Category Archives: Leadership

Digital fixation – before and after Christchurch

At a time when occupational therapists are alerting parents that their child may fall off their chair due to under-developed spatial awareness and balance from too much time on screens (down from 6 hours a day of outside play to … Continue reading

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The Human Race in an AI era

When John Bell was challenged to transform Fletcher Building’s group technology function so the business could grow and differentiate in the market, he put the human element front and centre, with a ‘transform from within’ approach. (See Reference) “You just … Continue reading

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Leadership – leading from down under

It is Leadership Week in New Zealand. http://sirpeterblaketrust.org/leadershipweek How apt. A week when we have welcomed back Emirates Team New Zealand with the oldest sporting trophy – the Auld Mug (a.k.a. The America’s Cup). It is time to consider what … Continue reading

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1,2,3 Transform

No one delights in things done ‘to them’ or thrown ‘at them’. While at uni, I remember being horrified at an experiment where pigeons randomly received food pellets or electric shocks when pressing a lever. They ended up displaying behaviours … Continue reading

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A numbers game

If the All Blacks were a regular business that you and I directed, we’d surely prefer the All Blacks’ performance record over any other rugby team. Yet, going into last weekend’s semi-final against South Africa, the stats were 2/3 in … Continue reading

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Workplace from hell?

Gene Palmer, worker suspected of helping two convicts escape Dannemora prison in New York State, was quoted: “With the money they pay you’ll go bald, you’ll have high blood pressure, you’ll become an alcoholic, you’ll divorce and then you’ll kill … Continue reading

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Leading greatness

Leadership has many different faces but a common business view is that it has something to do with both greatness and collective good. History is strewn with examples of powerful figures who led millions of people in a direction we … Continue reading

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Leading on Purpose

Many ponder the concept of leadership – what it takes; what it means – yet people quickly register great leadership. They can also tell when it is missing. Great leaders have great expectations and believe in great things. In their … Continue reading

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Change for the worse?

“CHANGE” is one of the most consistent challenges today.  Organisational change is usually driven by: Financial pressure – profit demands, new ownership, drive for efficiencies, restructuring etc. IT system implementation or new processes External events (including earthquakes, major weather events … Continue reading

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Leadership Lessons

During reflections about Nelson Mandela and a life well lived, one ponders one’s own life and what can be learned from a man who will go down in history as one of the greats. Leaders from a range of organisations … Continue reading

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