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Posted on March 14, 2018

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 February 12, 2018

The concept of adventure in the modern age

Through the TV Series First Crossings, we celebrated some of New Zealand’s pioneers by demonstrating their desire to create new benchmarks of performance and problem solving in uncharted territories. There is something special about the concept of adventure. There are no sidelines, goal posts, or carefully measured weights in an air-conditioned building. Instead, imagine the…

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Posted on September 30, 2014

Wildbase Recovery

During First Crossings I was fortunate enough to learn first hand some of New Zealand’s pioneering stories. Stories that occurred at a time when our country’s native wildlife was abundant, so much so that naturalist Joseph Banks, a passenger on Captain Cook’s first voyage, described our native birds’ dawn chorus as ‘deafening’. With the arrival…

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Posted on May 30, 2014

Giving Effective Feedback

The sharing of effective feedback should happen all the time in teams. In fact, giving or not giving recognition or praise for doing good work is responsible for a 10 – 20% difference in revenue and productivity. However, many managers find its one of the most challenging parts of their role. Most of us have…

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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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