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Prince George

Who Should We Learn From?

December 9, 2017 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2017

French lentil producers are delighted that human nature is working to their advantage. They had apparently been having a tough time, with rainy summers and government regulations. Then out of the blue, a little sunshine. When the young British royal, Prince George, started school last month there were reports

Sandwich

Who Stole My Lunch?

May 18, 2017 No Comments

I recently heard the story of Michael, who inadvertently (well, according to him), ate his boss’ lunch. Michael arrived for work one morning without having had breakfast. As the busy morning progressed, Michael’s stomach started to tell him (and others) that something was missing. Finally, one of his colleagues said “I’ll fix that for you”. Next thing, she returned to his desk with a nicely toasted sandwich, which Michael proceeded to thoroughly enjoy.

Sometime later, Michael heard his boss scream out “Who stole my lunch?” You can probably guess the rest.

Sydney Trains and Bridge

The Train Story – a journey, an experience, and a feeling!

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Bob Selden ©2017

I was travelling by train from Circular Quay to Central (in Sydney) one morning some years ago. Quietly sitting there reading, I found myself suddenly listening to the train guard’s announcements. Now train travellers reading this will readily testify that when the guard makes an announcement, rather than the recorded message, it’s often quite dull or hard to understand. Whether it’s the recorded message or the guard’s message, few people (apart from tourists) listen to these messages.

This one was different.

Napoleon

How to structure your organisation – Napoleon had a few clues!

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2017

Napoleon Bonaparte knew a thing or two about organisational structure. After a coup in 1799 in which he was the major force, he structured the French government so he had a line of sight to seven functions: army, navy, finance, police, justice, home affairs and government.