Slowing Down Time With Intentional Living

I have been working hard on living intentionally over the last few weeks and I’ve noticed one key thing. Time slows down when you focus on what’s important to you. After work, the evening often flies past as we manage meals, homework, showers and stories for the kids before collapsing on the couch for some … Continue reading Slowing Down Time With Intentional Living

Lean Leadership – Using PDCA to drive improvements to the next level

It happens in every system. You find a problem, record your current state, experiment towards the target vision, come up with a fantastic solution and feel that great sense of achievement from making your environment better. Time passes, your system is in place and working, you even see some improvement in your system. However, it’s … Continue reading Lean Leadership – Using PDCA to drive improvements to the next level

Lean Leadership – Why you must celebrate those tiny lean successes

I’ve heard it many times from really successful managers. “We’re doing improvement, we’re just not documenting it.” My eyebrows always raise a bit when I hear this particular phrase. That’s because the manager is missing a fantastic opportunity to energise and motivate their team with the magic of recognition and celebration of success. As an … Continue reading Lean Leadership – Why you must celebrate those tiny lean successes

Minimalism – The difference between Need and Want

School is about to go back here in New Zealand and our family has been discussing covering exercise books. Now I hate covering exercise books with a passion. I'm sure whoever invented contact paper was a sadist. Every year as the holidays end, the reality of covering exercise books looms and this year we have … Continue reading Minimalism – The difference between Need and Want

Intentional Living – I don’t need a target to make progress

How are you going with living your intentions so far this year? As usual, I’ve been struggling a bit as I continue to adjust from being on holiday to living in a more structured, purposeful way. This morning, I realised that the way forwards is easy. All I have to do is just keep doing. … Continue reading Intentional Living – I don’t need a target to make progress

Intentional Living – Why I’m building new habits for a new year

As part of my intentional living plan this year I am working on building some better habits. Now I’m not a huge fan of exercise. Mostly because it’s hard, uncomfortable and never involves sitting on the couch watching Netflix while eating cookies. However, as I move further into my forties I know that staying fit … Continue reading Intentional Living – Why I’m building new habits for a new year

Intentional Living – Plans, Pitfalls and Too Much Christmas Cake

As I emerge from the fog of a couple of weeks of not thinking about anything more stressful than making it to the airport on time or ensuring that everyone got enough helpings of Christmas cake, my mind is moving back into the planning stage of re-establishing my routine for the next few months.