Simon Waller

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Happy trials

After nearly three months we finally returned from our Life Work adventure a week or so back. It’s taken me a little time to write about it because …

Campervans

Listen to the locals

On Wednesday we left Byron Bay to head up to the Gold Coast and spend a week at the theme parks. Along the way we had arranged to stop at an old …

RVs

Slamming into the pot holes on the road less travelled

I’m pretty sure I don’t necessarily believe in karma. If I did, I would have put down last week to a karmic episode, instead I’m now forced to find …

The answer to poor short-term planning is good long-term preparation

We are now a little over a month into our three-month Life Work Adventure. One of the key motivators behind the trip for both Nomes and myself was to …

Can you inherit a mid-life crisis?

This week I took my kids surfing for the first time. We were staying at Broulee on the NSW south coast and its safe beaches and long easy waves make …

What to do when a bird poos on your head during a business meeting

On Friday last week I had an early morning coaching session scheduled with a new member of the Digital Champions Club. Most of my meetings and …

Escaping an octopus's cold embrace

One of the interesting challenges of life on the road is schooling Miah and Poppy. As we are only away for one term both their teachers have taken a …

Hitting the road less travelled

<i>A quick word of warning: I’m taking a break from my usual style of newsletter for a few months to share something a little more personal…in fact I’m</i> …

Why our fear of technology is greater than our fear of death

In 2015 Chapman University in the United States undertook researchers to find out what Americans feared. 1,500 participants ranked 88 different items …

The power of choice

<i>The power of giving people a choice lies in what their decision tells us. If we insist that people use a particular piece of software or work in a</i> …

Comfort with discomfort | Simon Waller

<b>It was hot</b><p>Over the Australia Day long weekend I went camping with a bunch of friends to a place called Taggerty. Taggerty sits just north of the …

The divide between IT and...well, everyone else in your business

Back in around 2007, I spent a few a few years working for Rio Tinto. It was my first and only proper corporate job…and it came with a proper …

Your Pa$$w0rds are not safe

It turns out that there are two quite famous Bill Burrs and one of them has ruined your life. One Bill Burr is a stand up comic and actor from …

No amount of training will replace self interest

My dad is one of those people who prides himself on how well he trains his dogs. But growing up we had a dog by the name of Buster and even my Dad …

Is technology encroaching on our humanity?

There is an increasing level of belief that with just a bit more computing power, another embedded chip we can fix anything from global poverty to …

Stop holding your clients back

The other week, I presented to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia at Crown in Perth. One of the stories I shared was the frustration I …

It's like trying to get a fat man to run a marathon

One of my favourite business analogies of all time is one used by IT expert and advisor to CIOs, Owen McCall. He likens most organisations IT efforts …

Doing less to achieve more. Five things I've learnt from working a 30 hour week.

Six months ago I wrote a post committing both myself and my team to a <b>30 hour week</b>. I felt now might be a good time to check in and let you know how …

The three best reasons to change how you work

Change might be the new black but it almost invariably comes with uncertainty, discomfort and short term costs. So if we are going to embark on any …

Employment

You can't find what you're not looking for

One of the biggest challenges that small and medium sized businesses face when it comes to technology opportunities is that they don’t know where to …

Artificial Intelligence

The fine line between sharing and self promotion

There is no doubt that digital technology has greatly enhanced our ability to share and connect with others. Whether it be email or social platforms …

Your technology doesn't care about you

There has been much written over the last few years of the threat that artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies pose to existing …

There are only four approaches to take when it comes to digital technology | Simon Waller

When you break it down, there are really just four approaches to take when it comes to dealing with digital, or in fact, any type of change.<p>And to …

Ridesharing

What comes before commitment? | Simon Waller

Over the last few years social media has dramatically changed what it means to date (and I say this without a shred of personal experience). Whereas …

Where's your humanity?

WARNING! LONG POST<p><b>[Insert cup of tea here]</b><p>In a month or so I’m delivering a keynote entitled ‘Will technology make us more human?’ It’s a keynote …

Artificial Intelligence

The perils of working from home

For those of you who have spent the last week tramping through the mountains outside Queenstown (it’s the only place I’ve recently come across that …

An Unstoppable Force and an Immovable Object

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Ultimately, a lot of energy gets consumed for very little result. Of course most …

A Minimalist Approach to Technology Part II

If you’re considering a minimalist approach to technology it is important to distinguish between technology minimalism and minimalist technology. If …

A Minimalist Approach to Technology Part I

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘The Minimalists’. It’s the story of two 20-somethings, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, …

Should we be doing a thirty hour week?

I grew up in Cervantes, a small fishing town in Western Australia where my dad was lobster fishing. One thing that my dad would always do on his …