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The Importance of Being

The end of the year is a fitting time to reflect on the successes (and failures) of the year, not just in terms of accomplishments but in terms of relationships. In today’s busy world how often do we end up operating in a way that causes us to miss what’s going on for some of… Read more


3 habits that will improve your focus

Last week, in New Zealand, Monday was  a public holiday. There’s always a sense of excitement before a 3-day weekend as we anticipate a sleep in, a lazy brunch or time spent in the garden/playing sport/relaxing with family. Then we return to work and frantically try to cram 5 days of work into a 4-… Read more


Empowering Your People to Think For Themselves

There is often a temptation, once you’ve asked someone a question and  haven’t received an immediate answer to assume that either: they didn’t understand the question and therefore you need to ask it again in a slightly different way, or they don’t have any ideas or ‘the answer’ so you need to give them a… Read more


Leadership Lessons from a Ski Trip

I’m writing this piece about 15,000 feet above the amazing scenery of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, on my way back from a short break in Queenstown. The trip included my first ‘proper’ skiing for about 15 years. Having survived a few runs down the mountain, and after a quick tune-up with a professional… Read more


Valuing High Performance

The New Zealand team brought 45 medals home from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 14 of them gold. Most would agree that this was an excellent performance for a New Zealand team performing offshore. It’s hard to argue otherwise because, personal best times aside, the acknowledged measure of performance in the Commonwealth Games is the… Read more