Archive for Opinion


How To Make The The Most Of A 14 Hour Plane Flight

15 Mar 2013

This week I flew from Sydney Australia to Los Angeles on a 14 hour Qantas flight in a new Airbus 380.

I thought I’d share my top tips to become more productive in-flight and what can throw your well laid plans out the window.

This trip to America is a combination of a family holiday with my wife and 17 year old son joining me. However, while they are strictly on holiday, it’s also a business trip with a stop off in Phoenix to attend Infusioncon 2013.

It’s also essential for me to have internet access along my travels so I can connect daily with my staff back in Perth. Continue Reading

Putting Personality Into A Page And A Podcast

28 Feb 2013

Working out how to put my own personality into a blog page and a podcast episode is proving to be a challenge!

When I first started blogging in 2010 I wrote very dry, stale blog posts that didn’t really have much expression at all. When I read them back I kept thinking they were really stuffy, and in some cases, they still are. It’s proving to be a similar situation with the Typical Business podcast also.

If I’m honest, most of the shows so far have been a long way away from what I’m like in person.

On the one hand, when it comes to business I can be very serious – because business isn’t a joke. Continue Reading


Turn Up The Volume Of Your Inner Voice

17 Jan 2013

How much time are you giving yourself to stop, switch off, unplug and meditate quietly? Perhaps it’s time you allow your own thoughts and inner voice to be the loudest sound in the room.

If you’re like most of us you’ll be honest and answer “not enough”.

Today, I want to encourage you to take some time out of your schedule and find a quiet spot to let your inner voice speak.


Have you ever had those times when you’ve missed an opportunity Continue Reading

Is Windows 8 The End Of Windows Or The Beginning Of A Resurgence?

21 Oct 2012

Microsoft is getting ready to launch a full on assault with the new operating system Windows 8. However, unlike most launches, this time it’s not just the PC getting the upgrade. The question on everyone’s mind is, is this the beginning of a Windows (Microsoft) resurgence?

There’s been some recent comments from the Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff that Windows 8 is the end of Windows and that Windows is irrelevant?

I’ve been a Windows user since 3.1 and have used every Continue Reading

In 2003 Santa Didn’t Visit My 7 Year Old Son

24 Sep 2012

In 2003 I felt ashamed and inadequate as my 7 year old son wasn’t getting a single present for Christmas.

Back in 2003 I was a mature age student studying Software Engineering and had just completed my third year. Times were tough and the finances were really bad. This is the letter that I wrote to my 7 year old son for Christmas. I’ve kept it as a reminder to me of that moment in my life.

Dear Zac,

My elves have told me how good you have been this year. You have been really well behaved for Mum and Dad, and you have tried hard at school and got a good report.  Continue Reading