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Edition 294 – Here It Comes!

Here in my home state of New South Wales, we’re as close as can be to the State Government’s 70% double dose vaccination target (and at 88% single dose!). Fingers crossed that we jump the chasm this week which means by next Monday 11th October, a raft of new freedoms will become available to individuals that themselves are double vaccinated. That will be at least two weeks earlier than originally envisaged and perhaps, in itself, a study on how to motivate people with a carrot (70% = freedoms) vs. a stick (cases = lockdowns).

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Edition 292 – 27 Days

I’m reading “Shorter” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang at the moment. Essentially, the key message is about how businesses that are working less are revolutionising how they get things done, creating better lifestyles for their employees and owners and, in most cases, maintaining or increasing profits.

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Edition 291 – The Pit Crew

Here in Sydney, it’s looking like we might exit hibernation around the 18th of October, 2021. This is premised on the hope that 70% of the adult population in New South Wales will be double vaccinated by that day. If that indeed ends up being the day, it will be one week shy of four months that Greater Sydney will have been in lockdown. That’s a long winter and half of spring been and gone in that time.

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Edition 290 – Strategic Direction

I’ve been thinking! We, as a nation and as a people, need to have a re-think about the future of Australia. COVID 19 is proving the great disruptor. As we start to consider what life may be like on the other side, now is the time to ask ourselves, where are we heading and what do we want to look like? Here’s some of my thoughts:

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Edition 288 – Kind Words & Good Deeds

We had a row in our household last week over a social media post. My wife’s cousin ranted ad-nauseum about the current lockdown situation in New South Wales. She was vitriolic in her comments and her name calling of public officials was simply appalling. Personally, I don’t know how she’s still on that particular social media platform, so personal and vile are her comments.

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Edition 287 – Grasp The Opportunity

As I write this, more than 16 million Australians are in some form of lockdown due to COVID 19. The early days of 2021 where it appeared that we were ahead of the curve in terms of the management of, and economic recovery from, this pandemic are now but a distant memory. In Greater Sydney and surrounds, my guess is that this situation won’t change until after the school holidays in early October. Should that hold true, that’s 15 weeks of lockdown.

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Edition 286 – Jane & John

Ralph *, a long standing client, phones one day. He has some colleagues in his industry that have struck trouble. They’ve received some business advice, but he feels they need a second opinion. Would I mind having a word with them, at least to give them the opportunity to talk to someone else? Ralph’s a great guy and he’s not into wasting anyone’s time, so “sure thing” was my immediate reply to him.

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Edition 285 – Negativity

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the constant negativity in the media at the moment. In Sydney at least, the nightly news bulletin is full of bad news, which often isn’t so bad, just delivered in a way that is alarmist and focuses on what’s not working rather than what is.

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