Saturday, March 22, 2014


“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” -Simon Sinek

I found this quote in second place in a site listing 30 inspirational quotes (you can find here) and tihnk it deserved first place. Engaging people who work with oyu and for you is so importnat. I once read another story from Gallup researchers showed that showed 17-29% of employees are fully engaged at any one time in most work places. Would this contribute to you enjoying your managment role?

7am on a March morning in Dunedin and my team are engaged

Using an analogy of a Soccer team (choose your own sports team or band maybe), can you imagine only 3-4 players aref ully focused on winning and giving their best. They described the categories of engagement as actively engaged, disengaged and actively disengagd, actively disengaged! What?!

This shocked me at the time I have to say, and to be honest I recall being there in that place a couple of times... . Most people do not want to be there. Most people want a purpose worth turning up for, they want acknowledgement that they have many skills and lots of experience and the space to be able to employ their best effort. 

I once went to a Managing Performance workshop and enjoyed the section on engagement. It did surprise me that 2/3rd of the day was on managing others performance, that is making sure people do their jobs or how to move them carefully out. 

When I coach I can tell you I like to be prepared, I like to do the best job I am able at that time to get the most from my players, their leanring, the teams development and their enjoyment. After all Enjoy Management is the name of this blog. I retired from playing football this year after 41 years, and the last 8 years threatening to. I stopped to focus on coaching, giving back, but mostly because the accumulation of injuries meant I couldn't give my best, and this was frustrating.

I suspect our team mates and employees (or family members) want to give their best too. Are we enabling this? Do our systems, process and culture support this? Our feedback, comments? Or do they feel continually hamstrung (that was my problem on the field).

Enjoy management, enjoy finding and working collaboratively to engage anyone you deal with. It is so worth it. I'm listening to an old favourite I got off iTunes, Bob Dylan's "Jokerman". I can't imagine what it would sound like if Bob couldn't be bothered writing the last half of this song, and the band or recording artists were actively disengaged. "Oh Jokerman you know what I mean".

Take good care of your self and your loved ones.

Richard Kerr-Bell     rangipointcom

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Enjoy Management Thinking



"Awesome is playing to the the size of your heart, not the size of your Audience" - Jon Acuff
I love this quote that I read recently in reading Jon's book, Start. 

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Which ever way you cut it, someone needs to lead, and leading by its nature is ensuring you have a perspective that is bigger, wider and hopefully deeper than others, as they rely on you knowing where it is all going. One challenge, enjoy leadership, you make a difference.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Exciting Times at CapableNZ and Maori Business Road Show

"If you want to cross the water, you have to leave the shore"

Tomorrow morning we begin the first of a series of speaking engagements presenting on behalf of CapableNZ, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Kupeka Umaka Maori Ki Araiteuru (Southern Maori Business Network) about the qualifications and the world leading way our degrees can be accessed by people. These are Wednesday 12th June at the St Clair Resort Chart Room at 7:45am, The Rydges Hotel in Queenstown, 5-7pm and Invercargill's Ascot Park Hotel Thursday 11-1pm June 13th.

Lou Davis, Bachelor of Applied Management -Te Ora Hou

To find out a little bit about our Assessment of Prior Learning and Work Based Learning qualifications watch the movie here LINK or HERE (you will need to press space bar to stop it on each frame for this one)

While we have National Certificates and Diplomas, our most popular qualifications with Maori are Bachelor of Applied Business and Bachelor of Social Services our qualifications. These are assessed again a Graduate Profile (what a taught student would know) and you would be surprised just how much experience you have!

Often it isn't until later people mention they coach or manage a Rugby League team or Club, that they are the Chair of a Land Trust Board, or maybe you have sat on a School Board? 

Our Learners include professional athletes  or amateur athletes with years of experince in training, coaching, being part of a team, a leader, managing, or organising players, teams and administrators. If you have run businesses',  catered for tens and hundreds on Marae,or part of a team that runs a Marae, have you run courses? And a whole range of experiences that develop skills and knowledge that a facilitator (Otago Polytech provides) links to theory or accepted beliefs in your area of expertise.

If you have over 5 years in an area and especially if if it 10 or more you have something precious to pass on, knowledge and skills developed at the work place.

Keep your eyes hear because we also are in the final stages of putting forward a new Major in our Bachelor of Applied Management we can assess you for, Maori Organisational Leadership! Tumeke.

Another "hot" qualification is the Masters of Professional Practice and its little cousin, the Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice. These are Work Based meaning you don't have to leave your job to complete them (like all our qualifications). In fact your work  will provide the context, place and issue, opportunity, challenge or new knowledge potential for you to base this qualification on.

Did I mention you can name what area of speciality you want on your masters of graduate Diploma?

Masters of Professional Practice in: ______________(You fill in the gap). E.G. Strength and Conditioning, Film, Occupational therapy, Business, Strategy, Coaching, Landscaping, Organisational Culture, Change Management, Health Service Management, Global Leadership (Actually we have that underway!)

So catch us if you can, we will be filming at least one of our presentations and making it available on you tube soon. (Made by our year 3 creative design students)

Naku noa

Richard Kerr-Bell          MaoriBusinessNetwork

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The right seat on the bus and all that

 "If you aren't comfortable, and enjoying the journey, it might be time to listen"-Richard Kerr-Bell

Sometimes it can be irritating to hear the same metaphors repeated, and related to book titles and so on. This one though seems to make too much sense!

Right seat, right bus, right time? Enjoy your ride
If we have any awareness what-so-ever we know in those quiet honest moments and even in moments where we feel exposed that we are indeed in the wrong seat and sometimes even on the wrong bus.

A few years ago I literally found myself in the right seat on a plane going to my destination but it was the wrong plane, mine was an hour later. So this tells me something about timing and readiness and patience.

Often we can notice others who seem unhappy, uninspired, disinterested and downright negative. Often these people need permission to move out of the seat, off the bus, and to do something completely different. They have spent too long in an uncomfortable seat (yes the metaphors and analogies are being exercised without restraint but doesn't it make things so clear!).

In my second year in the Marist seminary the rector asked me if I wanted to be there, and I was relieved that he asked because I did not. It is not always possible to jump or shift for economic reasons and a few others I am sure, but the mere acknowledgement is a powerful step in creating a more enjoyable atmosphere.

It behoves us to examine our motivation, our energy and passion, and our commitment to a cause or the cause we find ourselves in and question it. It makes a big difference to our lives and those we led and work with or live with and life is too precisions to take away our own or another's sense of purpose or contribution.

Listen, learn and check the seat you are in and the bus you are on is comfortable, at the right time and heading in the direction you want to go.

Enjoy your ride
Richard Kerr-Bell
Academic Leader

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lead Your Self

Most folks are as happy as they make up there minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

The world rewards self starters, this might be another way of saying it rewards those who take action, and even more simply put, life rewards you if you lead your self.
Dad in Canada visiting relatives, he used to idolize cowboys!

The opposite is where we can or have spent some time too, in the whinge till something changes category. More often than not the things that bind us we are responsible for keeping them there even if we were not responsible for putting them there, and there is a difference. Lead your self.

Almost any environment where there are people and a task in front of them, some people choose to ask "how can I do this better?", what can I do to improve everyone's lot?" and so on. A good friend once told me when I felt I had missed out on offering a thesis for my degree as this had been changed to other forms  of assessment, do it anyway, don't wait to be asked, just do it".

Leading ourselves seems a prerequisite for leading others. We will be challenged by change, by unforeseen events, constraints, limitations and frustrations. Some will annoy us or be jealous, and our reaction determines our growth, our learning to lead because in the end all of it, all of life is grist for the mill, is an opportunity to lead, to grow, to learn.

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

 Written by Kent M. Keith, but Mother Teresa had it on the wall of her convent. It was originally called “The Ten Paradoxical Commandments for Christians”, and he wrote it when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard.

Lead your self and you should never be bored, at least that has been my experience so far!
Take care

Richard Kerr-Bell

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Leadership is partly attitude

"Any fool can  make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction" - Albert Einstein

This evening my daughter and I went to watch the Wellington Phoenix Football team play the Melbourne Heart at the Forsyth-Barr Stadium here in Dunedin. To put this in context, Wellington have not won a game in about 6 or 7 and are currently bottom of the A-League competition.
Jeremy Brockie celebrates goal with Paul Ifill

Two nights ago we went to buy tickets in town and on our way towards the ticket seller we saw three of the team at a local cafe. I lent over and as our leading goal scorer Jeremy Brockie was facing me I wished them luck and said we would be at the game. In an easy manner he smile andsaid that would be great.

Tonight he scored a fantastic goal and the team won 1-0. I have watched him over the last few weeks and he always gives his best, he doesnt yell at other players, and he seems to keep his character at all times, this is truely a leader, leading with attitude, an attitude that will not let anyone of anytihng distract him from his focus and most importantly, from himself. I love that.
Em and I Supporting the 'Nix' Dunedin

My daughter was given the choice of a players 'card' to have and I suggest Jeremy Brockie, she opted for that one and he sighned her card and flag, a true champion.

Go the Phoenix! And thanks for bringing the game to Dunedin.
(PS Jeremy, next time you get stuck without A-League coverage come over and watch with us)


Richard Kerr-Bell

Monday, February 25, 2013

What ever it takes

"Love and do what you will" - St Augustine

I reflected today upon my current role and a boss I had a while back. She said (and I am paraphrasing) "I don't mind what you are doing, as long as you can justify what it is you are doing and where it fits in the big picture". I loved that and I found it motivating. This type of thinking allows the imagination and diversity to exist and promotes innovation and energy in your staff.

"It is people not principles that change the world"  Time Magazine cover, let your people go!
I think most creative and passionate people thrive on being trusted to use their expertise in the direction of what makes a difference and advances the goals and intention of the wider organisation or strategy. I am inspired also by my current boss who shares this approach, "if you think you can make it better, go for it".

This may be the difference between leading and managing. A manager maintains the status quo and ensures the performance is where it should be. A leader dos this while looking, planing, and moving things to new and greater heights. One is not better than the other and each when applied appropriately enables others to thrive,  I do think though there is a distinction and one should be clear what one is wanting from a different position.

So for what it is worth, try asking the question, "What can I do to help you do your job better?" rather than being so directive and prescriptive, the fun gos, and you draw less than 60% from someone willing to give so much more,

Take care

Richard Kerr-Bell