along with prison officers and the prison director. I also had a couple of construction site managers. an x-police officer and an indigenous leader come along for the ride. These young prisoners are incredibly intuitive and… Continue reading The prison bars aren’t the inhibitor (Lesson 55) 90 day challenge

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Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons

I know nothing about prisons, the workings of a criminal mind or how the systems of incarceration facilities operate to minimise recidivism. What I do know is, we can dramatically change the current outcomes by introducing a consciousness of moral law. An intelligent young man living on the streets. I bought him breakfast in exchange… Continue reading Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons

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Off the beaten track for future leaders (Lesson 58) 90 day challenge

There is something disturbing about the silence of an unchartered track, especially when we make the shift from the safe path to the unknown. While most people can get frustrated by routine, rarely will they give it up in order to explore possibilities. The day we launch our new business and open the doors, the… Continue reading Off the beaten track for future leaders (Lesson 58) 90 day challenge

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The Job is the boss (Lesson 59) 90 day challenge

I had a catch up with the General Manager of Hanssen Construction just before Christmas and he gives me a gift, my now new coffee cup that I use each morning. Reminding me that 'The Job is the Boss' What job? I heard this term some years ago when attending manager site meetings on various… Continue reading The Job is the boss (Lesson 59) 90 day challenge

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The beauty of ageing gracefully and refusing to worry

2018 greeted me with a series of medical checks My glasses are thicker, I had my first rear tooth mola removed and then things get a little more intense. Mid year I welcomed a five inch scar along my lower spine after a procedure to remove a malignant melanoma and to finish off the year,… Continue reading The beauty of ageing gracefully and refusing to worry

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Two years off the Social Media grid (Lesson 60) 90 day challenge

How many would close a business because it's going too well? Hardly, however there are some things more important than popularity. For me it's the validation of authenticity and no one can answer that but ourselves. There is nothing I hate worse than forever talking about yesterday's victories, we must be current in our victories… Continue reading Two years off the Social Media grid (Lesson 60) 90 day challenge

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A Construction Chaplain’s approach to a Muslim new convert

As a Chaplain to one Australia's largest high rise construction companies, represented by hundreds of workers from over 60 nationalities, my role was stealth until a need arose. (Run for a friend ; was a suicide awareness campaign we rolled out over a period time to help people open up about their struggles) The following… Continue reading A Construction Chaplain’s approach to a Muslim new convert

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Not quite a cathedral but you have to have vision

It was a privilege to connect my old Pastor friend of 38 years with my my first boss, my cousin from my teenage years, to reignite life to this old reception centre in the city of Swan. This building on the corner of Great Northern Highway and Toodyay Road, Middle Swan was full of life… Continue reading Not quite a cathedral but you have to have vision

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A father’s heart is integral to a city’s fabric, not just a father’s paycheque

In a world riddled with uncertainty, the fabric of society is held together not by mortar alone. Connectivity and safety in society cannot be drummed into our boys with anti bully slogans or the threat of discipline from a heartless system. Our girls ought to feel safe without thinking twice. A father's heart raises the… Continue reading A father’s heart is integral to a city’s fabric, not just a father’s paycheque

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Building tomorrows cities with social justice (love) at its core

Love is a word least likely to appear in a building contract or a developers feasibility, yet love guarantees sustainability. Having spent the past forty years of my career in family business, the not for profit and the property sector, I'm convinced 'Love is what keeps us together' Love, compassion, mercy and justice are the… Continue reading Building tomorrows cities with social justice (love) at its core

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Compassion fatigue sets in when we don’t have an off button

We must acknowledge the end of a season and reflect on how good that season was, otherwise we'll miss the whole point of compassion. Making a difference comes in seasons There's a time to sow and there's a time to reap, smart people know the difference and there's definitely a time to let the soil… Continue reading Compassion fatigue sets in when we don’t have an off button

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Smart doctor taking a torch to his local golf course at 5am

On my morning walk during a quick trip up in Karatha, Red Dog territory, I noticed a man with one golf club and a touch at 5am. I trapped him into a quick conversation, it's not everyday you see someone playing golf in the dark. He's a local doctor who shared his story. He's past… Continue reading Smart doctor taking a torch to his local golf course at 5am

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Leaders embrace the lonely path to pave the way for others

These are the individuals that capture possibilities in their imagination first as they walk towards their dreams, not even realising they awaken the sleepy conscience of everyone in their path. These types of Leaders aren't too interested in gaining a following. They are keen to unleash other leaders with a wild imagination, encouraging them to… Continue reading Leaders embrace the lonely path to pave the way for others

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When we lose touch of the masses, we become desensitised and make foolish decisions

It's a natural tendency to lose touch of the working class person or the battler the busier we get and the more reliant we become on advisors. The crowd starts to fade and the information we receive becomes generic. Generic information is how we become complacent and lose the confidence of the masses. The temptation… Continue reading When we lose touch of the masses, we become desensitised and make foolish decisions

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There’s no security in the world, only opportunity

A couple of weeks ago I woke up early and felt that I needed to honour one of Perth's elders. Only room for twelve - Keep it small and intimate I sent a text to about fifteen young leaders and invited them to hear ninety three year old John Stefanelli Senior share about his life… Continue reading There’s no security in the world, only opportunity

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Desire excellence not perfection (Lesson 70) 90 day challenge

The perfectionist struggles to experience growth for fear of failure. Always planning and seeking 99.9% in their theoretical results which makes them fail to launch in the real world. By seeking excellence we acknowledge failure is very much a part of the growing experience. Unless we are willing to fail miserably from time to time,… Continue reading Desire excellence not perfection (Lesson 70) 90 day challenge

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Even street people yearn for community – Let’s call him Bob (Lesson 69) 90 day challenge

We don't have to be rich to practice philanthropy It was 4am and I had a McDonalds breakfast in a bag hoping to find a hungry soul, breakfast in exchange for a story. His face looked familiar, the face of yet another stranger who lost their way. He was happy to share his story and… Continue reading Even street people yearn for community – Let’s call him Bob (Lesson 69) 90 day challenge

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Our community’s fabric is destroyed when Goodwill is chopped down and uprooted and replaced with codes, laws and bylaws

Choosing to be ignorant of how goodwill works in community is not an excuse. Corporate and civil social responsibility is everyone's business. You don't palm this off to some make-believe GOODWILL department or PR department. It's everyone's role to create good-will. Am I my brother's keeper? is the very first story in Judo/Christian teachings of… Continue reading Our community’s fabric is destroyed when Goodwill is chopped down and uprooted and replaced with codes, laws and bylaws

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They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites (Lesson 63) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites (Lesson 63) 90 day challenge

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Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators (Lesson 61) 90 day challenge

They show potential and the blood thirst of the economy must be fed so small business is encouraged at all costs. Modern-Day Gladiators, practicing their skills when no one is watching, waiting for the day they get a shot in the arena. The arena (THE MARKET PLACE) is packed to the brim, represented by every… Continue reading Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators (Lesson 61) 90 day challenge

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Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership

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… Continue reading Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership

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Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants

Willing to risk and jump into the unknown, we were called migrants 1968 coming towards the port of Fremantle, my mother looked at the flatness of the land, with no buildings and said to my dad, "Where are we going to find work here?" Like most migrants to Australia, they arrived from countries with ancient… Continue reading Entrepreneur – In my day we called them migrants

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A life without a CV? (Lesson 62) 90 day challenge

The moment we start writing our CV, we begin to define ourselves and I assure you that you are better than your CV, no matter how exaggerated it is.  Often a CV will try to identify qualifications, experience and character by its author and the unfortunate aspect of this is, the reader will read it… Continue reading A life without a CV? (Lesson 62) 90 day challenge

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Rubbish tip to beauty – Smart cities must reclaim urban sanctity

My childhood rubbish tip turned into a bird sanctuary with parks and gardens. I can't help but believe there's far greater ways to create urban cities that capture the holistic advantages of nature. A concrete jungle geared purely towards commerce costs far more than being nature minded as we inhabit. Suburbs have distanced many from… Continue reading Rubbish tip to beauty – Smart cities must reclaim urban sanctity

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You can’t legislate against serial bullies (Lesson 64) 90 day challenge

Get up close and personal and do it with a smile. Yes, a serial bully can change if we help them see the error of their way. They must have a change of heart, not just a change in outward behaviour. My heart races when this subject arises but it must be addressed all the… Continue reading You can’t legislate against serial bullies (Lesson 64) 90 day challenge

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Who will replace elders like John Stefanelli? Building a new city on their foundations

It takes Time, so have the long view - Develop patients with people - Have respect for nature, it's a great teacher The three gems I gleaned at the end of our conversation from John's vast business and life experience. From a wood-mill, tree plantations, cattle, fishing charters, tyres, news paper, developments, shopping centre or… Continue reading Who will replace elders like John Stefanelli? Building a new city on their foundations

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Prison Motivational Talk; Captive audience and tough love

Two years later, prisoners are on new paths because something happened that day. The room is empty and the prison guards prepare to bring in about fifty young men, average age, low twenties. These young men are in the prime of life and stuck behind walls paying back to society their time in exchange for… Continue reading Prison Motivational Talk; Captive audience and tough love

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Wretched chatter – Why I switch my phone off (Lesson 65) 90 day challenge

God does not shout to make himself heard, be still and hear God speak. Silence can be the loudest experience for some of us when our soul is not rested. We tend to busy ourselves with more chatter, more noise until a breakdown happens rather than a breakthrough. Taking photos while doing a charity drive… Continue reading Wretched chatter – Why I switch my phone off (Lesson 65) 90 day challenge

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Construction Boss called me The Chaplain (Lesson 68) 90 day challenge

Mentoring in Construction is a tough gig, Gerry was my doorway. The following is my story and intro into the high rise construction industry in Perth Western Australia through construction Boss, Gerry Hanssen. Gerry has become a friend and mutual agitator to make a difference in the lives of people and the building industry. ‘The… Continue reading Construction Boss called me The Chaplain (Lesson 68) 90 day challenge

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Razor Edge Authority (Lesson 66) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Razor Edge Authority (Lesson 66) 90 day challenge

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3500km MENTAL HEALTH DRIVE 3500km WITH MY SON

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… Continue reading 3500km MENTAL HEALTH DRIVE 3500km WITH MY SON

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Senior Detective to Construction Mentor (Lesson 67) 90 day challenge

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… Continue reading Senior Detective to Construction Mentor (Lesson 67) 90 day challenge