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Political Preferences and Family Business

Political Preferences and Family Business

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With the recent US elections in the news, there is talk of generational shifts in the electorate (which will take some time still to have a significant impact), and with the further polarisation within the US, the way political affiliations have come between friends and family members. This fascinating NPR podcast discusses how political preferences are driven by hidden moral frameworks. The nation is often described using the family as a metaphor, with terms like…

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The Power of Pause; pandemic solutions

The Power of Pause; #Disruption of Family and Business Relationships

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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…

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Superbowl LIV Preview

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In Australia, we would say this year’s match up of two teams who haven’t made a Superbowl for a while is “good for football”, and indeed the entire post-season thus far has been one of the better ones in recent years. Yes, I enjoyed seeing the Pats bundled out early. Maybe I’m indulging in schadenfreude, and maybe I just think it’s time for some other teams to shine (probably both). I really enjoyed the Titans…

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Yeshivah Centre eyes Lyon for top job

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With the recent departure of their senior coach, it has been revealed that former Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is a “front and centre” contender for the top role at the Yeshivah Centre. Following years of club turmoil and poor performance, the Yeshivah Centre engaged KPMG to undertake a comprehensive review of operations, and in an unusual move also requested a forensic examination of the club’s game plan over the last forty years. As one director…

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The Hard Road to Democracy

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Breaking news at the Yeshivah Centre: switching to a new legal structure (that is largely similar to the previous one but splits members into two overlapping groups), and then giving everyone the vote does not instantly result in a well-functioning democracy. And in other breaking news, gravity causes objects to fall to the ground. If we look back through history, the journey from feudalism or monarchy to democracy is usually accompanied by revolution and civil…

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Superbowl LIII Preview

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Another NFL season is down to just two teams, and while some pundits marvel at the new generation of outstanding QBs and the associated focus on offense, we should be reminded that some things never change (and I don’t mean the Patriots appearance in the AFC Championship game): winning playoff games depends on good old fashioned things like controlling the line of scrimmage and the clock. This preview shouldn’t be all about Brady, but he…

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What is Bandersnatch, really?

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(contains spoilers) It should come as no surprise that two innovators – Netflix and the Black Mirror team – have combined to produce something so special that we might look back on Bandersnatch as a key moment in the emerging genre of ‘interactive movie‘. The idea of handing the audience/viewer control over how the story plays out has been around for decades. Usually, this takes the shape of giving viewers a choice of a few…

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Celebrating Change

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During the month of Elul, our minds turn to Rosh Hashanah, and we reflect on the year which is drawing to a close. We have many different units for measuring time – seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years – and each serves a different purpose. To paraphrase Marc Levy, if you think a hundredth of a second is a short amount of time, ask the person who won the Olympic silver medal in the…

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Using Facebook – Baby Boomers vs Millennials

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I stumbled across a wonderful article that deals with the intersection of two of my favourite topics: intergenerational issues and the impact of social media on society. It analyses the starkly different ways that Facebook is used by Baby Boomers, as opposed to Millenials. It comes from a web site called The Cheat Sheet, which is “dedicated to providing audiences the information they want in an approachable, entertaining way”. But looking at the content and the…

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