Peter Bush: visual notes – page 1
These are my visual notes drawn during a presentation by Peter Bush, formerly CEO of McDonald’s Australia, at the Tamworth Business Chamber lunch in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Peter’s presentation was riveting - full of business ideas, lessons learnt and top tips. Peter talked about his experience in turning around McDonald’s Australia and how he and his team helped propel McDonald’s Australia to be the best performing McDonald’s business globally for five consecutive years. The aim of my visual notes is to help remind me of some of the golden nuggets of advice Peter shared so that in 2 hours, 2 days, 2 months or 2 years time I can think back and remember the “essence” of what he said. Call it my own visual memory tool.
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All year long my keyboard has been subtly trying to remind me of what’s important. Today, I’m taking its advice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year and who follows my work – hope you have a great and relaxing holiday. Until 2012!
GFC II, war, drought, famine, job cuts, disease… switch on the news or open the paper and the list goes on. In times of adversity, I believe several things keep us going. But the most powerful of them all is hope. In difficult times, we need to stock up on it more than ever.
A great mate of mine and a former colleague, David Sims, has a great turn of phrase. Maybe it’s because he’s Californian. He’s equally good at putting words eloquently onto paper. I should know – I spent just shy of 5 years sitting next to him day-in-day-out at Weber Shandwick Technologies and then Howorth, hearing him skillfully work the phone, craft documents and chat with colleagues and clients. Over a beer recently, he dropped the words ‘letting go of the side of the pool’ into conversation. I forget the context but the visual metaphor really got into my head.
Whatever we face, love, fear, want, aim for or hope for, there is always a point where we’ve got to ‘let go’ and get moving. If we don’t, nothing changes or happens – no matter how easy or hard it maybe.