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Chasing time

Have you noticed how your birthday/anniversary/Christmas seems to come around faster every year? Or how much longer the summer holidays seemed to be when you were a child? A recent article in the New Zealand Herald suggests an explanation based on a theory described in 1897 by the French philosopher, Paul Janet. The theory is based… Read more


Make or break: a manager’s role in developing others

In a recent blog called ‘The Finished Article’ I talked about the tendency for many senior people to think that training and development is for others and not for them. Engagement in personal development is an interesting topic for those of us who operate in that space who are constantly searching for the holy grail… Read more


Spotting Coachable Moments

One of the things that often comes up with leaders who are looking to adopt more of a coaching style is difficulty identifying situations that could lend themselves to coaching – what we call ‘coachable moments’. Here are a few ideas and suggestions for situations that may be used for coaching / taking more of… Read more


Give your change process a chance

One theme that challenges organisations committed to making significant changes, such as the introduction of a coaching culture, is perseverance.  Almost without exception the leaders we have interviewed have commented on the need to stick with the changes over the long-term to get the business benefits. Significant changes don’t happen over the course of a… 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