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Defining Success

What is success and what do we mean by it?   When I begin working with a new client one of the very first steps is to get them to define what their life will look like and what they will be doing when they are successful.  This is sometimes a very challenging question.    […] Read More →
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An old lesson in success

An old lesson in success
“That’s OK I can do that tomorrow”.  That’s the reply I frequently got when I was Greek Operations Manager teaching young engineers their job.  My role as fleet manager was to ensure our guests had the best holiday EVER so they would refer friends and family and come again and again themselves.  And they did, […] Read More →

The Power of Intention

The Power of Intention
With thanks to Kevin for first teaching me this. Intentions are not goals and they are definitely not a 'to do' list. Let me explain it. Remember the expression, "Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it." Asking with strength and clarity is ‘intention’. 'Intention' is one of the most powerful […] Read More →

Some Observations on Promotion Approaches at National Fieldays in Hamilton

Some Observations on Promotion Approaches at National Fieldays in Hamilton
Today I walked around Fieldays and observed the different approaches to promotion that I saw.  Note this is a bit tongue-in-cheek! So please don’t be offended.   Read through each one and see if you can guess the one that got the most orders!!   The Engineer Set up a very tidy and organised display of […] Read More →

Business for a Better World

Business for a Better World I’ve been on about ‘business that does good and does no harm’ for many years and after hearing Kate Billing speak at Inspire the Fire I joined the Linked IN Group Conscious Capitalism NZ. It can be very confusing to navigate the different terms because there are a proliferation of […] Read More →

Why have and why share your business purpose

Why have and why share your business purpose
Why is Business on purpose and with purpose so important? Because it creates a fundamentally happier and more profitable place to work and is the cornerstone of a sustainable business according to Jonathan Porritt of Forum for the Future. The role of a leader and business owner is to win hearts and create the culture […] Read More →

6 skills of people who change the world

Let’s start with reality.  Anyone can start a business, regardless of his or her age. But not everyone gets to do it successfully.   And by the way when I say successfully I mean successfully on your terms not anyone else’s.  After growing my own companies and mingling with many entrepreneurs, I’ve decided that most people […] Read More →

(New report) Must read if you want to grow your business

Today I’m writing to you about what you must do if you are responsible for marketing and growing your small business. A recent report by Jonathan Gordon and Jesko Perrey of McKinssey and Company. (Big corporation marketing. Not my area really, but it highlighted what I've been obsessing about for the last 10 years or […] Read More →

What value do you put on your sales conversations?

I was working with a client and her key sales staff last week and a very important distinction came up. Her sales person (I will call her Tracy) was questioning how much more time the ‘script’ we were working on was going to take her.  Hers is a busy role and she handles multiple tasks […] Read More →

3 of the best marketing platforms for 2015

This article is most pertinent to service businesses. You’re a service business if you build websites, do graphic design, help people hire, do massage or pilates, run events, help make events more sustainable, teach wellness, do PR, sell mortgages………. So what have I learnt about what’s working in marketing?  I’ve learnt that in my business […] Read More →

Living Your Values

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