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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


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


Do you know you want it?

During the recent leadership week celebrations I was fortunate enough to attend the Leadership New Zealand ‘Dinner with a Difference’ event. At the end of the event a young person who had been part of the AUT shadow a leader activity that day, sat beside me and asked me a lot of questions on leadership…. 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


Choosing the Appropriate Leadership Style

Leadership tools and models may come and go but there are a few ‘old faithfuls’ that hang around and still make sense when I share them with participants on our development programmes or in 1-1 coaching. One of these is the Situational Leadership Model originally created by Hersey and Blanchard.  Most of you will be… Read more