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I ran a workshop recently in which I used one of my favourite tools for assessing business health and sustainability. Afterwards one of the participants came up to me and said the last thing you want to hear after a presentation: That made me depressed! When we sat...
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I recently saw the movie The Darkest Hour. At its heart it’s about the anguish of making a decision. And what a decision! It depicts the dilemma Churchill faced before Dunkirk—whether to fight or whether to concede, knowing the consequences of both. It’s a dec...
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In the spirit of trying new things this year to bring about better results, I recently conducted a time management seminar. Time management is one of those areas that perpetually impacts business owners, and it’s also one of the most discussed areas of potential improvemen...
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The directive to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ is one of the most famous of all Bible quotes. Even people who don’t profess a faith tend to know this one and seek to apply it. I find it interesting because while the emphasis is on loving your neighbour, there’s t...
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Insanity is popularly defined as doing the same things over again and expecting a different result. When it comes to business, I would argue that if you do what you’ve always done, things will actually get worse. Why? Because the contemporary world is changing so fast...
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Planning for Surplus

February 22, 2018
So, 2018 has begun. It’s that difficult time of year when we have to shake off the holiday malaise, crank the wheels and get back into the business of making a living. Our first steps will say a lot about how we approach not only our work, but also life, rest and rela...
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Finding your sweet spot

December 14, 2017

As you reflect on your ‘best of’ lists from 2017, take time to think about the ‘purpose’ of your business for 2018.

As we approach the end of another year you can expect to see a proliferation of ‘best of’ lists—the best movies of 2017, the best music, or the best TV series. I have a confession to make—the musician who has impacted me the most this year will appear on...
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Gaining More Surplus

August 9, 2017
Article by Clinton Sanford. Image sourced from Unsplash....
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Thriving Teams - this was the topic of our recent quarterly workshop. A very timely topic given the incredible success of Team NZ in theAmerica's Cup. I take my hat off to the leadership of that team. A teamcomprising the full alphabet of generations - Baby Boomers, Gen X an...
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Waste

March 8, 2017
Processes either add value, or add waste to the production of an item or service. Waste elimination is one of the most effective ways to increase profitability in a business. To eliminate waste it is important to fully understand exactly what waste is and where it can be ...
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