If It’s Not Working, Change It

If It’s Not Working, Change It

If something isn’t working for you, it might be time to change it. Just because something worked well for you at one point, for some time… Doesn’t mean you have to keep forcing it to work indefinitely. Things change – your work, environment, schedule, you. And other...
Group Work

Group Work

For some, group work provides and opportunity to sit back and relax. To let others take the load, do their work for them. And benefit from the results. On the opposite end, those that pick up the load find group work painful. Excessive, and a tonne of extra work...
Doing Nothing Is As Bad As Committing The Crime

Doing Nothing Is As Bad As Committing The Crime

When was the last time you witnessed a crime? An injustice? Another person in trouble, being victimised, or bullied? When was the last time you saw someone who needed help and didn’t help them? An elderly person crossing the road, needing help to carry their...
Generations In The Physical World

Generations In The Physical World

Baby boomers grew up in a purely physical world. They know how to live physically, and figure things out. Generation X are on the cusp of the physical or analogue, and the digital or virtual world. They learned fundamental skills form their parents and added...
Navigating Information And Knowledge

Navigating Information And Knowledge

The mobile phone, tablet, laptop, internet gives us immediate access to the collective information and knowledge of the planet in our back pockets. We can find any thing we choose in an instant. The key then, is to teach our children how to navigate this information...
What’s The Expected Outcome?

What’s The Expected Outcome?

When asked to complete a task or activity, be sure to ask… What’s the expected outcome? What are you actually being asked to do? What do they think you’re going to produce? By understanding the expected outcome, you can then plan a path to get you there as easily and...
Too Late To Touch Type?

Too Late To Touch Type?

After years and decades of doing things one way, the same way, over and over, your brain becomes hard-wired. The action becomes unconscious, automatic. It’s built into your brain. Like typing… Most of us type at least once a day. And very few of us actually type...
Repeatable Routine Checklists

Repeatable Routine Checklists

A “Repeatable Routine” is a series of tasks or things that you do over and over, on a regular basis. Saturday morning cleaning and chores. A monthly financial review and update. Preparation of tax records for tax time Packing for a trip away. A morning routine. The...
What Did I Learn this Week?

What Did I Learn this Week?

The simple act of asking one’s self “what did I learn this week?” What could I do better? Differently? And taking a single, small step to make a change. Over time, adds up to steer us in the right direction. Rather than repeating the same things over and over again....
Reset Your Inbox

Reset Your Inbox

What’s sitting in your inbox right now? Hundreds or thousands of unread emails? Or two or three outstanding tasks to do today Or something in between. Regardless, how much time do you spend each day, worrying about, sorting, reading, deleting emails? How much of this...
Again With Incompetence

Again With Incompetence

At some point, in order to grow and expand, you have to step into a place of incompetence. Where the familiar is gone, and every thing is new and unknown. Where the learning curve must set in again. The point of incompetence, where’ you’re not the expert, and you...
Ebb Is Flow

Ebb Is Flow

Energy goes in ebbs and flows. Some times, some days or weeks, every  thing’s running smoothly, in sync. And then, it hits a rock. Things stall, stuck, and come undone. The flow stops, and we feel compelled to try to make it start again, to keep pushing forward....
Technology Is Making Us Dumb

Technology Is Making Us Dumb

Technology has the potential to help us do great things. Except, when it’s taking away the opportunity to ”think” for our selves. When you don’t have to think about any thing in a day, you stop using parts of your brain. And literally become dumber. When asked a...
What’s The Desired Outcome?

What’s The Desired Outcome?

When you’re being asked to do something, create something, finish something The biggest question to get clear is… What’s the desired outcome? What do you want? What is expected? How you get there, is up to you – to choose the simplest ,, most direct path, or the most...
Biproducts Of Micro Management

Biproducts Of Micro Management

Trying to control and micro-manage every little thing that a team does, does two things: It tells your team that you don’t trust them and they are not capable of working by them selvesIt creates a tonne of extra work for the minor-manager. In the first instance, if...
The Value Of One Customer

The Value Of One Customer

The value of one customer may not seem a lot. The hard-to deal with customer. The one who tells you your product is more expensive and they’ll go somewhere else. The customer who’s passing through. The value of these customers might be one sale, one purchase. But what...

Pick Your Team Well… Why?

It has been said that as a leader or a manager, your team’s success is a reflection of you, and subsequently our own success. But this is not necessarily the case. It depends on three things… You, as a leader or manager, and how well you lead or manage.The cause, or...
Less Meetings, More Purpose

Less Meetings, More Purpose

When you have 25 people meet for an hour a week 52 weeks a year, at an hourly rate of $150+, does that meeting really add value of $200,000 a year? Really? There has to be some meetings, but when you look at the number of people multiplied by the hourly rate of the...
Ask Three People

Ask Three People

When you can’t figure something out… What to do next, how to do something, what the heck’s going on… Ask three people, instead of fumbling around on your own. Ideally, someone who’s done it before. Regardless, when you ask three people, you might get two good answers...
Independent Learning

Independent Learning

Independent Learning requires initiative. It requires an individual to make a choice. To choose to better them selves and become expert in a particular area. It requires one to take steps, ask questions, follow advice and feedback. And not just wait to be told what to...
An Extra Morning Hour A Day

An Extra Morning Hour A Day

What would happen if you got up an hour early in the morning. If, instead of staying in bed until the very last minute and then rushing to get out the door… You set your alarm at the same time every single day. An hour earlier. And got out of bed and calmly and...
Compounding 10% Of Cash

Compounding 10% Of Cash

If you earned an average of $50,000 from the age of 18. And all you did was save 10% of that cash, or $5,000 a year, $416 per month, $96 a week. By the time you’re 50, that’s 32 years. You’ll have $160,000 in the bank. That’s without compounding interest, that builds...
Quietly Making Noise

Quietly Making Noise

We’re convinced that fame and success comes to those who put themselves out there in the mainstream and social media. The ones who make the most noise. The real success comes to those who quietly work away, consistently, day after day. It’s the work you do behind the...
When Your Boss Is A Douche

When Your Boss Is A Douche

When your boss is a douche, and it’s just who they are. That’s a problem that exists, that you cannot change. No matter what you do, it’s never going to be any different. You can work your arse off, do your best, seek approval and recognition. That’s never going to...
Design Is Never Done

Design Is Never Done

When you’re developing something new, the design is never done. On the drawing board, you’re testing, tweaking, proto-typing. Trying to find a different way, a better way. Another improvement, to make this “thing” that you’re creating the very best it can be. Even...
On The Way To Decay

On The Way To Decay

Someone fixed the gate with a bit of wire. It works but it’s kind of hanging. The hole in the pavement got filled with some asphalt. It’s ugly. The mark on the wall got covered with some paint that’s… nearly…the right colour. Just don’t look too close. Each of these...
Are You Making Beauty Or Ugliness?

Are You Making Beauty Or Ugliness?

Natures creations are astounding… wonderfully, awe-inspiring in their magnificence and beauty. Natures creations are astounding… wonderfully, awe-inspiring in their magnificence and beauty. Step out into a rainforest or stand on the edge of the ocean, and you will...
Pick Three Things

Pick Three Things

At the start of the year we may set lofty goals. Three dozen different things to achieve and  create. Create a business, expand your career, improve your health, buy a new apartment, move countries, travel, create art, write a book… It’s endless. On the...
Last Day Of The First Month

Last Day Of The First Month

On the last day of the first month of another year. What have you created so far? What is different and what’s the same? What’s working and what’s not working? What do you have to change? What has to happen for next month to be better than this? For this year to be...
Ideas Come From Every Where

Ideas Come From Every Where

Ideas come from every where. They pop in and out and through your head on a daily, hourly basis. The key is to catch them, write them down, and then choose the ones to act upon. And save the rest for another day. Creativity comes from paying attention to the ideas...
Happiness Is Not Based On Stuff

Happiness Is Not Based On Stuff

Happiness is not the purchase of the next big screen TV, or a bigger house, a new wardrobe, a shinier car. Happiness is how you think those things will make you feel, once you have them. They might, for a short time, until the feeling goes away. And then you need n...
Texting While Walking

Texting While Walking

When you walk across the road looking at your mobile phone and texting. And fall over. Yes, I’ll help you up. But I won’t have much sympathy. You’re lucky you didn’t walk in front of a car. The driver might have been texting and not seen you… XO Liz...
F$*% The Five-Year Plan

F$*% The Five-Year Plan

Where do you want to be in 5 years? The problem with having a clear path and actions to get there. Is that, when you’re half-way along the path and you realise it’s heading in the wrong direction. You’ve mentally committed your self to the point that you won’t turn...
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? For a 5 year old, a policeman, a basketball player, a teacher, an artist, an astronaut. The world is open to opportunity. But as we get older, we are forced to narrow it down, be more realistic. Pick a degree, a major, a...
The Internet Is Not A Newspaper

The Internet Is Not A Newspaper

There’s an interesting meme – an image of commuters of today flicking through a phone and commuters of 50 years ago with their heads buried in a newspaper. It seems the point being made is that human being have always isolated them selves in public scenarios....
How To Start A Blog

How To Start A Blog

How to start a blog? Find a free online platform like Blogger or WordPress.com and join it. Create a new blog post. Write something. Anything, even if it’s crap. Push the Publish button. Congratulations. You have a blog. Rinse and repeat. XO Liz...
Market Where They’re Already Looking

Market Where They’re Already Looking

The marketing gurus will tell you that you need to be on social media, blogging, vlogging, networking, cold-calling… In other words, spending most of your day trying to convince people to “buy your stuff.” But what if marketing became a much more integrated part of...
Access To Every Thing

Access To Every Thing

You don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for degrees and courses and gurus and experts. With this thing called the internet, the information is out there. You now have access to every piece of information or thing you could possibly need. You’re not restricted to...
Tracking And Checklists

Tracking And Checklists

Many successful mentors and coaches teach that tracking and checklists are a key to success. If you’re training for an Olympic gold medal, which is the focus of every waking hour, that might well be the case. Every split second or extra hour of training will have an...
When The Horse Won’t Drink

When The Horse Won’t Drink

They say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. But what happens when you can’t even lead the horse to the water? You can try to entice it, with incentives and promises of rewards. You can push it and force it, with sticks and punishments and...
Life Is Collective

Life Is Collective

You cannot measure the success or failures of a person by one moment in time, or the outcome of one event, or one project or one job. Your life is the collective of every thing you create and do and are – the good, the bad and the ugly. Each moment of your life...
There’s No Self Love In Squats

There’s No Self Love In Squats

You know those people at the gym, both girls and guys. Huffing and puffing under 100kg weights, or running until they vomit. Legs burning as a personal trainer screams at them for yet another 10 squats. Red-faced, unhappy, and counting the minutes until it’s over....
Capitalist Crap In Your Lounge Room

Capitalist Crap In Your Lounge Room

We live in an economy of Capitalist Consumption. In order to survive, the capitalist system must expand infinitely. It requires more and more profit which has us creating disposable and obsolete products. On a daily basis, we’re buying stuff that we don’t need or goes...
Is Any One Having Fun Yet?

Is Any One Having Fun Yet?

Did you have fun yesterday? Ave you had any fun today? Do you enjoy what you’re doing? Or are you doing it because you have to, because it’s your job, because someone told you to? If you’re not having fun in the daily activities and experience that you have chosen to...
Hand Dryer Or Paper Towel?

Hand Dryer Or Paper Towel?

When you’ve washed your hands in a public bathroom. Do you go for the hand dryer or the paper towel? The paper towel is going into landfill. But the dryer is using fuel to power it, most likely fossil fuel. Which is better for the planet and the environment?...
Consumtionism

Consumtionism

There are two types of product. Those that you use, for the long-term – cars, washing machines, refrigerator. And, those that you use up – food, The consumer society encourages us to start to see the products you use for the long term as something that you...
Don’t Be Fooled By The Pretty Pictures

Don’t Be Fooled By The Pretty Pictures

Technology and software does amazing things. Graphics and fly-throughs and virtual reality. Digital wizardry with effects that, on the surface, look amazing. Many can be fooled by the special effects. But those who know good design and quality product, can see through...
Renaissance In A Specialist World

Renaissance In A Specialist World

Leonardo Da Vinci was interested in painting, sculpting, architecture, inventing, mathematics, music, astronomy, botany, geology, history, writing, cartography, literature, engineering… Michelangelo loved painting, sculpting, architecture, poetry, engineering… They...
Every Thing New Is The Result Of Creativity

Every Thing New Is The Result Of Creativity

Every thing new is the result of creativity. An expression of the self. A coffee, an email, a face of makeup, a business report. Each of these things, in their own way, evolves into something from nothing, or something else. Taking one form of energy and transforming...
Consistent Pressure Creates Diamonds

Consistent Pressure Creates Diamonds

It’s amazing how last minute deadlines put the pressure on to create magic. What evolves in the last 24 or 48 hours compared to the previous week or month, can blow your mind. Some people work brilliantly under pressure, making fast decisions and acting quickly....