2021 thoughts to explore further

Here is a list of thoughts I picked up from readings and podcasts throughout the year. I should have captured better notes so I could attribute each to its source, but suffice to say that these are all other people’s ideas that I have, at best, expressed in my own way. A bit of googling […]

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Systems over goals

I came across this idea earlier this year and I keep coming back to it when thinking about stand-out takeaway insights from the many hours of podcasts I’ve listened to in 2021 so far. Attributed to Scott Adams, the essence of the idea is that implementing systems is more effective than goals, as a way […]

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Web product roadmap

One of the non-negotiables in leading the strategic management and improvement of a large, complex web environment is having a roadmap of activity for a given period of time, broken down by program and project that clearly outlines the main outcomes to be delivered. Activities in the roadmap should all align with strategic priorities and […]

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The Hyperactive Hive Mind

I recently finished reading ‘A World Without Email’ by Cal Newport. My key takeaway is that the biggest challenge to effective modern work practices is the presence of the Hyperactive Hive Mind (HHM), which Cal defines as: “A workflow centred around ongoing conversation fueled by unstructured and unscheduled messages delivered through digital communication toosl like […]

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From service to strategy

Planning your way to a more productive web team The following is a modified version of a presentation I gave at Higher Education Websites Conference 2018 If you want your web team to play a more strategic role at your organisation, you won’t succeed by operating like a website help desk.  The following is an […]

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Key performance indicators (KPIs)

I have been refining my thoughts and developing my thinking on KPIs over the last few years. In simplest terms, I think of KPIs as indicators of ‘whether we are winning or not’. A good KPI should indicate, in no uncertain terms, whether our activities are helping us realise the results we are responsible for. […]

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Starting again at 42

I am writing this post on the eve of my 42nd birthday. Given birthdays are an opportunity to reflect and celebrate, my intention in (re)starting this blog is to develop a system of reflection and learning on what I’ve done, where I’m going and how I’m going about things… in life generally, perhaps, but with […]

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What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

I found this book very helpful in pulling together all the good parts of different productivity systems and combining them in a way that keeps the gospel and working out it’s implications as the primary focus of our lives. The book is very systematic and detailed, with helpful summaries and action points for each chapter. […]

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My first sermon

I preached this at all 3 Albury Presbyterian Churches on Sunday 25 August 2013. Link to sermon audio

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One hundred push ups in 6 weeks

One hundred push ups in 6 weeks – count me in!

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Cadbury Boost

“What?! You can’t afford $1.44 for a 60g chocolate bar. I don’t care if it is ‘NEW’ from Cadbury. You’ve got a mortgage” I scream at myself in a high pitched nasely whine – you know how it sounds. “I don’t care if it is called ‘Boost’. Where is the special guarana or ginseng or […]

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