Nature’s Antidote to Urban Living

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Getting out of the office or house and into nature is seen by many as an antidote to the modern world. Most urban environments don’t allow for a lot of green. We live in concrete jungles. We’re constantly on the move and instead of looking out, people are often looking down (at their mobile phones!)….

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Success On The Job

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The notion of what it takes to succeed in the modern workplace is changing, according to a new poll. The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll showed that while most Americans thought that college was an important foundation for a successful work life, other factors were also considered “very important” for a good career. These included computer…

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Eudaemonia At The Movies

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The clichéd Hollywood movie has been long associated with an optimistic ending. You know, the one where the protagonist gets what he wants, even if it wasn’t what he was looking for in the first place. What’s interesting is that movies that end on a bright note often don’t leave you feeling entirely happy. It…

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A Team Of Teams

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Can a team be ‘too strong’? It’s not the kind of question leaders ask, but it’s a question that should be considered. Strength can be a weakness if it is at the expense of the wider organization and its mission. Joseph Grenny uses the phrase “tribalism trumps mission”, which is what happens if managers see…

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Making Hat-Trick History

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“The only way we win, the only way we get to that top podium, is if we believe in each other, and we fight, and we fight, and we fight some more.” – Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic Gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. On Sunday the 6th of July, the United…

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Effective Executives Turn Out for Drucker

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Come early November, it’s Vienna for me. My speaking agent Danny Stern has re-plugged me into the world of Peter Drucker and the seventh annual Global Drucker Forum held November 5-6 in Vienna with the theme “Creativity, Intuition, and the Algorithm,” subtitled  “Claiming Our Humanity: Managing in the Digital Age”. Convened by the estimable Richard…

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The Long And The Short Of It

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Bless ‘em all, Bless ‘em all The Long, The Short and the Tall. In the past 24 hours I flew the long and the short – well actually Air New Zealand’s longest and its shortest. Their new Boeing 777 Dreamliner from San Francisco to Auckland.  Seats 332 in luxurious comfort with a cruising speed of…

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Business Success Tips

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“A dream. A belief. An action. That is all it takes to create the life you want.” Adèle McLay Adele is a Kiwi based in London who is an author/coach/mentor to business entrepreneurs from around the world and she recently invited me to talk on her ‘Business Success Tips’ interview series. We covered a lot…

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Here’s to Heroes

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Who are your heroes? Three of mine are JFK, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. Heroes are important because they inspire us to realize our dreams.  As a rugby mad boy in Lancashire, I found heroes in the All Blacks. Waka Nathan, the “Black Panther.” Brian Lochore. Mac Herewini. Earle Kirton. I was drawn to my…

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Talent Brief

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Saw an old ad yesterday for the America West’s Overland Express. Wanted Young, skinny, wiry fellows Not over eighteen Must be expert riders Willing to risk death daily Orphans preferred Wages $25 per week Now that’s what I call a talent brief!!! KR

Among Thieves

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How can you like a Brooklyn based criminal, gang leader, and ruthless killer? Meet James Beck. My new anti hero. Created by John Clarkson an ex advertising copywriter. Beck amazingly has values, principles and great leadership skills. And I couldn’t get enough of him. A criminal Jack Reacher. In his first appearance (set in my…

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Who Gives A Font?

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I recall a few years back when IKEA changed its standard font from Futura to Verdana. The former was considered to be a well-regarded and handsome specimen with a “warmth and cheer” that resonated with the IKEA brand, while the latter was described as a font that designers had little respect for, lacking in originality,…

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The ‘Goldilocks’ Zone

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Offices. A strange notion, really, when you think about it. A bunch of people sitting together in a confined space, often multiple levels up, with little to no fresh air and often limited natural light. People sitting in cubicles, clacking away on keyboards, clicking mouses, talking on phones and to each other. Studies have shown…

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Heights of Performance

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The colossal presence of skyscrapers is mind-bending, particularly if you’re standing at the bottom of one and looking up. NYC’s One World Trade Center practically performs a magic trick when you look at it, forming a perfect point at the top, despite not being triangular in shape. The designers of skyscrapers are inherently ambitious, but…

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