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Why Socrates was right; recounting the case for self-awareness

Originally written for Authentic Magazine, Nov 2019 “Know thyself” said Socrates. Regardless of what he actually meant, the modern case for “knowing thyself” (self-awareness) is well established – at least for most of us. Of those spheres of life where self-awareness is embraced, one of the foremost would have to be the business world where it is used to improve teamwork and boost productivity via various self-awareness assessments. Here too however, opinions vary widely as to the...

June 22, 2021

Week 1 of Lockdown; what managers can do for their people

This article was written March 30, 2020First things first!That according to Gallup’s largest poll on what followers most need (from their leaders), their needs are Stability, Hope, Compassion and Trust. These are perennial needs – they were here before Covid-19, they will be here afterwards, and they are needed now. There are many ways to deliver these needs in a Covid-19 world and this article will give 4 specific ideas....

June 22, 2021

What more to work is there for the Christian business owner?

It seems that many Christian business owners do not operate their business’s as if there is more, if even they are able to do all these three.1 To be fair, business is tough and it’s easy to end up chasing one’s tail paying bills, following up invoices, organising staff, keeping on top of workflow and doing all that needs to be done. But that is also true of other parts of our lives and yet we don’t let the busyness be the final word, we strive for what should be (eg: parenting, exercise...

June 7, 2021

Building "X-Factor" as an Outdoor Instructor

Note: This article was written for the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association How would you answer the question “What makes for a great instructor?” The answer I like to give is that “Great instructors have great SEX” where SEX is an acronym for three key ingredients; Safety, Education and X Factor. It goes without saying that great instructors are safe instructors and much of the effort over the first few years of your education and career is in honing those skills that keep both ...

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