What Business can learn from the sport of Springboard & Platform Diving!

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As a Strengths-Based personal and business coach, I am always looking for ideas and connections that might help me and my clients improve our Success, Happiness or Fulfilment, both in business and in life. In my spare time, I am also a very rough around the edges springboard and platform diver, and love supporting my two sons who both compete in th...
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Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump: 10 Lessons in Leadership

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I found it extraordinarily ironic that on April 18th, 2019, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, was recognised by Fortune magazine as the #2 entry in their list of the Greatest Leaders on Earth , behind Bill and Melinda Gates (Global Philanthropists) and just ahead of Robert Mueller (Dept of Justice Special Counsel leading the investigat...
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Pursuing Your Greatest Imaginable Challenge

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We are all born with the intrinsic motivation to seek Success, Happiness and Fulfilment throughout our lives. Getting what we want, wanting what we have, and living your purpose every single day seem to be core to what it means to be human... Part of Success is the art & science of setting and achieving goals or intentions, and on a grand scale...
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2018 Year In Review and 2019 Intentions

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 As 2018 comes to a close, I am so grateful for: - Loving family and friends, near and far - Fiona's never-ending love and support - witnessing Cameron turn 15 and Ross turn 10 and more importantly, seeing them grow up to be the wonderful individuals that they are - terrific family holidays to the South Island (Hanmer Springs) and Mt Ruapehu (...
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Hopes & Dreams vs Goals & Intentions

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What are hopes, dreams, goals and intentions, and is there any real difference between them? Definitions for each of the above include: Hopes - a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen Dreams - a desired aspiration, ambition or ideal Goals - the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result Intentions...
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Beyond Employee Engagement...Creating Fulfilment at Work and in Life

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For years, employers have invested in Employee Engagement, Satisfaction Surveys and Manager Development aimed at inspiring staff to feel more engaged, more productive and 'happier' in the workplace. Typically, engagement measures the relationship between a manager and his/her staff (70%), and the connection between an employee and the wider organis...
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My First Year in Business

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Success, Happiness and Fulfilment comes in many forms, especially during the process of setting up and launching your own business. For me, these three elements can be summarised by the following: Success - building an income stream that has more th an matched my salary in the co rporate world; with potential to far exceed my hopes and dreams - est...
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Oneness vs Separateness - feeding two of our human needs

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As I watch the news recently, I am reminded of two of humanity's key needs which drive our behaviour, our progress and our growth. Oneness can be characterised as 'bringing things together', 'merging' or 'making one' while Separateness can be characterised as 'separating', 'disconnecting' or 'dividing into pieces'. Both states of being are essentia...
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Life on a Page

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Over the course of more than a decade of business coaching, I have always been inspired and intrigued by the impact of Plan on a Page, a one page document aimed at summarising a company's strategic plan. Verne Harnish, Stephen Lynch and  Results.com all contributed to my own Plan on a Page which can be downloaded from the Resources page o...
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Accessing Intelligence

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I have always been curious about humanity's individual and collective intelligence. I admire Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences) and Daniel Goleman (Emotional / Social Intelligence) as authors in this space, and have been inspired to simplify and expand on their models of intelligence. There may be an unlimited number of intelligence domains, g...
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My First 100 Days as an Entrepreneur

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Following 22 years of employment, I recently joined the ranks of the self-employed by launching my own business and personal development coaching practice ( www.chrismillercoaching.co.nz ). The business had been 2 years in development, with the service model, branding and client attraction / retention strategy constant areas of discussion with my c...
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Embracing a New Clifton Strengthsfinder Self-Assessment

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Following 22 years of employment in the corporate world, I recently set up on my own as a Business and Personal Development Coach (ChrisMillerCoaching).

Having taken my Clifton Strengthsfinder assessment over 7 years ago, I was curious to see how self-employment might influence my Clifton Strengthsfinder themes.

My old Top 10 (Dominant Themes) included:

Input, Activator, Woo, Communication, Learner, Positivity, Empathy, Includer, Intellection, Belief

My new Top 13 (Dominant Themes) are:

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Creating Your Dramatic Point of Difference, Blunt Overt Benefit and Real Reason to Believe!

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One of my marketing heroes, Doug Hall, wrote two fantastic books entitled 'Jumpstart Your Business Brain' and 'Jumpstart Your Marketing Brain'. I love Doug's work because it is fundamentally based on evidence, but yet his theories and marketing models also appeal to my imagination and intuition.

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Thriving Through Living Your Values

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What do you truly care about most?  How do you decide whether to 'invest' in success, happiness or fulfilment?  What 'rules' do you use to make important life and career decisions? Most of humanity is wandering the earth with the capacity to define or create their Purpose and Values, yet very few individuals have taken the time to do so. ...
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Searching, Discovering and Creating My Purpose

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10 years ago, my family and I immigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in the hopes of experiencing a new adventure, meeting new friends, and building a life we could be proud of. We have accomplished all of that and more, with the unintended side effect of searching, discovering and creating my Purpose along the way.

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Building Excellence Through Great Leadership and Management

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​ Leadership and Management are often mistaken as identical skills or talents. Either that or leadership is viewed as a 'superior skill' to management, based on little foundation whatsoever. ​ I would advocate that great organisations are built on the excellence of both great leadership and great management, and a recognition that these are separat...
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Inspiring Personal Engagement and Fulfilment

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For over 20 years, the modern workplace has been striving to lift employee engagement with limited success. While there is a clear correlation between 'institutional' employee engagement (as measured by the annual survey) and productivity, profitability, safety and turnover (Gallup meta-analysis), Gallup has also published numerous articles highlig...
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My First 30 Days as an Entrepreneur

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I have described the last 30 days much like anticipating a bunji jump for the first time. The excitement and adrenalin is palpable but so is the fear and anxiety. One month ago, I left 22 years of employment through 6 different corporate employers to set up my own business and personal development coaching practice (ChrisMillerCoaching). With Adapt...
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