Trades in your future

The official line (according to last months “Universities Accord” report) is that Australia is transitioning to a knowledge-based economy with the goal of having 80% of working age Australians with a University qualification by 2050. Having teenage kids myself, we’ve talked a fair bit about career choices, and the reality of what education (Trade or […]


Tough Love

“Treat them mean, keep them keen” – not the most endearing Valentines Day message, but a form of love advice that is said to work (until it collapses in a big heap). There are many business owners and managers that are feeling on the receiving end of this at present.

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Unfair Contracts to Bite Hard

In November 2016, the so-called Unfair Contracts legislation was passed, banning any contract from basically giving one party rights but not the other. But it has been largely ignored because there were no penalties. From November 2023 that has now changed, and the penalties are HUGE. This will affect all businesses, large and small.

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Which dollars count?

Money matters. Although social networking, creating a purpose in life and many other factors contribute to why people work, the primary reason is usually to ensure they have an income. But what is a “fair” income?

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Jumping off the Carousel

Having seen many people over the years changing employer more frequently than they change their preferred beverage, these people generally spin around on a carousel without actually getting anywhere career or money wise. What is the best way to further your career, and what can employers do to help you to mutual success?


Own it

We all make mistakes. The character of the person is how they react when they do, closely accompanied by learning from it so we don’t repeat it. After all, the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again, in the hope of getting a better result. But a lot of […]


No Common sense

Safety and environmental issues are a major consideration in every business. So why is it then that despite having training, policies and procedures accepted and in place within our industries now for decades, we still have very basic incidents that occur?


Getting Down and Dirty

Through various circumstances, I’ve been in the fortunate position to have to take a deep dive into sections of our business that normally “tick along”. It’s been a very interesting journey, and something I wholeheartedly encourage all business owners and managers to do from time to time. Here’s why. When things are progressing well and […]


Knowing when to shut up

It’s become known as the Gillette moment. It should have been a wake up call to companies and associations that there are many topics that the leaders of these entities should simply stay away from altogether. Why do entities stray from their charter, especially on controversial topics where irrespective of the virtue of the opinion, […]