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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


Guest blog: Reputation never sleeps

Do you know what other people think of  you? Perhaps the more important question is:  do you understand why it’s important that you know how other people think of you? Our friend and colleague, Fiona Fenwick offers some advice on how to manage that most elusive of things …. your personal brand. It has been… Read more


Feedback is a gift so use it well

360 degree feedback is not a new idea. Most of us have been part of a 360 process in our career at some point, either as a receiver or as a giver. The principle behind the process is always a good one, i.e constructive  feedback shines a light on our performance and helps us to… 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