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The Aussie Tech Startup Taking on Amazon’s Kindle – What I Learned Coaching The Team And How It Will Inspire YOU !

What I Learned Coaching the Aussie Tech Startup Taking on Amazon’s Kindle! So last night, huddled around a laptop, on a cold, Sydney winters night in an unassuming Five Dock household with an uncommon motley crew of five housemates, a 3 year dream began its first ripple in turning it into a reality. My housemate Tim Salvador, self confessed geek, tech enthusiast and wannabe (soon-to-be) unicorn startup entrepreneur launched the crowdfunding campaign that I hope will give Amazon Kindle some much needed competition. Over the last 6 months, it’s been absolutely inspiring to me to come home after work and...

Going to China for Your Startup? Tips I Wish I Knew for Getting Around

It’s dark and quiet. The white noise of the engine fills the cabin as this hunk of aluminum metal carries me back to the red dirt of Australia while crossing the South China Sea. Sitting in the air, 35,000 feet above sea level I feel a sense of solitude and calm despite the 300+ people that share the flight with me. Its one of the main reasons why I love air travel. While many complain about the food, and the tight seats i relish in the opportunity to get away from our modern world of constant e-interruptions – here is...

“When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?”

  That question came from the end of the phone, with a cute giggle, a sweet voice and I was picturing a mischievous smile of a Southern African beauty who had happened to also swipe right on Tinder. This was our first conversation and (she) made an impression. The question stuck with me…and I wanted to write a piece on why I’m always throwing myself into new projects. Trying something new can be daunting. As we leave our comfort zones and venture into the unknown and ego busting world of the new, our inner voice can often stop us as we wonder: ” Why am I...

Happy Birthday Dad – Mentor, Confidant. Legend. Best Friend.

It’s my Dad’s Birthday. Mentor, Confidant. Legend. Best Friend. Dad, As I get older, I hear your voice ring in my ears more often, more true… and I find me asking myself in quiet moments asking “What would Dad do?”. People ask me about you Dad.. to tell them who you are. And although I talk alot (like really… alot 😉… words are few and far! How do I tell them that you raised two boys as a single dad on your own. How do I tell them that you you always put us first and never brought the office...

The 5 Stages R&B/Reggae Lovers Experience During a Breakup

  This post has been a long time coming. Let’s face it. Breakups are hard. Very hard. Some of the hardest times in my life have come when I’ve had to let someone I’ve loved go. And to face the fact that its better for both of us to go our own ways. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to experience the highs of being in love; from those first moments of locking eyes with that special someone, to that memorable first date and if your lucky enough to walk down the aisle, you would know that although the breakup was...

How a Sri Lankan Refugee Became an Australian Army Major – Six Life Lessons in Self Leadership

I couldn’t be happier and prouder of one of my best mates Major Seralaadan Tharmarajah aka Lavan.  This week, he became a Major in the Australian Army. 19 years ago we both landed on Australian soil to call this land home. Both from single parent households, both from developing countries with a history of racial tensions and violence and both of us looking to find our place in multicultural Australia. We had alot in common as we sat next to each other in our Homebush Boys, Year 10 ESL class! Lavan is not one who usually talks about his journey....

Digging Deeper To Higher Ground – A Reflection on How to Gain a Fresh Perspective

A few weeks ago, on my way to work I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferris interviewing the author of Vagabonding, An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term World Travel. Its been cultivating a wanderlust in me. Because I’m not travelling at the moment, I’ve been creating opportunities to see Sydney through the eyes of a traveller. Despite living in this city for over 19 years I’ve started creating the space to appreciate the beauty that is right in front of my face but that I’ve missed for so long. I feel like over the past...

What I Learned about Relationships from 12 months on Tinder

As many of you already know at the end of 2014, I had a marriage breakdown which ended in a divorce. And although the lessons, experiences and emotions from that are the topic of another blog post, that is the context from which I entered the dating scene again ! Let’s face it. Breakups are hard. When you let somebody into your heart, bare your soul, and authentically share who you are it can be tough to find the strength to put yourself out there again. I believe it was Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who put together the 5 stages of grief...

The Difference between Coaching and Mentoring

Often the distinction between coaching and mentoring can be confusing for clients who have never experienced either but know they need to make personal and/or professional changes. For both my personal life and development I have had both and I’d encourage you to consider both when 1) learning a new skill 2) making a significant change. A simple distinction between coaching and mentoring that is worthwhile considering is the difference between asking and telling. * A coach is someone who brings an independent view, often with no specific knowledge, to share. Coaching sessions are about asking questions based on pure coaching skillset and...

Mindset: The Power of Confusion

The Power of Confusion Have you ever felt confused ? Like your whole world is crashing down, you don’t know which way is up and all that you know and believed is being questioned and challenged. The situation doesn’t feel right, sit right, or make any sense to you. The more you think about it the more the spiral of confusion continues. In the past when i’ve been confused – its led to feelings of frustration, anger and sometimes I just gave up altogether. If your anything like me – you’ve been confused many times in your life, and the...