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Bob Selden in France

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions – the secret additive

January 10, 2018 No Comments

Bob Selden

Two years ago, having reached the 70 year age mark, I decided to get fitter by doing more cycling – regularly. I mixed road riding with the home trainer, and achieved 369 days in a row! Then I encountered a slight ‘bump in the road’, being diagnosed with cancer. And that too was a positive, as because I was so physically fit by then, I was able to be treated with a much higher dose of chemo than normal, and recovered within six months.

But back to my riding how was I able to go from zero days to 369?

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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

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The Best Student Internship Platforms

July 17, 2017 No Comments

Reviews.com Since we know how valuable that perfect internship can be to your career, we created this guide to identify the best internship platforms for students.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Manipulation & How To Avoid Copyright Infringement

February 10, 2017 No Comments

The infographic looks at the legalities involved in image manipulation, mainly focusing on US law but also reviewing laws around the world. It looks at how these laws are interpreted by different people and shares some example cases.


Education in Australia

The Ranking Games – A Hunger to be First

February 7, 2017 No Comments

Jackson Rose ©2017

This article is written in response to Professor Steven Schwartz, chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority appearing on the 60 minutes TV show, 06/02/2017. It addresses the failures of the current Australian Education System to support young adults in their development, suggests some alternatives, and calls for changes to the current system.

Pitting students against one another in a competitive fashion may force some to rise to the challenge. However, for the majority of students the idea that their final year of school comes down to a direct competition with their peers is enough to dishearten them.

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Managing managers

How to manage managers

February 2, 2017 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2017

Anyone promoted from being a manager to being a manager of managers, quickly realises what a jump that step is. In human instincts terms we go from being the leader of a “family” team to being the leader of a clan.

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Burning Man

What Burning Man Teaches us About How to Set Up and Run Our Organisations

December 9, 2016 No Comments

Philip Pryor 2016

In 2014 I went to Burning Man * …

It was shocking, amazing, thrilling, frustrating, tiring and most of the time overwhelming in its creativity and fun for people from 18 months to 81 years.

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