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Posted on October 30, 2013

From high performer to effective leader

I’m often asked the question of how to transition from a high performer (subject matter expert) into a leadership role? Often the first things that come to mind are, build a diverse team, balance the time you put into work with time outside of work and select a good mentor. All sounds simple right, after…

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Posted on October 28, 2013

Walking with the wounded

In January 2007, and after two years of meticulous planning and training, Kevin Biggar and I reached the South Pole unaided after 52 days and over 1,100 km of freezing temperatures, torn hamstrings, lost toenails, rough ice and huge weight loss. Sounds simple right? Get to the coast, and then head south! But Antarctica is…

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Posted on September 29, 2013

Appreciating the journey

Last week I spoke at a fundraising event for the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. Wow, what a great organisation. They are one of the many superhero organisations in our community who perform miracles every day. They’re full of inspiring people, yet often go unnoticed until we ourselves need them. Palliative care is an extremely…

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Posted on September 28, 2013

Meetings that matter!

How many times have you walked away from a meeting and thought ‘that was not a good use of my time? You’re not the only one. A global survey of 38,000 people found that ineffective meetings are on of the top three corporate time wasters. According to the survey the average worker spends nearly six…

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Posted on September 13, 2013

Performance through purpose

Few employees (or adventurers) start a new job demotivated, but many fail to maintain that ‘first day’ enthusiasm. Something happens to them. They become clock-watching zombies. Sitting at their desk drooling, physically present but mentally absent. How do you get these people back with the program? For that matter how can you keep all of…

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Posted on September 4, 2013

Bouncing back

Are you as gripped as we are at Inspiring Performance with the America’s Cup? We’re loving supporting the Emirates Team New Zealand boys and watching the racing excitement each morning while eating our weetbix. Looking back since New Zealand entered its first America’s cup in 1995 and white washed Dennis Connor’s Team America, so much…

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Posted on June 29, 2013

Telling your story

Story telling has been used to pass on knowledge for thousands of years. We can tell a lot about our society or a business by the types of stories created every day. In my last blog I covered the mechanics of a great speech, but what are you actually going to say? And how are…

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Posted on April 29, 2013

When your expectations and the experience don’t meet

Last year I introduced you to Jacqui Edwards, whose aim was to put her early childhood teaching experience to good use in a Kenyan orphanage. We’ve recently caught up with Jacqui, and asked about her original expectations, her experience, what the gap between the two was, and how this has helped her define new goals….

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Posted on April 12, 2013

What’s your one thing?

Have you got one thing you’re truly good at? Do you find yourself coming back to it time and time again? Think of the hedgehog, and their defensive mechanism – to curl up in a ball with all spikes pointing outwards. That’s their thing. It works, it works well. The hedgehog model is based on…

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Posted on April 4, 2013

Trust and credibility in leadership

Trust is an earned trait that needs time to grow. And it’s this trait that can have a large effect on your credibility. It can reflect good leadership, or, when it’s lacking, can highlight poor leadership. When your trustworthiness is questioned, it can require a dedicated effort to regain credibility. Trust can come in many…

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