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Understanding The Tricky Business of Lobbying

Lobbying is a tricky business. At its heart is the need for a process to occur in the most transparent way possible… In Korean dramas we usually see lobbying go on behind close doors, usually at a secluded restaurant. During the meeting, briefcases or empty boxes of fruit or fruit drinks are packed with money […]

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Why Space Exploration Matters – My Personal Journey This Week

This week I got to meet with the team responsible for running and expanding the European Space Agency (ESA) station at New Norcia (Yarrawindah)! Ever since I was six years old, I have been fascinated by the universe, the stars and our solar system and space travel itself. Now, I have become a little part […]

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My Musings This Week – The Importance of Using the Word “Reset” During Negotiations

During the week, I met with Abbot John and his management team at New Norcia to discuss interests in common and a way forward together that embraces the future. New Norcia is an iconic town in Australia. It is our only monastic town, and as it turns out, is located within the local government district […]

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The One Responsibility Good Government Has…

I thought I would reshare a very short, but salient post of mine from several years ago… Thomas Jefferson once said: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Food for thought…

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Improving Communication Through Understanding the Difference Between Discussion and Dialogue

Understanding the difference between what is discussion and what is dialogue will improve your level of communication. Read on… In today’s world, even more than ever, we need to start improving our level of communication. I say this, because what I have noticed over a long period of time, is an ever increasing level of […]

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What A Beautiful World (IGY) – Donald Fagan

One of my favourite bands is Steely Dan. Founding member Donald Fagan had a hit with IGY or what is also known as What A Beautiful World (from the Nightfly Album, which is considered one of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces). Some say it’s a satirical take on the future of the world proposed by scientists […]

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The Future of Work – The Top Skills Required for 2022 Onwards – Being Creative

The World Economic Forum’s most recent report The Future of Jobs Report 2020 states: “We estimate that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between […]

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Community Resilience and Recovery During COVID-19

I thought I would share with you today a snapshot of what local government in Western Australia has undertaken to identify how its communities across this vast state feel about the pandemic and what is being done to address COVID-19 at the local level. Overall, 126 out of the 139 state districts participated in the […]

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The One Responsibility Good Government Has…

Thomas Jefferson once said: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Food for thought…

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Sandstone – My Next Acting CEO Role

From tomorrow I formally take up the reigns as the CEO at the Shire of Sandstone. Although this is in a temporary capacity, it’s another opportunity to revisit what I used to do as a full time career – CEO of a local government. Sandstone is in the Murchison Region of Western Australia, 700kms north […]

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