Leaders: Denial is absolutely not a river in Egypt

Three weeks into the leadership handover in America, it’s hard to ignore the different styles; standards and objectives. I was so concerned the day I watched one of those leaders elect to run for office that I decided to condense what I believe are 50 lessons anyone wanting a leadership role, needs to be aware of. I covered Lessons 1-10 … Read More

Leaders: know yourself: know your limits: respect the boundaries

Over the years we’ve been encouraged to ‘go beyond’, to ‘break down barriers’ to ‘never take no for an answer’. On occasion, this is exceptional advice, otherwise how would new inventions be launched and/or new thinking emerge? HOWEVER – some norms and boundaries and laws are in place for a reason.  Imagine what would happen if there were no road rules, picture … Read More

The difference between a group, a team, a faction and a cult

Having spent over 30 years working with high performing teams some of my greatest learnings were that: Not every situation requires a team: and that’s OK Not all people are team players: and that’s OK When a key person leaves a functioning team, it takes time to rebuild the team: that’s normal Remote teams can end up creating very different … Read More

Another B….y lock-down OR Fall over 5 times get up 6?

I was gutted the night I heard there’d be another lock-down, one that was going to hit us here in Auckland really hard. I heard the news on the car radio as I was driving home from the launch of my latest book ‘Women Behaving Courageously: How gutsy women, young and old are transforming the world’ hosted by Poppies bookshop … Read More

Inspiring Women Workshops

So many women get to an age or a stage in their lives where they seem to have lost their way. They may have been made redundant: the kids may have flown the nest: they may be dealing with a relationship breakdown or simply be in a job that leaves them bored out of their minds.  We all, at some … Read More

Understanding the Dinosaur Syndrome

Here in NZ we are back to level one, back to normal, or as near normal as possible when a pandemic is still raging elsewhere in the world. Which leads me to ask you a favour: PLEASE DON’T GO BACK TO NORMAL We do things the way we do them because they work, until the day a pandemic hits or … Read More

What to do when lunch-rooms become hotbeds of fear, gossip and resentment

As we all return to work and our new normal begins, be aware that our employees and co-workers have been through massive trauma and will take time to adjust. Covid 19 hit the world real fast and real hard. There was very little time to prepare for the biggest shock most of us have experienced in our lifetimes and which … Read More

We don’t have much money so we’re going to have to think

These famous words from Sir Ernest Rutherford have never been more relevant than they are right now as we all deal with Covid 19. We do what we do the way we’ve always done it for a reason. It works. Until the day it doesn’t or can’t. Right now mostly whatever it is any of us do, doesn’t work and/or … Read More

Are we nearly there yet?

Every parent will be familiar with those words. They are usually yelled plaintively from the back seat  15 minutes into our journey. As we move from level 4 to level 3 of dealing with Covid-19, some will be rushing out the door wanting to restart their lives and their businesses, desperate to get back to ‘normal’. And that’s understandable. Others … Read More

What’s it all about Alfie?

We’re already seeing how the Coronavirus is bringing out the best in some people and the worst in others. That’s normal. When people react negatively to any massive change it’s usually based on their fears; the what if’s; the why me’s and feelings of being out of ‘control’. In previous articles I’ve talked about the 4 stages of grief – … Read More