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Posted on September 2, 2012

Creating tribes and building momentum

I’m excited to be presenting at TEDxEQChCh this weekend. The Garden City has been through so much in recent years, and the Canterbury community certainly epitomes the Kiwi resilience I mentioned in last weeks blog. Goal setting, building communities and getting through difficult times, to me, is about creating ‘tribes’ – groups of people brought…

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Posted on August 29, 2012

Sustainable peak performance

Have you ever wondered why the same sports teams stay the main contenders for years, despite the fact that the people and players involved are constantly changing? That question led two Waikato University Professors, Dr Mike Pratt and Clive Gilson, together with Dr Kevin Roberts, CEO of a major Australasian brewery, to launch the Peak…

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Posted on July 5, 2012

Lights, camera, action!

The stage for my latest adventure has been the great outdoors of New Zealand. For months I (together with Kevin Biggar and a great bunch of production staff), have been pushing ourselves to the limits as we get closer to completing a project that everyone will soon get to enjoy on TV. Kevin and I…

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Posted on July 4, 2012

Finding your passion, and using it to help others

On Monday I will be the MC at a Silent Auction in Auckland. The cause is one that is truly inspiring, and highlights how passion and motivation can be turned into achieving your goals. Early this year I was fortunate to be a keynote speaker at the same event where Cassandra Treadwell, the founder of…

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Posted on March 18, 2012

Dulux and DOC doing it for our huts

There are partnerships that are meant to be and the one between the Department of Conservation and Dulux is a perfect fit. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to stay in one of New Zealand’s many DOC huts, you’ll know that they can range from the sublime new build to the more pre-loved variety. Regardless…

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Posted on October 15, 2011

Footy, volunteers, and the end of an exciting project

Wow! The last nine months for me have disappeared faster than concerns that Aaron Cruden couldn’t fill the shoes of Dan Carter (and Slade). I’ve recently ended my contract with Rugby New Zealand 2011, where I had the exciting role of helping manage the design and delivery of training to the volunteers that helped deliver…

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Posted on October 5, 2010

Your country needs you!

With New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup next year, we have an opportunity to create experiences for visitors (and for ourselves to become more united!) that could be valued in billions. To leverage this, though, requires us to step up and do what hosts should – offer to help out. Here is a message…

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Posted on September 5, 2010

Finding your hook – part one

Ever tried losing weight, but struggled to find the motivation? Let me tell you about a friend of mine! This friend of mine was trying to lose weight, but complained how hard it was. He said that whenever he sees something sweet and fatty he keeps wondering “Should I? Shouldn’t I?” It made me think…

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Posted on June 25, 2010

Goal setting you won’t forget!

Some love it. Some hate it. But no one can argue against the proven benefits of effective goal setting for individuals, teams and organisations. We’re coming toward the end of June – almost half way through 2010! It’s about now that I normally check on my goals for the year and see how I’m tracking….

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Posted on May 30, 2010

Comfort zones and stingrays!

As Andrew Voss, Commercial Banker for ASB, brushed his teeth before bed he probably wondered how his banking and advisory job had led him to a pool with 200kg+ hungry sting-rays feeding out of his hands… Perhaps not part of his day-job, Andrew had a challenge put in front of him that he could have…

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