Friday, March 16, 2018

The 7 Essentials of why Training is Great!




[1/7] Is staff training worth it?? According to ATD training can lead to 218% increase of income per employee and a 24% increase in profit margin... shouldn't you be investing in your people?
[2/7] The national Centre of Educational Quality of the Workforce says training gives a better increase in productivity [ 10% ] than upgrade equipment [ 3.4% ]
[3/7] Research says if you don't train NEW employees 40% will leave within the first year!
[4/7] 70% of staff say they stay longer when they get job specific training...
[5/7] How do employees feel about NO Training... 74% felt that they weren't achieving their full potential at work.
[6/7] When employees feel you care by providing training they are more engaged - a Dale Carnegie survey says engage employees out perform other by 202%
[7/7] Surprise surprise Millennials say [ a whopping 87%] say developing new vocational skills is significant to them.

The 7 Essentials of why Training is Great!
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Who would know?


What's in a word?
For years I have been mistakenly telling people that the word AIR in AIRBNB was because there was an app... but I have just finished listening to part 1 of the Tim Ferriss podcast with co-founder Joe Gebbia where he says it refers to an AIR mattress from the first version of the the service. I will have to chage my advice...
In that podcast Joe talks about a formula which helped his cold calling:
SW² + SW = MO
or some will care and some won't so what just Move On
So today things that have been waiting for action will be done...


Years ago an associate said to me "Why don't you do it?" and I replied " It might not work." and they said "Who would know?"

Friday, March 09, 2018

Turn Autumn Centres into start up incubators!




Here's an idea...
Turn Autumn Centres [ places for Seniors ] into start up incubators!
I was listening to Gary Vee going on about the ideas being presented to Venture Capitalists as the Next Uber for [ pancakes etc ] and he said a trend that will emerge will be retirees who have seen stuff being done wrong for 25 years who rather than vegetate would love to try and see if it were possible to fix the issue.
Gary further commented that these companies probably wouldn't be UNICORNS [ quickly worth $1 billion ] but rather one that grow to $5 or $10 million turnovers...
It got me thinking and I think it is a spectacular idea with people living longer - having their retirement years already funded and being able to devote as little or as much to the idea...
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Egg Seller

How much an egg??

This morning I read a post by my sister Lurline Cocivera:

It included this parable:

'My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even used to pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why does he do so? Then my father replied, "It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child”

And I thought, I should do that more often.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A third, a third, and a third

Woman in Gold
I was infuriated by a fellow traveller on Australia Day. For the opinion and probably because it seemed to me this person was a teacher - polluting our young peoples minds...
It was about the "invasion" day crap - I think about the fact that a majority of the arrivals on January 26th 1788 - most were white slaves - we call them convicts - incarcerated for "crimes" that today wouldn't even attract an "on the spot" fine... And I wonder if we should have a national apology to them?
But the particular thing that annoyed me was a sated preference to the original land title system in Australia before Cook's arrival to colonise Australia - common wealth - what's mine is yours.
I asked, seriously, would they mind if I and 20 others can to live with them without paying our way - "Oh you are changing the argument " they said...
Here is how James Rickards talks about what it takes to preserve wealth over centuries
The frequent reply is "a third, a third, and a third."
"Yet as one goes abroad, there is an even older kind of money, true dynastic wealth that has existed in some families for 300 years or longer. This type of wealth has survived not only business cycles but also war, invasion, the collapse of empires, revolution, and natural disaster. In order for family wealth to persist through so many centuries and through such adversity, something more is needed than ordinary investment skill. This rare kind of success in wealth preservation requires a longer view, infused with a sense of history and a keen appreciation for worst-case scenarios that too frequently become real.
When one inquires of family members and representatives as to what it takes to preserve wealth over centuries and not just cycles, the frequent reply is "a third, a third, and a third." This is shorthand for dividing one's wealth into one-third land, one-third gold, and one-third fine art. Obviously some liquidity is needed for day-to-day expenses and some room can be made for a speculative portfolio, but the basic idea that land, gold, and art outlast and outperform riskier assets such as stocks, bonds, and cash seems sound when viewed from the perspective of centuries and not just years or decades."
What about the Nazi's their shrill reply??
When in Vienna recently we were exposed to the Gold Lady - the repatriation of a painting to the heirs of a family who lost their wealth in the Second World War - I think someone paid $140 million to that heir for the painting - and wealth was restored!

Speak up or we will end up in a socialist system - what is the saying "The worst thing about Capitalism is that is was named by a socialist - Karl Marx.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Enough already

The Popular Australian National Anthem

It's time [ and I am old enough ] to say - enough is enough - about stuff that is rammed down our throats by the politically correct police.

What am I talking about?? In a group of 10 fellow proud Aussies on Australia Day a mixture of Italian and Croation immigrants, a Yorshire couple and me, a 5th generation West Australian, I voiced the opinion that I hoped that the movement to make Invasion Day the replacement for Australia Day wouldn't catch on.

I was shouted down, and kneed by "she who knows better" to keep quiet, and told that even though we have an elected Government, Democracy is a flawed system and it doesn't matter if most people don't want something, if a loud enough group shouts loud enough we should accept there views - does this sound like Same Sex Marriage advocates [?] we should make sure nobody has any grievance... and I am sure these views will be feed to young minds in school... like Safe Schools Anti Bully Nonsense... until, our weak kneed politicians, to shut up the shouting, will give in, have a National conversation, and then claim credit for a "progressive" point of view and change what ails the "down trodden"

It reminds me of the saying "Life was meant to be fair!" so get used to it.

Forever, we have had the GOLDEN RULES - the persona with the gold makes the RULES [ even I have had to change that from the man to the person ]

I used to think Ayn Rand's writing were science fiction but they are really were accurate predictions of social change - where was that country they went to to start again??

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Elton John to retire


Elton john to retire??
Nothing too radical about that but did you [ certainly I did ] think his hard living, drugs and other vices... would have claimed him much younger??
Neil Diamond has succumbed to ill health but Paul McCartney was amazing in concert when I went to see him in December.
All that advice about hard living seems to have been wrong!! Hell what keeps Keith Richards going??
Nothing too radical about that but did you [ certainly I did ] think his hard living, drugs and other vices... would have claimed him much younger??
Neil Diamond has succumbed to ill health but Paul McCartney was amazing in concert when I went to see him in December.
All that advice about hard living seems to have been wrong!! Hell what keeps Keith Richards going??

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