Greenlight Laser…meet Dr Charles Chabert!

March 24, 2011

An Innovation Technology Post – from the patient:

“Ok Tony, you don’t have cancer you have a benign prostate growth and the the operation for this is called a TURP it takes about 1 hour, – you’ll be in for 3 to 4 days and off work 3 – 4 weeks. I’ve done thousands of them over the years – you’ll be fine, the epidural ensures pain is minimal and as for side effects there’s only a slight risk to sexual disfunction however a % of men do suffer incontinence. Oh look you’re lucky I have a cancellation so can fit you in on the 14th Nov – first cab off the rank

So how does all that sound?….i sat there nodding with a pathetic smile on my face agreeing to something I really had no idea what he was talking about. Besides it all sounded too mechanical and easy – like some production schedule!

Surely there was something better than this?,  given my background – time for a second opinion, even better perhaps there’s some new technology advancement?… and, fortunately for me there was!

Meet Dr Charles Chabert

The minute we met I liked him. Warm, enthusiastic, genuine and sincere. We discussed my various options including  medicine because … Tony the last option is surgery.

But in the end it was my decision. At 57 I could only imagine what I’d be like at 67.

So it was decided – Tuesday 22nd March 8.00am at the John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast.

John Flynn Hospital

Where's the Razor Blades?


It’s now Thursday 24th – 48 hours since my Greenlight Laser surgery was performed by my maverick urologist – who’s on a mission to improve mens health! But it didn’t quite go exactly to my plan and not that I’m a sook but the post operative pain was what I would describe as like “pissing razor blades’ but, nonetheless the hospital team were fantastic and able to manage it all so I came home after only i night in hospital, completely pain free, feeling pretty happy about myself!

NO; 3 or 4 night stay in Hospital. NO; 3 – 4 weeks recuperating. I’ll be back to normal in half that time!

Greenlight Laser has only been around a few years in Australia and we can thank my Qld urologist Dr Charles Chabert and his passionate team for pioneering this new technology and, blazing new trails for mens health -all because he dares to Think Different! – motivated to do things better and because its time to change the status quo!

Not surprisingly, Charles is also an Apple evangelist  – I really must chat to him about getting him a new iPad 2….




Look mum…I’ve got a shiny new glass ‘slate’

April 17, 2010

Slate |slāt| – a flat piece of slate used for writing on, typically framed in wood, formerly used in schools.

Innovation and Creativity

The future of education, learning and communication just took on a whole new look.

It looks a lot like a shiny glass blackboard and it’s called the iPad. It’s not about typing or a mouse; it’s everything to do with interactivity – touchlook and feel.

It’s not just about text, pics or animation, it’s more about bringing a book or a newspaper to life with digial video. It’s not about a local disk a USB drive or even a desktop processor, it’s more about the ‘cloud’. It’s not just about pulling information; it’s about pushing IT. It’s not about repurposing old software, it’s more about rewriting everything from scratch.

Move over Geeks. Digital connectedness just hit the masses. We’ve now got a new tool anyone can use. From a 2 year old to a 92 year old!

At last IT will become fun.

Because – Hi Tech. Just got replaced by Hi Touch!


Meet the Boss!

October 13, 2009

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Look someone you know?

He’s a manager of a bygone era.

But here’s the thing…

What fundamental problem was he supposed to solve?

The answer  – efficiency and replication.

The Boss was invented to keep his staff focused on following rules and doing the same thing over and over again, whether it was building a Model T Ford or a Silicon Chip, or flipping a burger or serving a customer, or even approving a bank loan… The Bosses role was and still is all about minimising variation, and maximising standardization.

But hang on… that’s not the problem modern leaders or businesses are wrestling with today. Rather, it’s more about; “How do we build a business or enterprise that’s adaptable, innovative and sustainable? Or for the team within the business, how can we really provide a work environment that’s engaging and a fun place that encapsulates real work/life integration?  Moroever, how do we draw out those unique human gifts of initiative, creativity and passion into our workplace?

We are now at a management crossroads. Traditional hierarchies or draconian systems block or inhibit positive and meaningful change and collaborative outcomes. Despite the rhetoric the real art of management conversation, of listening and working together (collaboratively) – is almost nonexistent. Complicated bureaucracies or silo’s within the many tiers of government and functions of business are the root of the problem.

Meanwhile the knowledge, resources, and computing power of billions of people are now self-organising into a massive new collective force. Interconnected through blogs wikis, chat rooms, YouTube, Twitter – the internet is providing the first ever global platform for realtime collaboration. Some are saying – who needs management anyway?… as these new online self organising tribes are rapidly changing society and spawning new meritocracies or peer to peer networks, breathtaking business models and new leadership.

From where I sit leadership is all about- doing the right thing.

Saatchi & Saatchi (the worlds leading Ad agency) is a great example of what doing the right thing is about, so is Google, Virgin, Apple and Wholefoods.

So what makes them so different? 1. Aspirational leadership. 2. Believing in a dream.  3. Aligning people’s emotions by creating a real sense of purpose and a culture of knowing where you fit in and belong.

In other words this is all about fostering a Movement or a Tribe. Ref. Seth Godin’s Book –Tribes!

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Innovation is surprisingly Spiky!

May 9, 2009

The Innovation SpikeAs the saying goes…a picture is worth a thousand words.

Probably more to the point (excuse the pun) here it’s worth $Trillions!

Study it for a while.

Look at the spikes – IT Employment, Venture Capital,  Patents, Look at the links.

You can’t help but feel impressed. WOW!

However If you live downunder like I do, then you will feel a tad deflated. Where the hell’s our spike? Nothing, not even a little one. Not even a bud of one.

Back in 2001 I opened a multi million dollar digital production business in Bangalore. Even then, some 8 years ago  the place was zooming (Seth Godin expression) Now some years later Bangalore has a bud.

We don’t!

Now that really pisses me off as for the past decade Australia has been shelling out $Billions in R&D initiatives and innovation grants. So where’s our Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Craigslist, Google, Apple or the next big thing?

Let’s flip back a few years. When Australia was considered somewhat a leader in innovation from the Boomerang to the Victa Lawn Mower. We also gave the world other gems like the Hills Rotary Clothes Hoist and the Bionic Ear. But of more recent times it seems Australian innovation has stalled. Yes we have the CSIRO, our Innovation and Research Labs, the plethora of Government Innovation Departments, and of course, our Universities, colleges, schools, consultants and ASSOB.

Thank god we still have the ABC New Inventors show.

C’mon Australia despite our inquisitive culture we’ve become a risk adverse nation. How the hell is it be possible that an Ethiopian women living in desperate poverty can have freedom to access risk capital to start a business with no strings attached whereas smart young Aussie entrepreneurs with good business sense a great idea and passion are made to jump through hoops that would make top gymnasts do a back flip!

Some would say we’ve  lost the plot. Perhaps it’s time to do something about it. For the sake of my grandchildren I have and will continue to collaborate with others who are on a similar crusade.

Visit Start or stay tuned for more as this Innovation movement is gathering momentum and will soon reach critical mass.



The Innovation Cafe

May 3, 2009

Hello and welcome to my Australia – a land very much ‘down under’ in respect to where we sit within the global innovation economy!

Undaunted, a couple of weeks ago (Monday 20th April to be precise), three committed Queensland Economic Development Mavericks – Derek Ephrem, Nick McGuire and yours truly, decided to do something about it, when we raised the innovation bar a notch for this country.

Over 200 invited VIP’s and guests attended, the first Innovation Cafe breakfast (Watch the Launch here) – hosted by Logan City Council’s mayor Pam Parker.

Australia’s leading strategic foresight thinker – Steve Tighe – (from Chasing Sunrises) provided a fascinating 45 minute insight into why the world’s smartest business leaders continually get it so wrong. Scenario planning – spot the signals before they become a trend!

Now before you start trying to Google – The Innovation Cafe’s location, let me say this isn’t about a physical place rather this is more about the metaphor which underpins Innovation – the new peer to peer collaboration model – to  get together over a coffee (or if you prefer – green tea) to discuss issues or a topic around a common interest!

This is an era of Ready Fire Aim. Its time for Aussie business leaders to Think Different!

To unlearn those rear vision lessons from the past. To look up and to look forward. To notice what’s going on around you. To recognise that people especially your most valuable asset – employees matter just as much as profits and customers.

hire the right staff as they will attract the right customers because they will deliver you sustainable profits!

Yes, change is constant and inevitable. Therefore any business success, regardless of the current GFC (global financial crisis) is entirely dependent upon the benefits it provides by matching society’s perceived needs at any given point of time. And that can change in a blink of an eye.

You either adapt or you’ll become extinct.

But not this little black duck.

Open collaboration that fuels innovation is the key.

Join me in this quest to Think Different…and watch this space!