Category: General

How to be interesting

I’m not the most socially skilled person in the world. There are some situations where I’m absolutely terrible, and not much better than dead weight. But I’m a LOT better than I used to...

Situational ethics

Ethics is interesting The topics of ethics and morality, in the abstract, elicit eye-rolls in many people. But those same topics often provoke the most interesting and engaging conversations with these same people. Because...

Plan. But don’t over-plan.

“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” – Dwight D Eisenhower I believe that it’s important to plan. That should be obvious: after working in various roles, I’ve found my current calling as a...

The Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks, and Luck

I wrote this article before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. (It had an original publication date of 4 September 2011. Have I been blogging that long?!) As we enter into the 2019 Rugby World...

Question the question

​(On the surface this article is about “scoping” when it comes to professional services. But consider it also in the context of your role as a consumer of goods and services. And most importantly,...

Thought(crime)s on parenting

(Not directly related to money. But related to the greatest form of riches. I wrote this article several years ago but didn’t have a forum for publishing it. Thanks to school holidays I don’t...

Three great podcasts for your earballs

I love podcasts. I wrote about podcasts in 2014, and recommended various podcasts that I enjoyed at the time. (The article is a fascinating time capsule. If I were to make another list, I’d...

A tale of two pension systems (Australia v NZ)

New Zealand and Australia have very different approaches to funding pensions. Despite the many other similarities between our countries, you can consider us at opposite ends of the spectrum in relation to this important...