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The kid here isn’t my awesome son, Gus, with the tongue poking out and always busy – though it could be Gussy…!

Me youngLike father, like son?! We’ll see! It’s a privilege being his Dad.

Having blogged and podcasted and YouTubed regularly pre-Gus, life has changed.

It seems like yesterday that I was a political adviser, although that was over ten years ago (…!); or when I stood on Wellington’s waterfront and decided to move there – yet that was a decade ago, too. Nearly two terms have passed since President Barack Obama and his Inauguration, and I stood in DC’s National Mall and shivered and loved it, history being made, with people from Illinois surrounding me, cheering for him, for them, and for the future. Days before I had walked the Civil War battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg, and immersed myself in the incredible silence that enveloped the battlefields.

A recent book I read by the late Professor Jack Falla, an ice hockey fan and journalist, rekindled a desire to experience, and to reflect.

Words are precious. Books by Gideon Haigh and Tom Lewis, David Day and Peter Lalor fill my bookshelves on and offline. I love words and I love writing that is effortless and paints and is free of itself.

Gus already has books signed by Gideon and Gerard Whateley and Peter Lalor, and a signed personal letter from Tony Dodemaide – not bad for a child who can’t read yet. Old school? Unashamedly. And how grateful to those gents am I.

I write on leadership, on social history and history, on sport, on social media and media, on issues management and on books and TV programmes and podcasts that I review.

But what is leadership? For me, it’s this quote by then Chief of the Australian Army, Lt Gen David Morrison:

The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

It’s a standard to aspire to and to challenge yourself to uphold each day.

Education and Professional Memberships

  • MA (Organisational Communication)
  • BA, Deakin University
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)

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