Blog

New blogs are published most months. You can select from the category list or just scroll down to see what interests you.

Eight Radical Ways to recalibrate life and work

18 Oct 2020

Eight Radical Ways to recalibrate life and work

Too much emphasis has been place on a planned and analytical approach towards recalibrating life and work. How can we know in advance what we really want to do (and be) without trying different things?

Taking a Sabbatical During Lockdown

01 Oct 2020

Taking a Sabbatical During Lockdown

Taking a sabbatical has plenty of advantages yet very few individuals choose to do so. I spoke to two managers about their experiences of taking extended leave during a pandemic.

Lifequakes and Tips for Successful Transitions

12 Sep 2020

Lifequakes and Tips for Successful Transitions

Our lives no longer follow a predictable pattern of life stages. Significant events (lifequakes) are reshaping our lives with increasing frequency. We need better tools for managing change and transitions.

Ocean adventurer finds new calling in Nelson

16 Aug 2020

Ocean adventurer finds new calling in Nelson

After 15 years at sea an ocean adventurer founded Age to Age, bringing older and younger generations together to learn from one another.

Age or Attitude - what matters more

30 Jul 2020

Age or Attitude - what matters more

Our attitudes towards ageing are shaped by many things including our own views. This can lead to reduced expectations of ourselves and how others see us.

The Power of Friendship

22 Jul 2020

The Power of Friendship

Good friends do us a power of good. So why do we struggle to make time for friends in our busy lives when they are critical to our ability to succeed and thrive?

Juggling work, life and learning

14 Jul 2020

Juggling work, life and learning

Life is often a juggle between work, personal lives, and the things we enjoy. At different life stages our priorities shift. We can choose to change at any time, learning from experience and being open new ways of doing things.

How much preparedness is enough

06 Jul 2020

How much preparedness is enough

The Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call to be prepared for major disruptions, other than those precipitated by pandemics.

Coming home

30 Jun 2020

Coming home

Coming home feels pretty good after you’ve lost your way a few times. Finally reaching your destination is so much sweeter when you’ve overcome setbacks along the way. My latest transition began with a relocation.

Successful transitions begin with endings

18 Jun 2020

Successful transitions begin with endings

Successful transitions involve endings, a neutral zone and new beginnings. Radical new beginnings start with endings. Sometimes there is no clear path ahead.

Ten job hunting tips when times are tough

04 Jun 2020

Ten job hunting tips when times are tough

It's a challenging time to be looking for work. More workers are competing for jobs as companies struggle for survival during Covid-19. Here are ten tips for job hunters.

New opportunities after redundancy

04 Jun 2020

New opportunities after redundancy

Being made redundant in mid-life is not easy. Too often we hear of older workers missing out on jobs they are well equipped for. But redundancy can create new opportunities.

Tasman sculpture garden dream comes true

02 Jun 2020

Tasman sculpture garden dream comes true

You’re never too late to live your dream. A dream came true for Lauren Kitts at age 60 when she opened her sculpture garden.

Being a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor

25 May 2020

Being a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor

What does being a BBBS mentor mean to me? Giving back, acceptance, growing together, fun and friendship, being valued.

12 Tips for dealing with change and transitions

06 May 2020

12 Tips for dealing with change and transitions

A global pandemic has been a wake up call on how we cope with major changes and transitions. Here are some transition tips for those facing significant challenges.

Observing physical distancing with Covid-19

29 Apr 2020

Observing physical distancing with Covid-19

Five weeks of lockdown under Covid-19 have brought some unexpected benefits but may also lead to unintended consequences.

Local government looking in the wrong place on climate change

06 Mar 2020

Local government looking in the wrong place on climate change

Many local authorities have declared climate emergencies and made climate change response declarations that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are missing the point.

Are you overlooking opportunities when managing risks?

27 Feb 2020

Are you overlooking opportunities when managing risks?

Are you missing opportunities when managing risks? Thriving organisations combine managing threats and opportunities. Too often managing risks is reacting to threats. We can do much better.

Overcoming Fear of Messing Up

18 Feb 2020

Overcoming Fear of Messing Up

Fear of messing up (FOMU) can strike at any time, no matter how experienced we are. Wanting to be better and do better is part of our human condition. But fear of failure can freeze us out of taking action.

Getting smarter about major disruptions

05 Feb 2020

Getting smarter about major disruptions

Major disruptions can stop, or drastically affect, business continuing. We need to be smarter about preparing for major disruptions, global and local.

Being SMART about procurement

23 Jan 2020

Being SMART about procurement

Every procurement decision involves some uncertainties - threats and opportunities - for you as the buyer and for your supplier.

Start by knowing what your risk is to

19 Dec 2019

Start by knowing what your risk is to

Sounds simple doesn't it? Maybe not. We have lost count of the number of times we are called in to help when risks are seemingly out of control.

A better working life - sooner and later

09 Nov 2019

A better working life - sooner and later

Longevity is bringing into sharp focus our changing demographic landscape as we look towards a future with more people aged over 65 than under 15 years.

10 tips for creating an age inclusive workplace

01 Oct 2019

10 tips for creating an age inclusive workplace

Businesses that embrace age diversity and inclusiveness are more likely to succeed with a more stable and high performing workforce.

Rediscover the joy of lifelong learning

14 Jul 2019

Rediscover the joy of lifelong learning

Lifelong learning helps us stay connected with others, opens up more work opportunities and improves our quality of life.

Winning ways to enhance wellbeing

05 Jun 2019

Winning ways to enhance wellbeing

Wellbeing has been getting a lot of attention lately. What can you do to strengthen your own well being?

8 transitioning tips towards retirement

31 May 2019

8 transitioning tips towards retirement

Retirement is a transition rather than a destination. Think about where you are heading instead of what you are retiring from.

Fresh insights for mid life workers and employers

20 May 2019

Fresh insights for mid life workers and employers

Listen to my podcast with Niki Gunning on job hunting tips for mid-lifers and better ways for employers to retain midlife workers.

Sustainable work - what and why

16 Aug 2018

Sustainable work - what and why

Our working age population is shrinking while the retirement population is expanding. We need to think differently about the nature of work to keep it sustainable for longer.