It appears that a sense of entitlement is definitely not an issue with just the young. Mrs Bronwyn Bishop, Federal Speaker of the House, has given Australia a great view into her sense of entitlement in terms of her lavish mode de voyage. She may be trying to keep up with her daughter, Channel 10’s entertainment reporter, on the red carpet, but it appears that Mrs Bishop’s extreme travel claims have been caught out to great effect by the Federal Opposition.
While this government was in opposition, they shouted loud and long about travel expense abuses. Now one of their most senior members has demonstrated a real flair for it, that has apparently gone back decades. So the opposition is fully justified in calling her out. Of course, the opposition is also in the position of the pot calling the kettle black, as they have more than their fair share of entitlement and donation scandals, including the leader’s convenient ‘forgetting’ to register a $40,000 donation for eight years, right up until the day before he appeared before a commission that would ask him about these matters. “Yes, sir, I did complete that homework!”
I‘m not an economist, however I have been a student of history, amongst other things. And the current Greek economic troubles remind me profoundly of the troubles of the German Weimar Republic, circa 1930.
It was the Weimar Republic’s reliance on foreign debt and investment that led to its great lifestyle – drastically unsustainable after its main creditor, the US, called in its debts after the great Stock Market Crash. The Republic had done a great deal to lift productivity and industry post-World War I, but the high rolling came off the back of loans; leveraged funds.
When your creditor comes a-calling, it’s awful hard to be the one to set the terms of repayment. Banks couldn’t provide enough money and the currency quickly hyper-inflated and became essentially worthless. Radical agitating groups, e.g. the Nazis, quickly became de rigeur as advocates for the resurgence of the Republic, because they saw the reliance on foreign investment and regulation as restricting the growth and success of the German people. And, in no small way, they were right. But, of course, they were wrong about the destiny they wanted to forge and the way in which to forge it.
A similar economic condition currently faces Greece (more…)
The 60 Minutes interview with Belle Gibson, revealing her tangled web of deceit, and the ABC’s continuing bizarre defense over providing unfettered and supportive promotional opportunities to a terrorism suspect (and continuing terrorism advocate given Mallah’s comments) both point to a general failing in our society: the understanding, acceptance and advocacy of truth.
How often do you hear someone claim in a ridiculous high school-like, faux postmodern† or pseudo-modern angst, that what they are saying is ‘their truth’ and cannot be argued with? The 60 Minutes interview caught up Belle Gibson in her own lies and her inability to recognise reality, fostered by years of immersing herself in her own fictions. All it took was a few simple, straightforward questions, based on actual facts, for her lies to be torn down, leaving her confused and impotent.
Please complete my quick poll. Many professional blogs have started to move away from even having a comments section on their site, as they’ve found people moving to Twitter and other platforms to have easier, quicker conversations.
I haven’t added Twitter to my services as, frankly, I haven’t wanted to waste my time on Twitter. However, I’d like to find out if my readers would appreciate a Twitter feed, so please complete the following poll and I’ll do ‘as you wish’.
Vision! It’s always touted by management and leadership gurus as a leader’s critical asset. Without it, you don’t know where you’re headed. With it, you can achieve wonders. But Vision can be under-utilised and over-hyped.
The problem with Vision is its marred by occlusions in our sight, obstacles to our field of vision, myopia, tunnel vision, and our imperceptible saccadic movements that keep us aware but possibly distracted. Vision is not easy to pursue when you’re spending every day in the depths of dense regulations, paperwork, emails, tweets, directives from your boss, managing your people, handling inquiries from clients (or friends and family), let alone the really tough stuff.
So here are some practices you can use to practically and productively develop far-sighted Vision that will truly benefit you and yours in the long run:
Keep Me Accountable™ is here! If you’re like the vast majority of the world, it’s challenging to keep on top of the behaviours that will make a difference in your life. My clients needed a new way to help them track the most important things that they needed to do … every single day. So I created the Keep Me Accountable™ system to help them achieve change and growth like never before.
Through my strategic consulting and coaching, my high level clients needed a tool that could help drive them towards higher performance in their lives, their work and their businesses every day. But we just couldn’t find anything that did the job!
That’s why I created new processes and technologies to help them accomplish just that: something that would land in their lap with a way to keep track of the most important behaviours, attitudes and objectives of their day, their month and their year. And that became the Keep Me Accountable™ system that has helped change their lives.
Now I’m making my Keep Me Accountable™ system available to anyone and everyone to stay on track with the things that matter most – every single day.
Several of my readers have asked for articles on how to promote themselves and their careers or brands, how to develop a strong reputation and credibility. I have just been doing some research on some professional services firms for other projects, as I frequently work with these kinds of firms and I just came across one of the worst examples of service promotion that I have ever encountered! This will serve as an object lesson in how not to make yourself into a train wreck!
I won’t name the firm, for I think this such an embarrassment that they should wipe this off their website immediately, find every server they can with records and wipe them as thoroughly as Hillary Clinton wipes hers and then find Google, Bing, federal governments, Wayback Machine, the Australian Federal Police, the CIA and American NSA and everyone else they can remotely think of who may have a record and bribe them to redact the material.
As we determined where and how they needed to change through our strategic consulting and coaching, my high level clients needed a tool that could help drive them towards higher performance in their lives, their work and their businesses every day. They needed something that would help keep them on track – not just once in a while, but every day. But we just couldn’t find anything that did the job!
That’s why I created new processes and technologies to help them accomplish just that: something that would land in their lap with a way to keep track of the most important behaviours, attitudes and objectives of their day, their month and their year. And that became the ‘Keep Me Accountable™’ system that has helped change their lives.
Now I’m making my ‘Keep Me Accountable™’ system available to anyone and everyone to stay on track with the things that matter most – every single day.
I am lucky. I get to follow my passion!” she told me. She is a professional violinist. My wife and I had just attended a performance of the Darlington Chamber Concert series in Perth. Semra was the violinist at the first performance for the year. She is also a lead violinist/assistant concertmaster at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and tutors violin at the University of Western Australia.
Semra pointed to one of the real dangers inherent in the persistent pursuit of one’s passion. It’s not always easy to make a living from it!
It’s easy to think that this is a young person’s world. You can look at the Zuckerberg and Jobs types and think: “It’s a young person’s game in business and making a difference. I wish I were young and had the energy I did then.” But the truth about the most entrepreneurial and most industrious people in our world is far from the imagined stereotype.
If you’re like many of my readers, you’re in what I could now safely call pre-middle aged. 60 is the new middle-aged! If you’re in your 40s or 50s, you’ve certainly not yet reached the latter part of life! My parents are in their early 70s and I still consider them young, even if some of the joints have had some work.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report for 2014 (published 2015), notes that although the highest percentage of early stage entrepreneurs born in a particular decade around the globe is those in the ages of 25-34, for every decade afterward, through to people in their 60s, the percentage of people involved in new business ventures is only slightly lower. This means that in Asia and Oceania, for example, around 8% of the population between ages 55 and 64 is in a start-up, around 12% of 45-54 years and around 14% of 35-44 year olds. Therefore, even accounting for demographic differences, the vast majority of those starting up new businesses are well over the age of 35.
An article by Ann Tergesen in the Wall Street Journal, in late 2014, breaks down many of the myths about aging that have been perpetuated in our youth-mad Western culture. (You will need a subscription to read the article in full, but it’s well worth it!) The article points out varieties of research demonstrating that cognitive growth (not decline) can be the standard for aging people, productivity can often be higher in older workers, and creativity, wisdom, happiness and contentment can all flourish in the older years.
So what can you do, if you’re a little older, to aim for something even higher in the coming years?