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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


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


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


Athlete trainer meets organisational leader

Recently I was privileged to listen to the wisdom of David Slyfield, one of the most sought-after athletic trainers in New Zealand.  He had just finished training the world-renowned Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team.  There are some strong links between the athlete trainer and the organisational leader. Having also trained some of the New Zealand… Read more