Why quiet has become quite all right

With a child, one thing I've learned is the value of quiet - but not the 'thank goodness, he's asleep' attitude, but the deeper one, of knowing when to turn the Twitter and email, and TV and radio and everything OFF. Quiet, even for a Twitter fan like me, I've learned, is quite all right. A recent post from Brent Cox Twitter And The Death Of Quiet Enjoyment, via @thefetch, reminded me of how my Twitter habits have changed for four reasons: I have WAY less time now with a child - and if...
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Packer v Murdoch – the story behind the story

This week I listened to Mediaweek Australia's podcast chat with the writer and director of the recent TV show, Packer v Murdoch. You can listen to it here via their site. David Caesar offers some excellent insights into how the two-part series was put together and the back story to the Packers and Murdoch. Even though it didn't get to the 'magic million' (number of viewers) I watched both episodes with interest. It was a little weird seeing Tony Greig (oops - actor Alexander England) in th...
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Leadership: Up to your shoe laces

Recently I came across this piece from @michelhogan on Smart Company about the importance of shoe laces. Really. You should read it, as I reckon it's a great read. It reminded me of an experience I had a few years back as a lobbyist, when I was nervously awaiting my turn to speak to a school hall of teenage boys about leadership. Often I find Twitter is overloaded with self-help stuff. Countless '10 ways to teach your Nan/CEO/pet to tweet'. Some of it is very good; some of it, well, not...
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Why I loved ‘the’ Cricket Australia tweet

Normally I’m one of the first bemoaning poor management and governance decisions in sport, especially when it comes to Cricket Australia. As a communications consultant and former political adviser, I’ve spent much of my career working with people to try and mitigate risk. The adage “don’t say anything you don’t want on the front page” was taught to me from a very young spin doctoring age, and it’s a good principle – one, in fact, I try and impart with my clients – and one we work with our wr...
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Melbourne sacking was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any less sad

As a little kid in outer suburban Chirnside Park in the late 1970s, I still recall my parents giving me the opportunity to pick the footy team I’d barrack for. Would it be Collingwood, for whom Mr Carthew, across the street, had played? Essendon, the team of my grandfather?   For the full post, please click here to see it on The Armchair Selector.
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What ER’s Dr Mark Greene and Eddie McGuire have in common

There’s a strong parallel between the opening episode of ER and Collingwood President Eddie McGuire’s handling of the racial slur directed at Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes. In the episode, a newly-minted senior ER doctor Mark Greene in the midst of a (fictional) crisis in his unit is counselled by a senior colleague thus: You set the tone…You set the tone Mark. It’s a good metaphor for good leadership; and particularly for crisis communications.   This post can be read in full ...
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Twitter – ‘I have the conch’… ‘no I have the conch’.

Has Twitter become Lord the Flies (that's flies - not fries)? That's the question that came to my mind during the week watching for some reason, a certain cricketer sledge an opposing team. At least this time he wasn't having to be beeped out. Having been on Twitter for a few years now, I think it's changed. I know I've changed my habits with it - (lists on Tweetdeck!) but recently I wonder if people on Twitter have been drinking some extra cranky juice? Simply put, I'm not getting the ...
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Ten things I’ve learned in a week of ‘working from home’

With recent changes to my career, two weeks ago I began the adventure of building my own public affairs consultancy and also developing rapidly The Armchair Selector. Since then, I've learned and reflected on a number of principles for working from home and how to maximise my productivity. Love to hear your experiences and thoughts 1. Wear shoes: It's easy to slouch around in house wear, after all, who will see you? A friend suggested it's good to have shoes on - and the rest follows. My '...
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Gone too soon – a rugby fan’s lament

And so, with a loss, it ends. The song, the drummers, the kids at half time, the famous Rebel yell. Gone for another season. Yes, there are more games to be played, but they are away. Irrespective of the loss last night and the farewell of some great players, I walked into the Stockade before the game saddened. Surely it was yesterday that I sat and reflected on the Rebs’ first season, and the excitement. It was, wasn’t it? Read more on my thoughts as the Rebels' season ends at The Armchai...
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