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Mentor for social enterprise

[embed]https://youtu.be/EExOMV9TSI8?list=PL229NLDDcsz2LDk7Dywwa1TVrj5qaedyf[/embed] The Social Enterprise World Forum, held in Christchurch in September 2017, was an amazing event for social enterprises to come together from around the globe to learn, share ideas, and network. As part of the Forum, I was privileged to be a mentor on the Kiwibank Mentor Bar. The Mentor Bar was an opportunity for social enterprises to get advice from experienced business professionals on a range different topics – including wellbeing. I met some incredible people doing some amazing work and I wish them all the very best as they start to create real, positive change in our world. Thank you to Kiwibank and ChristchurchNZ, and the many others, who made the event possible.  ...

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Why a fruit bowl is not a wellness plan

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that wellness at their workplace consisted of a fruit bowl, I’d be able to buy an orchard and go into the fruit business myself. Obviously, a fruit bowl is not the juiciest segment of a wellness plan. Don’t get me wrong, I like a fruit bowl. It’s a great start to supporting employee health. However, the weekly fruit bowl doesn’t fulfil all of employees’ wellness needs. At best, it’s a tasty starter. At worst, it’s a “tick and flick” taste test that shows a company “cares”.   Go for larger fruit A fruit bowl can be a bite-sized element of a more substantial strategic approach to wellness. With a more satisfying strategy, you can achieve full organisational change. Ask yourself the...

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Fuel your fire to ignite your career

Being on top of your game is essential at work. However, you need to feed your focus in order to deliver your best. I once worked with a workplace leader who was, by all accounts, very talented. She made strong decisions, had a clear vision for success, and she took a practical and realistic approach to her work. Let’s call her “Sue”. Sue was also a mum, a wife, and a friend. Sue won promotion, leading a considerable change project. However, shortly after taking up the role, the wheels started to fall off.   What prompted this failure to gain traction? Suddenly, Sue had to deal with a difficult manager, a huge workload and a workplace culture where there was very little room for error. The cumulative effect was enormous. Sadly, I watched a...

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Why you should be working like an athlete

As an athlete taut with exertion steps onto the winner's podium and grasps the golden moment, the sense of achievement is palpable. Months, years, even decades of training have gone into reaching that apex. It has been a long and arduous road, full of detours and delays, littered with hurdles, but they've won.   Getting to the top Elite athletes employ a variety of training methods to gain that edge that will take them to the pinnacle. Many utilise a “highs” and “lows” approach to allow for “challenges” and “recovery”. High-performance coaches term this approach “periodic training” - short, high-intensity exercise periods alternated with periods of rest. Sometimes, using sport as a metaphor or guide to high performance at work can be misaligned (elite athletes are highly motivated people, whereas the...

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Christchurch’s best kept secret and why you’re missing out

Take a seat – any seat – as I reveal Christchurch’s best kept secret. Or perhaps glance out the car window as you remain stuck at the lights while another one goes past. What is it? It's the city’s bus service. I know. “Accessibility” might be the buzzword but to many people (including me up until recently) a bus is more like a giant obstacle on wheels. Under a drive for a more “accessible city”, the council plans to upgrade the travel network. With glorious green spaces, Manchester Street will “support key bus routes”, while “enhanced one-way systems” will get us around the city more efficiently. We will even have “super stop” bus facilities to complement the new Bus Interchange. Sadly, for now, the bus service remains a secret. Why? Because...

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Self Care Cards: This year, give the gift that takes care. Dismiss