News & events

Times, they are a-changin’

29 March, 2018

In mid March, Dunedin’s iconic chocolate factory closed its doors behind me.  I had held my final workshop (of 60) and said farewell to the last of some 280 people I had worked with over the last eight months. I handed back my swipe card, cleared out my office, gave the incredible union rep, Donna, an enormous hug,… read more »

Life Matters: 10 Ways to Lead by Example

17 January, 2018

A whakataukī or proverb in Māori, demonstrates how leaders and workers are both important: “Te amorangi ki mua, te hapai o ki muri” which translates as : “The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes”. Both need to be working together to make sure all is flowing well. Good leaders must lead… read more »

Life Matters: More on Gratitude

7 December, 2017

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from injury and… read more »

Life Matters: 10 ways to cope with job transition

29 September, 2017

Sometimes my work requires me to be coaching people undergoing a loss of job or changing work circumstances.  Such is the case over the coming seven months, as I prepare to work with some 300 staff at the iconic Cadbury factory in Dunedin.  It is a real privilege to be supporting fellow citizens through the… read more »

Life Matters: “Get out of my space…. Please”

1 August, 2017

Asking for what you want—and setting boundaries around what you don’t want—is a key life skill. But sometimes in our enthusiasm to practice this skill, we over-do our own assertiveness and end up causing anger or resentment, or even withdrawal in people.  Here are four tips for developing your assertiveness in a way that will… read more »

Proverbial Living

12 July, 2017

This is a contribution that shines some ancient (and not so ancient) proverbial light onto contemporary living. Unless you are living in isolation, we are all engaging with a diverse range of people and personalities every day. There’s a whakatauki, or Māori proverb, that celebrates diversity : E koekoe te tūī, E ketekete te kākā, E kūkū… read more »

Life Matters: Spend time in silence

25 June, 2017

Over time, fear, exhaustion & shame can dim the brightest of lights, and that is why we must, at all times do what we can to keep that flame inside burning bright, choose the path of light and love, and allow our brilliance to be seen. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that you can… read more »

Intelligence and Influence: You’ve got this

11 June, 2017

You ARE enough. I write this because this week I have heard from several people the general view that they are feeling that they have nothing to offer…no gifts to share. There’s been spells of frustration or despair for them, and at such times, it’s common to feel worthless. It can seem that everyone else is… read more »

Gratitude: key ingredient to happiness

20 May, 2017

Every day, people buy too much stuff, eat too much food, and waste away their hours chasing after happiness…to no avail. They may find excitement or satiation, but TRUE HAPPINESS still eludes them. Fortunately, happiness is really inexpensive and pretty simple to find, but that doesn’t mean that it comes easily. However, if you’re bold,… read more »

Life Matters – Time Tips

14 May, 2017

Have you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day? Most often, when we run out of time for projects or pursuits, the reason is that we’ve spent a lot of time lost in ambiguity. When you’re supremely clear about where you’re going and what you want to do, there’s no time… read more »

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