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Boost your energy

In the 15 years I’ve been working with SME businesses, I’ve learned to listen for people’s energy. I observe where people are losing their mojo and probe for the effect that has on the business.…

January 15, 2019

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What we don’t change

I recorded the final modules for the first year of our Active Management Programme last week, and one of them was about making better decisions. One of the mistakes we make is that we can remain lock…

December 17, 2018

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The rocking chair test

It’s often hard to define clearly what it is we want in life. It sometimes helps to identify what we don’t want. Bronnie Ware worked for 20 years at a hospice where she nursed people in their las…

December 10, 2018

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What do you need to unlearn?

To get to a better place, you have to do some unlearning – you have to let go of some of the things you’ve always known. You need to let go of the idea that working harder is going to make your bu…

November 27, 2018

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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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