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    Young at Heart Achievers

    Young at Heart Achievers

    Several years ago, on a flight from London to Melbourne, I sat next to a soft-spoken Scotsman from Aberdeen, who was then CEO of a business unit of Siemens. Long haul business travellers usually seek solitude. but on this occasion we engaged in what was the beginning of a friendship. The humility and enthusiasm of this generous high achiever [Continue]

    Are you qualified to be CEO?

    Are you qualified to be CEO?

    North Korea is keeping the heat up around Asia, Myanmar is clarifying it's diplomatic standing upon Aung San Suu Kyi. And maybe we can have a chance to meet Iran's first lady after the June election What these events share in common is the question "Who's going be the leader?" For interest, I wondered what similarities these CEO's have [Continue]

    Cutting out the Middle Man

    Cutting out the Middle Man

    As large companies continue to consolidate and look at ways to rationalize they inevitably focus to cut out the middle man. The falling out of Singapore International Airlines with one of their major agents, Flight Centre in Australia, tells the story of this type of change. [Continue]

    Is Being Social Good Business?

    Is Being Social Good Business?

    As social networking in business rapidly continues defining itself we may see many large and small players circumvented if they ignore it. One thing I notice with many business peers, including CEO’s and business leaders alike, is they generally focus on what they understand well. Social networks” as a relatively new phenomena is generally [Continue]

    Tackling the XY Generation Gap

    Tackling the XY Generation Gap

    Those who have come into management jobs in the last 18 years of growth and affluence now have challenges. Companies are now very lean and highly intent on remaining viable as they look to position for upturn when it comes. The skills for pulling all this all together are in short supply. I am not sure if the so called XY Gen awakening is so [Continue]

    What we read in April 2009

    What we read in April 2009

    How can we take holidays in the middle of recession. Just do it, I say and why not if you can get away with it? It is is a great thing but you sure come back to earth when you find it all there waiting for you. But I am back now and here is a quick round up the last month and some stuff on whats' to come. My Quote for this month There is [Continue]

    In scope or not?

    In scope or not?

    This week, I had a meeting with a client to review the requirements for a BI project. Turns out that most of the points we asked were responded with "please put it as an option in the proposal". What this tells is that the client doesn't know what they want at all. [Continue]

    Asian Economic future: Australia getting it in perspective!

    Asian Economic future: Australia getting it in perspective!

    "Our economic future is increasingly underwritten by the rise of Asia.." It is interesting in Asia where lifestyles are good, the flow on economic slowdown has been less severe. Something must be different? [Continue]

    How was it done in 1957 & now?

    How was it done in 1957 & now?

    Do things really change or is it the way we see it? To those who knew how things were in 1957 it may have seemed that the life was simple but it was not always easy. But considering it now maybe then it was a much better deal. I wonder if it is possible to get that back and still keep the best of both worlds. Should we try to and if so [Continue]

    A change we need – Asian case study

    A change we need – Asian case study

    As Obama administration passes his 100th day office in the white house, poll reviles that his office’s popularity is still up there. Following shortly, outbreak of the deadly A(H1N1) hits the front page of every newspaper and talks. I slowly realize that all of this is related to “change”.As US President Obama passes his 100th day office in [Continue]

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