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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


Balanced Leadership Development

Whether I’m working with someone on developing their team or business; improving their golf; or developing as a band, one common theme I keep coming back to, is that of focusing on the process rather than getting too myopic about the outcome. Over time I’ve found it more beneficial to get clients to look at… Read more


Practising Self-Care

In a recent coaching session, my client ‘Michael’ explained that he was feeling extremely stressed; there was too much going on; a number of changes were being made in his business area which he was having difficulty accepting etc etc.  The net result was that he was at the point of ‘checking out’ – starting… Read more