Mike Ashby

Moon shot culture

I know the time for the anniversary of the moon landings is over, but sometimes things take a while to percolate through my mind. A few weeks ago my friend Bob Weston told me about a podcast he had listened to (after he’d listened to ours of course) about the […]

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[EP 14] Alia Bojilova, an organisational psychologist on leadership, diversity and surviving being kidnapped in Syria

Show Notes: In this powerful episode, Ryan interviews industrial and organisational psychologist, Alia Bojilova. She shares with us how migrating to NZ as a teenager shaped her future and gives us insights into the power of the mind and what she learned about working with the NZ military, in particular, […]

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The third voice – the magic of collaboration

Emmy Lou Harris has collaborated with many (perhaps even most) of the great recording artists over the last 30 years in the country/folk rock space. She said, “When you combine two unique voices it creates a third phantom voice.” I know what she means. My most important collaboration is with […]

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Sometimes listening isn’t

One of the key topics in our Active Management Programme (AMP) is on communication (in fact it underpins several topics). In a recent AMP Co-lab meeting with a client’s team, we discussed both clear transmission and listening actively. Mark made a wonderful observation that sometimes listening is not conducted face […]

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[EP 9] If You’re Doing Your Managers’ Job, You’re Doing a Poor Job Managing Them

Show Notes: In this podcast, Dr Mike and Ryan cover important issues around business management. Most business owners end up in management roles having progressed through an organisation because they’ve been good at a technical role or job, and somehow they’ve gotten “manager” in their title. So, they often don’t […]

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Are you living your CV or your eulogy?

Recently I posted an article called “Your professional decline is coming (much) sooner than you think”. It has generated a lot of interest, and it highlights a conversation I have with lots of people, especially those over 50. My thinking is that we have three adult ages: Stage 1 (20s-30s): […]

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