This is what I’m up to at the moment – I’ll be updating this page at random, either when I start something exciting, or I remember that it exists!
Last updated: November 2023
House and home
2023 feels like it has been the year of trying to keep monarch caterpillars alive long enough to reach maturity as a butterfly!
The wasps have been insane in the last 12 months, and I’ve lost countless caterpillars to them. I’ve finally hit on a solution involving frost cloth, bulldog clips, and lots of crossed fingers! And I’m looking forward to a summer of releasing these beautiful butterflies out into the wild to continue the lifecycle.
I’m also looking forward to a summer of reading, cooking, and hosting gatherings at my house for friends to connect, hang out, and have fun.
Health and wellbeing
After 18 weeks in a moonboot in 2022, and another 8 weeks in 2023, I finally gave into my specialist’s recommendation, and had a cortisone injection. It’s early days in my rehab journey, but I’m feeling positive about it, and am following my physio’s instructions to the letter!
My goal is to complete a half-marathon in late 2024 – the event I’ve got my eye on will happen just a few days before the third anniversary of my original foot injury, so it feels like great timing to celebrate my return from injury.
My foot trouble has made me press pause on some of my volunteering. I’m looking forward to supporting Kindness Collective Foundation with the Christmas Joy Store – we’re aiming to help out 20,000 Kiwi kids this Christmas!
And I can’t wait to get back to front-of-house at social restaurant Everybody Eats, a fantastic organisation that tackles food waste, food poverty, and social isolation. There are restaurants in Auckland (Onehunga & Glen Innes) and Wellington – check them out if you’re in the ‘hood!
There are so many benefits to volunteering, from the personal psychological boost, to having a positive impact in the world, to meeting new people and strengthening community ties. I gain so much from my volunteering experiences that I can’t imagine life without them.
I call myself an “accidental” creator. I never set out to make a product, but it became inevitable once I saw the way that some well-known strengths approaches failed to help people make the most of their entire array of capabilities, not just their strongest strengths.
I’ve had an amazing response to the book already, and I can’t wait to see where it turns up around the world. If you’ve got your copy, why not take a selfie with it and email it to me? I love posting the occasional reader selfie collage on my social channels. If you don’t yet have a copy, grab yours from the Store, or check it out on Amazon or your favourite eBook platform.
In August 2023, I recorded the audiobook version of ‘Unleash Your Awesome’. Check it out on your favourite audiobook platform – and if you can’t find it, please email me so I can get it on there.
The Strengths Deck
The Strengths Deck continues to go from (ahem!) strength to strength, for my coaching and corporate clients.
I run 1:1 and group Strengths Discovery sessions – why not set up a session for yourself, or get a bunch of friends or colleagues together? I promise that you’ll have plenty of “aha!” moments, and you’ll enjoy the process of clarifying your strengths, weaknesses, and everything in-between. And you’ll walk away armed with powerful, practical strategies to use your strengths to create the life and work you’ve been dreaming of.
My coaching clients light up my world! I work with individuals at a variety of career stages – some are very senior leaders looking to hone their practice, others are just getting started and find it useful to have someone they can talk about their challenges and successes with.
From job changes to career progression to delivering sustainable high performance, my clients want to show up fully human and fully awesome, and they’re using their personal strengths to make that happen.
I have capacity for two new 1:1 coaching clients in early 2024, so book your call if you’d like to talk about how working with a coach can help you get better results with more ease, energy, and fun.
Training & Facilitation
I work closely with several fantastic corporate clients on strengthening their leadership practices and leadership team culture. The workshops are insanely good – we see everything from laughter to tears, and everyone digs deep to consider their impact, hone their skills, and show up as the best versions of themselves.
I keep a strict lid on the number of 1:1 and corporate clients I work with so that they get the very best of me, every time. I will be opening up limited spaces for new corporate clients in 2024 – let’s chat if you want to level-up your leadership team and practice, for sustainable success.
I am always keen to meet more interesting people, so I’m often out and about at networking groups and events.
I’m a member of the Auckland Executive Club, a wonderful group of women from a range of industries who meet monthly for networking, dinner, and a speaker. Find out about our next event here, and if you’re signing up for a ticket, put my name down as the ‘Guest of’ and ‘Seated next to’, then send me an email to let me know you’ll be coming along. We’ll have a grand old time meeting in real life!
Outside of formal networking, I love meeting people online or in real life to share a cuppa and our stories. I’m constantly energised and inspired by the people I meet, and I’d love to get to know you better. Drop me a line if you’d like to book an Auckland-based catch-up, or book yourself a slot in my calendar for an online meeting.
What I'm excited about for 2024
In October 2023, I kicked off research for my second book, which will be aimed squarely at emerging leaders, and those who lead them.
I’ve lost count of the number of people who have told me “They promoted me because I was good at what I did, but they didn’t teach me anything about leading people”. I was fortunate that my first leadership role was in a company that was committed to developing all staff, whether in leadership roles or not, and my boss was an amazing coach and mentor.
I want to make it easier for more people to have that experience, so the book will be a practical guide to the skills emerging leaders need to be effective leaders, and will help established leaders to create a solid leadership pipeline, to prepare people for their first (and subsequent) leadership roles.
Other things I’m looking forward to in 2024:
- Summer weather – after a pretty rotten 2023, this summer is shaping up to be a scorcher, and I’m excited!
- Rolling out some new training programmes and workshops for my corporate clients
- Developing the keynote side of my business
- Continuing on, and perhaps even expanding, my Personal Mastermind book club