Gary Vaynerchuk and the Older Woman

“The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.” ~ Brene Brown Who is Gary Vee? I first heard the name “Gary Vaynerchuk” in a … Read more Gary Vaynerchuk and the Older Woman


“Get Influential” Your Guide to Building a Twitter Following

In a bit of a departure from our usual discussions, I want to give you a sneak peak at my upcoming eBook Get Influential: How I built a Twitter following of 5,000 in under five months and how you can too. In the process of building an engaged community of leadership enthusiasts, I have learned … Read more “Get Influential” Your Guide to Building a Twitter Following


“We Will Prevail”: The Power of Persistence

“Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the ground is made up of single drops.” ~ Kate Sheppard Yesterday was Election Day in New Zealand – 23 September 2017.  Earlier this week we marked 124 years since New Zealand women became the first in the world to gain … Read more “We Will Prevail”: The Power of Persistence


5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader

People often ask me about the books I read. Specifically, they want to know what leadership books I’d recommend – there are so many!  Usually I try and curate a list on the spot based on what I know about the person who is asking, but I almost always miss something. There are already lots of “Leaders’ … Read more 5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader


Feedback Unleashed

Feedback

“True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” ~ Daniel Kahneman As a kid, I loved playing cricket.  I was a fast bowler, and also a halfway decent batsman. We had a lawn big enough to have a cricket pitch, and all through the summer, I’d practice my bowling, using our … Read more Feedback Unleashed


Blogging: A Tool for Leadership Development

Blogging Leadership Development

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe” ~ Gustave Flaubert I’ve been ‘blogging’ about leadership development for a while now (OK – nearly five months), and I have been reflecting on what I’ve learned in that time. Probably the most significant lesson – and possibly the biggest surprise – is … Read more Blogging: A Tool for Leadership Development


Skeptical Optimism: Reality Checks and Fake News

Skeptical Optimism

“I encourage active skepticism – when people are being skeptical because they’re trying to identify the best course of action. They’re trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people” ~ Tim Ferris I am proudly on the record as a self-proclaimed optimist – and I think that optimism is vital for leadership, … Read more Skeptical Optimism: Reality Checks and Fake News


A Dedication to my WordPress Spammers

Wordpress Spam

Most of my posts are pretty serious.  I mean not serious serious, but they’re about serious stuff.  You know.  Things that I think matter.  Like servant leadership.  And accountability.  And looking after yourself. And being courageous. But every now and then, I like to make sure you’re actually a human being.  Because based on the comments on … Read more A Dedication to my WordPress Spammers


Understanding: Who’s Responsible for it?

Understanding

I was sitting in a cafe the other day, enjoying a delicious latte, when I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation at another table that raised my ‘understanding hackles’ (yes, they do exist!)… “But what my clients refuse to understand is just how big a discount I’m getting them!  Sometimes 20, 30, even 40% off retail…” … Read more Understanding: Who’s Responsible for it?


The Inexplicable Power of the Humble Question Mark

Question

It is entirely possible that the most powerful thing in the world is the humble question mark. Whether written, or spoken, it has the potential to create revolutionary change, turn mice into men and bring dictators to their knees. How?  (See what I did there!) By creating a gap. A powerful, searching, probing gap.  And … Read more The Inexplicable Power of the Humble Question Mark