December 19, 2018

A Time to Pause, a Time To Shine

I think 2018 will prove to be a pivotal year. Digital everything is here and here to stay - deeply and irreversibly embedded. That’s both good and bad. The technology now available to all of us through a few clicks is astounding. We can do business with a global economy wirelessly over a latte (double-shot, extra hot!).
December 5, 2018

Building Your Confidence to Shine

“That was really scary” These were the words of one of my client’s last week. She was talking about how she had felt about publishing her first ever LinkedIn post. The words had been good to go for some time ……
October 24, 2018

Big boys join the co-working club

Looking for company I’ve been looking for a while now to find a central Sydney location to base myself for a few days each week. Working alone can become onerous. It’s easy to get isolated, so it makes sense to connect - both socially and commercially.
September 19, 2018
Mark Hodgson

Setting the VISION for business success. Do you know where you’re going to?

‘We did it!’ This was the subject line of an email I recently received from the CEO of my longest standing business client.
September 4, 2018
Mark Hodgson

Back to basics – 5 leading thinkers takes on the DNA of success

‘Buy now, Pay later’. That’s the Afterpay promise. For those not in the know, this is that latest version of what used to be called “living on the never never”. Apart from being an insidious siren song sure to lure the unwary into debt, it’s a great example of the modern penchant for instant gratification.
July 4, 2018


A picture paints ……. I’ve been publishing the Pinch of Thought blog for a few years now. As regular readers know, a big part of playing the Influencer game is getting across new technology. Video is not new, but, it’s becoming increasingly important because most search engines now rank it above written blogs.
June 20, 2018
Mark Hodgson

Build your INFLUENCER 5 Pack to stand out in uncertain times

I recently undertook some research around job prospects in ‘the future of work’. Long story short, opinions are polarised. Some expert bodies believe that technology will cut 20-30% of all jobs (both low and high-skill). Others argue that a raft of new roles with Star Trek-sexy titles will materialise and we’ll all be just fine.
June 13, 2018
Mark Hodgson

It pays to walk

There’s no little irony that it has taken a technological gizmo to provoke business leaders to get off their corporate bums and engage in that lowest tech of activities – the humble walk. It all started with the Fitbit - a watch-like device that measures the number of steps taken by its wearer each day. ‘Peak Fitbit’ occurred in 2017.
May 30, 2018
Mark Hodgson

How to make Collaboration a skill not a soundbite

Collaboration is one of those bullshit bingo buzz-words tossed around organisations like confetti. It implies ‘teamwork’ and that ‘we’re all in it together’. Which of course is how it should be – it’s just rarely true.
May 24, 2018
Mark Hodgson

3 Small principles to Supersize your performance

Winter is coming” The cold is about to rip through Sydney. OK, not exactly “Winter is coming” a la ‘Game of Thrones’, but the mercury is about to ‘plummet’ below 12 degrees! I ride a (big red) motorbike - the only way to ‘fly’ in the log-jammed emerald city. I love the freedom to zip in and out, land close to where I need to be and (whisper this) park at the airport for FREE (a four letter word at Macquarie Group). But sitting still in the chill can get cold. It’s then I unleash my secret weapon - HEATED HAND GRIPS!
May 9, 2018
Mark Hodgson

Create, Connect & Compete to unlock your hidden Super Powers

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. As I scan my world or work, friends and family, I see more and more people struggling. Australians are portrayed as a laid back bunch of irreverents - always at the bar, the beach or the barbie. In truth, most are more likely to be at the grindstone - particularly in Sydney - one of the most expensive cities on the planet.
April 11, 2018
Mark Hodgson

Leadership lessons from a small boat

This weekend, I’m off to Perth with my rowing crew, the Warriewood Crustys. We’ve already won Silver at the NSW State Championships. Now we venture west with our eyes on the main prize – Australian Gold! We’ve worked hard and improved out of site. We’ve also learned what it takes to perform at the highest level – lessons that translate to the world of business leadership. I share some of them here.