Make the most of being your own boss
At least once a month I see press articles that talk about bullies in the office. If you read daily newspapers and blogs you too must have seen them, they’re hard to miss and make it obvious that office bullying is a big problem worldwide.
But what most people forget is that bullying does not just happen in your younger years at school or in the office. When you run your own business you can still experience bullying even though you are your own boss.
In your own business... more
Let's get one thing clear from the outset: Putting yourself first is not about being inconsiderate to others - so if you thought you were about to learn a neat way to rid yourself of all your difficult clients and customers, think again!
Putting yourself first is about making sure you run your business for you.
To start with we'll look at some of the classic symptoms of a business where such is not the case.
The business is in effect being run by clients or customers... more
How idyllic to work where your longest commute is from the dining room to the spare bedroom - and there's real coffee on tap all day, the winter sun pours through the window into your office, you can work in your casual wear and call all the shots. No wonder more and more people are taking advantage of the huge advances in technology and the new focus on family commitment and lifestyle creation to jump the corporate ship and work from home.
But the undoubted benefits of having a home... more
For a company to be successful, it must constantly evolve; if it does not, it will quickly lose share of the market. We, too, are also constantly learning and adapting. Conflict helps us to do this by highlighting our weaknesses and the lessons still to be learnt.
Conflict is the sign that someone is frustrated because their needs are not being met. You can probably very quickly draw on an experience of what it feels... more
I’m amused by a common reaction: you have a personal trainer? Wow, you must be a professional athlete! Yeah sure, let's not insult the real professional athletes, shall we?
I have a personal trainer because he keeps me motivated. I’m the queen of lazy, a couch hugger who will find an excuse not to get out there and exercise. Which puts me in the “normal” category of the average person: humans were designed to take it easy, our brains appear hard wired to enjoy sleep, good food,... more
Ah, the holiday season! Turkey and ham, office parties, jingle bells, and lots and lots of eggnog make the season a delight.
But all fun and reindeer games aside, you have to be careful to make sure you don't wind up as poor as Tiny Tim! People can spend as much as $1,000 a year on gifts for family, friends and business associates. That is a big chunk of money that can hit you pretty hard come January if you don't plan ahead. There are some tips and tricks you can do to keep your... more
One onstage exercise I do to demonstrate what people look like when they feel stuck is to carry a volunteer from the audience around on my back. The message is a clear one: if your life and career isn't advancing as you want it to, the cause is rarely outside you. There are heavy loads on your back. Recent MRI studies show that these five thought patterns can change your brain blood flow and your brain chemistry. It's time to dump them. Here are five top ways to sabotage yourself:
New Zealand has the second highest rate of asthma in the world. Many studies implicate free radicals in this debilitating condition and antioxidants, through their free radical fighting ability, can be helpful in reducing the frequency and severity of attacks. It is difficult for many asthmatics to get enough exercise which makes the empty calories of processed foods and snacks even more of a problem. Increasing the intake of nutritionally dense fresh foods... more
Why not? Because most of us have more than one child, and most of our children will get married and so bring an in-law into the family. It is a sad fact that money causes trouble in families. None of us like to think that our children will squabble over money that we leave to them, but sadly it happens again and again.
None of us need look too far around us to see some of the squabbles, The global financial crisis has made the situation a little worse because some of our children... more
Currently the media is featuring, very colourful articles on the rotting timber framing of houses and that house are in danger of collapsing. Now, we all know how accurate the media can be. Not only are these stories greatly exaggerating the problem that exist, in some cases they are completely wrong in their conclusions.
I would like firstly to give the history of the problem and what to look for when inspecting your home/office and then follow up with articles... more