Monday, 10 December 2018

60% or less of work time is actually spent productively

Pictured is a snapshot of a great infographic by Atlassian which you can view in full yourself here.

Atlassian's solution to poor productivity of course is their software called 'Confluence'. It might be great. I'm not in a position to comment.

My solution is more common-sense and being better humans. We simply must decide to have less meetings, send less emails, and ensure less interruptions. And instead be better, wiser and more valuable to each other.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Maintaining your attitude of gratitude

You may know that maintaining an attitude of gratitude has been a 40 year journey for me. Read more here.

I write about gratitude often. Just last week reflecting on some great insights from Seth Godin.

So I'm always fascinated by the growing pile of research and experiences that prove being grateful is good for our health, our performance, indeed every aspect of our lives.

There's some great articles linked to in this piece from The Ready about being grateful.

Today my wife features first on my daily gratitude list seeing it's her birthday. She too has been battling a life-threatening illness. She's winning by being grateful and focused on living and being well.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Remarkable questions that demand remarkable answers

I love Seth's latest book.

See my full Amazon review below or read it here.

This book has helped me to further narrow down who I work with, what I do with them and how together we make change happen that is vital to us.

We're all marketers and we can get better.

This book is a great guide.

Be remarkable.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Living on purpose and leaving a legacy

I’m currently presenting and hosting a series of master-classes as I complete the writing of this final book in a trilogy.

Learn more about the master-classes being held in Ballarat.

This post is from the context component in the change leadership section of the book.

Much gratitude to Helen Macdonald who presented a wonderful master-class on this topic of living on purpose and leaving a legacy on 28th November 2018 and who inspired the following:

In a nutshell

Our lives are a continuous cycle of living, loving, leading and leaving which result in our legacy.


My quest each year is to be better, wiser and more valuable than I was last year. What's your quest? We have never arrived. Life is a journey not a destination.

A key to living your best life are the laws, proven principles or standards you live by. In the recommended deep work associated with this chapter I share 11 laws that I follow and ask you to take action in your own best way.


We are all in love with significant people in our lives and with certain actions we take in our lives.  

If you know me well you will know that I'm big on being before doing or who before do.

Who do you love? How do you express this love to these people? How could you be better in being in love?

What actions do you love to take?

As explored in The Appreciative Leader, living Steven Farber's beautiful line is a key for me. He said "Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do."

What do you love to do? 

Who loves you doing what you do?

How can you get better are what you love to do?


Our living and loving heavily influence our leadership. Your best leadership style is being yourself, that one-of-a-kind that each of us is. How are you bringing your living and your loving to your leading? How can you be better?


How we live (fertile ground), love (ploughing the ground), and lead (seeding) drive the feelings we leave behind (nurturing). 

Write down how people feel when you leave home, meetings and other regular interactions.

Who will you become more of? What will you do better? so that when you leave anywhere people feel better because you have been with them.


What's the impact you're making? In the master-class Helen Macdonald explored what she calls small l legacy. In other words the zillions of little opportunities that we have every day to leave a big impact.

The actions below are designed to help you to optimise your impact.

3 recommended actions

1) In your daily routines, rituals, habits become more conscious of how you live, love, lead and leave. Make it a practice for the rest of your life to always be making quantum leaps (small yet significant) that mean you're more valuable for others.

2) When you leave the planet what small yet significant actions or behaviours of yours will your loved ones and people you worked with remember the most? Make a list? Keep adding to the list at least once a month.

3) Engage in feedforward with the people closest to you about your impact. Share with them that you want to make a greater impact in small yet significant ways and ask them for two suggestions. Say thank you and take action!

Recommended Deep work

Consider the following 11 laws for leading your best life and take action to integrate them into your own life in your own best way

1. We live in a field of infinite possibilities thanks to discoveries in quantum physics. Taxes, change and death are the only certainties. Your action?

2. An "attitude of gratitude" I discovered through the doctor who saved my life 40 years+ ago is paramount to daily fulfillment Your action?

3. We are the observers and creators of our thoughts as many meditation masters have taught us, therefore we never need to let ourselves be held hostage to our thinking nor anyone else's. Your action?

4. We’re making it up as we go along. Much of life is an ‘imagined reality’. Religion, laws, you name it, we make them up for our own reasons. I recommend Yuval Noah Harari’s 3 books on this topic and more. Start by reading this article. Your action?

5. Life/work balance is nonsense. Life/work harmony is possible which I wrote about in the first book in this trilogy Changing What's Normal. Here's a refresher. Your action?

6. Combining a series of small shifts is the key to significant improvement. Think the true meaning of ‘quantum leaps’ and ‘the aggregation of marginal gains’, as we have already explored. Your action?

7. Systems and processes to achieve your goals are more important than your goals. Your action?

8. Being an essentialist is a key way to live your best life. If you're not familiar with essentialism learn more here. Your action?

9. Thinking about strategy and planning at the same time is a mistake. Strategic planning is an oxymoron. Think about strategy as a compass and your execution plan as a map. Your action?

10. Making meaningful progress visible or the 'progress principle' is a key to being open and honest in reflection and after-action reviews. Your action?

11. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Value is too. And legacy? yep that too. Your action?

Be remarkable.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Write down what your grateful for every day

The following are some of Seth Godin's thoughts on Thanksgiving. Read more from him and download a special reader.

Not the Thanksgiving of a bountiful Massachusetts harvest before the long winter, the holiday of pilgrims and pie. That's a holiday of scarcity averted. I'm imagining something else…

A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:

The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…

The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing to. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.

There are more of both now than there have ever been before. For me, for you, for just about all of us. Thank you.

For me I have thanksgiving every day by writing down who and what I'm grateful for. This is a daily ritual my doctor taught me 40 years ago when I was faced with a life-threatening illness. He taught me about having "an attitude of gratitude" that has served me well ever since in every aspect of my life.
Be remarkable.

As a part of my attitude I choose not to participate in any form of Black Friday sales.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Better, Wiser, and More Valuable

I love the action of having 3 words every year to aid focus which I first learned a few years ago from Chris Brogan who says:

"Every year, at the beginning of the year, choose 3 words that have personal meaning to you that you will use as guideposts for your chosen path forward in the coming year. Make the words such that they influence your choice of actions, encourage you to decide in favor of your goals, and guide you towards lasting results that you want to experience throughout the year."

I've already chosen my words for 2019: better, wiser, valuable.

My words are in alignment with my work with clients which can be summarised in a wonderful insight "the aggregation of marginal gains".

The story of this insight comes from this wonderful book where the author tells the success story of British Cycling and the instigator Performance Director Dave Brailsford. Please read the excerpt from the book about this yourself.

By choosing to be and do just a little bit better, wiser and/or more valuable my clients can achieve their own version of the British Cycling Team's success summarised by James Clear as follows:

"Just five years after Brailsford took over, the British Cycling team dominated the road and track cycling events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where they won an astounding 60 percent of the gold medals available.  Four years later, when the Olympic Games came to London, the Brits raised the bar as they set nine Olympic records and seven world records.

That same year, Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. The next year, his teammate Chris Froome won the race, and he would go on to win again in 2015, 2016, and 2017, giving the British team five Tour de France victories in six years."

The aggregation of marginal gains plays a key role in my new book, the final in a trilogy that I'm currently completing research and writing. You can download excerpt here.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

Monday, 26 November 2018

"Say what you do and do what you say"

"Say what you do and do what you say" is the mantra of the Premier of Victoria, Australia Daniel Andrews.

He won a second term two days ago by a record margin.

I've been impressed with Mr. Andrews.

He doesn't play what seems to be the typical political game of attacking people who have different opinions.

Instead he actually does what he says he will.

And he does so with positive and optimistic attitude, appearance and language.

In his 'victory' speech on Saturday evening he said with humility words all real leaders should:

We live our values, we keep our promises and we get things done.

And this statement I want to hear more from leaders everywhere. He said referencing voters "you have rejected the low road of fear and division."

Be remarkable.