I was at a sports game the other day and I came back to my car and found a card stuck to my window from a business trying to rally support. Does this happen to you? How do you feel about it?
Its not your business, I said to her, and actually its also none of your business.
Oh - she said.
I have found Suits. Probably a little late to the party, I am what the Madge badge people call a late adaptor...although I have binge watched all 6 seasons in 2 weeks, ( I know a Harvey, Donna Louis Mike immersion fest - bliss) - so I wonder if that makes me 'an accelerated to back of the queue of the early adaptors....?? is there even a badge for this ...but I digress.
How much do you value trust in your business? Do you have a place for it on your balance sheet?
Recently I was involved in an incredible project. A friend thought it would be a good idea to ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff (for all you non NZ readers - that's the top of our country to the bottom) 2100km odd - in a time that beat the current record of 4 days 17 hours and 40 minutes. I know, its bonkers - and he not only wanted to break the record he wanted to raise money for kids-
was at a conference last week - love conferences, even for the simple fact they let you have time out of the fishbowl to look at things differently, anyhow, it was a fantastic conference actually, full of inspiring people, empowering people and collaborative energy. It was uplifting and wonderful and a stark contrast to the pretty poor examples of bad horrible nasty yucky leadership on the internet of late - It got me thinking about leadership, what ARE the qualities that we need in our businesses, in our families, and in our communities?
Something came to fruition in our community here yesterday- a project that was the brainchild of a very talented potter - Fran Maguire. It was over 2 years in the making and involved a large merry band of volunteers. It was driven by Fran and another amazing woman, Kate Vavasour. What I found so inspirational about this project was it involved a whole community to be.
I don't know about you - but I am ready for hearing/reading different stories.
Stories that are uplifting, ones that celebrate the good stuff that is happening in our communities and our world, ones that champion the kind things people do every day in many ways. Without turning into Pollyanna – imagine even for a moment how differently we could feel if we were surrounded by these stories most of the time - imagine the different world we could create if we suddenly witnessed the good stuff happening instead of focussing on the awful.
Phew what a week - and its Wednesday! What a week! With all that's happening in the world, its an interesting time, an emotional time, and some pretty ugly stuff is being shown in our media, on social media streams and its just plain yuck. And I found myself being sucked into the crap energy of it all, and it wasn't any fun. Then some good stuff showed up - as yin yang laws (or whatever you like to call it) teaches us.
had a wonderful day yesterday - I was privileged to be asked to speak at Kate Webb's Rise 2016 event here in Marlborough - with a gaggle of amazing women, all with amazing stories to tell. It was very inspiring and has me excited about life and I loved it.
I was with with a client this morning, and we got talking about small things and how you never know what impact you are making on someone's life. And all day -every where I have turned that's all I have seen, comments, and sayings about kindness - so this is what this is about today - the profound impact a simple act of kindness can have on life.
I see some incredible businesses doing some fantastic things, with really great people working in them and always with a really heart warming story. And it always surprises me, - how come it took me so long to find them, and how fantastic this is, and how do we tell the world? Taking a step back I got to thinking -
Quick thoughts today. I was with a client yesterday who was ruminating over what to do - should she advertise, should she not, how , where, what who with - argh (cue head explosion)
We all belong to different communities and organisations, whom we interact with on a daily, weekly or less regular basis. A notice came out from one of my communities recently, and it caused a bit of (unnecessary) bedlam.
I watched a fascinating documentary last night called 'Most Likely to Succeed'. It was from made in the US and looked at the emerging world we live in, and how a different way of teaching our children
Even though the Rugby World Cup is over and a few things have happened in the world that have brought me to with a bump, the brilliant leadership of the All Blacks campaign still has me smiling.
Today I was ready to post another blog on leadership, however after the events of the past week or so it seemed - well rather lame. The world seems in turmoil and it has been interesting to watch the unfolding, mainly on social media, over the last few days.
love the All Blacks - always been a bit of a fan. (understatement of the week) And this rugby world cup has made me even more of a zealous supporter if that is possible- and not only because of their skills, which are indeed 'alright (Note the Steve Hansen-ism there) - its the way they have conducted themselves on and off the pitch that has me in awe, the leadership of this team has been, well - outstanding.
Simplicity is underrated. While we are swirling in World Cup euphoria, with emotive headlines, outlandish stories, subterfuge, skulduggery, brilliance and hilariousness - its so easy to be carried way by it all and forget what its all about