What a tumultuous time we have been through with covid-19

How extraordinary it is to have large parts of our country 90% double vaccinated.  Up from 21.6% on 12th August. What immense and inspired efforts by health workers and communities around the country. Disappointment in having events cancelled has loomed large in both my personal and professional life. Finding attractive options B and C has at times tested my spontaneity. Like many of you, anticipating being with family and friends and refreshing our lives over the summer break is immensely...

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What are the Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make Regarding Relationship Building

My editor at Routledge’s Productivity Press Michael Sinocchi, asked me this question. He posted this response on the Lean Insider blog. At the beginning of this month, Diana Jones published an insightful book entitled Leadership Levers Releasing the Power of Relationships for Exceptional Participation, Alignment, and Team Results, which contends that leadership and collaboration are primarily a matter of principles and process and not personality and content alone. Her book reveals the leadership levers to release the power of relationships for exceptional participation, alignment, and results...

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Urgent but definitely not important

Early in October I received an email headed URGENT INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR xyz INVOICE PAYMENTS. The following day I received a second email URGENT SUPPLIER UPDATE FROM XYZ. They let me know they were changing their invoice system from 1 November, and that the request was legitimate. While it might have been legitimated from their perspective, from mine it was an unwanted intrusion and unnecessary pressure on my business for some problem the organisation had created for themselves. With Stephen...

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Surrealism art inspired by tragedy

I was lucky enough to visit the Surrealists exhibition in Te Papa this month. Extraordinary art works by Magritte, Salvadore Dalí, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Leonora Carrington, and more. Most of the works were extraordinary and captivating. My favourite was Carrington’s Again the Gemini’s are in the garden. Surrealism was the artist’s creative response, born out of horrors of world war, where the worst imaginable had occurred, and then some. Artists of the time chose to tap into the subconscious...

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Guest article – Andrew Hollo

My brilliant Melbourne colleague Andrew Hollo from Workwell Consulting helps leaders and public value agencies demonstrate their value in difficult-to-quantify areas. He helps boards and leaders to truly develop and implement their strategic outlook. He is widely read, deeply curious, abundantly helpful, and has mastery in electronic interactions. I have invited Andrew to make this guest contribution from his own thought-provoking weekly 5MSM, five-minute strategic mindset email. You can subscribe below. Oblique strategies Have you ever needed a nudge to...

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Retaining your vitality and optimism at home and at work

The last two months have given us a second encounter with our bubbles, those people we are closest to, or live with. In the early days of COVID-19, Dr Tristram Ingham came up with the concept of “bubbles” while advising the Ministry of Health early on in the pandemic response for the disability sector. This concept, which limits the number of close contacts with whom an individual can reside, captured the imagination of the Prime Minister, made pragmatic sense to...

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A simple method for eliciting powerful contributions

“By shifting our preparation to clarify the purpose of every agenda item discussions radically improve” Diana Jones How many meetings have you been in where despite the latent around the table, the discussions have been all over the place, littered with red herrings, point-scoring, and off-topic? How on earth does this happen? Funnily enough, few of us have been taught how to participate in groups. Most of us think achieving the task is the most important reason that we are...

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Denial or acceptance?

“Winning is important for confidence and losing is necessary for learning” Dr Rakesh YashRoy I love high-performance sport and have enjoyed the feast of tennis, football, rugby, and now the Olympics. One standout moment for me was the rivalry between the Italians and the English in the Euro 2020 football final. Both teams have over 50 years since their last win. There was a lot at stake. Soccer is one of those oddities where players are paid millions, yet a...

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The great lie that New Zealanders don’t want to work

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart” Rumi Why is it Aotearoa New Zealand is using immigration to prop up industries like rest home care, fishing, chefs, seasonal work, and IT sectors? Why don’t New Zealanders want these jobs? The assumption that locals don’t like these jobs is simply untrue. Locals don’t like these jobs most likely because they are treated poorly by employers, and they aren’t...

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Belonging – Whakapapa – you belong here

“The most powerful narcotic in the world is the promise of belonging” Kalle Lasn What a great book Owen Eastwood, Ngai Tahu, has written. Every leader in New Zealand, in business, sport and communities, should read this. If you want to know how to create a sense of belonging and inclusion in organisations, generating high performance, this book is for you. Three things stand out: • Eastwood is a consummate storyteller. The stories in the book include both personal stories...

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