Tribute to my Daughter

It was a series of peak moments, a highly memorable affair - the day (19 September, 2014) our daughter, Danielle Hillary Ross, was admitted to the Bar, as a Solicitor and Barrister to the High Court of New Zealand. [...]

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What is Great Leadership?

What distinguishes great leadership? That kind of inspiring and effective leadership that both excites us and makes us want to bring our ‘A’ game? [...]

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Applying the 80/20 Rule to Leadership

You’ve probably all heard of the 80/20 rule. 80% of your profits come from 20% of your efforts. 20% of your clients give you 80% of your profits; so what is the 80/20 rule for leadership? [...]

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The Essence Of Leadership - in One Word

If you condense the thousands of books written on leadership down to one word, what would it be? What lies at the heart of leadership? Vision? Influence? Results? All are valid but there is one essential ingredient and it is... [...]

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Celebration: Deliberate occasions for Recovery and Renewal

In a recent workshop I was taking, I was stopped short by passing comments from two of the participants. The training was experiencing a strengths-based approach to improvement. The participants were senior practitioners from the Ministr [...]

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Innovatively Managing Change - Case Study Guest Speaker

I was one of the two guest speakers at a recent EMA (Employers & Manufacturers Association) breakfast event. Entitled Innovatively Managing Change, it involved sharing insights into ensuring successful change initiatives. [...]

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3 Ways to Deal with Tediously Negative Employees

There are genuine complaints – based on valid points of view; they're considered comments and aimed at the betterment of all. And then, there are individuals, who simply complain to avoid taking responsibility and doing something about t [...]

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7 Ways to Develop Your High Potentials

We were camping over the long weekend with two other families (including parents and their young children). The focus-point of the weekend was the 'Walk of Importance' ceremony for Ben, an 11 year old boy. This is a boy-to-man transition [...]

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The Equation that Unlocks our Potential

Our talent/ability + what unlocks that talent = fulfilled potential Conventional wisdom says fulfilling our potential is heavily reliant upon our talent /ability. Research shows that a stronger predictor is something else entirely... [...]

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The One Word that Focusses Your Year

Humans being dual-aspected – Being and Doing. The Being side of us is our inner world; the Do-ing side is our outer world. Usually when we consider our lives (especially around new year and resolutions) we focus on our Doing/outer world [...]

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