Monday, October 24, 2016

Best $10 you can spend on Airline travel.

M & M's for experiment!
Recently I read an article on travel tips and it commented that you could change the enjoyment of a flight with a simple $10 purchase.

The advice was "Purchase a box of M & M and give it to the flight staff with the advice... "This is for you and please share with your colleagues" and according to the advice you would be blown away with the service that resulted."

So, I tried the experiment.

It was flight QF792 from Perth October 24th, 2016 leaving Perth at 8.30 am.

I will keep you informed.

#Rebootology #SMO2016 #WayneMansfield

Monday, August 01, 2016

Some ideas deserve to be killed Off

Today I read a great "snippet" from Peter Diamandis titled: Create a culture that rewards killing ideas.

"As I've discussed with regard to Google's moonshot factory 'X', Idealab also believes in killing
ideas quickly.

Ideas need a short life span
Bill Gross, founder of Idealab explains, "We kill a lot of ideas. There is no risk to our people; nobody gets fired. In fact, people get praised when we kill something. We save a lot of money when we kill a bad idea."

It is so critically important that this notion is ingrained into your culture – otherwise, it will never work. Reward your people for finding ways ideas won't work before you invest heavily in them."

So, are you holding onto an idea that really doesn't deserve any more of your time??

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Coles and OfficeWorks declare war on GOOD customers

After big companies continue to get a kicking for shady practices by ASIC and FairWork [ that inludes Coles, Woolworths and Seven11 ] they are starting to get nasty with their customers.

I use OfficeWorks for workbook reproduction and this weekend have spent $700 there. How do you reckon they treated me... I spend this amount or more each month. Firstly I was told that the rules had changed and I had to prepay Ugh?? I has been to the same OfficeWorks for 4 years spending upwards of $1k a month on copying without any issue on payment, yet they wanted a good customer to PREPAY because they had an issue with a customer not picking up a canvas printing job worth $100?

And when I went to leave the store in Malaga just a few hours ago, after paying the bill in full, the door person wouldn't let me leave unless he could itemize my receipt against what I was carrying. Mmmm unfortunately the little guy has been murdered by the Coles giant and I suppose this is the new normal.

On Saturday morning at the Coles Supermarket - you know the guys who have been caught out by the Fair Work Commissioner for underpaying staff... there was a young guy taking photos of behind the scene places that could be used against the current contract cleaners when they terminated their current cleaning contracts.

And oh these are the same guys who run KMART and TARGET and have clothes made in Sweat shops in Bangladesh...

I can see the Financial pages recording that both OfficeWorks and Coles are struggling as "store to store" sales are declining.

I wonder what genius will take responsibility for this latest cost cutting... treat customer as the enemy strategy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flat White appears on Starbucks menu board - Australia's gift to the world.

Australia is less and less influenced by the views of Americans.

Flat White Coffee
Australia's gift to the world
Where Americans can’t see anywhere else in the world, we have influence from Asia, UK Europe and the US.

Just a simple example is coffee… none of that dreadful brewed stuff for us Aussies.
Our coffee culture had two dramatic effects on Starbucks… Starbucks closed down stores in Australia as we don't like the sweet stuff that passes are drinks in Starbucks.

Starbucks relaunched in Australia with flat white [ according to Costa Coffee from the UK “Australia’s gift to the world” ] on the menu… it has also been added in the UK.

As I haven’t travelled to the US for 5 years I am not sure it has reached their yet but Hugh Jackman is doing his best to spread the sheer delight of flat white to America.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Best price - a promise or a "bait and switch "The BIG hole that swallowed my leg?

The BIG hole that swallowed my leg and iPhone

The screen shattered - wow!

iPhone 6 drama [ some would say a first world problem!! ] occurred on a recent trip to Bali for the CoWorkingUnConferenceAsia2016 [ and that is another story! ]. While walking between restaurants in Ubud Bali, I stepped into a VERY BIG hole which swallowed me whole.

You can see that apart from skinned knees, a dented pride the damage was focused on my iPhone screen... completely shattered!

Back in Perth I was quoted $160 to fix it... but when I arrived they said it would be $300!! Isn't that illegal? - bait and switch? That was iRepair - so be careful.

Eventually I got the apple shop to do the job at about $275 and a great job they did.

MY POINT: Be careful of getting a quote and then being told, for whatever reason, that isn't available and being suckered into the higher figure... days later iRepair's web still quoted $160 for an iPhone6 new screen.

OK I am no calm.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Seth Godin Poke The Box

Many people mistakenly believe you need to read a book from cover to cover to get the most from a book. I love to grab a book, one like Seth Godin's POKE THE BOX, which is a collection of previously published snapshot ideas and read the ideas from where the page where the book opens. I then continue to read until I get a "shit yes..." idea and then the book has done it's job.

So here goes with "Poke the box"

Poke The BoxSeth Godin

When Can you Start?

Soon is not as good as now.

#WayneMansfield #PowerRead #BusinessSeminarsAustralia #SeminarsJuly2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Later Life Work the basis of Rebootology

Later Life Work [ as described in Phil Burgess great book: "Reboot" ]
Work comes in many flavours and for people post retirement defined in terms of obligations and accountabilities, work seems to fall into one of five categories.
Phil Burgess
Authour: Reboot!
Type 1: Paid work.
Many in later-life still work for pay, earning a salary, wages, or fees. Employees work for salaries and wages; professionals, craftspeople, consultants, and freelancers typically earn fees.
For many, paid work in later life will often mean continuing to work as a lawyer, accountant, or pharmacist but often on a reduced-time basis. For others, it may involve work totally different from earlier career-related activities.
For example, after retiring from a well paid middle management job a retiree found that after a few months in retirement, he was bored to tears. His wife felt as though someone had intruded on her home life, a place she controlled for over 40 years of their marriage. Rather than doing nothing, he took up a part-time job stacking groceries shelves at a local supermarket.
Outcome: The job provided a schedule, a chance to work with others, and an opportunity to provide a needed service. The additional income, in his case, didn’t change his standard of living but was icing on the cake, along with the restoration of a more normal relationship with his wife.
Type 2: In-kind work.

Post-careerists trade their time for in-kind benefits, such as managing a apartment complex or house-sitting in return for living quarters, serving as an usher at sporting events in return for watching the game, working on a cruise ship (e.g., as a lecturer or child-care provider) in return for passage, or providing clean-up services at a performing arts centre in return for free tickets.
In some cases, like managing an apartment complex, you are on-call 24/7 with many obligations and accountabilities. In others, such as clean-up services, there is a lot more flexibility, where you may work only two to three times a week for four to five months a year, but the activity is scheduled and obligatory and involves accountabilities to others. It is work.
Type 3: Volunteer work.
Many later-lifers “gift work" i.e., provide a benefit to another on a regular basis without pay or other consideration, usually through a non-profit organization. Volunteers may create products, such as knitting sweaters for the less-advantaged, casting pottery for sale at fund-raisers for the church, building a house for Habitat for Humanity, or manufacturing benches for a neighborhood park.
Volunteers more typically provide services, such as reception services (meeting, greeting, answering phones), helping out at church, delivering meals on wheels for a local nonprofit, coaching a youngsters sports teams, or providing free management assistance to a small-business owner or entrepreneur as a volunteer counselor.
In these cases, charities, community institutions, or other nonprofits get the benefit of your time and talent, and you get the many benefits of social engagement, especially the opportunity to use your gifts to help others and to work to repair the world or make it a better place.
Type 4: Samaritan work.
Person-to-person care-giving or assistance arranged informally is something growing numbers of later-lifers are doing for relatives, friends, or other loved ones. Samaritan work includes care-giving for infirm or frail parents, an ailing spouse, dependent neighbor or good friend – or when grandparents provide child care for grandchildren of working parents.
It also includes personal services, such as rehabilitation assistance or assisting with the activities of daily living, including food preparation, shopping, or transportation to appointments. It may be maintenance services, such as lawn care, gardening, shoveling snow for home-bound neighbors, or home maintenance assistance to later-life friends and neighbors who still live at home but can’t do the heavy lifting to maintain and repair buildings and grounds.
Type 5: Enrichment work.
Some may be surprised that enrichment is considered work. However many later-lifers take a highly disciplined approach to self-improvement.
Examples of a disciplined approach to self-improvement include training for competition (e.g., amateur tennis, club golf, or Masters swimming); enhancing, sharpening, or applying a skill (e.g., woodworking, computer publishing, photography, chess, piano); learning something new, such as a new language, a new musical instrument, a new culture,a new body of literature (e.g., Chinese history, dynamics of aging, nutrition, or the history of baseball) or joining a book-reading club; creating, as in arts or crafts (e.g., playing the guitar in a country music group, portrait or landscape painting, writing, cartooning, carving), philanthropy, or other activities “undertaken for the love of work itself.”
Phil Burgess's book REBOOT!
The important issue here is that “enrichment work” is not just messing around, pursuing a pastime, or something you do when you don’t have anything else to do. If you go out to the courts a couple of times a week just to bat the ball around or read a book now and then – that is what we call a pastime or leisure-time activity. There is nothing wrong with leisure-time activity, but it does not qualify as enrichment work. Activities qualifying as enrichment work are planned and purposeful (e.g., improving knowledge or performance, or applying skills to creating something or helping others) and involve obligating yourself to the process and making yourself accountable to someone (e.g., your spouse, partner, friend, or co-worker who knows of your commitment) who will help and encourage you to be true to your undertaking.

[ This article is inspired by the description of later life work style is the book Reboot by Phil Burgess available from Amazon as a paperback or as a kindle - it is highly recommended ]