The book or the movie?
Given the choice would you rather read the book or watch the movie? We all have our preference for the way we take in information. Some of us like the detail that a book provides while others prefer the more animated, perhaps highlights reel, version provided by the movie. Today I'm offering you the "email or the podcast". Recently I was invited, by the Team at Rabobank, to record a podcast with a focus on resilience. It's a big topic and one that a 29 minute chat provides the opp...June 8, 2023
"Be there" and.................lose your phone
If the events of the past 2-3 years have done nothing else, they have reinforced how much we as humans crave interpersonal contact. When we were all locked down what did we crave? Being able to get out and see people. When there were limits on the size of gatherings that could be held what did we want? To be able to have gatherings of as many people as we could. When we were joining meetings on online platforms, and to some extent we still are, what were we looking forward to? Having those same ...November 18, 2022
What gives you a sense of pride?
Doesn't it feel good when you do something you've been meaning to! It doesn't have to be a big thing either. It might be something as simple as tidying up your desk, making a call to someone you've had on your mind for a while or starting an exercise habit. It's easy to find, and aren't we constantly reminded of them, things going wrong in the world. At the same time there is a whole lot going right, being done well and making people feel proud of what they have done. That sens...July 20, 2022
1) “All of a sudden” it is February. 2) 10% of the year has passed. 3) What does the rest of the year hold? With so much uncertainty around us as the world copes with the pandemic perhaps it is important to find a few simple things to focus on. Things you can control. “You can be calm about change if you embrace it and strive to make it lead to better things”. If embracing the uncertainty is what you choose to do, and then you strive to make it lead to better things - what are those thin...February 2, 2022
Are you taking responsibility?
One of the responses we are seeing to the global pandemic, from where I sit, is an increasing tendency for a higher authority, eg “the government”, to be expected to take responsibility for the circumstances people find themselves in. Is that how it should be? Don’t get me wrong. I totally respect that there are situations where, as a society, there are pockets of people who for whatever genuine reason need some assistance from the state. What worries me is the apparently...June 30, 2021
Which "P" matters most?
In these uncertain and ever changing times keeping some form of focus can be difficult. In thinking about putting this together I thought simplicity would be a good starting point. Perhaps find a single letter of things that can keep things simple and then put something together around that. "Priorities" was one of the first words that came to mind and then the "P" word floodgates opened : priorities, plan, protect, purpose, patience, positivity, persistence, perseverance,...March 10, 2021
Food for thought...
It’s an old expression - “Food for thought”. The more you think about it, no pun intended, the more the importance of it dawns. We spend a lot of time making sure we have enough food on our respective tables to sustain ourselves physically but how careful, or selective, are we about what we “feed” our mind? Further to that, as time has progressed, we have become increasingly aware of how continually ingesting certain foods will make some of us physically sick. Whilst ...September 30, 2020
10 Lessons learned looking forward
With the world now hunkered down to battle a new bio security threat there are some interesting observations to be made and lessons to be learned. How have you coped with the changes you have had to make? What are you learning during a period in lockdown? What will be the lessons you take with you into the future? The answers to those three questions will be as unique to us as we are as individuals. We all have our own way of coping and we have probably learned new ones. We are l...April 10, 2020
20 Things for 2020 with 20 days to go
As we conclude the second decade of the 21st century I suspect there will be plenty of posts, or puns, about having 2020 vision for next year. Having had that thought I then thought some more. What might be 20 things to think about and/or do for 2020? 1) Have a plan If you aim at nothing you will hit it. I’m not suggesting map out a comprehensive plan ( you can if that works for you), more like some key heading of things you’d like to get done in 2...December 9, 2019
Experiences or Things?
What is more important in life - Experiences or Things? Many years ago a mentor of mine gave me some advice: “Go through life accumulating experiences, not things”. At the time I think it was largely, but obviously not entirely, lost on me. We were young(er), getting our family established and it seemed there was a relentless requirement for “things” and that “experiences” could wait. As it turned out, the advice - as it often does - proved to be spot on. Kids...October 17, 2019
The Significance of Eight
There are a lot of “Top 10 ways to become....” or “Three simple steps to.....” type claims made aren’t there? Do you sometimes wonder which one of them is right? Are they all right to a greater or lesser extent? Or where did the data came from that allowed whoever put those lists together to do it? One man, with an absolutely iconic name, who spent a little over 8 decades on the planet created an “8 Step Formula”. That man was Zig Ziglar. From door to door s...July 11, 2019
Do you appreciate how good you are?
In recent weeks I have been drawn to think about the way people perceive themselves.Ask someone how they are. Typical response - “not too bad”. Not many people will respond “ good thanks” or “excellent”.In a world where social media, phones and ubiquitous connectivity mean that our lives are potentially always on show there seems to me to be an increasing tendency for people to look at what everyone else is up to and feel a sense of inadequacy.“Is my job as good as theirs, my holid...March 7, 2019
Robots or People Skills?
Recently I was asked to speak at a Chartered Accountants Conference on this: "Opportunities in New Zealand in the future". Big topic! On the face of it, the obvious answer to the question was to head down the technology path - in one form or another. In reality I wasn't aware of the circumstances of all the people in the audience and I'm certainly no tech expert. On the strength of that I decided that outlining specific opportunities was both fraught with danger and highly unli...October 3, 2018
ASB Rural Awards
Check out some of the great shots from the ASB Rural Awards I recently MC'd at the Wairakei resort, Taupo. The evening combined Annual Awards with celebrating 25 Years for the ASB Rural business. ...September 4, 2018
Young Grower of the Year 2018
I had the pleasure of being MC at The Young Grower of the Year 2018 National Awards held recently in Napier. What an excellent event it was. Check out some of the winners pics below....August 31, 2018
What's happening to "freedom of speech"?
“Is “being offended” a choice?’ The subject line of this post is one I’ve pondered for some time. Since leaving the corporate world 7 years ago this month one of the main differences I have noticed, and to some extent enjoyed, is that I can have an opinion publicly on things now that will not, by inference, be applied to the brand of the corporate I might be working for. As an independent contractor my view is my view. It does not by association become that of my “employe...June 12, 2018
The washing machine broke down. How's yours?
It’s a new calendar year and, as at the time of writing this, “all of a sudden” 7 percent of it has gone. We took some time out on the proverbial “charger” during January, as many people do, which was excellent. If you’ve done something similar I’m sure you will be familiar with what appears to be a “mountain of washing” when you get home. We had one. Into the washing machine the first load went. About two thirds of the way through the cycle it stopped. Error message and ...January 24, 2018
How much is enough?
When is enough enough? How much should I do? Will I know when to stop? Probably all rhetorical questions. In recent weeks the question has consistently raised itself in my mind. “How much is enough?” Am I doing enough to keep in touch with people? Is the amount of exercise I’m doing enough? Is the mix of work and play about right? Am I reading or learning enough? Sometimes the answer is instinctive. You just know. Invariably we feel as though we could have done more don’t we, but if we d...December 4, 2017
Are you “winning” or are you”#winning”?
Are you “winning” in what you are doing? How do you know? What does “winning” look like? More importantly – what does winning “feel” like? There are a multitude of measures we can use to determine our level of success. The ones we use will vary according to what we are involved in. When it comes to dealing with people, even in this increasingly digitally connected age, there is still no substitute, in my view, for person to person contact to create the best results. To win. Kim Wic...November 17, 2017
Life’s not Perfect. Be “The Man in the Arena” anyway.
Life isn’t perfect. Is it just me or has there been a lot of publicity lately about people who “got things wrong”, or situations that “aren’t resolved correctly”? Are we being dictated to by a noisy minority? Or if not dictated to, at least bombarded! In the age of omnipresent social media, where most of what we say and do is somehow recorded either consciously or unwittingly, “incidents” are often transmitted to a potentially global audience either as they happen or ...July 17, 2017
A Platform for the Future
So, with a look back at 5 years in operation, what are 5 key things to take forward into the future that might work for you: 1) Do what feels right Coming into self employment from over two decades in the corporate world provided a certain liberation to the extent that you make your own rules. That provides both freedom and uncertainty. Freedom in that you can choose what to do or not do. Uncertainty in a world with almost limitless choices; which ones do you make? As time has gone on it has bec...July 9, 2016
Milestones and A Measure of a Man
Milestones We all have them don’t we. Milestones along the way. Things we have done, achieved, earned. There are a number of milestones that we recognise, celebrate and appreciate. The end of March represents something of a milestone for all of us. The first quarter of the year is finished. How has it been for you? How are you progressing towards the goals you set yourself for 2014? As it happens March is a big month for significant milestones in our family. This year there were a couple of ad...March 26, 2014 Posts 1-22 of 22 | Page