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[EP 30] How to Outsource Work you Can’t or Won’t do

In this podcast episode, Ryan and Milena discuss outsourcing and freelancing. They share with you the lessons they have learned during the various times they have outsourced work at the Breakthrough. They talk about when you should think about outsourcing and how to decide on the right option for each […]

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I was speaking with an HR leader the other day about his changing attitude to mindfulness. When it was introduced at the Leadership table, he and the CFO rolled their eyes at each other. In their minds it was one step from hugging trees and singing kumbaya. But now they’re […]

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[EP 29] The 3 big questions every business owner should ask themselves

In this podcast episode, Mike and Ryan share 3 big strategic questions that can help you bring your business to the next level. These questions will unlock your thinking and open possibilities you had never thought of before. Mike and Ryan discuss them in depth and give real examples of […]

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Decayed Decade

Acknowledgement: I stole the name from a University Revue in 1979. It’s also a song by Sabertooth Zombie but you probably knew that. At the end of every decade we may feel that the human condition/society has lurched another step down. The first decade of this century saw the rise […]

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[EP 28] Kate Daly on the future of banking and building a high-performance culture

In this podcast episode, Ryan has the pleasure of interviewing Kate Daly, director of people at Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). She has held roles in human resources in many of the world’s largest brands and some of New Zealand’s household names, and is a board member at Auckland Rugby […]

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[EP 27] How to be as Good at Marketing as you are at Product

Being good at product isn’t enough, you need to be great at marketing too for your business to be successful. In this podcast episode, Mike and Ryan discuss the power of having clear principles. They talk about how crucial it is to have clearly defined values, and the importance of […]

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Succeeding at Succession

The HR Industry Benchmark Survey Report 2019 released in November identified that succession planning was a challenge for 16% of respondents – well behind leadership development, culture change and change management. But for those facing the issue, it can be their greatest challenge. We were with a friend in the […]

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[EP 26] A Look Inside Xero’s Flexible Working with Ryan Ghisi

In our new podcast episode, Ryan has the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Ghisi, the general manager of ‘global people programs’ at Xero. Xero is one of New Zealand’s most successful tech companies and has had phenomenal growth over the last few years. Ryan talks about flexible working, an important part […]

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[EP 25] The Learning Ladder – Unlocking you and your team’s potential

Learning can be hard, but it’s the key to unlocking your own and your organization’s potential. In this podcast episode, Mike and Ryan share their insights around learning and give advice on how to learn effectively. They discuss what learning is exactly, what the stages of learning are, why learning […]

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Cultivating Purpose

We had a robust discussion about “Start With Why”, the simple but powerful model that Simon Sinek made famous (listen to his TED talk) I was leading the debate for the cynics by asking why we should start with why. I lost the argument. Being clear about purpose and values […]

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[EP 24] Franceska Banga on Being a Woman in Business, Pushing Boundaries, and Personal Courage

In this podcast episode, Ryan has the pleasure of interviewing Franceska Banga, or Frank as we know her. Frank is a recipient of the Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit Award, is the former Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, and has held board roles […]

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[EP 23] The no bulls**t approach to fitness, health and wellness

“We’ve reached peak wellness. Most of it is nonsense.” This is the title of a recent article by the Outside group and the topic of this podcast episode. Ryan is joined by Milena Cooper, head of digital at the Breakthrough co, and they discuss how people can achieve a real […]

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The Last Word on Hansen (for now)

Steve Hansen may be celebrating his last media appearance but I really hope we hear his voice again, not on rugby but on management, leadership and performance. You will know that I am a total fan of his leadership philosophy and practice. I’m sure there are great leaders out there […]

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[EP 22] Get F’d

In this week’s podcast episode, Ryan challenges you to get F’d – yes, you read that right. It’s not what you might think though. This episode is all about attitude, and how you can change your life by changing your attitude. Ryan discusses three distinguished zones of attitude: The Frustrated […]

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[EP 21] Sharn Rayner on Entrepreneurship, Hiring the Right People, and Mental Health

In this week’s insightful podcast, Ryan has the pleasure of interviewing Sharn Rayner, founder and former owner of business strategy and HR consultancy Pod, which is now part of AdviceFirst. Her work has always been people and performance centric, and she is a passionate advocate for removing the stigma around […]

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