• Governors: Now is Your Time to Shine

     

    When I did my Company Directors’ Course with the Institute of Directors in New Zealand on my way to becoming a Chartered Member, I always remember something we were told in one of the sessions. The facilitator reminded us…

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  • All Epochs Fail. Eventually.

     

    Warning: Another Covid-19 related post (kind of) I got into an argument this morning on Twitter (I know, hard to believe, right?) after I suggested that perhaps we are seeing the tech industry’s day of reckoning. You see for…

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  • Race report – The Old Ghost Ultra 2020

     

    My fifth outing at the Old Ghost Ultra (see my previous race reports, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), and perhaps the most special one yet. The short version I ran the entire race with Yonni and we both managed a…

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  • On communicating with your investors

     

    Not a tech story per se, but one which relates to everyone working within the tech industry. Most readers will probably know me for my writing – after fifteen years and many thousands of articles, I’ve left digital breadcrumbs…

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  • On Democracy, Governance and Representation

     

    So… I’ve been thinking. I know that’s always a worrying statement to make, but bear with me. Currently, in New Zealand, we’re going through local body elections. For those reading overseas, this is the process whereby, every three years,…

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  • Off topic, but important: My submission to DoC’s Conservation Management Strategy

     

    Regular readers will be well aware that I am a runner and specifically an ultramarathon runner. I have competed in a very special event, the Old Ghost Ultra, all four times it has been held and have waxed poetic…

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  • Don’t try and scale.. unless you’re ready to

     

    The other day I was tasked by son #1 to purchase some running gear for him (because, after all, a father’s role is to be a perpetual bank account for his son, right?) Anyway, I went to my favorite…

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  • Race report – The Old Ghost Ultra (2019 edition)

     

    I’ve been racing the Old Ghost Ultra since its inception back in 2016 (see my previous race reports, 2016, 2017, 2018). The Old Ghost is my favourite run bar none. From a purely scenic and terrain perspective, it abounds.…

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  • Quick bites – On human frailty

     

    I’ve been thinking lately about our expectations on CEOs and leaders generally. Having a variety of different roles, as an investor, director and consultant, I’ve had the privilege of observing leadership dynamics over a long period of time. I…

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  • Quick bites – execution, execution, execution

     

    I’m lucky enough to spend time with entrepreneurs and leaders from a raft of different organizations, and recently I’ve been thinking about which patterns are the ones that indicate potential. Of course, it’s not black and white and every…

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