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Our values, our beliefs, our background, our feelings all determine how we perceive the world
Where Are You On The Change Curve?

Whether you’re still stuck at the start of the change curve in shock or starting to feel optimistic again, understanding what you’re feeling and why you’re doing the things you’re doing in your current circumstances will help you move through the stages, adapt to the ...

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Master These 7 Basic Yet Powerful Disciplines For Strength Of Mind

I recently read James Allen’s 1903 book Out From The Heart and, as with many of Allen’s books, it gave me much food for thought. In it, the philosophical writer addresses some simple, but often neglected, disciplines ...

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Overcome Helplessness & Thrive In Difficult Times

When an elephant trainer starts working with a baby elephant, he or she will use a rope to tie one of the elephant’s legs to a post. The elephant will struggle for hours, even days, trying to escape the rope, but eventually, it will ...

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8 Ways To Keep Remote Teams Productive

Working remotely is often said to boost productivity. However, there are of course many variables and not everyone is suited to remote work. Here are some tips to ensure you keep your remote team productive ...

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Reset & Relaunch Your Business (9 Steps)

As we come out of an initial period of shock and reflection, we look at 9 steps you can take to bring everything together and start creating a new beginning for your business to ensure you’re still relevant, offering value, and able to thrive ...

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Where Is Your Business Going Right Now?

What if you were equipped with a compass that helped translate your individual purpose and professional skills into social impact, while also making a profit for investors? And that helped you with the question of where ...

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Is Your Business Relevant Right Now?

You may have had a great New Year business plan in January with everything laid out and projected for 2020. Then in March, when everything was thrown up in the air, your plans and projections likely became irrelevant. These last three months have been extraordinary and tough for us all ...

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3 Ways to Keep Team Spirits Up in Tough Times

In the midst of such huge uncertainty and change in your business recently, it can be hard to look on the bright side and keep team spirits up. Psychologists agree that 3 things are crucial to keep us sane during difficult times ...

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Match Your Business to Your Customers To Kick Start Growth And Personal Fulfillment

Anyone can start and build and manage a business. But few can build and successfully sustain a high-margin, employee-friendly, community-healthy, customer-satisfying sustainable business to thrive ...

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Latest News and Updates From Ross

Many of you have had to press pause on your day-to-day business operations during the lockdown. Now is a key time to get advice on development and start planning business strategy moving forward. It's a tough time, but also a time of real opportunity for business ...

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Strategies to Avoid and Manage Brain Overload and Burnout

As well as burnout and health issues, a poor work/life balance and a feeling of being overwhelmed and overloaded are linked directly to staff inefficiency, low morale, and poor business performance ...

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Update and Increase Your Self-Awareness

Are you consciously aware of your values, behaviour, strengths, and passions? Are you aware of the impact your behaviour and way of doing things has on others? We can’t be good leaders without some up-to-date awareness of ourselves ...

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Create A Talent-Centric Culture

Modern, progressive companies, looking for every possible advantage in today’s competitive environment, are increasingly ditching the traditional approach and discovering that developing a people-focused talent-centric strategy is key to ...

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Building Sustainable Trust

Do you find it difficult to delegate and know the best person to lead each project or complete each task? Do you work well with and trust some team members more than others? Do you get frustrated or impatient when others don’t meet your expectations? There are many inputs ...

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You Are Good Enough – 13 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever had the feeling everyone else knows what they're doing and where they’re going? At networking events or conferences have you felt that everyone is more ‘in-the-know’ or more qualified and experienced than you ...

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Collective Leadership – The What, Why, And How

Organisations today exist in a complex, intricately networked world full of greater uncertainty and higher velocity than at any other time in the business world. Organisational leadership must ...

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It’s Not The Size Of Your Domain That Counts

A great leader once spoke to me of 'domains'. It’s not a word we use much today, unless we’re talking about the internet or the lovely green park in the centre of Auckland city. Every leader has a domain, he told me, and this is where he or ...

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Are You Blue-Screening To Burnout?

If your colleagues all became more like you, would that be good for them? Most of us are in desperate need of some lifestyle changes if we want to not only have 'good' health but to flourish. What does good health mean to you? ...

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Manage Your Expectations in 2018

“Bloody clouds. I didn’t come all the way to New Zealand for this!” she muttered. It was the very beginning of 2018 and we were in the sunniest place in New Zealand – the Abel Tasman National Park ...

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