thought bubbles

… are just that: things i think about. this is often triggered by something i read or a challenge i face. it would be nice to discuss these ideas but since we are on the road there are not that many people around i can discuss these with. but if you feel up to it…

off the grid.

the chart below is based on data released by the australian bureau of statistics. it’s not pretty, at least not if you live in australia and would like to heat your home, light it or maybe even use some appliances. nobody argues with the basic fact: energy prices have risen far above the rate of…

measuring growth.

at least once a quarter assorted pollies trot out to discuss how well they are managing the economy (if in government) or how badly the current mob are doing (if in opposition). there are a few numbers that get beaten to death in the discussion, but by far the most misused is gdp (gross domestic…

not so super?

how do you save for retirement? you may be forgiven to think that government around the world are hell-bent on ensuring we all die at our desks which could lead to the introduction of a new category of recycling (rather not in this case) bins or industrial strengths shredders. but morbid jokes aside, i can…

replacing managers or politicians with smart contracts?

sounds like a brilliant idea, right? managers, and in some ways politicians, are agents acting for their principals, the shareholders / citizens – something they appear to forget at times (1). we assume they do so in the interests of principals, in exchange for economic reward. as we all know – and the recent royal…

paid like a boss 2.

this article originally posted on ‘the conversation’ sheds some more light on how things work in boardrooms. the key finding of a series of interviews with board members is that it’s a closed community who like to choose their own to fill vacant board positions. recruiting outsiders is seen as a risk, both in terms…

paid like a boss.

there has been a lot of discussion about the slow salary growth many of us have experienced in the last few years. it has even triggered a comment by the governor of the reserve bank of australia. this is often explained with a reference to generally lower economic growth, something that’s hard to argue with.…

are followers sheep?

i currently read a lot about leadership – again. it has been a topic i have read and thought about a lot over the years, maybe because i really struggled to become a better (deliberately avoiding the word ‘good’) leader throughout my career. one of the text books i am currently going through uses the…

corporate or income tax cuts?

there is much talk about the corporate tax cuts the government is trying to get through the senate. apparently companies need to pay less tax to stay competitive, or rather: australia needs to ask companies for a smaller contribution to the common purse in order to attract or retain investment. i find this perplexing: in…