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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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Posted on March 3, 2013

Recognising the contributions of others

The 2013 New Zealander of the Year awards were announced last week, honouring just some of the many outstanding, everyday Kiwi folk, who make a difference to our lives and our country. While it’s their Kiwi spirit, contribution to the wider community, and improving the quality of life for all New Zealanders that makes the…

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Posted on February 28, 2013

Innovation: it could save you time, and maybe a finger!

One of the things I learnt from my Antarctic Expedition was the benefit of questioning ‘current best practice’. You might hear the phrase “Well, that’s the way we do things around here” when you start a new job, but on our Pole trek that simply wasn’t convincing enough to believe. Not knowing anything about living…

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Posted on February 4, 2013

Helping others meet their resolutions

The first month of 2013 has disappeared already! Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Did they fail? From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty normal for most resolutions to last days, weeks at best. So how about a different objective for the year? Helping other people meet their resolutions. As a leader, manager, colleague, family member…

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