Proud to Support generationYOU

On Friday April 8 I will be chairing the Brisbane hosting of generationYOU – a one day event designed to help Millennials as they launch their careers. The range of speakers I’ll be introducing is impressive, including Stephen Phillips from Mawson Robotics (ex Twitter) and Cat Matson from City of Brisbane, plus some great people I’ve…

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One More Piece of Information

This could be the most powerful question you ask yourself, in business or for life in general… Would you like a single, simple rule that will improve your communication, business culture, and life? Consider this: assume there is always one more piece of information that you don’t have, which perfectly explains the other person’s choice.…

Converting Vision to Strategy

Loyal readers will recognise the Shirlaws ‘Layers of Context‘ framework (below) and know the value of setting a 1 Word Context as part of your strategic planning. So when I sat down with my Board (aka my beautiful wife) at the beginning of 2016, the top agenda item was “What is my primary context right…

Re-Establishing my Business Vision

Reviewing my Strategy for 2016 and beyond, it became immediately apparent. I lacked a clear Vision for myself and my family. Here’s what I did about that. The fabulous Millie from I Am Lovable has been encouraging me for many years now to create a Vision Board. As an exercise, it never felt relevant to…

The Layers of Context business framework demonstrates the relationship between Vision, Strategy, Structure, Systems, Processes and People

Where to Start with Vision, Strategy, Structure, and Systems

Whether you’re a startup or reviewing your decades-old organisation, examining the combination of Vision, Strategy, Structures, Systems (not to mention People & Processes) need not be overwhelming. At the beginning of 2016, I ran my own business through this annual strategy day agenda. What became clear … was how confused I was, and the negative impact…

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IN THE MEDIA: The Toll of Infertility on Aspiring Fathers

Source: Courier-Mail by Rose Brennan While most of the other notes from my ‘In The Media‘ section are related to my business acumen, contributing to this story was an important opportunity for me. New research has revealed how reluctant most men are in sharing their experiences, and seeking support, when experiencing infertility (either themselves, their…

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What is the Correct Order to Watch the Star Wars Films in?

Fans of my Monopoly Pub Crawl experience will know how much I value doing things in the correct order. So what is the best order to watch the Star Wars films in? The obvious debate creates a battle between the ‘Release Order’ (Episodes IV – VI, then Episodes I – III) versus the ‘Lucas Order‘ (Episodes…

Doubling Down on my Donald Trump Prediction

I’m a foreigner, with a deep love for the greatest show on earth – the US Presidential Election. I was 6 when George H. W. Bush was elected to the White House … that didn’t stop me from sharing the news (and explaining the Electoral College) to my primary school classmates the next day. In…

8 Key Questions to Ask When Forming a Business Partnership

Great Partnerships and Joint Ventures help business owners achieve their dreams faster. Yet most do not succeed, having failed to answer to these key questions. Maybe you are forming a partnership for a new startup? Perhaps you are bringing in an equity partner to your business for the first time? Or you have identified that a significant…