Will there come a time when people are paid NOT to work?

Predictions are that we are moving into a world where there will be: No more farmers No more factory workers No more drivers No more office workers No more nurses According to Oregonlive ‘In the United States, half of the 7.5 million jobs lost during the Great Recession paid middle-class wages, ranging from $38,000 to $68,000. But only 2 percent … Read More

The delusional games some leaders play

If you’ve ever worked for a boss who says one thing but does another, you will find yourself perpetually confused and possibly even wonder if the person in question is sad, mad, dangerous or just plain delusional. It will absolutely be like walking on egg shells. You may work for a boss who wants results now; they want to be … Read More

You never listen. Yes I do. No you don’t.

I trained as a marriage guidance counsellor many, many years ago and realised that one of the biggest challenges in relationships; whether they are personal or work relationships, is that as humans we are ALL really poor listeners. When I worked with couples I would see them separately for quite some time. My first question to the original person who … Read More

Truth and Lies: The Real Future of Our Jobs

‘There is no future in any job. The future lies in the person who holds the job.” George W. Crane The ‘truths’ we were probably all told by our parents and teachers was ‘get a good education; learn a trade or take up a profession and you’ll never be without a job’. As a parent I know I hunted out … Read More

You’re Never Too Old and It’s Never Too Late

I’d been invited to be on a TV show in New Zealand – a show dedicated to innovators and entrepreneurs. I was shocked to be invited. My first thought was ‘I haven’t done anything extra-ordinary, why would people be interested in what I have to say?’ So I reflected on the very best message I could give in my interview … Read More

There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile

Traditionally my newsletters have been about the broader topic of leadership, but I want to dedicate this newsletter purely to Donald Trump. As I witnessed the events of the last few days a funny old nursery rhyme started playing in my head – you may remember it: There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile He found a … Read More

Praise the Bridge That Carried You Over (George Colman)

I’ve always thought it strange that various things can be happening in our lives which seem totally unrelated, and then something happens which causes them all to flip and join together. The phrase ‘Praise the Bridge’ was my ‘flip’ moment for 2 major current events I’d been observing, and a third more slow burning situation I’d been vaguely aware of. … Read More

I Have One Nerve Left…

I have one nerve left, and you are getting on it. Following on from the theme of the article (I’m OK, you’re not so hot) which created lots of responses, I thought I would share my favourite fridge magnet with you. This ‘thought’ was on my fridge when when my two kids were teenagers. I have no idea how I acquired … Read More

When procrastination turns your entire life into a nightmare!

Procrastination is: ‘The act or habit of putting off or delaying something requiring immediate attention’  We all put things off that we don’t like doing. The problem is that the longer we put things off, the harder and/or more stressful they become when we finally have to get around to facing things. I’m going to share a real situation I was involved with (as a coach to the manager). This manager … Read More

7 Ways We Sabotage Our Own Business Success

None of us deliberately launches a business with the aim of having it fail. Most businesses start when someone wakes up with a great idea. That person will then passionately share the idea with their nearest and dearest and experience a whole raft of mixed reactions to their amazing idea. Anything from ‘great idea, go for it’ through to ‘oh … Read More