Around our house we have duties that everyone has to do each week on rotation as a part of being in the family. Then there are the tasks like mowing the lawns which I can do for free, or the kids can do for money. Of course the first question is “how much do I … More How much do I get paid?
One of the first computer games I ever developed in my teens was a very simplistic helicopter game, where you would hunt out submarines and bomb them. It was simplistic for two reasons, the first of which I was learning to code, and the second because all games were clunky back then, which is what … More When to settle for good enough
If you have kids who play sports I’m sure you’ve experienced the challenges of finding a park close to the ground. On Saturday after finally parking ‘miles’ away from the fields, I was walking to watch the game and came across this street name. Prior Place (No Exit). Apart from smiling and wondering who named … More Will it matter in 5 years time?
I don’t understand how a person can be so broken, so full of hate, that they walk into a club and murder 49 people. I don’t understand how guns can be used in 231 US murders each week, and the people of America not see there is a problem with guns. I don’t understand why … More Why I don’t understand US politics, gun control and practically everything else.
We were chatting with a friend last night who is doing a course in Distribution of all things. I say this purely because you wouldn’t have expected it. She was telling us how she is learning to drive a forklift and strap down a truck. She has also had to do numeracy & literacy assessments, … More Two stories about being uncomfortable
I got grumpy with a Customer Service guy on the phone at Trustpower yesterday. I wanted someone to take ownership and they wouldn’t so I got annoyed at him. I wasn’t abusive, just frustrated and CEO type direct. It got me precisely nowhere! A few months back, I decided to move our home phone and broadband to Trustpower, … More Bad systems, lead to bad customer experiences!
With the exception of primary school, the first book I ever read cover to cover was when I was 27 years old. It was a Tom Clancy novel. The first business book I ever read was in my early 30’s, ‘The One Minute Manager’. My journey with reading really took off as the founder of … More Learning to read changed my life.
As arrogant as it sounds, if you ask me for help, I’ll most likely say No. I often don’t even give a reason it’s just, No. But it’s a great cause… No. You’re the only one who can help… (the only one, really?) … No. Last time you helped … I did. Sorry, No. Over … More The worlds most powerful question
The road ahead of us bends to the left and intersects with our small cul-de-sac which climbs off to the right. With our ‘L‘ plates front and back, and me in the passenger seat, I clearly instruct the first time driver “don’t cut the corner”. It is after all a perfect corner for cutting. My … More Why cutting corners matters!
Recently I was having coffee with a guy who had taken some advice I have given him and was raving about it. The funny thing is that he confessed to me that one of his team had given him the same advice a few months earlier and he had largely ignored it. Often our familiarity with … More Does familiarity stop you listening?
In my final years of high school I was labelled. I was average (to below average). I lacked discipline. I needed to work harder. It would have been easy for me to accept that story and have it define my life. What your schools, friends, colleagues and even family say about you is far less … More The story that shapes your life.
Last week I was out running with Jay tagging along on his bike. As I ran, a seagull became increasingly disturbed with my presence and finally started dive bombing me. We sought shelter under some trees and, once the bird was over it, we carried on. It is fair to say Jay was freaked out … More Does fear steal freedom?
‘Kinstugi’ is the Japanese word that describes the art of repairing broken ceramics with gold. This art form is wonderful in the way it takes something that is broken, destined to be rubbish. And restores it. With gold ! Once repaired, it is considered more beautiful for having been broken. ∴ Often brokenness from our … More ‘Kinstugi’ the art of turning Brokenness into Beauty.
Happy New Year! By now a few of you are 5 days into your New Years Resolution. While others, like me, are yet to set some as we come back from our summer holidays. Wherever you are on your resolution cycle here’s a thought … Resolution comes from Resolve. Resolve means to have a determination … More Re-solving the New Years Resolution problem.
“Yes I’ve put that in my ‘stuff up’ folder” was the reply as we discussed a small error that one of my team had just made. Now the error the person had made was on a task they had never done before, (ever!) and hadn’t been trained for, but they labelled it a stuff up. … More Take care of your brain