Late last year serendipity arrived in my inbox. Michael Pether, amateur WW11 historian, contacted me as a result of the blog I had written on resilience called “Lessons from my Grandma”, in which I had briefly mentioned my great aunt Dorothy Gwendolyn Howard Elmes.  “Bud” was one of the 22 Australian army nurses lined up […]

From the Brave New World of employee monitoring, big data and Robotic Process Automation, to more micro trends such as: business coaches and solopreneurs, plus some evolving trends in leadership. Employee monitoring – a dystopian idea – Use it for good not evil Human resources media wrote recently about the “wearable technology that can spy on […]

A few weeks ago I returned from the Northern Territory where I was working with ANKA the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists. Slight departure from working in organisations in urban Melbourne and Sydney. The CEO of ANKA; the indomitable Christina Davidson asked me to come and work with their Art Worker Extension […]

  I’m digressing a little from my usual topics and warning this isn’t for the fainthearted! I think we have all been shocked recently by media events and what has been going on in schools around Australia with so called “porn rings” or basically sites that rate young girls and facilitate the sharing of intimate […]

Google recently studied over 100 of its teams to find the stand out factors that made some teams highly successful and some not so. Project Aristotle was the lofty title and they analysed huge amounts of data in their quest to put this under the microscope. Team Composition The first thing they looked at was […]


Lots has been said about Millennials, or Gen Y as they are commonly referred to; “they don’t want to put in the hard yards”, “they won’t listen to authority”, “they are entitled”, “always changing jobs”…. So why add more white noise? Mainly because it was a somewhat welcome surprise to read the latest research from […]

  I visited Sydney recently and took a ferry to the Biennale on Cockatoo Island. Apart from the ferry ride and the art, (I particularly liked the pendulum work), the title of the show intrigued me; “the future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed” (William Gibson, science fiction writer)  I started musing on […]

I’ve been reading a looooooot of textbooks lately on resilience and associated topics….. On GRIT as I have previously blogged about – passion and persistence towards long term goals. On Mental Toughness, which is a ‘short hand’ way of explaining why some people cope well under pressure and others seem to falter. On Resilience, particularly […]

A Utopian Ideal? Russell Howcroft of ABC2 & Gruen Transfer fame spoke recently at a VECCI lunch for business leaders on nurturing creativity. Russell suggested business leaders need to get away from cynical and adversarial thinking. He recommended writing ‘assume good intent’ on a whiteboard in your office. I have often wished to do the same, […]

Wishing all our clients and supporters a Merry Christmas and thanks for an amazing 2015. Hope the break brings you a healthy balance of rejuventation, time with family and indulgence! Here’s to a more sane and peaceful 2016 gloabally. X George and all of us at Changeable   with thanks to Paul Crock for this image.