Balance scale

Balance is synonymous with life in general. Nature has its own incredible balancing ability – which humans seem bound and determined to mess with. Work life balance has garnered much attention in the last couple of decades and we continue to struggle with that proper balance. But within our work environments there is also a need for balance. I’ve had an old balance scale as an ornament in my office for almost 25 years. It sits proudly on my desk and has been the subject of many a query from visitors. To me it has always represented the fact there are very few slam-dunk, blackRead More →

Last week I had an interview with Courtney Waller from Perth Corporate Videos about leadership, people development and I discussed the environment that allows people to thrive and produce, the difference between leadership and management. Please watch the interview to learn more about business leadership and how MSB Max can help you. Just click on link below Video Interview More →

Learn definition

We essentially learn for two reasons; To pass a test on way to get an accreditation or To develop a new lasting skill No need to reference the thousands of papers on this subject for the next point because you can answer it yourself… which one lasts longer and has more practical advantage? Yep, the second one! So what’s the difference? For most people, learning something to pass a test will be short lived and it is cognitive only. You can no doubt think of many instances of this happening for yourself. Do you recall most of what you learned in High School, Uni /Read More →


How much flexibility and adaptability so you have a with changing yourself? When we think of change it is often associated with factors external to ourselves. However all positive evolution, be it personal or organisational will start with how you relate to the prospect of change. I recently read an article and watched a Ted talk by Dr. Steven Stein, clinical psychologist and author who specialises in emotional intelligence and the factors which make people successful in their careers. It reminded me of the importance our own adaptability and flexibility plays in any new or changing situation. When we embark on our personal and professional developmentRead More →

Murky Environment

Have you ever noticed how a fish tank can get cloudy and murky yet the fish continue to swim around as normal? Well they do until they start to float on the top upside down. This happens regularly in our work and professional environments as well? Are we guilty of being like these oblivious fish in our own work places? Engrossed on our own work, projects and personal agendas, heads down and bums up or worse, simply disengaged, our environment starts to change, usually not for the better, without us even noticing. As the old adage goes; ‘we can’t see the forest for the trees’,Read More →

I contemplated, for a nano-second entitling this piece ‘Curiosity Counters Contempt in Conflict Communications’ but then thought better of it, not to mention knew I’d be struck down by the Alliteration Police! So we’ll stick to the focus topic, Open and professional dialogue. This topic has been one I’ve wanted to put out there for consideration and comment for quite awhile so here goes – and I’m done with the ‘C’ alliterations, promise. There seems to be a conspicuous lack or at least substantially diminished enthusiasm for good passionate, positive debate, or more correctly, dialogue within our organisations. Has anyone noticed this beside me? WeRead More →

Tough to be a Mentor

This post is dedicated to all my friends, colleagues and fellow trainers, coaches, mentors and teachers (heretofore to be called Guides) out there, admittedly a ‘self love, feel good about our selves’ piece. Recently I’ve embarked on a new career path and taken up the mantle you all share, and formed a training and development company. Now in this economic climate I have to say I’ve had more than a few people look at me as if I had finally lost my mind – to whom I say, there is no better time or greater need! Obviously we don’t take up this ‘calling’ without aRead More →

Comfort Zone

My Comfort Zone – A Poem Author Unknown I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail. The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much. I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone, But deep inside I longed for something special of my own. I couldn’t let myRead More →

Talks not speeches

It ranks as one of our most feared things to do; public speaking, presenting or simply communicating with our colleagues in a group or even one on one, yet to communicate well in all its forms is a critical and essential skill to master. But what if we simply participated in talks? Everyone is pretty comfortable with that are’t they? Communication is far more complex an activity than most of us ever give consideration, there are many component elements and literally tens of thousands of tips, pointers, guides, … on how to do it well – We’ve just finished writing yet another one as a keyRead More →

Taking the piss

In such a sport minded and successful sporting nation I’ve adopted as home, Australia, I often get asked, ‘ in my opinion, what is the national sport of Australia?’ My response is not the expected, AFL (Aussie Rules Football) or rugby or cricket… it is, ‘the nationalsport of Australia is take the piss.’ It is so prevalent and widely accepted as part of the culture. Something cultural and seemingly innocuous can be a critical stake to the heart of your initiatives. I’ve been fortunate to live in Perth, Australia for the past 14 years and love it here, every thing about the experience of myRead More →