Tag: Leadership

Directions 2031 will have Perth CBD look like Gotham if it doesn’t adapt.

Perth City takes the most amazing Ariel pics. If you lived in South of Perth, the vista is to die for but after 6pm in the Perth CBD, welcome to Zombie land.

I’d like to take all the city planners for a walk through our beautiful city after 6pm to feel what I feel, all dressed up and nowhere to go.

We are doing ourselves a disservice if we keep on thinking like 1950s America’s automotive and suburban spread.

It’s not smart, it’s not sustainable.

Since the mining boom has settled and the one speed economy continues to hit the back pocket of normal Western Australians, we must rethink what we’re doing with our 20sq km of the CBD.

Mining companies will continue to get smarter and more profitable in the way they function which means less jobs for the unskilled that have been overpaid for decades. Unions can’t change this trend, our wishful thinking can’t change this trend.

The Perth CBD must become the entrance statement to the greater city of Perth and Western Australia or we might follow in the footsteps of Detroit and decline as a population and a place of opportunity.

Throwing money at promoting Western Australia as the place to visit and spend big when our city closes at 5pm is a little naive, especially if we’re to attract people to the most isolated city in the world.

Perth City Centre must grow in residential living, student residence and tourism by another 100,000 to create our own unique eco hub and attract world attention.

Smart Cities must be measured by the effect they have on their citizens and Perth must rethink its approach when planning into the future.

Directions 2031 won’t cut it.

Lets be mindful to create a bigger pie that all citizens benefit in an ever changing world. Rather than be influenced by greenfield smart city concepts, we can retrofit Perth CBD to be the most accomodating and influential Global Smart City.

It’s our city.

The Fellowship was replaced with the Firm

Building a Fellowship is an art form of hidden sacrifice and private devotion.

Building a Firm is strategic, exhausting and filled with collateral damage.

I was once a part of a world wide Fellowship and I thought nothing of sacrifice and devotion towards those I considered brothers and sisters in the faith.

The transition between Fellowship & Firm was subtle and insidious when brother would turn against brother under the guise of loyalty to the course and the spirit of sacrifice and devotion seemed lost forever.

In recent years I’ve been privileged to revisit Fellowship with the most unlikely people. One by one they are appearing and our hearts are being knit in Fellowship.

I can only say, God is faithful, God is true and has not forgotten us.

Stay true to conscience and they’ll come from everywhere wanting the liberty you have fought for in the secret place.

#love #fellowship #hope #family #friends #joy

The great event – Invite only – Behave yourself

Leaders set the tone, cool, calm and deliberate.

I just finished a week of festivities to my daughters wedding.

The anticipation was great, the preparation was detailed and the execution was magnificent.

With over two hundred guests, family and friends coming in from all over and creating harmony throughout the day into the night seemed an impossible task.

On the day of the event, people were preparing the last minute touches, the bridal party taking their time to look picture perfect and they did. The marriage ceremony of mixed cultures made the hardest of us tearful and grateful, reminded of love and its intoxicating power.

In the evening it was time for family and guests to join in the celebration with plenty of food, drink and music. The speeches were being shared with more laughter and tears as loved ones open up to honour the new young couple. The last of the speeches was the groom, he stood up and kindly thanked and honoured all the right people. He then finished his speech with the most memorable words.

~ “We’re about to celebrate, eat, drink and dance for the rest of the evening so if there’s anyone that has any issues, please go for a walk and keep walking till you get out the gate and keep walking. Come back tomorrow when you’re all cooled off and have something to eat”

He shared those words with a soft tone and a spirit of love making sure that all the preparation, all the hard work was respected and to honour every person present. No one was going to hijack the evening and rob this community as well as the newly weds of their joy.

I believe society can learn much from my son in-law when it comes to notifying minorities seeking to pull apart a spirit of harmony and robbing many people of their labour’s of love, it’s not on.

As you can imagine, the evening flowed and the celebration was big, if there were any incidence, no one was effected.

Leaders set the tone, cool, calm and deliberate.

Perth, Sky’s the limit – A City Change within our reach

The anchor of a city is the promise it gives. Reshaping, rebuilding to fully appreciate what’s in our midst.

100,000 more residents, students and tourists filling the Perth CBD void, which is required to create an enviable vibrant global city.

Perth is Safe, Clean and open for business. What some call a boring City is what others recognise as opportunity personified.

If there was a time to move to Perth CBD, it’s now. The market has dropped to a level playing field and there’s opportunity everywhere for those looking to balance work and lifestyle.

There’s a growing trend for inner city living, to cut down on travel, to connect with culture and to free up valuable time.

Now is also the time to negotiate fantastic leases for start up businesses, now is the time to open that quirky restaurant, now is the time to create a smarter lifestyle.

Property developers and landlords are in the mood to give smart insensitive’s to continue their core businesses, which allows you to win at the beginning of your investment.

The greatest assets we will ever have is Time, Health and Optimism.

Don’t believe the spin doctor experts, investigate for yourself and create your own financial and lifestyle security.

My oldest friend – Half a century later

I met him through his brother when I was about five years old, he was one of the primary school’s fastest runners, him and the Aussie guy.

Mario being Greek was obviously was my first preference of who to barrack for, even at such a young age, we were tribal.

We’ve weaved in and out of each other’s lives and became quite close in our late teens with a church community being our common thread.

Then the fun stuff started, we both married to Aussie girls and and broke our tribal ways and we had three kids each around the same times.

Our families grew close and then separated by our work for many years, my family moving interstate, but we remained close in spirit.

Decades have past, five in fact and we’re closer now than ever and only in the last few months we’re getting to truely know one another.

It’s hard to explain but there’s something quite special when you can keep friendships alive for so many years.

We’ve both had the space to become whatever we’ve become, good, bad or indifferent and free of judgement.

I’m fortunate to have a number of friends around the world that remain true and even if a decade passes by, we just take off from where we left last.

I’ve never laughed so much as I have in the last couple of months with my friends that choose to keep the walls down when I’m around.

I honestly pray that you have such friends in your life.