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Twenty-one years ago I received the most significant promotion of my career. I was elevated from the role of GM, Adelaide (1 business unit, five staff) to GM, Sydney (4 business units, 30 staff). The company was going through a significant transition after Greg Savage’s departure the previous year and, after expecting to be in…

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Last Friday night my wife and I went to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda to see comedian Urzila Carlson’s show; Token African. We, along with nearly three thousand other patrons, laughed non-stop at Carlson’s 80 minute stand-up routine. After the show, it occurred to me that one of the things that I missed most…

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Recruitment-specific books by local authors have always been thin on the ground. Geoff Morgan and Andrew Bank’s Flourish and Prosper, Greg Savage’s The Savage Truth and Mandy Johnson’s Winning The War for Talent are the three I know. All three are excellent and I highly recommend each of them. Equivalent books for job-seekers, written by local authors, have been equally…

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Last century I often heard the business strategist mantra of “Quality; speed; price: Pick two.” The general reasoning being that it was nigh on impossible for a business to be profitable delivering a high quality product, quickly and at a low price. In the new century internet entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Tony…

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(Above, MONA’s Corten Stairwell and surrounding artworks.) Last Monday my 20 year-old daughter and I visited the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in the city of my birth and upbringing. It’s almost impossible to overstate how transformative MONA has been for Hobart (and by association, Tasmania’s) image and economy. In the 1980s Hobart’s…

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