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Saying ‘no’ when we want to say ‘no’

In a recent life skills workshop one participant said, ‘A colleague asked me to do something for her and I so wanted to say no. She saw this and said “you can say no” and still I found myself saying yes.’ As the conversation continued, it seems she’s not the only one. As dutiful sons […]

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Sleeping more E-zzzz-ily

7 to 9 hours recommended dose per day is the NUMBER ONE thing you can do to increase your energy levels, according to the research and I happened to go to a talk last week where the speaker affirmed it. I’ve been talking to a good many people who struggle to sleep, so this blog […]

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XL Coaching: New website, New focus

Clients past and present, friends and colleagues – Welcome to my new website and blog! I’ve undergone a bit of a metamorphosis over the past six months and I’m excited to share one or two things about that… My wake-up call First things first, I had a really challenging year last year. My biz went […]

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‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005. It’s inspiring and certainly worth a 4-minute read! Amanda “I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I […]

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Top 10 Tips for Balancing Work and Life – Part 1.

I spoke to a group of 70 biz owners in Invercargill last week on the challenge of balancing work and life. Easily 90% of the room raised their hand to the questions: Who feels overwhelmed by the busyness of life? Who wants to improve their work life balance? Before scrolling down to this list of […]

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Personal Foundation Program – Starts Oct 24 and 25

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Choose Your Attitude – The Story of Jerry

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant in America. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply, if I were any better, I would be twins!” Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs […]

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New Stats: NZ Managers under-performing

Seen Horrible Bosses yet? Don’t think I can face it. More research out this week (Auckland Uni Biz School) on how Kiwi bosses are “strikingly bad” and better training is needed. Another survey of 152 firms (Ministry of Economic Development)found our managers to be among the worst in the world for recruiting, promoting and keeping […]

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Life is a reflection of you

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the […]

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