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…
Are you an introvert or extrovert? It’s a question many of us been asked. If you are an introvert, we’re told, you have a tendency toward your own thoughts and space, and if you are an extrovert you supposedly like to obtain gratification from outside yourself through others. So which are you, Introvert or Extrovert? … More How to determine if you are an Introvert or Extrovert
No-one can replace YOU in your life. No-one else can be their father or mother. No-one else can love your spouse or partner the way you can. No-one else has had the struggles and successes you’ve had. That makes you the perfect person to help. No-one else can come to the rescue quite like you. Your whole … More Hero’s wanted … YOU can apply here.
I was chatting with a guy recently who was asking to be involved in some work I do. As we discussed what we were doing he didn’t seem to agree with my approach as he used the word ‘BUT’ in every other sentence. I agree, but… Yes, but… That’s good, but… ‘But’ gets used just … More Nip ‘But’ in the butt and replace it with…
I have small simple systems for everything including tracking who I have loaned books to. A couple of days ago I looked at who was on the ‘naughty list’ of people who haven’t returned my books. Some of these people have great books and they have had them for years. As I looked at the … More When you lend, should you expect nothing in return?
This one simple question could radically change your upcoming week. If you could relive this week, what would you do differently? At work. Or at home. Mentally. Physically. Spiritually. Financially. What would you do differently? Now note down one, or two, or three things and plan to do them in the week ahead. ∴ I … More If you could relive this week, what would you do differently?
Change is constantly upon us, and the winds of change are always blowing in our lives. So often we lean in against the change. Fight it. And burn a heap of energy trying to get back to where we came from. Usually, in the end, the change forces us there anyway, and we arrive there … More When the winds of change blow – how do you respond?
The enemy stood on the other side of the reception desk, or at least that’s is how the man next to us behaved as he ranted about some problem or another. We too had a problem, the room we had just checked into had not been cleaned properly. We could tell it hadn’t been cleaned … More Why choosing to be gracious is so important
At Agoge one of our essential values is “be caring”. As the guy at the top I see it as a core responsibility to cast a shadow of caring across the entire organisation. One of the ways I do this is I aim to touch base with our core team in the company at least … More Why I make Caring a task
“You should stop and take a photo” my friend says this time, more firmly than the first. You see I’m back taking a photo a day again. Back wandering through life with my eyes open to moments I can capture. Back looking to lock memories of each day into still form. Back prepared to stop for … More Slowing down and stopping are polar opposites.
To my friend Tammy, I will never forget asking you to ‘tell me your story’ in your interview for Agoge. Most people shy away from the question and lack authenticity, however your answer was powerful, rich and beautiful. Your words told of pain and tragedy. Your words spoke of love for your girls. Your words … More Tammy when I hear, Courageous or Aroha, I think of you.
Maybe it was the relentless dull drone of the engines, or the claustrophobic feel of the cabin. Maybe it was the absence of company or even just that my book was not riveting. Whatever it was my one hour flight to escape Palmerston North seemed to take forever. It was so painful. So boring. After … More Why choosing our state of mind is so important.
I failed at school. The best mark I received was an internally assessed A1 in School Cert science. It belonged to another student called Andrew Nichol and was whisked away as quickly as it arrived. I left school at 17 barely able to read, average at the more complex forms of maths, but strangely very … More Why you should believe in failures like me.
I was honoured to hear a friend give a talk about being the best in everything she does. She spoke of what it means to be the best in her music, as a mum, for her boys and at agoge. Her words reminded me how striving to be the best is difficult and I was … More Being the best.