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Christmas is just around the corner

We are now well into December, and only 2 weekends away from Christmas which is a scary thought, unless you are my 2 boys who are looking forward to the big guy paying them a visit!

To start off with, a few housekeeping matters;

  • The office will be closed on Thursday 14th December for a few hours from 11am – 2pm as we celebrate as a team with a Christmas lunch
  • The office will be closed from midday on Thursday 21st December 2017 to Monday 22nd January 2018. If anything comes up during this time then Steve can be contacted on 0274400046 or via email on stephen@ohns.co.nz
  • As a reminder, over the holiday period GST returns and provisional tax payments are payable on the 15th January 2018.

During my time off I will be having some great downtime with my family, and will also find time to reflect on successes and challenges of 2017. I love a good quote, and at this time of the year one that I always look back at is Albert Einstein who says “Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result”. I will be reflecting on what I need to change to make 2018 a more successful year. If there are aspects of 2017, be those business or personal that didn’t work, and given the wise words of Albert Einstein should change heading into 2018 then know that we are here to help.

I love reading and I am about to finish the book ‘Start with Why – How great leaders inspire action’ by Simon Sinek, a great read. Here is a link to his TedTalk on Why which and at almost 36 million views is 18mins of thought provoking watching,

From my reading, and watching his video’s I have been doing a bit of work behind the scenes and just wanted to share why we get out of bed each day;

Our purpose is to: To positively impact the lives of the people that we engage, collaborate and work with. 

We will do this by: Connecting people with everything they need to succeed.  Being the enabler of better business. 

As we work to live up to our purpose we are developing new services and one of those that we are proud of is our new status as a NZTE Capability Service Provider. This allows us to offer eligible businesses capability development services like workshops and coaching which can be part funded by NZTE. We will communicate our workshop timetable in early 2018.

One of my favourite planning tools is Now-Where-How. This looks at where you are NOW, WHERE you want to be within a specific time period, and then you set strategies and actions that deal with the HOW. I recommend that people find some time during the holiday period in to complete this exercise (or book in a time with me from late January on) and then share things with me, and we can then work together utilising the above capability development funding to execute and create accountability to make 2018 a great year for you.

The OHNS team and myself want to take the opportunity to thank you for being a valued part of our business in 2017 and look forward to working with you in 2018.

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Years and see you in 2018!