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Flick the channel: There are adventures beyond 50

“As you get older, there is no more time to be careful, and no more REASON to be careful. If you’re not dead, you’re not done.”

So says the 73-year old mum of NY Times best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert; lamenting that from 50-60 her peers began shutting down, making their lives smaller, and their minds smaller,  in a post she shared on Facebook. I urge you to read it.

I’m proud to share with you Elizabeth, and your mum: My dreams aren’t shrinking just because I have hit the 50s.

I remember sitting at a lunch with an ex colleague in Sydney just over 12 months ago talking about letting go of my successful corporate career because I was bored, under-challenged and wanted better for myself, when she gave me this advice: “Don’t be stupid and risk it all. Sit it out for another 10 years, collect the fat pay cheque.”

Phew!…I know it was heartfelt concern for my wellbeing and best interests. It makes perfect financial sense, especially since I had to rebuild EVERYTHING at the age of 39 when I divorced and had to single-handedly raise two small children.  But I’ve done OK, and in my value system, money is just one ingredient that makes a life whole. So ironically, that was THE EXACT TRIGGER that absolutely sealed it for me….NEVER could I let my courage, creativity and spirit go to hell on auto-pilot for the sake of financial security.

I used to work under the title “Catalyst for magic” – because I believe in the infinite capacity of human beings to create magic, something machines or computers cannot do. And to me, the biggest waste in this world is the waste of human potential.

So how could I waste my own?

So here I am: I closed that chapter of my corporate career ( in a planned and thoughtful manner without burning bridges and with a succession plan in place), sold my house, and on 1 February, took a bold leap and moved to make a brand-new start of it in old New York – a life-long goal to work in the city that never sleeps and climb to the top of the heap!

And whilst at this exact moment things are still fluid and wobbly as I try and attach myself to something that I can grow onto, and I struggle with bouts of doubt and the occasional tears when I feel alone and overwhelmed by the complexity of renting an apartment, navigating visas or re-casting my 30 year career onto a single page for the 6 second attention span of recruiters, I have an unwaivering confidence that in the long run, a smart decision-maker, entrepreneur or co-creating collaborator will be excited about the experience, creativity, passion, energy and infinite potential I can offer, and an investment in me or with me will deliver returns in multiples, and everyone will win.

Most of all my soul.

And this in itself will be the greatest example I can leave for my daughters, because their careers will be a rollercoaster ride of always staying one step ahead of the robots!

Lack of engagement = lack of an entrepreneurial culture = lack of engagement

The world’s large traditional corporations are stagnant and paralysed by a lack of innovation and renewal. Management gurus scream how the “lack of engagement among employees is at epidemic levels” and costing millions in productivity and gazillions more in lost potential.

Talented, creative people are emotionally checked-out, their ideas unheard or ignored, their passion burnt, their experience a costly liability, their optimism traded for cynicism, or worse…indifference.

Because of the lack of internal innovation and rapid growth among large incumbent publicly listed companies, few can offer career pivots or stretch-opportunities for employees at any age, but its even rarer for those over the age of 45. So  that means that for a further 22 years till you retire at age 67, the goals of this age group are stillborn if they remain at the same company – that’s an entire generation of waste!

What is worse is that the lack of engagement and movement among experienced workers has an exponential impact on young people. They can’t go anywhere if senior people ain’t going anywhere, and their “fresh eyes” and ideas quickly hit the wall of disengaged incumbents, and so the vicious cycle continues…

The reasons are admittedly complex, and the system is horribly broken, but as an individual, you have very little control over all of that. What you DO have control over is how you respond, how you re-invent yourself and the decisions you make about staying on and sipping the pink champagne at that Hotel California, or checking out while you can.

Just don’t believe you have no choices, and don’t allow yourself to become small. I suggest just flick to another  channel – you might catch the hazy cosmic jive calling you, perhaps even a glimpse…there IS a starman waiting in the sky.

Don’t be afraid to blow your mind…

Image credits: Imgur, via http://brightside.me/article/100-best-photographs-without-photoshop-46555/?image=211805

 

There’s more than one “P” that matters

Some 6 weeks ago, I moved to the USA to pursue my passion to make a difference on a larger scale than my work in Australia enabled. The Amplify Festival that I founded in 2005 and produced as Director of Innovation for AMP for the past 10 years had let a genie out the bottle that just wont go back in. That genie is an obsession with anticipating the future, thinking through the implications of change across systems, and then taking action to reconcile the enduring needs of human beings with technologies that pervade and disrupt many aspects of our lives.

See, while I am a technologist and an innovator, I am a human being and a humanist first. To me, the purpose of  innovation is to improve the quality of life and standard of living for all human beings, whilst taking care of the only habitat we have. In this, I am 100% aligned to the thinking of one of the world’s great innovators and system-thinkers, Buckminster Fuller, who said:

“Make the world work for 100% of Humanity”

For me, the P as in People and the P as in Planet should not be sub-ordinate but rather super-ordinate to the P as in Profit. If we can run our organisations where profit is never pursued at the expense of planet and people but rather in service of, that is a noble purpose to which all of us in business should hold ourselves to account.

Much as my life’s work is the pursuit of innovation, yet every innovation holds within it the seeds of creative destruction. Much of today’s technological advances carry the potential to create tremendous harm to social systems. Unless we match the investment of time and money in technological innovation with the investment of time and money in social innovation, we will inherit a world where humans have less purpose and relevance than machines and a planet not fit to sustain us. And that is not a future I relish.

So, I am on a mission to enlarge the corporate innovation conversation beyond the technical, the product, the business model… and that is what brought me to the US. It started with my participation in the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Programme in 2011-2012, and ongoing research into all things concerned with The Future of Work for Amplify, and my frustration at how difficult it was to find innovators with answers for new challenges arising from the digital work revolution.

I looked at reports like these produced year after year by expensive consultants and found nothing transformational  or innovative in either the thinking behind the design of the questions nor the answers gathered and published. So, I had to do my own search.

Along the way I discovered an organisation co-founded by Vint Cerf, Internet Evangelist for Google, and David Nordfors: Innovation for Jobs ( i4j).  Their purpose is to seed thinking and fund  innovations that create and amplify opportunities that help people to earn a living and connect with opportunities beyond the traditional employment model.

In January 2016, I participated in the i4J Summit on Eco-systems in Silicon Valley to scratch our heads together on how to disrupt unemployment and create meaningful work for everyone. Whilst it was probably the smartest 100 people I had ever found myself amidst, I had a shocking realisation that none of us in that room had  experience of long-term unemployment and systemic helplessness through personal, lived experience.

But at least there was a heartfelt recognition of the problem of potential human obsolescence, and a willingness to invest time, money and emotional capital to find breakthroughs that recognise man’s search for meaning as core to the human condition.

This stands in contrast to some who see a Universal Basic Income (UBI), or sit-down money as Australian Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson called it, as the answer for the masses who will become displaced by the  fortunate few. In his hard-hitting article “Silicon Valley’s unchecked arrogance”, Venture Capitalist Ross Baird acknowledges that it’s a concept worth exploring but challenges us:

It seems like noblesse oblige for Silicon Valley to throw coins at the 90% of the population that will no longer have a job, thanks to their inventions. But the reality is most people don’t want just a universal basic income.

At the 2016 meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF, released his Global Challenge Insight Report: “The Future of Jobs- Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”  It is a short and a shocking read ( free on Kindle) with well-researched facts presented calmly and clearly by a fine economist, but I doubt that any C-Suite executive I know read it, or even knows of its existence, let alone reference it as part of strategic future thinking and planning. In his speech, Schwab cautioned:

 Today’s decision-makers, however, are too often trapped in traditional, linear thinking, or too absorbed by the multiple crises demanding their attention, to think strategically about the forces of disruption and innovation shaping our future.

His concluding remarks say it far more powerfully than I can:

We need to shape a future that works for all of us by putting people first and empowering them. In its most pessimistic, dehumanized form, the Fourth Industrial Revolution may indeed have the potential to “robotize” humanity and thus to deprive us of our heart and soul. But as a complement to the best parts of human nature—creativity, empathy, stewardship—it can also lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a shared sense of destiny. It is incumbent on us all to make sure the latter prevails. (Refer Source)

In my next post, I am going to inspire you with stories from visits, field trips and meetings here in the USA and in Europe of leaders who are embracing what Schwab is talking about and beginning to swop Plan A, which is no longer working, with Plan B.  I will share with you insights from visits to Google, VM Ware, Virgin Unite, Unilever, Toyota and BlackRock.

Come join me- and let me know what questions you have!

 

Part of the Amplify Dream team Core and part-time helpers. LTR Andrew Sweeney, Annalie Killian, Ryan Tracey (back), Gina Francis, Victoria Pretty, Tanaz Pochkhanawalla, Lou Pagano, Mark Levy. ( Absent: Reuben Young, Danielle Miller, Elise Williams, Gerard Scott, Scott Dawson, David Tomlinson, Sandy Wright, Mary Gillespie, Eve Douglas, Robert Lutze and many more volunteers)

From Amplify for one to amplifier for many

Just over 15 years ago, I stumbled into an unlikely scenario that would unfold into a unique opportunity and shape the leader I would become.

As a new migrant to Australia ( and a pretty rough start that I won’t elaborate on), I seized an opportunity to build a new life. I joined what was then a very conservative financial services company, and chose to be the change I wanted to see: to champion the opportunities for value creation that new technology was driving; catalyse the special magic of human creativity, and to make a difference to customers, business results and personal lives through bringing fresh eyes and ideas to innovate.

In the process, a career-defining legacy and global brand in business innovation and learning would emerge: The Amplify Festival for Innovation and Thought Leadership.

On 31 December this year, one month from now, I will be applying the mantra I’ve been sharing consistently through every Amplify Festival and Talk; every Leaders Forum designed; every person coached or mentored; and every keynote given since the day I was asked to champion a culture of innovation at AMP.

And that is:

The only way to remain valuable and relevant is to keep learning, growing and creating.

So I am deliberately trading the safe comfort zone of my corporate job to create space for something new. Disrupting predictability, security and certainty to plant my flag of passion, purpose and personal reinvention on a new planet: The Planet of Possibility.

I want to learn more, grow in different ways and create new value for a broader customer base and to amplify Amplify for new clients into new geographies. ( Hit me up if you want some of that awesome magic! The kids have finished school and I’m footloose and free to work anywhere.)

It may seem ironic that just today my team and I was awarded the ‘Dream Team’ Award for the contribution that Amplify has made to innovation at AMP, at a time when no less than two of our business rivals are  copying the Amplify model to transform organisational learning, and a week after sharing the origins of Amplify and its impact on culture and eco-systems at KM Asia in Hong Kong.

But the truth is..a dream team is in place! Magic has been catalysed! The music will go on.

Innovation and transformation has taken root in a systemic way. Its significance and value is not only championed by the board, CEO and executive leaders but matched by real passion for customers and fundamental change in the way things are done at every level of the organisation. ( Even the hackfests I first introduced in 2007 are now happening the first Friday of every month!)

Of course, its never a single thing or person that brings about such deep change – it’s the powerful and cumulative effect of a good leadership team and thousands of catalytic triggers; many from ideas seeded along the way by the more than 300 Amplify speakers and thought leaders that shared their vision and wisdom with our community which has grown into the tens of thousands since 2005.

So, for all who have been part of my journey as Catalyst for Magic at AMP, thank you for believing- and even if you didn’t, for feeling the fear and doing it anyway! (A special tribute to my immediate team who has come with me to places they’d never thought they’d go!)

Thanks to our Amplify thought leaders who’ve covered millions of miles between them to share the very edge of knowledge and personal experiences that not only inspired AMP, but an entire business ec0-system. Your names are still referenced on a daily basis years after your visits!

Thanks to the CIOs ( Lee Barnett and Craig Ryman) for the extraordinary creative latitude and air cover you’ve provided for this ill-fitting maverick, and the investments you’ve made in Amplify to set a standard for creativity and organisational learning that’s the envy of the industry and documented in more than 10 international case studies and business books.

Thanks to the AMP Board and Leadership team that demonstrated so publicly that learning is part of work and the growth mindset essential to an innovation culture by sitting shoulder to shoulder with employees, customers, partners, suppliers and members of the public in every Amplify forum.

And thank you to the dream teams (over the years they changed) – fired by their passion to make a difference, have an impact, and working way beyond the call of duty to co-create something epic and life-changing; and becoming changed themselves through the process.

I can best summarise what it’s been like through the words of one of my heroes, Sally Hogshead.

‘The world is not changed by people who sort of care. 

The world is changed by people who passionately, relentlessly care– sometimes, unreasonably so. People with the focus and excitement to bound through the Iditarod of obstacles that invariably blocks the path between “no” and “yes.”

Thank y’all!

In future, please reach me with messages here, or

on LinkedIn at https://au.linkedin.com/in/annaliekillian

or Twitter at @Maverickwoman

 

 

Most days are spectacular, Some days are positively breathtaking

Life in the clouds…livin’ the dream

Most of you who know me might think the reference to the Cloud is about the innovation potential of virtual infrastructure and exponential technologies.

But today, I am writing about the infinite beauty and exponential potential that living close to nature…ie in the real clouds, next to water, with a landscape that changes in seconds from beautiful one minute to gobsmacking the next, from calm to crazy, from sunrise to sunset and throughout the night, can have on one’s life and creative consciousness.

On a clear day you can see right through the Heads of Sydney Harbour to Santiago!

On a clear day you can see right through the Heads of Sydney Harbour to Santiago!

This place has been my home for the last 10 years. Probably the 10 happiest and most creative years of my life….so far.

And that is not to diminish the creativity I enjoyed whilst living in rural Zululand in Africa from 1984-1998. But this was a very different kind of experience .

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Connection

Feng Shui guidelines suggest that this location is very auspicious….and for me it has co-incided with a time of spiritual and financial healing, family stability, career success, personal happiness – but always a sanctuary despite a very busy life. In my heart, I always believed my direct view over the Heads of Sydney Harbour opened me up and connected me through the vast Pacific ocean to the wide world beyond- something that has always mattered immensely to me- this yearning for connection to something bigger . I am also told that studies prove the mental benefits of nature; living in an environment close to water, trees or mountains. I feel I have lucked-out with a trifecta even though I am just at the top of one of Sydney’s steepest hills- not quite a mountain.
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Vision

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The other thing about this magnificent space that really supported my work as an edge-dweller and visionary, whose work is to look to the horizon and beyond to anticipate what might lie ahead, was the 270 degree views I enjoy everyday, with the sound of the waves kissing the Balmoral sand with a smack!

In business, change can build slowly or it can overtake you faster than you can imagine….and Mother Nature and her forces are viscerally experienced in this space like no other place I have ever lived. Don’t ever think you have enough time to run out and gather the washing or the kitty litter tray without getting caught in an invigorating gasp of a cold front or pelting rain. And then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, out comes the most spectacular rainbow to delight you afresh!

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I can safely say that I have taken more photos of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise and Sydney to Hobart race from my deck than all the selfies the Kardashian sisters must have taken since the invention of the smart phone. And still I am surprised by the changing landscapes of each day.

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Practicality

Now you may be thinking that all these gorgeous views may not have an ROI in practicality. Let me reveal the very practical considerations that made this my best-ever investment:

  1. A built-in gym:

For the record: I am an overweight and mostly unfit 54 year old female executive, overworked-sole parent, single breadwinner and couch potato intellectual. And, I have been climbing the stairway to my personal piece of heaven daily for 10 years…..and not once have I found it a drama. NOT ONCE! Au contraire, it’s been a BONUS!

I accept that some people may regard stairs as a detractor, but from the outset I saw it as one of the strongest plus points to buy this place given my sedentary life!!!

Fact: The average office worker does only 3000-5000 steps a day (As a busy executive whose work life involves sitting…driving to work, emails, meetings, more emails, more meetings then driving home after 10 hours of sitting, Fitbit says I average only 4000 steps a day) vs the required 10000 steps a day to maintain health and just basic fitness!

Here’s why I embrace stairs as an integral part of my day and you should think of stairs in your day literally as God’s Gift!

All forms of exercise have similar benefits but stair-climbing has very particular advantages for those leading busy lives. By avoiding lifts and elevators, you make a SIGNIFICANT difference to your health over time. Here are the facts:

Scientific and medical benefits

Lifestyle, cost and time-saving benefits

  • It is seamless to weave stair-climbing into your daily life and make it an unconscious exercise routine ( the best kind!)
  • It does not require membership,m credit card, special skills, training or sporting prowess
  • You don’t need to get dressed up in Lycra and worry about embarrassing yourself in front of others
  • It makes use of the world around you and resembles the way sophisticated Europeans live
  • It saves you time – up to 15 minutes a day – as taking the stairs is almost always quicker up to about five floors AND you dat have to find non-existent time to go to a stupid stinky sweaty gym

2. Go hipster and save the planet and your capital

With level walking access to boutique designer shops, Sydney’s finest fresh fruit and veg, European delicatessens, sports fields, restaurants of every culture under the sun and the best public schools in Sydney ( Mosman Primary School and Mosman High School) and if you must, a 500 metre stroll to Queenwood or bus-stop practically at the door to deliver you and or your offspring via bus to anywhere in Sydney, you could have it all….the career and the kids! Raising 2 teenagers as a sole parent and bread-winner- this convenience and latitude has made it possible!

And if you want to be really cool and live sustainably- you won’t even need a car. Go-Get cars have a permanent spot on the next block and Uber covers the area with never more than a 5 minute pick-up even at midnight!

3. Safety in numbers

I know Sydney is a safe city….but given my South African genes, I have just never been comfortable leaving my kids alone in a house while I was at work, or often travelling for work…many times internationally. If you have EVER worried about the safety and security of a loved one, there is NO better solution than living in a small ( not large!) apartment block where every neighbour is someone you know and someone who gives a damn.

I can vouch for it: 12 is a perfect number. Not too big to be anonymous, and small enough to be intimate and personal – with great sound-proofing and privacy! It’s up to you to decide how close or detached you want to live. For me, the community became a source of safety and security because I could ALWAYS count on every one of them as a back-up in case of emergency. I’ve only needed it once in 10 years- when my 14 year old daughter was run over by a car whilst cycling on Military Road and my neighbour took care of my younger daughter ( 9 at the time) while I rushed to the hospital. And a few other non-life-threatening times when my neighbours offered to feed my cats when we were away a few days. Bless them. And I in turn took care of someone’s plants another time – that’s how we roll….we’re a community!

Change

Back to the poetic! It is this ever-changing landscape that has also communicated to me the need for change when things are not constantly evolving and growing in my life and career. And, to nudge The Universe and explode my own life into a different dimension and orbit, I have decided to move on from this paradise when my youngest daughter finishes school at Mosman High in a few weeks. Viva, the eldest is moving to Berlin in January, and Iola is taking a gap year travelling through Europe. So instead of sitting still in my comfort zone all by myself, I too have decided to go seek adventure. After all, 50 is the new 40 so I can have my naughty forties all over again.

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Selling “The Dream”

I will be selling this slice of heaven to a very lucky person who I know will find infinite pleasure from his/ her decision to live here. If anything like me- it was love at first sight. Once I got up here and saw this view, it could not be “unseen”….and every other property I compared to this one simply couldn’t hold a candle to it. I HAD TO HAVE IT and it nearly killed me in the beginning….but so worth every cent!

I hope my Balmoral Castle will pass into the hands of someone who deserves to be happy, and who will apply the creative inspiration that this place will imbue him/ her with to great effect for the betterment of mankind, and who will be generous in sharing this place with friends and family so the magic can touch everyone!

For more information on the sale of the property, or to arrange a site visit, please contact the lovely Jonathan de Brennan at Century21 Mosman via http://www.realestate.com.au/property-apartment-nsw-mosman-120970726.

And should you know someone who might be looking- please feel free to pass it forward. The good karma may travel along the network!

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How $13,125 million was spent on nothing in Sydney today.

Auction 44 Landers St, Darlington, Sydney

Auction 44 Landers St, Darlington, Sydney 15 Feb 2014

In case you missed my  news: I’ve been looking to buy a basic property to help my daughter who is going to the University of Sydney, set up a “student digs” to avoid paying $12000-$14500 a year in rent for a pokey room in someone else’s dump.

The property that I went to bid on this morning after spending $1000 on a professional valuation, building and pest inspection, conveyance lawyer to review contract, and pre-approval of finance was sold at $1.4 million. It was a run-down dump at 44 Lander Street Darlington, with termite infestations, and hadn’t seen a decent clean in 47 years, but we were prepared to take it on and clean it up a bit and make it available to other students at an affordable price. My valuator valued the land at $1 million and the house at $80 000, and give or take $20 000, that was what I was prepared to pay.

Well, I never even got to open my mouth at the auction. When I realised that more than 100 parties had registered to bid I knew I this was going to get crazy. The opening bid was $910 000. One guy who looked like he might have been a builder quickly went up to $1.2 million, then bailed out when a Chinese bidder started adding increments in $25 000 till it got to $1.3 million. From there another Chinese bidder entered the race, and whatever the former bid, he would say: Plus $1000. This went on and on to amusement of the 200-300 strong crowd. The late-comer was going to keep adding $1000 to whatever his opponent offered till he got it! And he got it at $1.4 million.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 86% of all sales in Sydney last year were conducted by Public Auction. There were 700 auctions in Sydney today, 15 February. So, I’m wondering….

Let’s be conservative and say an average of 25 bidders register per auction. Each would have spent upwards of $750 on contract reviews by a conveyancer, a building and pest inspection report, valuations etc in doing their pre-auction homework.

THAT’s A WHOPPING $13,125 million dollars spent without getting anything back but disappointment and disillusionment.

And you have to do that all over again for the next house you chase, and the next, and the next!  You could be out of pocket by thousands on useless pieces of electronic paper before you ever buy, all eating into your available capital.

Next weekend 22 Feb, there will be 735 auctions in Sydney- ….that’ll be another $13,781 million pissed into the wind!

Below are some comments via my Facebook update. What have you experienced in buying a property? Any ideas on how to make it better? Any advice? 
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Brendan O’Keefe, Caronne Carruthers-Taylor, Kathryn Ananda and 7 others like this.

Neerav Bhatt Cheer up. Hopefully this mass delusion about property values will end eventually and those sitting on the sidelines will be able to buy in without spending the illogical amounts currently being bid. Until then my plan is to rent
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Michael Nelson One of the best argument I have seen for fixing the broken real estate market. Too many people making too much money by restricting information flows.
10 hours ago · Like · 2

Michael Nelson You forgot to calculate the value of the time of the people at the auctions. (I count value my time on weekends at twice the usual rate.)
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Rachel Lim Oh my god! I know the house you went for auction today. It’s just a couple of street away from me. The prices are going so crazy!!! Might pay buying before auction.
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Ash Donaldson For about 8 months I felt your pain Annelie.
It’s a crappy system for buyers here in Sydney. Worse when there are only 2 bidders left and you’re both making the property more expensive for each other.
All the auctions we went to (around Manly) before…See More
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Debbie Kilian There’s a reason behind it. Wait, you”ll see xxx
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John Hagel So sorry to hear about this, but having spent 18 months in a similar situation in the SF Bay area, I can say that in the end you will hopefully find something that was worth waiting for . . .
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Simon Coultas Ouch.sorry for you Annalie. But at least your system is somewhat more transparent than here in Singapore
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Simon Coultas Have a chat with my son in law – real estate is his hobby and hes done pretty well buying well
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Arturo Pelayo Aréchiga Annalie- this happens a lot in Auckland too! A father of three wrote an OpEd in the local paper sharing the same disappointment- that they there was a bid for 5 homes in a neighborhood and a single agent that represented a wealthy Chinese investor had $3M “for the weekend” investments. The investor never saw the homes or anything. At the end of the day, he bought all 5 homes outbidding everyone.
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Tony Hollingsworth It must be timing as just over a year ago ( Nov 2012), we put our property to auction, had little to no interest, withdrew from the market just prior and that was that. Now we’re told prices are up 20+%!
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Kathryn Ananda Inflated markets. Severely broken systems. Inflated disparities… and buildings sitting empty to support the negative gearing tax losses of investors while others are denied access. Money begets more money. Looking forward to shifts in ownership model…See More
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Craig Banning Agree Annalie the process of buying property needs to be reviewed keep your chin up!
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Oliver Weidlich We’re going through the same pain at the moment
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Christian Lafrance I can feel the pain. Also sounds like an opportunity for collaborative consumption to me. Wondering what’s stopping buyers from sharing the cost if these reports (apart from the ones who make a living on these reports)
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Ash Donaldson For a free way to get a pretty good ballpark estimation, use OnTheHouse.com.au
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Caronne Carruthers-Taylor We’ll be looking soon too & will be sharing your & Oliver Weidlich’s pain
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Matthew Shaw The laws should be changed and all vendors provide a licensed report for the sale. That would show up a lot more problems and keep the prices real because I know a few people who’ve not bothered with those reports and just bought places they walked into the day of the auction. Either that or sleep with a real estate agent lol
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Annalie Killian Update for the record: I did manage to obtain a “reduced cost” of the Building and Pest report at $330 because it was an exact duplicate of the report that the first person requested and they paid the full price of $440. But the solicitor was a furthe…See More
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I’m Back!

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Back in OZ!

I just spent 13 weeks travelling through 20 cities on 3 continents researching the biggest innovation opportunity facing half of the world: The Aging population and how we might live with an extra 25-35 years added to our lifespan”,

and….I’m back on a blog again!

After the Posterous blogging platform croaked beginning 2013, I was faffing around all last year trying to work out if I should buy my own domain (I did), design a bespoke site ( I even spent money on designs, briefs, virtual assistants etc but it all became just too complicated. I am too time-poor to devote a lot of time to learning code and trying to configure so-called easy stuff!) The end-result was I did nothing and a year went by.

Luckily, fate intervened in the form of bronchitis and enforced bed-rest for the next 3 days. So, for some reason, today became the day that I found out how to import my past posterous blog back into this WordPress blog that I started and then deserted for flashier but short-lived toys, way back in 2010.

A great design feature of WordPress is it now offers goals and reminders to help train you through baby steps and tiny habits into regular postings!

I’m aiming for no more than a post a week of my own authentic thoughts, but I have found a little micro-bloggie thingie called Meddler where you can quickly embellish stuff that struck you with a personal comments and share it.

Nice to be back…now, to build an audience from scratch again!

Career as your personal business model

I had a blast being the opening speaker for the launch of WITI (Women in Technology International) in Australia last Thursday night in Sydney, and have already made a heap of new friends as a result. 

My topic was “Future-proof yourself”…but really I didnt address that whole topic, only the “Future-proofing your career” part. Future-proofing yourself would mean replacing ageing body parts with mechanical bits, eating a low-fat low-carb diet zero-alcohol diet, and maybe downloading your brain onto the internet regularly – and I am not quite ready to swop champagne interspersed with marathons of stress and creativity for becoming Mrs Methusaleh and living till I’m 600- my pension wont last! 

Several people requested the slides…here they are: 

Thanks for the lovely comments and follow-up emails and phone calls- seems the talk catalysed a great deal of reflection! Magic!

Anyone who wants to stay in touch with disruptive technologies, emerging issues and trends and the cutting edge of business innovation can subscribe to the Amplify Festival website to hear about the awesome thought leaders that we offer every month. Upcoming events in Sydney are: 

19 Sept: “Transforming business from the inside out” with Cindy Gallop (NYC) and Maria Ogneva (SFO)

26 October: “Organisations don’t tweet, people do!” with Enterprise Social Media Strategist and communication coach, Euan Semple

31 October: “How to think like Leonardo da Vinci” with international creativty supercoach, Michael J Gelb

For Melbournians, you can catch a session on 

27 October: Digital innovation in Emerging Economies with Madanmohan Rao

Have a good week!