12 years

My 12 year anniversary at Tourism Australia is today.
I have spent my time here with many, many, fine people.
Some past, some present, and I’m sure some future as well.
Watching this vid this morning says all of that much better than I can (even if he takes a 20 mins to say it).


PS. Simon Sinek rocks as a speaker.  If you liked this one, then try this shorter one http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

PPS. I am going to the 1st Sydney CreativeMornings session on Friday, which this is a feature of…


Doing what matters

19 January, 2012 1 comment

You may know lots, something or nothing about the SOPA and PIPA bills working their way through the US legislative process at the moment. You might know something about the range of protests that are happening in various places.

It would be easy to blame on the people who wrote this bad law. It would be even easier to blame the politicians who have allowed this to become a remote possibility.

Yes. I am completely against it, along with many others including Clay Shirky and TED – great talk to help anyone understand why this is such a big deal.

It might be more correct thought, even if a bit harder, to blame ourselves for not expecting and demanding more from our elected officials. Seth Godin is sure putting that idea out there. My favourite one from his list is “Blame the system, the other side and your predecessors for the fact that you are not taking brave, independent action”.
Maybe we should really blame ourselves for not putting ourselves and any views we have out there and then standing by it.


PS. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton

New Year = No Resolutions

I won’t be making new years resolutions, like I have before. I don’t think that anyone will notice either way, but I wanted to record it for myself.

And it is also a good chance to see what it ,looks like when I use the iPad via Safari to post to the blog.

Hope everyone had a great festive season


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Moving On

20 December, 2011 Leave a comment

What follows below is a message I sent to the New South Wales Volleyball Referees Association Board, as well as other stakeholders.

Hello NSWVRA Board (& others)

I announced to a very small quorum at our last Board meeting my intention not to re-nominate for the NSWVRA Board at our next AGM, effectively resigning my position as Chairman at that time (March 2012).

While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with each of the Board members as well as the variety of NSWVRA stakeholders, I have decided that I can no longer give the hours necessary to complete my duties, and do it with the appropriate sense of optimism and grace that I aspire to.  In reality, the time I spent actually refereeing in 2011 was the smallest it has been in 10 years, while the time I had put into the administration activities was at its highest ever. And my little girl has asked me to spend more time with her – which means something coming from a 3yr old.

As for the future of NSWVRA, I hope, the new incoming Chair finds the organisation in good shape and builds upon it, just as I did when I took the position at the AGM in 2005.  I was a recently upgraded National A when I joined the Board (having just come back from my first National Juniors), but it was my desire to improve the state of officiating in NSW that was key to my work in this position, rather than my current or future grading. With this in mind, I shall continue to encourage anyone who has the energy and desire to get involved with NSWVRA in any way they can.

I would like to thank each of the current and past Board members for their time in supporting me and the activities of NSWVRA, as well as each of the referees for their time. I would also like to acknowledge those in the volleyball community who have supported the NSWVRA and the principles of officiating in general from before, during and after my time with the NSWVRA Board. Perhaps most importantly, I must thank my family and friends for their support and patience as I made my way along this journey.

Best wishes to you all for a happy and safe festive season.



Chairman, NSW Volleyball Referees Association


25 November, 2011 2 comments

PosterBrain are running a competition, but unfortunately entrants must come from the USA.

Rather than moan, I will just put together something very fast and very simple – which of course isn’t a real entry.

Yes. It is overly simple. No. It isn’t very graphical.

But it’s better than doing nothing…


PS. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha


Have you hugged your … today?

1 July, 2011 2 comments

Most of us are lucky that we have a variety of personalities who are in our lives. I have simplified them down to;
– rocks – the stable and dependable ones,
– earths – those slightly kooky hippies,
– winds – the ones who breeze through life, and
– fires – the ones who ignite our emotions.

Sometimes though you lose one of these from your life and you suddenly realise what they were giving you that all the others didn’t.

Looking at this picture, it is probably a pretty easy guess that the personality I am talking about here is a wind – or possibly a tornado 🙂

Our little white dog Jessica passed away suddenly only a short time ago. She would have been 5 years old in September.  Both my partner and I miss her terribly. The rest of our family, the little black dog (also a Lab – she will be 6 years old in December) and our 2-year-old, are less overtly aware of our missing ball of energy. But we are pretty sure they know…

While our house is currently a much calmer place, we can’t help missing the sheer exuberance and energy that Jess brought to the house. Having someone who is so excited about anything you do with them is one of those things that just makes you feel special. Jessica was always thrilled to be doing whatever she was doing when you were there. She was so happy when you tried to give her a pat or a cuddle that she would struggle to sit still.  You can’t even find a photo of her where she isn’t smiling happily – even getting her to sit still for a photo would usually require some bribery. And when Jessica was sleeping, she was still on the move.

While all these things make a great statement of Jessica’s love for life, they also show you what it is like having a wind personality in the household. Everything is at ten tenths, never five. Why would you walk when you can run. Once you know what something is, you need to know the next thing, and then the next, and the next. There might be something more interesting over there. Hey, am I missing anything over here?

So… now that she is gone… I can regret not giving her more belly scratches or playing more tug of war… But maybe I should just rejoice in the happy glow that Jessica brought everywhere she went, smile a lot and be thrilled and excited by all the little wonders I encounter. It certainly worked for Jessica.

Will miss you little white dog.


PS. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

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Moving the Goal Posts

16 June, 2011 1 comment

If you have read my blog before – (so that’s 2 of you 😉  & thanks Mum) you know that I made a new year’s resolution to put up a post once a week, and was tracking how I was going.  I have however, fallen behind on this, mostly due to my new side project taking that time away.  So it looks like I will miss the goals I set myself…but that’s ok.

Having goals that are clearly defined helps to give you direction and a gauge of your progress, but at the end of the day, you only have these because you have decided on a particular direction (or strategy).  Making a decision to change that direction isn’t something you do lightly, but neither do you lock yourself into that direction when you have good reasons to change.  Of course changing the goal, means changing how you measure your progress as well…

While I have been on this path for a little while, others have devoted their adult lives to the pursuit of a goal.  Check out this video of a recent graduation speech giving by Conan O’Brien – even if you only watch it because the guy is really funny.  Clearly this is a person who has had a rather public “failure” but also a rather public change in direction, and many would argue success in that new direction.

There is no greater cliché than follow your dream…whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change. And that’s ok.”

Sometimes the absolutely focused and driven approach to the achievement of a specific goal is truly admirable (check out this article about a student walking up to accept their degree – it’s the first time they have been able to walk since their accident).  Sometimes though, we relentlessly pursue a measure without remembering the direction we wanted to head in and why we wanted to go that way in the first place.  There is of course the other side of this problem, where the direction and goals change so often that it seems we are dodging the responsibility and accountability, with good reason or not.

If you have a Key Performance Indicator that you are regularly coming back to (or are brought back to), then maybe you should just do a quick check every now and then of how that direction sits with you.  If it’s still right then that’s great and it can re-affirm why you are working as hard as you are.  But if it’s not right, then you can re-channel your energy for a better outcome.


PS. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight” –  Jim Rohn

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