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…

What is the correct order to watch the Star Wars films in?

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…

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Introducing Growth Management Systems

Understanding how Growth Management Systems apply to your business will save you years of frustration. My expert team at Shirlaws Group asked me to share on camera an overview of the Revenue, Infrastructure, and Culture Systems that allow private enterprises around Australia and the world to plan and manage their growth. You can see or…

Our Business Connects People. How Do We Make Money?

The world is full of inefficient industries, ripe with opportunity for those who connect Problem A with Solution B. But how do you make money from that? This depends on whether you view yourself as a Marketplace or an Advisory business. Monetizing a Marketplace As a ‘marketplace’, you essentially connect a purchaser and a supplier.…

Self Made Men Who Started from Nothing

I was recently drawn into an online discussion, attempting to help an inexperienced but entrepreneurial poster understand fundraising options such as debt and equity. It took a turn for the worse when he asked how to raise $100,000,000 without selling equity, and when I revealed a bank was unlikely to lend that sort of money…

Help me Find a Technical Co-Founder to Build My App Idea

Simultaneously the most common, most naive, and most ridiculed question that you’ll see in any tech forum: “I have an idea for an App. How do I find a technical co-founder to build it?” Genuinely, this is a bit like saying “I want to start an Accounting practice, but I’m not an accountant and I…