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,…

Monday Media – Can anything save ‘dinosaur media’?

Can the Australian government’s proposed new media laws save troubled newspapers and other legacy media outlets? Or is that the wrong question to be asking? It’s now two weeks since the government confirmed plans to significantly change media ownership laws, which could prompt a whole swag of mergers and acquisitions as old-school news organisations battle…

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…

Monday Media – And just like Magic, no more 2CH

It’s the worst-kept secret in Australian radio: Easy 2CH is no more. From today, the station has adopted the ‘Magic’ moniker – and, in general, the Magic format. It’s still calling itself Magic 2CH in Breakfast – but certainly by 2pm, it had adopted the Magic 1170 callsign – bringing it into line with the branding…

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…

Thursday thoughts – Rules v Customer Service

I was at a small restaurant last night, which we’ve been to regularly – and as it turns out, we were the only customers seated there. There were probably two reasons for that: One was because the heavens opened just moments after we arrived, so that would have deterred people thinking about whether to go…

Wed Workshop – Training v Real World.

I was at a Toastmasters meeting last night when a member, attempting to encourage newer speakers, said “No speech is a failure – Each speech has an outcome. It’s how you deal with that outcome that counts.” And I’d agree – at least as far as the sentiment goes. But to paraphrase the old saying, sentiment (and…