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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


Think twice before you cancel that meeting

So it’s December, only 23 sleeps until Christmas, and end-of-year busyness is upon us. We shouldn’t be surprised, it happens every year although the madness does seem to start earlier every year. It’s a good time to reflect on how we manage time, if you have time to do it! Every week we have managers… Read more


Facing the elephant in the room

We know we need to have them, we know they are valuable, we know that sooner rather than later is a better approach, and yet still we avoid them. I’m talking about those difficult conversations that we face from time to time. Some people call them courageous conversations. Others call them elephants. Courageous conversations are the… Read more


3 habits that will improve your focus

Last week, in New Zealand, Monday was  a public holiday. There’s always a sense of excitement before a 3-day weekend as we anticipate a sleep in, a lazy brunch or time spent in the garden/playing sport/relaxing with family. Then we return to work and frantically try to cram 5 days of work into a 4-… Read more


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