In this interview Andrew talks about a wide range of topics, including how he got a start in law and accounting, how he runs a firm with offices in Sydney and Adelaide, fixed fee pricing and scope creep, his management style, rare watches and private jets!
As an entrepreneur you may be, as one person put it, “working harder than anyone else is willing to work,” so that you can, “live as no one else is able to live.” Perhaps a little perspective on this?
Everyone is playing a winner-takes-all game – at your cost. Microsoft, Google and Apple are trying to own you, and keep you from being ‘part-owned’ by the other guys, and they have been playing this game for years.
Will all business owners be required to return profits from their businesses as personal services income if they are involved in the business? Will they be required to earn a ‘market wage” (whatever that is)?
With literally thousands of newly-minted lawyers pouring out of our universities each year, the question begs, ‘How do I get my foot in the door?’ For that matter, even experienced lawyers need to ask themselves this question when it comes time to move on (either voluntarily or involuntarily). We thought we would give you some [...]
How far have you strayed from the nest? It's easy to stay close to the familiar. But do you remember the first time you got lost?
Are our economic policies really sustainable?
7 lessons for life and business from a speech by Gail Kelly at the St George Bank Foundation launch in August 2014
Is the value of great content really only limited to the exposure it generates?
I read recently that if your business model relies on 'restricted access to information', then in the internet age, you are as good as dead. We live in a time of almost complete democratisation of information - and this trend is only accelerating. The natural traits of empathy, humility and real interest are critical to being a good lawyer. Skills in active listening, industry knowledge and commercial experience are more important than ever.
I have been reading a series of books about what at first appeared to be unrelated topics. Neuroscience, talent (or the lack thereof), checklists, decision-making, and high performance teams. While not a common theme on the face of each book – an underlying principle in all of them is the importance of mistakes and errors.
Nassim Taleb, philosopher As you will see in this post, we like TED talks. However, we like Nassim Taleb even more. And despite the fact that Nassim gave a talk at the 2008 TED conference, you will not find it on the web. Maybe because he has accused TED of ‘intellectual dishonesty and lack of [...]
It is quite easy to get approval if we ask enough people, or if we ask those who are likely to tell us what we want to hear. The likelihood is that they will say nice things rather than be too critical. Also, we tend to edit out the bad so that we hear only [...]
How we lie to everyone – especially ourselves. Dan Ariely ‘Behavioural economics’ is basically the study of how humans really act, as opposed to how we think we act, or think we should act. Most of Western philosophy and social science (including law) is based on the notion that we are ‘rational’ [...]