Make no mistake we all have a choice when it comes to where we put our time and energy when it comes to making change. And with research unequivocally highlighting that even when all the rights process are in place only 30% of any change initiative gets to see the light of day the decisions you make are critical in any change you decide to make.

But here’s some excellent advise that is helpful in successful change initiative:

Make it Business (Skills) and Behavioural (People) based. By doing this you are complimenting both the soft skills (the why?) and the hard skills (the how?) and these combined make for a powerful mixture that will aid in getting a successful change initiative outcome.




Hailed as one of the key reasons behind the success of British Cycling Marginal Gains is an important principle all athletes, teams and organisations should take note of. In the graph above if you take two people who make a commitment to a new goal - lets say running a marathon. In the beginning while one sits on the couch and watches TV (normal behaviour) and the other person goes for a short run 3 x per week (new behaviour) in the beginning the distance between them is very small (almost unnoticeable).

However as time passes and they both continue in this vein the gaps widens and so do the results. One has accepted the changes and the new paradigm while one has rejected it. Over time this 1% gain (creep) begins to make a big difference in their attitude, their results and even how they look and feel.. This along with paying attention to the smallest details (like taking your own pillow when competing or training abroad) to seek even a 1% (or even smaller) gain is the philosophy behind marginal gains.

For more info on this performance principle check out this short video with Sir David Brailsford (who popularised this the theory of marginal gains as the High Performance Director of British Cycling)

Keep looking for those gains.




Over 2500 years ago Hippocrates said that “health is your first wealth”. Health forms the very foundation for our performance. Here are the essential elements of that health.

Thoughts - controlling your mindset and developing resilience (mental and emotional toughness)

Breath - maintaining good health to ensure you have good posture and breathing patterns.

Sleep - maintaining good sleep habits and getting a minimum of 7-9 hours sleep per night

Movement - having a good exercise regime that brings health to all parts of the body

Nutrition- eating a good healthy (whole food, natural and raw foods) diet

Hydration - maintaining excellent hydration practices.

All of the above should be maintained as a regular practice (daily). Doing so allows you to have energy to contribute to activities and projects that will require tapping into higher level cognitive abilities. When your health is compromised you spend all your energy trying to get back to normal.

Apply the above principles and make health your first wealth




Vince Lombardi was one o the most revered coaches to ever take part in the NFL. So much so that the Super Bowl Trophy was named after him - the “Lombardi Trophy”. His coaching philosophy led him to becoming one of the most successful sports coaches of his time. Even in little old NZ we all knew the name of Vince Lombardi for the feats and accomplishments he was attaining. One of his mantras was “ASK YOURSELF THE TOUGH QUESTIONS”.

This piece of advice is as true today as it was the first time it passed through his lips. This includes

  1. Self Knowledge - or “Know Thyself” you can only improve those things you are aware of.

  2. Learn from Failure - failure can bring some of the toughest questions of all. If you answer them fully and honestly you will learn many valuable insights.

  3. Don’t Run for the Sake of Running - make sure you are heading somewhere beneficial / purposeful.



To operate at the highest level requires living above the line. For high performers the blame game and victim mentality have no place. Its too easy to look for excuses rather than taking responsibility for your actions, thoughts and behaviours.

Living Above the Line Requires:

  1. SEE IT - Recognise that an issue exists. See something then do something - have the moral courage to address the issue at hand. Remember that which you walk past you accept.

  2. OWN IT - Take FULL ownership of the issue. This is the only way to truly learn.

  3. SOLVE IT - Be open to all opportunities and options to learn. Be solution focused - not problem focused.

  4. DO IT - Take positive and affirmative action to live the new behaviours into life.

Living above the line is challenging because its easier to “blame”. The world class however will not fall into that trap as thats ignoring ground truths that will only comeback to haunt you when you least expect it.

Live above the line and you will lead your pack well .




In 2013 James Kerr published the exceptional book “Legacy” based on the lessons we can learn from the All Blacks - the most successful sports team on the planet. i have been fortunate in my career to work alongside many All Blacks and the staff who lead this wonderful team and organisation. All of them understand the responsibility they have to keep the All Blacks Legacy strong, relevant and alive,

So as the 2019 RWC begins in Japan lets remind ourselves of one of the important lessons that we all must apply if we are to write our own script and leave our legacy - wherever that maybe.

Our Lesson - CREATE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (Leaders Are Teachers)

Accomplished leaders create an environment in which their people can develop their skills, their knowledge and their character.

Let the Games Begin - Write Your Own Legacy






Confucius was a practical philosopher from the East who lived during the period of 551-479 BC. Loosely translated Confucius means “Master of Masters”. In his work he left us many key principles of leadership, below are a few worth implementing in your daily work:

  1. Central to the role is that all functions performed by an action-oriented leader relate either directly or indirectly to achieving the task, both at the stages of planning and execution.

  2. Achieving the task calls for decision-making. Give careful thought when making decisions, but don’t waste time thinking too much.

  3. Always remain flexible and be willing to adjust your plan as you implement it. “One thing is for sure” said President FD. Roosevelt. “We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at that moment. If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along”.

  4. Central to the role of a leader is the expectation that he will enable others to achieve the task. Leaders who fail to deliver success in this area of responsibility will seldom survive for long.

Lead Well - LTP



Thoughts From The East



As paradoxical as it sounds, many teams, groups and organisations are “NOT” pulling the oars of their boat in the same direction.

This may sound crazy but the truth of the matter is it is happening often. So often in fact, you could almost assume this is what is supposed to happening. Here’s a quick tip – it’s not.

If you are not convinced that this is taking place more than you would like to believe, try the following. Next time you visit a sports team or any other organisation for that matter, take some time to ask a few individuals what they see as the number one priority for their team or organisation at present.

You can almost bank on the fact you will get a variety of answers. Many, no doubt will be well justified (at least to that individual or sub groups thinking), however very few answers will lead you to the conclusion that they are operating like a finely tuned rowing crew moving through the water.

Often termed the “silo effect” what may start off as an innocent idea to do something different, or what someone has deemed important, can lead to small breakaways occurring until a point is reached whereby an individual, or group, are heading in a completely different direction to the rest of the team. Yes, they are busy, but far too often busy doing the wrong things.

This, however, is where world class teams are different. No one is questioning that everyone else wants good results and outcomes. That statement is almost a given for any competitive team. The difference, however, is that world class teams understand that to achieve getting the oars to hit the water with unity, precision, timing, and direction requires excellent leadership, focused effort and attention.

So how is this achieved?

  • Build a cohesive leadership team that is absolutely crystal clear on its vision and mission and sets out very clear priorities for going about achieving these objectives. The bottom line is everyone is on the same page and can quickly and clearly articulate what they are about and what they are doing to achieve these outcomes. NOTE: This should not curtail or discourage innovative ideas and creative thinking taking place. The key is to utilise these skills to support and enhance the ongoing work towards the key objectives.

  • Invest heavily in leadership and personal development for your team members. Continually grow and develop your people – they are without question your biggest asset.

  • Clearly inform all team members of the key priorities and objectives on a continuous basis. Develop excellent checking systems to regularly review work and priorities whilst at the same time ensuring you remain open to feedback and further input by maintaining a sense of both flexibility and agility.

  • Continually communicate your priorities and objectives. Strategic drift and slippage can occur quickly so if anything, never be afraid to OVER communicate and clarify your priorities and objectives.

  • Test your assumptions. Have an independent person select team members and leaders from time to time to query the clarity on tasks and priorities. Much like a secret shopper, this can give you quick and important feedback with regards to how well things are understood and being implemented.

Allocate resources in line with your priorities. Whilst this may sound obvious it helps further communicate stated objectives. If certain resources, equipment or funding are not available then those activities will be far more difficult to complete.

World class individuals, teams and organisations operate like a flock of geese in flight, that is, they are well organised and work in a synchronised fashion knowing that this is the most efficient and effective method to travel to the desired destination as a group.

Geese do not take chances when it comes to deciding what function each member will have when they are flying in formation. All of them are clear on their roles and responsibilities and how these contribute to the overall plan, priorities and targets being set. For the flock of geese this level of clarity extends to the point whereby when one of the flock is injured or becomes tired other geese will drop back to assist by doing the harder work of leading and making a slip stream to assist the tired or injured bird to fly with less effort.

In essence then, leading in a straight line is about setting clear priorities whilst remaining flexible and making sure you have a cohesive leadership team that is communicating this message so it becomes the focus of everyone on the team.

Yes, challenges and obstacles will crop up but… your ability to stay on course rather than stray off course will be far greater because you are crystal clear on the tasks you are doing and how they are contributing to the direction you are heading.


Greg Muller is a premier leadership and elite performance coach. He has trained and worked throughout the world under many of the worlds best leadership and performance coaches. For more information about his products and services please go to

20 Amazing Inspirational Quotes to Change your Life


20 Amazing Inspirational Quotes to Change your Life

Here are 20 great classic inspirational quotes that that will help inspire you.

1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~Mark Twain

2. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”

~Jack Kerouac

3. “What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.”

~Alan Watts

4. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”


5. “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

~Jesus Christ

6. “It is better to perform one's own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another. By fulfilling the obligations he is born with, a person never comes to grief.”


7. “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man's-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.”

~Pema Chödrön

8. “Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.”


9. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”


10. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

~Eleanor Roosevelt

11. "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

~Helen Keller

12. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”

-Albert Einstein

13. ”I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

~Thomas Jefferson

14. ”Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

~Pablo Picasso

15. “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.”

~Washington Irving

16. “Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

~John R. Wooden

17. “Change is not a four letter word… but often your reaction to it is!”

~Jeffrey Gitomer

18. “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

~Tom Lehrer

19. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

- Zig Ziglar

20. “If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.”

~Marie Osmond


Six Leadership Lessons from Westpoint

Six Leadership Lessons from Westpoint

Six Leadership Lessons from Westpoint by Don Yaeger

1. You can’t lead people you don’t know. 

As a leader, it is important to know your colleagues on a level beyond the workplace. In the case of a West Point cadet, they told me, this simple notion could actually save lives by having a deeper sense of each other’s health, safety, fears and motivations. No matter your occupation, this lesson is essential in building camaraderie and trust within a team.