An awesome tool

The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment has released a draft document on the future of business for New Zealand – and this is now open for consultation. One of the trends being examined is purpose led business – something that should be of interest to all of us. Have a read here and IContinue reading “An awesome tool”

Sorry but I won’t work with you

We all talk about values in our organisation, but how often do we use them to turn work away? I was writing up a business plan for a start-up and following conventional advice, I was defining who the target audience was. I was nailing down a good description when it hit me. For an authenticallyContinue reading “Sorry but I won’t work with you”

What a brilliant idea!

I came across this social enterprise and thought it was an absolutely brilliant concept. Recycling not only needs to use (often) large amounts of energy, it is also becoming increasingly problematic as supply out strips demand for the finished products. It’s great we all put plastics out for recycling but if they end up sittingContinue reading “What a brilliant idea!”

Why “The Optimistic Cynic” ?

Optimistic by nature, cynical by experience. People often ask me why I use the name “The Optimistic Cynic”. The simple answer is ‘the name picked me’ but here is what it really means for me: I’m a passionate believer that people basically want to do good. It’s not always easy but with the right support,Continue reading “Why “The Optimistic Cynic” ?”

No going back

“There’s no going back to the old normal. Innovation, agility, resilience, and a lot of hard work will be required to build our new economy on a more sustainable basis post-Covid19. The people with experience doing this are entrepreneurs, and it’s never been more important to encourage and support entrepreneurial activity.” Join us in helpingContinue reading “No going back”

It’s up to you

If we want the world to be a better place, we need YOU to stand up: Never forget your why, Talk with passion and inspire others, Be brave enough to take risks, Stand up for what you believe in, Your actions should prove your words, Let your values guide all you do, Celebrate your successes!Continue reading “It’s up to you”

I have a cunning plan

My goal is “A world where business and purpose collide”. Basically, this means a world where we have thriving communities supported by thriving businesses. This is an optimistic goal, and one where the cynic says hang-on, I can’t change the world. This is true, but my cunning plan is to help other people change theContinue reading “I have a cunning plan”