The Perfect Love Story

The Perfect Love Story

Songs have been sung, books have been written and movies have been made telling the story of love and it’s many different forms, but the story of Mae Thiew and her love for her children, many abandoned by those who should have loved and protected them the most is surely love in its purest form.  It’s a love with compassion, warmth, tenderness, and devotion.  But it is not without discipline, sacrifice, respect and rules.  She is the task master, the disciplinarian, the educator, the boundary setter and the chief giver of hugs.  

How Shared Value and Innovation will drive business growth

How Shared Value and Innovation will drive business growth

One of the areas where many organisations contribute to society is supporting charities and not for profit groups who work to fill the gaps that exist in society left by business and government.  With the exception of the mature and large corporate entities, many businesses choose to make their contribution in the form of monetary donations and/or skilled and unskilled volunteering. 

Heading Value of Speed in Seizing Opportunity

Heading Value of Speed in Seizing Opportunity

At what point do you decide that you’ve planned enough, you’ve trained enough and it’s time to execute?  If you go too early there’s a risk you will be caught short due to a lack of preparation and planning.  But if you wait too long the risk is someone else will beat you to market, thereby seizing the opportunity. 

Value of speed in seizing opportunities

Value of speed in seizing opportunities

“Leaders need to be decisive and they need to make decisions, sometimes decisions without deliberation."

“Those leaders who act too quickly or equally take too long will soon lose the support of their teams. ”

Leading with presence

Leading with presence

Having worked in crisis and disaster areas across the globe including Indonesia following the Bali Bombings, Thailand in the aftermath of the South East Asian tsunami, Saudi Arabia post the deadly floods in Jeddah and Japan following the tsunami of 2011, I have witnessed the response of individual leaders with and without positional authority.

Goodwill and giving

Goodwill and giving

It’s often at this time of year when a lot of people will consider giving to their favourite charity in lieu of christmas presents for those who are too difficult to buy for or don’t need a whole lot.  Seldom are the gifts we give at Christmas about true “need” and more about want. It’s a reflection of the country we live in and the standard of living that we enjoy.

Summer time

Summer time

Growing up summer time for me meant playing outside after dinner until the street lights came on and then racing home before you heard mum calling for you. The sound of cicadas, sprinklers on the grass and a dab of zinc on the nose.  But summer time in Australia was all about the water.  You were either in it, on top of it, underneath or crashing through it. 

We can all help someone

We can all help someone

The Bai family represent many of the one hundred thousand who live within the slums of Khong Toei a short taxi ride from the restaurants and bars of Bangkok.  But the Bai’s do it harder than most, even of those living in the slums.  Nobody cares too much for the elderly and the disabled, even in this culture who rely upon the extended family, it seems they are the silent ones left behind.

There is a Chinese proverb that states:

There is a Chinese proverb that states:

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice;

If you are planning for a decade, plant trees;

If you are planning for a lifetime then educate people”

Join me in Feeding Your Soul

Join me in Feeding Your Soul

Over the last several years I've spent time with Khru Pateep in the slums of Thailand bringing about change for those who seem to have been forgotten by so many.  I've led groups of visitors into these areas and the change in their perspective on life is irreversible.  It disrupts and realigns your thinking.  And now I want you to join me. 

Let’s not forget too quickly

Let’s not forget too quickly

In the country of Nepal the death toll continues to rise and has now passed over 5200 souls who have perished following the earthquake on Saturday the 25th of April.  For Australian’s, the 25th of April is of course ANZAC Day and it is a day of remembrance. 

Give information and you will get understanding

Give information and you will get understanding

One of the roles of leaders is to provide accurate and timely information.  Sometimes the information to be conveyed can be challenging to hear and to deliver.   It’s not necessarily about taking away the pain that’s not the role of leaders, it’s about creating an environment through the provision of information for people to feel informed.  If it assists in the healing of those aggrieved then that’s great.