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Strategic - Contrarian - Old School Long



​This blog is a resource for discussing things that I think matter in business, finance and investing. It aims to offer a contrarian point of view for readers, from a strategic perspective, with a long term view for the future.

September 12, 2019

 Wardaddy: "I won't ask you to do anything I haven't done myself..."

  • A signature of successful teams is a culture of winning cultivated by natural leaders who empower their people to operate independently and with initiative.

  • Successful leaders know when to lead from the front, & when to hang back and allow their team to lead by their own decision making; think "Recon Pull vs Command Push".

  • Critical is the capacity to know when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way.

  • True leaders accept full responsibility for failures, but acknowledge credit for success sits on the shoulders of the team.

At 45 I find myself reflecting on the learning of leadership and its application in  both the military and in bu...

September 6, 2019

  • Endure: to remain firm without yielding; to exist over a period of time or indefinitely; stable and constant. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

  • The last week has seen a pivotal change in the direction of the Financial Advice Firm I am a Partner in, commencing with the provision of advice under our own Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) held by Endure Wealth Pty Ltd.

  • This is a unique opportunity to chart our own course and provide our clients with vision, stability, and peace of mind through quality advice during a period of unprecedented financial uncertainty.

  • Despite the challenges ahead, there lies many opportunities to better provide for the financial advice needs that our clients will require in disruptive t...

August 28, 2019

Sometimes there is value delivered in being able to see not what is; but what could be... The Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services has highlighted some inappropriate practices and conduct at institutional and individual levels. The outcomes from this inquiry will continue to reshape the financial advice profession. But the broader truth is that at ground roots level, the financial advice profession always has been and always will continue to be guided and shaped, by the vast majority of Financial Advisers who have their clients best interests at heart. And those who have long standing relationships with Financial Advisers know how much of a positive impact this professional advice can have in helping clients work toward...

August 23, 2019

It's been another bumpy week in international markets as (I commented on last week) volatility returns to markets. When this happens, people's flight or fight responses kick in, which is a natural emotional reaction and a key component on the psychology of investing. And as always happens when markets turn, I get...

August 16, 2019

Voodoo Medics - Unconventional medicine, unconventional warfare, everyday heros. Market volatility is normal - it's just been largely missing for the better part of a decade. The Australian financial advice landscape is changing - post Royal Commission the 20/80 rule will become more evident than ever. What six days in an Audi SQ5 taught me about value for money and great customer service. Hearts and Minds Investments - an IPO with a philanthropic socially responsible investment twist.

August 9, 2019

"Breakfast in the morning is on us..." A simple offering from a boutique hotel operator is one of many small nuances designed to disrupt their bigger mainstream competitors. And once traditional business models have been disrupted - and Pandora's box opened on a new way to service clients - it will be harder for businesses losing clients to win those clients back. In essence - disrupt or die!

August 2, 2019

Quantifying the value you are seeking in the financial advice relationship will help you find the right Financial Adviser for you. Trust and Technology (T2) will be the anchor points in a digital age that make the advice relationship successful for you in achieving your lifestyle and financial goals.

July 26, 2019

A blog for discussing all things business, finance and investing. If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. Strategic | Contrarian | Old School Long

July 19, 2019

I love this picture – it was the moment the North Queensland Cowboys player’s “never say die” attitude staked their claim on securing the club’s inaugural NRL Premiership. Jonathon Thurston evaded an attempted tackle in the dying seconds of the game, passes the ball to Michael Morgan who flick passes the ball to Kyle Feldt on the wing and the rest as they say is history.

The result was thrilling, but the path to glory was a long time in the making, this was no overnight success story. Countless hours in the off season training, time spent on perfecting the basics – ball skills and standard plays.  Weeks spent in the gym building physical strength and on the field perfecting defensive tackles and plays designed to preserve hard earned ga...

July 16, 2017

Digital disruption can render successful companies irrelevant if they don’t invest capital in digitizing their business to protect their moat. Don’t be Kodak - be Domino’s. Without substance to their social media presence, so called digital strategies may put companies at risk of being found to be naked when the tide goes out. When was the last time you did a digital deep dive of your portfolio?

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Colin Lea
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Financial Adviser CFP® Professional and Financial Author based in tropical Townsville, North Queensland, Australia.

Prior professional background of 21 years in military & international logistics, strategic planning and management. He has lived and worked extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and the USA.


An advocate for easy access to quality financial advice and opinion that is honest, transparent, and which offers a contrarian position to mainstream media.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking”.

General George S. Patton


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