The 8 billion dollar gamble - roulette wheel image for article by Greg Alder

The 8 billion dollar gamble


Lots of people like to gamble. Most people who gamble do so with their own money. Some prefer to gamble with other people’s money. This is the story of Advanced Investment Management. In March 2002, the ten-year-old investment advice and…

Are you worth waiting for? - image for article by Greg Alder

Are you worth waiting for?


Here’s a quick test. You have a client who’s a nice enough guy. However, his business isn’t exactly one of your more lucrative sources of income. You have just finished a meeting, the main purpose of which was to give…

Not gone but forgotten


Ever wondered how polygamous marriages work? You’ve no doubt seen photos of the proud husband surrounded by his collection of wives. There’s no prize for guessing why the guy always looks unreasonably happy. What’s more intriguing is what’s going on…

Welcome to the idea age - Article by Greg Alder

Here comes the idea age


A seismic shift is taking place. No. Seismic is the wrong word. Seismic suggests violence. This change is subtle. At least, it started subtly. Born as a barely perceptible ripple, it has been building in time’s ocean, initially unnoticed and…

Half a brilliant idea - Article by Greg Alder

Half a brilliant idea


You and I mightn’t have met, but I know this about you: you possess half a big idea (even if you’re not aware of it). Not just half of one idea, but likely hundreds of them. Any one of these…

& Partners - Article by Greg Alder

& Partners


Imagine the world populated by 7 billion clones of you – every one with your experiences, skills and knowledge. What would it be like? Would it work? Would you have clothes on your back? Would your car have fuel? Would…

A Blonde walks into a bar - Article by Greg Alder

A blonde walks into a bar


Let’s talk about ethnicity, gender, faith. Imagine you’re travelling overseas. You’re in a hidden valley in a remote corner of an inhospitable but strangely fascinating country. After days of struggling to communicate with people in funny costumes with weird languages,…

How to think big - Article by Greg Alder

How to think big


Clients are funny things. They like to believe that they can see the big picture. That’s one of the things that helps them feel that they’re at the top of their game. It’s one of the things that helps them…