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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


You Get the Performance You Expect

I recently re-read some research on the Pygmalion Effect and it made a sufficient impact on me to think that it would be useful to share more widely – as a reinforcer for those of you who already know and (hopefully) apply it, as well as for those of you who have not yet heard… 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 Finished Article

One of our core philosophies when enhancing leadership capability and capacity is that self awareness is the root of good leadership.  Whether in our coaching work or leadership development programmes, we believe that a good leader truly understands how they think and what their values are and they have a good understanding of how these… Read more


Lessons in Mental Toughness from Indiana Jones

It’s been all over the news recently. Star Wars (and Indiana Jones) actor, Harrison Ford, made an emergency landing on a golf course after the two-seater World War II vintage plane he was flying suffered engine failure on take off. Co-star Carrie Fisher is quoted as saying: “I know you have incredible bounce back, please… Read more