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Lessons in excellence from Serena

At the 2014 French Open, Serena Williams was defeated by the world No.20 player, Garbine Muguruza.  Williams described that loss as ‘eye opening’. A year later, after beating Muguruza to claim her sixth Wimbledon crown and achieving the “Serena Slam” for the second time (4 successive Grand Slam titles) Serena is a role model, not just… Read more

5 steps to confidence and success

I was asked recently for my favourite quote and I didn’t have to look hard to find it. There is one quote that stands out for me and that is from Henry Ford….. What we tell ourselves (whether it is out loud or quietly in our head) can help or hinder our progress.  It can… Read more

Rugby, chess, TV and hidden biases

Three headlines caught my eye this week. “Rugby sevens: Fourth straight title for NZ women” “Girls don’t have the brains to play chess “ “Get women out of the kitchen, TVNZ told” I was thrilled to read the first headline. Any team that performs well on the world stage deserves a heap of praise but… Read more

Value your team coach

Long before the frenzy of the Cricket World Cup hit our shores, the captain of New Zealand’s cricket team, the Black Caps, was asked what coach Mike Hesson’s strengths were. McCullum answered, “He’s not that interested in short-term results. He wants to build something that lasts forever.” For Hesson, losing the World Cup final will… Read more

Three simple tips for a balanced life

Recently speaking with friends, family and colleagues, it seems that life is just one event after another and the busyness that surrounds us doesn’t seem to go away.  In fact, for most of us at this time of year, with Christmas, end-of-year, and summer holidays to cope with, busyness rises to a whole new level…. Read more