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Happy 80th Birthday, Sir Frank Seeley

Happy 80th Birthday, Sir Frank Seeley Professor Longsword on Hamilton Island for the Seeley International VIP Conference with Sir Frank Seeley

Sir Frank Seeley, of Seeley International fame, has always been an inspiration to me and my students at the MBA School of MBA Credentials. And my respect deepened enormously after working closely the the insightful leader when he engaged me to address the Seeley International VIP conference on Hamilton Island recently. While there are many […]

Expose yourself daily: An academic guide to stimulation for MBA success

Expose yourself daily: An academic guide to stimulation for MBA success Expose yourself daily - An academic guide to MBA learning

When people ask me what it’s like being on top and what my trick is for maintaining this position, I can quite simply say it’s because I expose myself daily. MBA Thinking doesn’t come easily at first. It’s something that needs to be nurtured. And for me, I find that daily stimulation has  paid off, […]

A Lunchtime Lockdown Lecture with Professor Longsword

A Lunchtime Lockdown Lecture with Professor Longsword Professor Longsword's Lunchtime Lockdown Lecture

Having been made aware that many people are struggling during this return to lockdown restrictions, I crafted a special, Lunchtime Lockdown Lecture to bring you some relief, some inspiration, and indeed a shot in the arm – both literally with vaccination, and figuratively with some MBA THINKING. In this lecture, I explored three themes. Applying […]

Life, death, and Adelaide trams: No laughing matter for Cranker Comedy audiences

Life, death, and Adelaide trams: No laughing matter for Cranker Comedy audiences Life, death, and Adelaide trams: No laughing matter for Cranker Comedy audiences

I took academia to the masses last night at a comedy event called, Cranker Comedy. This weekly gathering in Adelaide attracts a full house of “punters” venturing out to enjoy a mix of emerging and experienced comedians at the Crown and Anchor Hotel. Not being a comedian, I opted to use my time to conduct […]

3 satisfying ways Port Pirie can hit paydirt over its label as a shit town

3 satisfying ways Port Pirie can hit paydirt over its label as a shit town 3 satisfying ways Port Pirie can hit paydirt over its label as a shit town. Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

This article came to pass because one of our MBA students, who is from Port Pirie, bemoaned the fact that their town was named the most “shit town” of Australia by the Shit Towns of Australia newsletter. It intrigued me that they were so upset by a fictitious entity’s made up label but as I […]

weword: After wework, will Hulu make a new documentary about another exaggerated start-up?

weword: After wework, will Hulu make a new documentary about another exaggerated start-up? weword: After wework, will Hulu make a new documentary about another exaggerated start-up?

The Hulu network is launching a new documentary this weekend called, WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn. See trailer below. It covers the rise and fall of wework, an American commercial real estate company that markets flexible and shared workspaces for technology start-ups and services for other enterprises. The company […]

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide – an opening speech by Professor Longsword

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide – an opening speech by Professor Longsword Higher education at a crossroads. Professor Longsword opens the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide

Here is the text of a speech written by Professor Sebastian Longsword for the opening of the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo Adelaide, March 28 and 29, 2021. What a wonderful moment it is, to be officially opening the 12th annual Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo Adelaide which is also known as (TSCEA) for short. […]

Adelaide’s MBA School Of MBA Credentials to offer a Qualification Swap for dissatisfied students from Victoria’s top 5 universities

Adelaide’s MBA School Of MBA Credentials to offer a Qualification Swap for dissatisfied students from Victoria’s top 5 universities Adelaide's MBA School Of MBA Credentials to offer a Qualification Swap for dissatisfied students from Victoria's top 5 universities. By Pollynolly - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82607432

The academic world in Victoria is in shock after its top universities drew the strongest dissatisfaction ratings from students in the federal government-commissioned 2020 Student Experience Survey. In the survey, the University of Melbourne and Monash University “recorded the largest declines in students’ overall ratings of their education experience”, according to this Sydney Morning Herald […]

Tackling Repetition Blindness through the Adelaide March 4 Justice event

Tackling Repetition Blindness through the Adelaide March 4 Justice event Tackling Repitition Blindness through the Adelaide March 4 Justice event

Some people believe The MBA School Of MBA Credentials exists in an alternative universe but whether or not that’s true, there are universal issues that demand vigilance and the lifting of heads out of books, no matter which dimension or era one exists in. And one such issue is the need for justice and action […]

Professor channels former PM Bob Hawke and calls bosses bums

Professor channels former PM Bob Hawke and calls bosses bums Professor channels former PM Bob Hawke and calls bosses bums

I had a little taste of media exposure today, when asked to appear on a television program to discuss employees having time off through the day to attend A Lunchtime MBA. It began as a discussion about the importance of the business lunch. This is something very important to all MBAs because we know much […]

How much is your MBA worth? Reflections on Mariana Mazzucato’s book, The Value of Everything

How much is your MBA worth? Reflections on Mariana Mazzucato’s book, The Value of Everything How much is your MBA worth? Reflections on Mariana Mazzucato's book, The Value of Everything

What do you value? And how do you realise the value of anything? These are questions we’ve been wrestling with while running A Lunchtime MBA, in which students can attend our daily sessions at Treasury 1860, grab a lunch and a drink, and leave with an MBA Degree for the princely sum of $50. Is […]

One Time Round: Dr Gill Hicks and the consequences of our actions

One Time Round: Dr Gill Hicks and the consequences of our actions One Time Round: Dr Gill Hicks and the consequences of our actions

I was telling my good lady wife about a chance meeting I had with Dr Gill Hicks in the bushes of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, while discussing her 2021 Adelaide Fringe show, Alive And (still kicking). She has long been an admirer of Dr Gill’s and she relayed to me something that had come up in conversation […]

Make South Australia the MBA state

Make South Australia the MBA state Make South Australia the MBA State

South Australia’s Department Of Premier And Cabinet, has released a document this weekend entitled, Future Adelaide: State Of Illumination. And this glossy magazine and website – futureadl.com.au – are certainly shining a light on some of the best and most exclusive aspects of South Australia you can imagine. From pristine underwater scenes to dusk photography […]

Tim Minchin is an exemplar of MBA Thinking and the Professor will carry his flame throughout the Adelaide Fringe

Tim Minchin is an exemplar of MBA Thinking and the Professor will carry his flame throughout the Adelaide Fringe Tim Minchin is an exemplar of MBA Thinking and the Professor will carry his flame throughout the Adelaide Fringe

It was drawn to my attention that Tim Minchin AM will not be appearing at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe, leaving the role of higher education messaging to my good self. It is a heavy burden to bear but I do so gladly. What do we have in common? We both command stages in front of […]

Summon the elders: Why businesses should not make retirement compulsory

Summon the elders: Why businesses should not make retirement compulsory Summon the elders: Why businesses should not make retirement compulsory

It is with much surprise that I awoke today to news that consultancy firm, Deloitte, expects its partners to retire at the ripe age of 62. This is very surprising, when one considers that Deloitte is probably home to more MBAs per capita than any other firm on the planet. How could this haven for […]

Adelaide breakfast radio music is hurting South Australian productivity

Adelaide breakfast radio music is hurting South Australian productivity Adelaide breakfast radio music is hurting South Australian productivity - Professor Longsword on Radio Adelaide

I know this headline makes a bold claim but as someone who lives by MBA Thinking I cannot afford to shirk my responsibility to speak the truth. There are many sources of self-help information and pop-culture leaders who preach that happy workplaces are healthy. Oh, how I wish that were true. But, alas, the data […]

Adelaide MBA School to teach GameStop-like investment in Adelaide Adventure Rooms

Adelaide MBA School to teach GameStop-like investment in Adelaide Adventure Rooms Adelaide MBA School to teach GameStop-like investment in Adelaide Adventure Rooms

Many students have asked me to analyse the GameStop phenomenon that has taken Wall Street and the popular press by storm. And it is healthy that a new crop of MBAs should be keen as mustard to learn from the experiments and mistakes of others to seek new ways of deriving profit from strategic street […]

How the Adelaide Crows new Chief Executive can restore the Football Club with MBA Thinking

How the Adelaide Crows new Chief Executive can restore the Football Club with MBA Thinking How the Adelaide Crows new Chief Executive can restore the Football Club with MBA Thinking

Let’s face facts. The Adelaide Crows aka Adelaide Football Club has fallen from grace in recent years and it does not augur well for the year when the first official duty of Chairman John Olsen at last night’s 2021 season launch was to announce the resignation of CEO Andrew Fagan. If ever an organisation needed […]

Australia can binge watch its way to economic recovery: Netflix and networks should stream business books during TV shows

Australia can binge watch its way to economic recovery: Netflix and networks should stream business books during TV shows Australia can binge watch its way to economic recovery: Netflix and networks should stream business books during TV shows

Australia could be standing at a crossroads right now, looking both ways to read the economic traffic, and trying to determine whether it’s safe to cross, better to disrupt, or more appealing to jaywalk it’s way to new possibilities faster. But there’s one thing holding us back. Most of us are not on the road. […]

Promotional photos and operational logistics: Efficiency for updating Adelaide breakfast radio teams

Promotional photos and operational logistics: Efficiency for updating Adelaide breakfast radio teams Promotional photos and operational logistics: Efficiency for updating Adelaide breakfast radio teams. Billboard photo: by DesignClass on Unsplash

I’ve been puzzling recently, over why breakfast radio promotional photographs look so similar. The thought was stirred by a friend of mine and former radio person, Steve Davis. He shared a montage of radio show promo shots drawn from one issue of the industry newsletter, Radioinfo. Despite the images all being rather pixelated, do you […]

Reverse Citations: How to write academic papers for Trump supporters

Reverse Citations: How to write academic papers for Trump supporters Reverse Citations for pro-Trump LinkedIn users

We are apolitical at the MBA School Of MBA Credentials. Our challenge is to view the world through the lens of curiosity and apply MBA Thinking whenever problems need solutions. And such a problem has arisen in some LinkedIn discussions I have been involved with in the wake of some US institutions like Middlebury College […]

Reshaping John Dillermand: The book is mightier than the penis

Reshaping John Dillermand: The book is mightier than the penis Reshaping John Dillermand: The book is mightier than the penis

Denmark’s equivalent of the ABC, DR, has launched a TV show for children aged 4-8 about a man with a penis that can grow very, very, very long and often gets him into trouble. His name is John Dillermand, with Diller being Danish slang for penis. And my argument is that focussing on well-endowed genetalia […]

You can’t polish a turd but you can harness its pulling power on social media

You can’t polish a turd but you can harness its pulling power on social media You can't polish a turd but you can harness its pulling power on social media - Source: ABC News / Facebook / Amanda Fitzgerald

A student who has enrolled for A Lunchtime MBA during the Adelaide Fringe Semester next month, has posed an interesting question. Why do posts about poop in our community Facebook Group get 10 times the discussion and engagement compared to posts about generous sales and promotions? I was busy at the time so my number […]

Universities and mansplaining: Why we started the Mantraining Elective

Universities and mansplaining: Why we started the Mantraining Elective Universities and mainsplaining: Why we started the Mantraining Elective at the MBA School Of MBA Credentials

Many South Australians will remember how an image that hit the media (and social media) in 2018 that brought a lot of heat onto the University of Adelaide because it looked like the august institution was embracing “mansplaining” in its visual communication. This was because the image that did the rounds showed a seated male […]

Thank Goodness It’s Monday: Reclaiming TGIF with MBA Thinking

Thank Goodness It’s Monday: Reclaiming TGIF with MBA Thinking Thank Goodness it's Monday - Reclaiming TGIF with MBA Thinking. Photo by dusan jovic on Unsplash

Another day, another week, means another chance to apply MBA Thinking to your life and the lives of those around you. I saw a delightful post from a rather smart, Adelaide GP and business owner, Dr Nick Tellis, on LinkedIn this morning entitled, Happy Mindset Monday. He asked, “how many of you think TGI Monday?” […]

Do not study your MBA online: The universities’ new clothes

Do not study your MBA online: The universities’ new clothes Do not study your MBA online. Photo by Antor Paul on Unsplash

My Google searches are filled with ads for MBA courses at this time of year and it worries me greatly that almost all institutions are boasting about MBA degrees that can be earned “100% online”. Dear students to be, as someone who has held the gaze of his students over many lunches, I believe the […]

Why we should stop free riding on Adelaide trams

Why we should stop free riding on Adelaide trams Why we should stop free riding on Adelaide trams - MBA School Of MBA Credentials

I was in the city of Adelaide yesterday, preparing to catch the free tram service from the MBA School Of MBA Credentials (13th floor of 144 King William Street, just above Treasury 1860), when I had an MBA insight: I should not be a free-rider. Of course, if you haven’t earned your MBA you might […]

How to use your MBA to write more convincing spam

How to use your MBA to write more convincing spam Use your MBA skills to write more convincing spam. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Ms Paige Turner received an email yesterday from a Daniel Roos who claimed to be representing Best Professional SEO and Web Design Services Company. The dilemma for Daniel is that one of our students received an identical email from Daniel, even though it was meant to be a tailored email for the MBA School Of […]

We are one and free: HR lessons from the Australian National Anthem lyric change

We are one and free: HR lessons from the Australian National Anthem lyric change We are one and free: HR Lessons from the national anthem. Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash

Many of us were satisfyingly surprised when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a one-word change to the Australian national anthem, especially those of us who teach HR topics as part of an MBA. The change from “we are young and free” to “we are one and free”, is of great significance to First Nations people […]

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