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11 12, 2018

A Powerful Tool to Complete 2018

By |Dec 11th, 2018|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|0 Comments

Just 1 day ago I was talking to a client about Christmas holidays.  As we spoke, they had a light bulb moment when they mentally calculated that they had less than 2 weeks before going on holiday.  On the one hand they were excited about this and on the other, they felt the enormity of [...]

23 08, 2018

How to Turn Conflict into Your Greatest Leadership Capability

By |Aug 23rd, 2018|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How to Turn Conflict into Your Greatest Leadership Capability

It was a sleepless night. I wished I hadn’t read that email just before I turned my phone off to head to bed. All it did was fire up the burning issue, the yet to be resolved conflict with an electrical supplier. Like a light bulb, the electrical circuit of my brain lit up into [...]

9 05, 2018

Kintsugi – the Art of Transformation

By |May 9th, 2018|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , |Comments Off on Kintsugi – the Art of Transformation

It started out as a random conversation. I was in a retail shop when one of the staff approached me to see if I needed some help.  We started chatting. She told me she had just become the store manager and was new to the role.  She was young and enthusiastic.  I could tell she [...]

9 05, 2018

The Shared Economy

By |May 9th, 2018|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Shared Economy

It was the end of my work day and I needed a lift.  Embracing the shared economy, I opened the Uber app. It was 4.42pm when the Uber driver finally picked me up.  He’d been a good 10 minutes stuck in traffic trying to reach me said the Uber app, keeping me updated every moment.  [...]

8 02, 2018

Why Failure is a Key to Success

By |Feb 8th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, Leadership|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Why Failure is a Key to Success

by Joanne Hutchinson It was that time of the year.  Exam results were out.  I remembered the day when they were delivered in the mail and we anxiously awaited their arrival.  We had a long driveway, so it was an errand running up and down, triple checking the letterbox for that 1 letter. I had [...]

15 12, 2017

What are your Most Important Things?

By |Dec 15th, 2017|Categories: Great Spirit, Leadership, Leadership Matters, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What are your Most Important Things?

Endings prepare us for new beginnings.  The sun-sets on another year as Christmas lurks just around the corner.  This year more so than other years has flown by and I was glad back in August that I carved out some creative time to reflect on my most important things and get more focussed on my [...]

6 09, 2017

The Secret to Achieving your Goals – Formula for Change.

By |Sep 6th, 2017|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Secret to Achieving your Goals – Formula for Change.

By Joanne Hutchinson Last week I was speaking at a Women’s Leadership Summit and I had the opportunity to enjoy the speakers who went before me.  In one of the presentations, the Formula for Change was briefly touched on and I remembered this from many years earlier. It’s one of those models that is easy [...]

21 06, 2017

Winter Solstice – The Turning Point

By |Jun 21st, 2017|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Winter Solstice – The Turning Point

The fact that we’ve just passed the shortest day of the year and are now in winter in the Southern Hemisphere means we just passed a natural turning point - the solstice.  This is where the sun is at its lowest point relative to the equator and now the light slowly increases until it reaches [...]

30 03, 2017

Let Your Purpose Define You

By |Mar 30th, 2017|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Let Your Purpose Define You

I had the incredible pleasure to hear Dr Tererai Trent speak at the Worldwomen17 conference held in Auckland last weekend.  This event was the dream of Theresa Gattung and Barbara Gabler who wanted to create an event to inspire women to create meaningful change in the world. Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today's most [...]

2 03, 2017

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

By |Mar 2nd, 2017|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 20 Seconds of Insane Courage

Today, I was looking back in my archives and came across this article I wrote in 2009 about courage. I have just returned from a fabulous couple of weeks exploring the historic ruins of Greece. A last-minute change enabled me to fit in a one day tour of the three closest outer islands which was superb [...]

12 08, 2016

Leadership Matters – Survive or Thrive?

By |Aug 12th, 2016|Categories: Leadership Matters|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Leadership Matters – Survive or Thrive?

No matter where we look – at work, at school, in our community, in our country, in politics, in sport or in our world, we see leadership in action in a myriad of ways.  Some of it is inspiring; some of it is corrupt and lacks integrity.  Whichever way you see it, leadership matters and [...]

7 07, 2016

Lessons from Valerie Adams, a World Class Athlete

By |Jul 7th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lessons from Valerie Adams, a World Class Athlete

by Jo Hutchinson On a quiet Sunday, I lazily sipped away on my flat white while doing one of my favourite pastimes, reading the weekend newspaper.  It wasn’t long before I came across a fabulous article on Valerie Adams - New Zealand’s Queen of Shot Put and a world class athlete who’ll be soon competing [...]

27 05, 2016

It takes courage…

By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on It takes courage…

The Facebook post read: “I didn’t know that this was going to hit me as hard as it did. To be honest, it was gut wrenching to hear the news that in 2 weeks, none of us would have jobs.  So I thought this would be a good time to start the business I’ve always [...]

15 04, 2016

To Thy Own Self Be True

By |Apr 15th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on To Thy Own Self Be True

by Jo Hutchinson Shakespeare said “To thy own self be true.”  I was reunited with this saying last week while doing some background research work for a workshop that I was facilitating on the theme of Authentic Leadership. It got me thinking about what it means to live life authentically and to be true to [...]

7 03, 2016

Everything Happens for a Reason

By |Mar 7th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: |Comments Off on Everything Happens for a Reason

It was a hot sunny Saturday and I’d finished work for the day. Driving home, I was virtually on my doorstep when the inevitable happened. As I backed my car into my tricky steep driveway, I inadvertently clipped the fence post which caught on the mudguard and bumper, dismembering them from the car. All it [...]

3 12, 2015

12 Christmas Questions

By |Dec 3rd, 2015|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on 12 Christmas Questions

12 x 12 = 12 Questions in 12 Minutes Ok, so Christmas is coming and with it snow for some and sun for others.  It can be a magical time of the year as we look forward to catching up with family, friends and even having holidays.  Equally, it can be a time of increased [...]

22 10, 2015

The Power of Presence

By |Oct 22nd, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development, Wisdom|Comments Off on The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence How often do you feel like you are talking with someone and they are only half listening, if at all?   And how many times have you been in conversation with someone and realised that you are busy in your mind with you own thoughts and not really listening to what [...]

16 09, 2015

Give Yourself Permission

By |Sep 16th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Give Yourself Permission

Who is The #1 Most Important Person in Your Life? Perhaps it’s just that it’s nearing the end of winter, but I’ve noticed 3 things: #1.  that a lot of people have been really sick, or #2.  are going through some really big life changes and/or #3.  are feeling the pressure, more so now than [...]

19 08, 2015

It Takes Courage to Live your Dreams

By |Aug 19th, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on It Takes Courage to Live your Dreams

I’ve been thinking about the meaning of courage and how it shows up in life.  The Collins English dictionary defined it as: Courage noun 1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain 2. the courage of one's convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs 3. take one's [...]

23 06, 2015

Celebrating Matariki

By |Jun 23rd, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Wisdom|Comments Off on Celebrating Matariki

Celebrating Matariki – The Dawning of a New Cycle We’ve just passed the winter solstice point which in the Southern Hemisphere means that we have passed the shortest day.  It signifies that the day light is now slowly increasing until we reach the summer solstice point in 6 months’ time.  In ancient times and in [...]