Rear View Microphone podcast 009

Here’s the ninth episode of Rear View Microphone – the weekly podcast covering Travel, and Tourism, and Cruising, and Communications, and Arts and Entertainment, and Politics and more … This week – in cruise news Bali terror threats stop ships from sailing to the Indonesian holiday hotspot; in arts news, we look at recycling ideas;  in…

Wed Workshop: ‘Intrinsic’ motivators

Money may seem like the main motivator for many people – but what if it’s not? What if there are other ‘first-order’ motivators that we ignore at our peril? I’ve just come from a meeting where a speaker pointed out that extrinsic motivators like money, fame, and praise are all important – but beyond a certain point,…

Rear View Microphone podcast 008

Here’s the eighth episode of Rear View Microphone – the weekly podcast covering Travel, and Tourism, and Cruising, and Communications, and Arts and Entertainment, and Politics and more … This week – lots of cruise news – including saying farewell to some Aussie and Kiwi favourites; in  table-top games news, we look at lying with a…

Rear View Microphone podcast 007

Here’s the seventh episode of Rear View Microphone – the weekly podcast covering Travel, and Tourism, and Cruising, and Communications, and Arts and Entertainment, and Politics and more … This week – lots of cruise news – including passengers having rocks thrown at them in Port Vila, but also lots of ‘good news’ stories about cruising; in…

Wed Workshop – 80:20 vision

In my Thursday Thoughts post two weeks ago, I wrote about ‘draining the swamp’ – or dealing with the big picture, and not getting bogged down in the minutiae. And that led one reader to point me to a really useful ‘life hack’ page about the 80:20 rule. The 80:20 rule, as Steve Young points out, is…

Wed Workshop – Best Laid Schemes …

You may have noticed that this week’s Wed Workshop’ is actually being posted on a Sunday (Australian time). That’s because, as the poet said, “The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley….” I am, as I’ve mentioned, an occasional ‘enrichment lecturer’ on cruise ships – and in recent weeks I’ve been on…

Thursday thoughts: Draining the swamp

I think it was a 1986 Apple commercial that first introduced me the concept, but it’s a metaphor that has stuck with me for three decades since then: “It is difficult to remember, when you are up to your neck in alligators, that you originally set out to drain the swamp!” I find that I spend…