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Burn your boat

In my blog Doubling Down, I talked about how we can’t cross a chasm in two steps, that letting go of the old is the only way to go all in on the Big Idea. The subtle variation on that is the story o…

March 12, 2019

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What to do when you’re beyond tired

I’m tired. It’s been a big week. Not busy, I don’t do busy. If you measure busy-ness by the number of phone calls and emails, I’d be declared clinically dead. I’ve had a…

February 25, 2019

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Doubling down

It’s a funny thing, a New Year. Time is a continuum and each second simply follows the other, indistinguishable from the previous one. Days of the week, months and years are human definitions, used…

February 11, 2019

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What it takes

We stayed with an old friend over summer. He has a beautiful house high on the hill of Ruby Bay overlooking Nelson and Golden Bay. He said he’d read two books which had a profound influence on his …

January 29, 2019

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A good discomfort

Comfort zones are okay if you need a rest. Actually, that’s a bit snide. You should harvest what you’ve sown, get the benefits of the expertise and momentum you’ve created, leverage your experti…

January 25, 2019

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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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