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How many times in your life have you blamed situations, people, your past or your upbringing, for how you are today, the problems you have today? Most of us do this. Perhaps you blame your genetics for the fact that you struggle with your weight or perhaps you blame your mother or father for how […]

Optimism – The Key to Effective Leadership

“Optimism” – a simple word and yet oh, so powerful. Optimism can increase productivity, enhance employee morale, reduce conflict and have a positive impact on the bottom line. Optimism is vital when leading organizations. Leaders who set themselves apart are optimists. They have a good understanding and high level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and they […]

Creativity – Strengthen, don’t Stifle

Why is it so hard to encourage people to dream and be creative? Sir Ken Robinson, who has to be one of my favourite speakers, gives his views on education and creativity, and when you hear him, you can’t help but agree with him – especially if you have children, because what he talks about […]

Communication Styles and Marbles

“Are you losing your marbles?”   This is something I ask businesses all the time – and the response I get is:- “what do you mean by marbles?”. It’s really easy – marbles are your people – the people you work with and who work for you every day.  They are also your customers, and […]

Responding to bullying in NZ

There has been a lot of discussion recently in the news, about school bullying and what we should do about it. In an ideal world, we could say that we need to all stand up to bullies, tell them to back off, hit them back or whatever it takes to make it go away.  However, […]

Ego in the Workplace

Ego in the Workplace – let’s face it – every workplace has them.  What is of concern however, is the ‘exaggerated self important ego’ that gets combined with a position of power – which can ultimately lead to an abuse of that power.  This particular ‘Ego in the Workplace’ feels the need to ‘control’ and […]

Mistake Theory

We all make mistakes – they are temporary bumps on the road of life.  A mistake is an unintentional action whose consequences are undesirable. But do we all learn from our mistakes or does pride and ego sometimes get in the way of learning and awareness.  Perhaps we would rather ‘blame’, instead of reflecting. Mistakes […]


Why is it that your children will hound you constantly for a mobile phone, and finally when you give in to their constant pleading and bleating about how much safer it will be when they have one – there is no guarantee that they will ever answer it when you call! Why is it that […]

Fascinators in Flight!

I bet your mind boggled when you read the title of this blog. So … what is a ‘fascinator’? Hmm, well, before you jump to any conclusions, the correct answer is ‘a headpiece – a style of millenary’. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to wear one at my brother’s wedding. The invitation read […]