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Lessons in motivation from the Oscars

It’s hard to avoid the award season in Hollywood. The dresses, the awkward interviews on the red carpet and, this year, the controversy,  are part of the ritual of the most over-the-top event in a season of over-the-top events in the most glamorous industry of them all. For the few who take home a little… Read more


It’s a New Year – Time For a Change Not Resolutions

Trevor is a vivacious, active, funny and intelligent character.  He used to be full of life and his natural exuberance and creativity would add value to a wide range of situations.  Unfortunately, over time these wonderful traits have been slowly squeezed out of him thanks to his job.   I’d like to say Trevor was… Read more


It all starts with recruitment

I had a great chat with a client in the people development function of a large NZ institution the other day. He had been charged with looking at their approach to performance appraisal. Given some recent changes in style by some big global experts in this field, I asked what he was thinking. One point… Read more


Find the time to lead like an All Black

Apologies to all the non rugby fans out there but this is a big week in New Zealand.  With the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup only days away, Kiwis and Aussies are working themselves into a patriotic fervour each hoping (praying) for the ‘right’ outcome on finals day. Although rugby is a team… Read more


Throwing Away the Map and Learning to Enjoy the Journey

This is a story of a traveller… A traveller who had travelled the world and wherever he travelled he fared very well, largely because he had his trusty map and his backpack.  His map was very detailed, it showed him where to turn when he came to obstacles and his backpack was fully stocked with… Read more