The big news story in sport-obsessed Australia — in amongst boring matters like COVID-19 quarantine outbreaks and mass job losses — is the sudden resignation of Eddie McGuire, president of Collingwood Football Club for some 22 years.

The trigger for his departure came down to two words: in the press release following a damning review that found systemic racism within the club, McGuire declared it was a “an historic and proud day” for the club. That led to the usual snowball of criticism from Indigenous Australian leaders, former players, sponsors and of course the online lynch mob. …

Can we separate the art from the artist? This question continues to challenge us time and again, in different guises. Michael Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Mel Gibson, Roger Waters — the list keeps going on. Talented people from the world of the arts tainted by human flaws — some manifesting as the most heinous behaviour, others for political views ranging from unpalatable to racist.

While it can be debated whether Donald Trump can be added to the list, the framework is useful to help understand what drives the attitudes of different groups toward him. …

“I am, you are, we are Australian”, wrote The Seekers in a beautiful expression of national identity that spans our very diverse origins. While through COVID-10 we ought to feel especially blessed to live on this remote, island nation, the experience has highlighted the structural essence of our nation like nothing else could.

As most Australians know, our country is a federation of states that were originally separate self-governing colonies, and chose to come together in 1901 to form a single country. But for most of the time since then, state divisions were more synonymous with sporting and parochial rivalries…

Imagine this scenario: a family owns an operating business, with a non-family member as CEO. In response to COVID-19, the CEO takes the necessary actions to ensure the business’s survival. That might mean cutting staff, closing stores, or putting harsh terms on suppliers/customers. The business is stabilised and able to return to a stable footing through the crisis.

But something is amiss — there is a discomfort among family members about some of the specific steps the CEO took. It starts as small talk — “I’m sure Grandpa wouldn’t have done that when he was in charge” — and slowly…

The Power of Pause; Disruption in Family and Business Relationships by David Werdiger
The Power of Pause; Disruption in Family and Business Relationships by David Werdiger

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a degree of change that we’ve never seen or even imagined before. Just a few months ago, few people would have believed that a virus would cause economies to shut down and cities and countries to go into lock-down. Quickly, we’ve needed to adapt to a new way of life.

But the change we are experiencing and now expecting goes far deeper, and this is evident in the language we’re seeing in the media from leaders and opinion-makers. Phrases like “[…] will never be the same again” and “we will inhabit a different world” are…

Donald Trump’s recent pronouncements about restricting Muslim immigration to the US have shocked many. The notion that Muslims should be collectively punished for the threat of Islamist terror is completely wrong, and goes against US principles of civil liberty and freedom of religion. The criticism from Republicans in this case show he has clearly crossed a line.

Is Trump a fool? Lots of people might respond with a simple ‘yes’, and leave it there, but he has certainly captured the imagination of the American public. While his penchant for gaffes continues, he maintains a strong lead in the race for…

David Werdiger

Author on wealth transition, business advisor & strategist, deep thinker, Adjunct Professor, former tech entrepreneur, speaker & educator.

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