It’s election year. This means you will hear two phrases in the media over the next 6 months. They are the terms “flip-flop” and “U-turn”. The media is exceptionally good at spotting a flip flop or U-turn in the opinion of a candidate. While keeping the politicians ‘honest’ is important, I get concerned when the … More Great Leaders Flip-Flop!
A few weeks ago three people, over the course of a week, reached out to ask why I wasn’t blogging? One example is from a young reader who private messaged me, “I was just wondering what happened with your blogs – I really enjoyed reading them” I looked back and saw I hadn’t blogged in … More Stopping unintentionally
I’ve always loved the quote from Blaise Pascal who says, “I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.” Nowadays ‘this‘ can be… Videos, Emails, Reports, Blogs, Podcasts, PowerPoint, Public speaking, And even one on one conversations. The best of these are short and punchy. And its … More How we steal peoples time
I was fading. The motivation to finish strongly had all but gone. My pace had already faded from run to jog, and I was on the verge of walking home. At just the right moment I saw a middle-age Māori guy waiting for his bus. As I jogged toward him, we lift our heads to … More What being encouraged by a complete stranger taught me…
Firstly a confession: I love stationery and around 10 years ago when I first started Agoge, I loved buying all the stationery and desks as I set up my new business. As I shopped, one of the team on the floor of Warehouse Stationery, a young guy called Kelly, helped me over two or three … More Remember a persons name. Remember their favourite word.
Today is ANZAC day in New Zealand. Today we remember ordinary men who became heroes. Men who fought and died so that their generation, and those that followed might be free from oppression and evil. On this day we remember what it costs to have freedom; our countries freedom; our children’s freedom; your freedom. And … More Our Freedom came at a cost.
I think having meals together in each other’s homes is dramatically undervalued. Over the years I have come to love having people at our place for meals. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out for dinner, but at home we, our guests included, tend to relax more, talk more openly, and be more authentic. … More 282 | 365 Meals
“Come around an get your feet under the table,” Jack would say. What my mentor from 20 years ago meant by that was, ‘come around, sit at our table, enjoy Grace’s home cooking, and lets talk or chew the fat together’. Long meals, great food & drink, laughter, discussion, debate, hospitality, genuineness, caring and love. … More 232 |365 Food that connects us.
People greeting, food eating. Parents talking, kids squawking. Life sharing, friends caring. Community.
Money is a medium of exchange for things of value. This means that we use money to buy things we value. If I pay you wages it’s because I value your time and give you money. If we buy art or food or clothes or coffee or toys or random stuff. In each case … More 177 | 365 Things we value
Numbers are a strange part of our business and society. Even if you’re not a ‘numbers person’ and hated math, you generally spend a significant amount of time dealing with numbers. When a baby is born the question straight after their name and sex is generally, ‘how heavy?’ From then on numbers are the measure … More 175 | 365 Numbers