The power of all that we share

A few updates from us below and some thoughts on the power of all that we share.
— Josh & Emily

The Power of...


I recently came across this very clever and inspiring advert created by a TV Station in Denmark ("All that we share").

It highlights our natural tendency to box people and how wrong our assumptions can be.

When watching the video it struck me that there are many similarities between this exercise and 'StrengthsFinder Team Coaching'.

If you watch the 3min video, you will see that barriers begin to disappear, as people begin to appreciate and understand each other at a deeper level.

I have seen this same shift also occur in team coaching sessions.

If you are looking to draw your team together we can help. The power of understanding our similarities and our differences is undeniable (especially when the conversations starts with and is focused on people’s strengths).

Team Building Using Strengths

Emily and recently invested in additional training, so we can now offer team and partnership (or couples) strength coaching. 

Team coaching is a hugely powerful tool which leverage StrengthsFinder, to help you get the best out of your team.

Understanding how your team members best function and how you can better work together to enhance your overall outcomes (while also doing more of what you love) is an awesome way to improve team dynamics.

From a management perspective the gains are also clear. Team members who actively focus on using their strengths are 600% more likely to be engaged in their jobs and workplaces.

// If you are interested in a team building strengths coaching session please get in touch or check out our website for additional details

Creating & Sustaining Momentum

Hope all is going well in your world. A few thoughts on creating and sustaining momentum below. Make sure you watch the 3min video clip - well worth it!
— Cheers Josh & Em

Addington Coffee Co-op

Some thoughts on creating and


It is often said that a ship going nowhere is impossible to steer. The same is true if you have ever had the opportunity to ride a jet ski. 

So how do we create and sustain momentum within a project, business or community organisation?

Emily and I recently attended a seminar by Antz Watt which addressed some of these questions.

Antz was one of the co-founders of the Addington Coffee Co-op, the Addington Intentional Community and has been involved in a number of other community facing initiatives.

I believe StrengthsFinder and strengths coaching has a lot to offer in regard to understanding ourselves and others.

Here are Antz's 5 Keys to sustaining momentum:

1. Know what makes your team tick

Understand what motivates them, what success looks like in their eyes, why they are involved, what makes them laugh or cry, what they dream of. Tell stories which connect with them. 

2. Remove Barriers

As far as possible remove barriers to working together or achieving the objective. This can sometimes be simple steps and at other times take considerable patience and growth from ourselves and others.

3. Lament Well

Ant's observation was that when change or loss was acknowledged and processed well, it draws people together. If it is not, then it can have the opposite effect. All change (even if for good) involves loss of some kind. 

4. Celebrate Well

It is really important in a team context to celebrate together and enjoy each other's company. Sometimes we get too focused on getting there that we forget to enjoy the journey.  

5. Speak in the Kingdom

In order to achieve a vision you often need to speak it into reality. Sometimes casting the vision many times before people are ready.

Speaking in the kingdom is a continual process, your team need to see progress towards your objective. It is really important to keep noticing and highlighting the small steps of progress towards your goal. Leaders need to become good telling the stories of small change in order to build and sustain momentum.
— Antz Watt

Thanks to Antz for his insights. If you are keen to find out more about the Addington Coffee Co-op, Jailbreaker Roastery or their Fair Trade Store - check out their website


How to start a movement

How to start a movement - 3min

This is an exceptional talk which has been watched by over 4 million people and captures some key leadership lessons in less than 3 minutes.

His use of a video featuring a crazy guy dancing at a music festival, very effectively shows the power of the first follower. 

Embracing Vulnerability

I have recently been doing some thinking around vulnerability, limitations and strengths. So I thought I would share a short story and couple of thoughts. 
— Josh Bruce



Inspirational Speaker

My story starts with an inspirational speaker named Cam Calkoen. I recently had the privilege of hearing Cam speak at KEA INSPIRE 2015. 

Cam is a very talented speaker in his own right and was a finalist for young New Zealander of the year in 2010.

However, what struck me most about Cam, was not the fact that he had Cerebral Palsy or the fact that he had gone on to achieve NZ representative status in Athletics.

I was struck by the fact that he had successfully turned almost every limitation or vulnerability he faced into a tool, story or point of difference to help him convey his message and connect with his audience. 

I recently had a discussion about this with a good friend of mine, who has faced more than her fair share of challenges. Her comments were, that although it seems counter intuitive…

“...often when we express our vulnerabilities we gain, rather than loose the respect of others.”

The more authentic and confident in who we are, the more easily we can connect with others. 

I believe this to be true. Our natural talents only become true strengths when we add character and skill. It is in the process of accepting and expressing our vulnerabilities that we often gain the self-awareness and character needed to grow in our strengths. 

Cam was an amazing example of this. Being comfortable with who he was, allowed him to own the stage and connect on a much deeper level with his audience than other might have done. 

Which left me thinking how can I do this in my own life. Can I turn my limitations into a tool for good? Can I embrace my vulnerabilities like Cam Calkoen? 

Thanks to Cam for his inspiring message and also for approving my use of his image and this small part of his story. If you wish to be inspired check out Cam on you tube or visit his website and book him for your next event


If you are keen for another perspective on either limitations or vulnerabilities being embraced to their full potential, then check out these TED talks. They are two of my favorites.


Embrace the shake. 10min
The story of an obsessive artist who develops a hand tremor condition that means he can no longer do the thing he loves. His message is that creativity is enhanced by limitations not lack of them.

I agree. Our own Kiwi number eight wire culture of innovation is due to limitations and creatively making do.


The power of vulnerability. 20min

Brene share an interesting perspective of vulnerability.

She refers to those who live life fully, as the whole hearted and her core message is this:

"Those who live whole heartedly, had the courage to be imperfect. They had compassion first for themselves and then for others. They had connection as a result of authenticity – they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be and embrace who they are. They fully embraced vulnerability and saw the things that made them imperfect, were also the things that made them beautiful."