What Will Be Your Theme Song for 2021?


Remember the devastating bushfires around Australia at the start of 2020, when we thought that was the worst possible thing that could happen to us this year? Last week, I spoke at a conference for 750 of Western Australia’s firefighters and marine rescue workers. Some of these people and the...

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We’re Hard-Wired to Avoid Uncertainty – And That’s Not Good


How well do you deal with uncertainty? Probably not as well as you’d like – and that’s a problem, because the uncertainty we’re facing in 2020 will continue for some time to come. Unfortunately, we’re hard-wired to prefer certainty, and there’s research to prove it. In 2016, a t...

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Try This 10-Minute Trick To Manage Uncertainty Better


In their book “Decisive”, brothers Chip and Dan Heath share research-based strategies for making better decisions. One of those strategies is particularly relevant when you’re facing a very uncertain, volatile future (sound familiar?). I use this with my clients when they are faci...

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Practise Being a Possibility Thinker


When I show a picture of a self-driving car to a child, their first reaction is usually, “Cute!” or “Cool”. But when I show the same picture to adults in my conference presentations, their first reaction is usually “Scary!” Of course, that’s partly because adults anticipate some of t...

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Your #1 Threat: Your Own Brain


Obviously we all use our brains, and one thing we do especially well is pattern matching. We’re great at seeing, recognising and acting on patterns in the world – and that gives us valuable insights, judgement, and wisdom. A lot of what we call intuition comes from pattern matching – even if i...

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Property Managers: How Smart Are You, Really?


Experience is useful, but it can also get in the way – especially in a fast-changing world where the old solutions don’t necessarily work anymore. Think about situations in your business where you might be acting on auto-pilot because you’re just responding to familiar patterns. For e...

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Think Sharp: Great Minds Don’t Think Alike


Every month, I host a “business book club” at my house for a group of 15 people. Each month, we choose a business book – the most recent was Daniel Coyle’s book “The Talent Code” – and discuss it, accompanied by catered food and a few bottles of red wine. I...

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Future Brain


Staying ahead of the game is not about inventing something new. The most successful people will be those who can see the potential in picking pieces from different areas, and combining them in clever ways. This needs a new kind of thinking – one that’s nimble and flexible, and ready to ...

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Great Minds Don’t Think Alike


Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. I’m no Einstein, but it’s obvious that is a key insight into becoming fit for the future. Many organisations, leaders, and teams are still stuck in old ways of thinking – sometimes B...

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The Future of Private Hospital Healthcare in our Fast, Flat and Free World


Private hospitals in Australia face increasing pressure and challenges, and need to constantly change, grow and innovate to remain viable. This presentation shows some of the biggest challenges private hospitals face, what’s happening elsewhere in the world, and what they can do to stay ahead....

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