April 2014

Good timing is some times referred to as good luck.

Good timing is mostly good judgement and anticipation and both are within your control.

By-products contribute big to your profit.

There isn’t a business out there that doesn’t have some sort of by product, left over, partially/under utilised asset.

Grounds of Alexandra” in Sydney is a holistic café, coffee roaster and urban garden. They have a pig sty in the middle of their out door eating area- this allows them to feed their kitchen scraps to the pig which then be comes a great talking point attracts families, “greenies” and because everything else is excellent the rest of us as well. Also you have heard me bang on about “Your Unique Selling Point” This pig works on two critical areas not to mention the food cost saving when he is eaten.

What are you not fully utilising? Get a second opinion – you maybe too close to see it!

Another example egg shells into footpaths and ceramics (click the image below) :

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Predictable Problems are easy to spot and are avoidable

Predictable problems should be solved early.  I read an interesting article in the Huffington Post by Daniel Burrus, on the predictability of China’s Smog problem, as he reports in 2000 China was building coal fired power stations and commissioning them at the rate of one a week.  Here we are 14 years later with an air pollution problem so bad that it is effecting the ability to live in the cites, and the people are starting to push back. Whilst the administration is seeing the error of their early endeavors and saying it needs to change it isn’t depicted in their actions (how many companies make this mistake?).  Needless to say the coal mined in 2013 is double what was mined in 2012!  If it has been mined you can guarantee it will be burnt.

What predictable problems do you need to deal with in your business right now? An external audit need not be expensive but could save many thousands and even be the difference between success and failure. If you need help to recognize or solve your predictable problems call me to see what I could do for you and sleep better from tomorrow.

The Original Daniel Burrus article :  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-burrus/predictable-problems-from_b_4903665.html

What comes first “Success or Happiness”

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This is a very good 17 min TED talk that will change your thinking!! That is, if you don’t stop it. The real advice is at the end!

  • 3 x new things you are grateful for, for 21 days
  • Journaling 1 positive experience a day
  • Exercise
  • Mediation
  • Random acts of kindness. (It might be as simple as an encouraging text)


I meet with a wide number of people in the course of a month, something that I would encourage you all to do. It helps when trying to predict trends and  it is important and valuable to maintain a broad base of opinion.

This month Craig Goodall won best, unrehearsed statement:

Bland is never a brand!

 I thought it was spot on, so go on do something to get noticed!


Mark Collins
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One comment

  1. Marvellous again ,truly inspirational – I hope its getting you some good work Mark.
    ” Cracks – Everyone gets one “

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