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Author of Time Rich, and Employee to Entrepreneur. CEO of Collective Campus. HBR contributor. Host of the Future Squared podcast. Occasional surfer.

Most of us are fortunate enough to get unconditional love from our parents when we’re babies. Whether we cry, scream, or poop, they tend to our every need and don’t reprimand us for doing such things.

But as we get a little older and become young children, expectations shift.

If we refuse to eat our dinner, we get sent to our room hungry.

We learn a valuable lesson — we need to behave a certain way to get love and acceptance from others.

If we cry, we’re told to toughen up and stop crying like an infant.

We learn that…


Is it possible for a large corporate behemoth to acquire a small, independent company, without losing the essence of what made it great in the first place?

Recently, Fermentum Group, creator of craft brewery Stone & Wood, was acquired by Lion — a corporate behemoth wholly owned by Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company.

Fermentum is based in Byron Bay, an area Aussies typically associate with sun, surf, yoga, cannabis, and essentially life at one with nature, free from corporatization.

The company’s acquisition is the latest in a long line of craft brewer acquisitions, including Asahi’s acquisition of Mountain Goat in 2015, AB-InBev’s acquisition of Houston’s Karbach in 2016, and CUB’s purchase of surfing icon Mick Fanning’s Balter Brewing in 2019.

Mixed Reactions

The news drew mixed reactions online.

It drew…


Why 10,000 steps is a choice, not a question.

Remote work has become the norm over the past 18 months, and many people are now asking whether it’s possible to get 10,000 steps in working from home.

The pandemic created unforeseen demands on many lives — homeschooling kids, working longer hours to make up for all of the pointless Zoom calls, and numerous distractions.

But how long does it take to get to 10,000 steps exactly? At a standard walking pace, about 90 minutes. That’s a 30-minute walk before work, at lunch, and after work. Far from impossible.

Meanwhile, the pandemic gifted the average person about an hour a…


Why the internet makes it easy to be a rocker, but harder to become a rock star.

Show business, and business in general, has traditionally been the domain of the dreamer.

And those dreams have never seemed so real for as many as they are today.

Nowadays, the barriers to entry to get started in these fields are almost non-existent.

It’s easier than it’s ever been to produce, create, and distribute your wares.

Music

In the late 90s, I played guitar in a heavy metal band. Suppose we wanted to produce an album and distribute it to the world.

We’d have to scrounge some money together for some very expensive and very short studio time, record a demo…


How the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is responding to the emotional pressures of the pandemic.

Cal Newport noted that knowledge workers typically end up working 20% more than they have time to comfortably handle in a recent New Yorker essay.

He put this down to having knowledge workers self-regulate their workload.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 40 percent of workers say that their job is very or extremely stressful

And as I noted in my 2020 book, Time Rich: Do Your Best Work, Live Your Best Life, the three key drivers of workplace stress are excessive workload, office politics, and work-life balance conflicts.

Newport asked what would happen if…


How award-winning writer, producer, and director, Paul Fenech, uses storyboards.

Source: Lucidpark

I recently had the pleasure of hosting Australian writer, producer, director, and actor, Paul Fenech, on my podcast.

Fenech has produced a dozen television sitcoms and seven feature films, and has been nominated for five Logie Awards (Australia’s equivalent of the Emmys).

He is best known for playing the role of Pauly Falzoni in the hit comedy series, Pizza.

Fenech’s Writing Process

As a writer, I couldn’t help but ask Fenech what his own writing process looks like as it pertains to film scripts.

On Storyboards

It turns out that he’s not so much of a ‘tappity tap’ writer, but a big fan of…


What science says about having your cake and eating it too.

You’ve been there before.

You head out for lunch and against your better judgment, you order the burger with a side of fries, or the big bowl of pasta, or the pizza. You feel great in the moment, but it doesn’t take long for the food coma and lethargy to set in.

You get back to your desk, and quickly resign yourself to an afternoon of ‘nothing done’.

Sure, your body is present, but your brain has checked out for the day.


The news media and its broken business model.

Once upon a time, news outlets were as scarce as big-box retailers.

The barriers to entry to create and distribute media at scale were prohibitively high, and so most nations had a handful of national newspapers, radio programs, and television stations — typically backed by wealthy aristocrats and businessmen.

The financial barriers (and regulatory barriers such as a license to operate) made oligopolies of yesteryear’s news outlets. With money rolling in and few competitors, outlets could afford to pay journalists top dollar to spend days, weeks, and sometimes months performing investigative journalism, and publishing nuanced perspectives on complex issues.

But…


What Australia’s lockdowns say about its culture and people.

Freedom of expression, movement, and the free exchange of ideas. Such liberties underpin a progressive, innovative, and economically prosperous society.

The free exchange of ideas is fundamental to charting the best path forward. As Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman observed in his book Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, you can improve decisions by aggregating multiple independent judgments.

Associational thinking or connecting the dots between disparate ideas and disciplines fosters innovation — something Steve Jobs noted in his famous Reed College commencement speech.


Since the pandemic forced organizations around the world to finally embrace remote work, more and more people are having sea-change and tree-change moments.

In Victoria’s coastal Mornington Peninsula, traditionally a popular second-home destination for wealthy Melbournians, property prices have soared by as much as 30% in the past 12 months.

The peninsula’s mayor, Despi O’Connor, said that the trend in people relocating from Melbourne to the peninsular was an unanticipated outcome of the pandemic.

The thinking is ‘if I don’t need to regularly commute to the CBD, why do I need to live nearby?’

After all, cities as we know…

Steve Glaveski

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