On thwarting the Peter Principle

Promotion to pain Thinking back to my professional career days in Sydney, I can recall it being something of a ritual for staff to repair to Ryan's Bar of a Friday afternoon to have a good old whinge about their respective bosses. What on earth were the odds, I'd muse… full article

Rise & shine with the 5am club

Early bird catches the worm Have you ever been stuck in a job or role that sees you resetting the alarm clock several times, and getting up as late as humanly possible, before shuffling morosely off to work? Me too...and it sucks, hey! Everyone seems to be very busy these… full article

Will what got you here get you there?

To the ivory tower Some friends I worked with in the early days of my professional career were the heart & soul of all social events, always at the centre of anything that was going on, and with a mercurial talent for the gathering and subsequent distribution of office gossip… full article

4 types of wealth (and how to balance them)

Hanging in the balance History is littered with the names of billionaires and wildly wealthy individuals that suffered from sadness, personal tragedy, illness, or depression. While it may be hard for most of us to emphathise with the super-wealthy, this alone is compelling evidence that success and happiness should be… full article

To boldly go to the efficient frontier…

Making the weight Earlier this year I enjoyed attending as many events as I could squeeze in at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, including a range of sports that I had no meaningful knowledge of. Watching the weightlifting I was intrigued to learn how strategy & psychology play a key… full article

4 ways to bridge the credibility gap

The meaning of soul Credibility may appear to be a nebulous notion, but when you've lost it, people know! Noel Gallagher, formerly of rock band Oasis, doesn't often mince his words, and as such could be a worthwhile source for defining it: "On credibility? Jack White has done a song for… full article

The formation of positive habits

In the zone (curry, wines, & videotape) One summer evening in Birmingham in 1997, English cricketer Nasser Hussain retired early to his hotel room, ordered a curry and a glass of wine, and watched videotape of the Australian bowlers he would face the next day. Little did he know that… full article

Low wages growth? How and why to value yourself

Testing times These are challenging times for employees, with the global supply of labour increasing & wages growing slowly. A macroeconomist might surmise that you should sit tight, pray for unemployment to fall, & wait for wages to rise again;  but while this may be sound logic, hope isn't a proactive… full article

Help, I’m overwhelmed!

Panic & overwhelm! There's often an unspoken rule in the modern corporate world that staff should be continually busy and buzzing with activity, in turn leading managers to become overloaded with innumerable responsibilities. In many cases, it should be said, people seem to rather like it; telling people how busy… full article

3 ways to tackle the impostor phenomenon

Worst nightmares Last night I woke up in a cold sweat, having had that dream again. You may know the one. Sitting in the school hall aged 18, I was about to sit the all-important final exams, but with just one slight problem: I'd done no preparation or revision whatsoever… full article