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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


5 Steps to Finding Your True Courage and Inspiration

I recently saw a story that both filled me with awe and brought me close to tears.  Eight year old Bailey Matthews has cerebral palsy.  This makes what we take as the most basic and unappreciated daily tasks, such as walking and getting dressed, difficult.  Yet despite this disability he has made a joyful habit… 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


Life Lessons From Sticky Family Situations

I’ve heard that having expectations is the mother of all disappointments and I agree with it, except when they’re not.  A friend of mine, Matt (name has been changed to ensure my safety), recently ran into a sticky situation that we’ve all probably fallen into at least once. Matt was in need of a tradesman… 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