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Professional Loneliness

I grew up during a period when if you uttered the phrase “Every Picture Tells a Story” someone would almost magically reply “Don’t It”. (much like there is only one possible response to “Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again”). I was listening to the album for the umpteenth time the other day,…

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On Professionalism

A professional is true to his beliefs Professionals are not swayed by popular opinion Professionalism is having the courage to tell your client something they don’t want to hear.   A professional seeks to add value Professionals do not accept payment for doing nothing Professionalism is advising your client to terminate  your services when you…

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Two Approaches to Gardening

My wife and I have two very different approaches to our garden. My view of the garden is a series of tasks which need to be completed so that I can spend some time enjoying the sunshine outside, preferably with a glass of something and a small plate of cheese. In Kathy’s view, the tasks…

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Do You Really Need That Self-Managed Superannuation Fund?

At some time, many of us will consider whether or not to have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). Whilst SMSF’s can be a useful structure, they are not for everyone, and there are some commonly held myths about them, which in true Adam and Jamie fashion I am about to bust. A detailed free guide…

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Where are you in the pecking order?

Observing chicken politics is hilarious, the jockeying for position, competing for advantage, secret liaisons, negotiated alliances, clandestine trysts, reminds me of Canberra, but I digress…. It is human nature to behave a bit like my chooks. We assess our relative importance by our position in the pecking order, and we attribute a whole set of…

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The Ultimate KPI

There is a whole industry out there engaged in assisting businesses to set Key Performance Indicators as a means of encouraging desired behaviour and alignment with an organisation’s goals and objectives. For me, there is really only one KPI. “Turn up each day ready to work, and do your job”. Now I understand that this…

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What Do I Do? Sometimes

Sometimes I am an investment consultant Sometimes I am a shoulder to cry on Sometimes I am a tax expert Sometimes I am a marriage counsellor Sometimes I am an insurance consultant Sometimes I stand between you and doing something stupid Sometimes I am a superannuation expert Sometimes I am a dream catcher Sometimes I…

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The Aged Care Minefield

My wife and I have both had the unfortunate situation in the last year or so of having to arrange aged care for a parent. We found this to be not only an emotional situation, worrying about the future well being of our loved ones and feeling guilt at the obvious reluctance of our mothers…

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An Exciting Annoucement

The team at ODH Financial Planning have an exciting announcement to make and we are so thrilled to share it with you… As most of you would know, the financial planning business moved out of its location and into a brand new office at Ellen Street Wollongong in November 2013. We are very happy at…

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Illawarra Redundancies – I didn’t think it would happen to me!

Many of our clients, colleagues, friends and acquaintances are impacted by the recent announcement of additional job losses at Port Kembla Steelworks. For some the news comes as no surprise but for many, it’s a case of, “I didn’t think it would happen to me!” For those approaching retirement, this may be a time when…

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