Welcome back to work!

Today is my first day back at work, which also coincides with the predicted weather bomb set to hit New Zealand.  When I peer outside the skies are a dull concrete colour and the rain is lashing the pavements.  I notice people scuttling past with their umbrellas screaming as they bend in the wind.  Cars…

Day 15: Reflect on your work successes

As we head towards Christmas, it useful to look back on the year and to reflect on your work challenges and successes.  Not only does this give you a sense of what has been achieved over a significant period of time, but it also allows you think about opportunities you may wish to grow and…

Day 13: Be inspired through real stories

Have you heard of the Auckland Humanity Project? If not, then I’m mighty glad that you’re reading this now! The Auckland Humanity Project features videos of Aucklanders responding to a single question.  The responses are shared via their Facebook page and other digital channels.  According to their website: together your experiences tell a bigger story and…

Day 12: Donate to those in need

I read an article today that said the hundreds of people lined up at the Auckland City Mission to receive food parcels and other essential items in the lead up to Christmas. It wasn’t just a few people.  It was HUNDREDS.  It saddens me to think there are so many people out there who are…

Day 5: Get wet!

  We are so lucky to live on an island in the South Pacific.  We have easy access to beaches and waterways and usually do not have to drive far to access water.  Given the dry spell we’ve been experiencing lately, a planned or spontaneous trip to the beach is a must!  Just remember to…

Day 4: Check out FREE live music

Every summer, Auckland Council puts on a series of free outdoor gigs in different locations in Auckland.  I have been attending these for many years and love the variety of the acts.  In the past I have listened to jazz, reggae, rock, classical, swing, pop, acoustic… the list goes on. Depending on your mood, you…

Day 3: Get creative with chalk

This weekend I went down to the Coromandel to celebrate my twin nephews birthdays.  With the assistance of their dad and older sister, they drew some fantastic shapes and drawings on the driveway using coloured chalk.  It looked so effective when peering down from upstairs and it totally brought a smile to my face! I had…

Recruiter tips and insights for job seekers

Yesterday I attended a CDANZ breakfast panel discussion entitled “Applying for a Job” What do candidates need to know about the recruitment process? The panellists included recruitment specialists Katy Lloyd (Talent and Culture Manager, Accor Group), Holly Sheldon (Recruitment and Talent Advisor, Foodstuffs) and Jacqui Shore (People and Performance Advisor, Delegats Wines). The three specialists…

Show gratitude towards others at work (everyday!)

I absolutely adore this quote.  It represents the hope in our lives, providing the energy that keep us connected, grounded and kind. Showing gratitude puts you in a state of reflection where you see things, actions, people and memories in an appreciative way.  When you express gratitude towards others, your face softens and you become…

Pacific perspectives on career development

Talofa lava, Kiaorana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Kia ora koutou and greetings.  Last week a panel discussion focusing on the Pacific Perspectives on Career Development featured at the CDANZ National Symposium in Auckland.  The panelists included: Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Samoa, Tokelau) , Councillor – Auckland Council Dr Jemaima…