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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