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Hotel Bloody California

I’m learning the solo from Hotel California. Everyone knows it. It’s genuinely iconic, and it’s bloody hard to play. There are two guitars, played by Joe Walsh and Don “Fingers” Feldon. Actu…

October 29, 2018

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Confidence games

Business confidence stays in the news. The latest GDP report shows the economy growing at its normal rate, though in my experience GDP figures are 3 months behind the SME economy. No one knows whether…

October 15, 2018

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Learn these three traits to be a great manager

I think there’s a sea change under way in management. For years the question has been “How can I make people more accountable?” I always thought this was the wrong question because it was about …

October 1, 2018

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Why the All Blacks are the best in the world

I wrote the first part of Why the All Blacks are the best in the world just before the test against Australia at Eden Park, and the second part after their loss to South Africa in Wellington. Part 1…

September 17, 2018

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Priority order

I was having a conversation with a Breakthrough member and another guy at our Challenger workshop the other day. The member was talking about how valuable the Breakthrough programme has been in terms …

September 3, 2018

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The zone of sensible excitement

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a client from my time as a partner in a large business consulting firm. Rieny Marck and I worked together 20 years ago, and he was reminiscing about the Lumley Insuran…

August 20, 2018

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Make a choice

My GP’s theory

My GP is a fascinating man. He knows all these obscure things and treatments. He always likes to see me because I have exotic symptoms that he regards as a test of his trivia trove (and they are trivi…

June 12, 2018

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When coaching, practice is perfect

My youngest son is a wonderful musician, already better than I will ever be. He was born with musical talent (he owes me for that), but he learned to be a musician, and he owes a great teacher and a d…

April 23, 2018

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Missing piece

The missing piece of the puzzle

After 15 years I’ve worked out what we do here and why it works so well. I’ve always practiced “outside in” – bringing the world to my inbox via subscriptions to bloggers, periodicals, newsp…

March 21, 2018

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