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March 2010-Newsletter

Cornerstone News-March 2010

Greetings

Already we are in month three of a New Year, and for those who may be interested another two New Years events are upon us.


Chinese New Year is an event that lasts approximately 15 days, and coincides with the first new moon of the New Year. The date on which festivities begin, thus changes, and this year festivities began on February 14th.
Fifteen days later the Chinese will celebrate with a lantern festival. And this year they celebrate the Year of the Tiger.
The other new year that I will be looking forward to is a new New Zealand film called ³Matariki². Matariki is the Maori New Year. But it is also a new film directed by Michael Bennet due for release this month. Look out for a very good actor by the name of Jason Wu. I auditioned Jason for a play that I co produced a couple of years ago, and it is great to see him in what should be very entertaining film.

A must see when it comes out

Time to start training

The great Arnold Palmer once said ³The more I practiced, the luckier I became² Much of the training we do now is all about reinforcement of known information and data.

For example, health and safety training should be run yearly. These training sessions go over the same information and ensure that all our staff are updated and reminded. For us, it is an important time to practise.
Over the last two years, many companies, big and small called a halt to external training and using external trainers. As we find ourselves getting busier again, it is definitely a time to restart our training programmes.
These training sessions are important to ensure that we are reminded about our key principles and processes, and that we all continue to work productively and safely. They are also key ways to ensure that when something new is introduced, that all staff are taught by people that teach and train these new principles effectively.

By giving yourselves and your staff the opportunity to practise, like Arnold Palmer, you too will become luckier.

People in key seats

This summer we have seen an increase in work, and it has been great to think that there is a little bit more confidence out there in the business world.

As we see an increase in the workload, we, like other companies, are gathering as much information as possible to ensure that when we take on another member of staff, that this staff member will be for a role that will make the best economical and value for money addition to the team.
For us all, as we make a measured and calculated increase in our staff numbers, we must ensure that the new person is given the ³right seat to sit in on the bus².

If you haven¹t read Jim Collins¹ ³From Good to Great² it would be a ³must read².

“Those who build great organizations make sure they have the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, the right people in the key seats before they figure out where to drive the bus. They always think first about ³who² and then about ³what².”

Careful consideration on “who”.

The eyes are the windows to your soul

If you want to know how one views the world? Have a look at their eyes.
The way a person sees the world is based on the view their eyes gives them.
Have a look at a persons eyes. You will quickly gauge the view that they receive.

If a persons eyes are wide open and rounded, this person looks at the world with an open and expectant view. They would be optimistic and to a degree have an untainted view.
Conversely, if their eyes are narrowed in any way, then they have limited what they want to see.

If a person has a hardened view of things, they will straighten their lower lid and be short, sharp and direct.

Again, if the tops of the eyes are hooded and covered, the person has a protected view of the world. They are looking at things guardedly. They are unsure of what they are seeing, and will be very cautious and calculated in their approach.

Look also for sparkle and shine. Or tired and dull. But don¹t stare. It¹s bad manners.

Walk 1, Run 1

If you really want to get fit again and lose some body fat, Walk 1 Run 1 is a brilliant way to do it.
The only equipment you need is a good pair of running shoes, the lamp posts out on the road side and thirty minutes a day. You could take some plastic cones down to the park, but your usual walking track/route will do.
Start out at a steady walking pace and allow yourself 5 minutes to warm your legs up. The when you¹re ready, jog one(1) lamp post, then brisk walk the next. Keep this up for another 20 to 25 minutes, and I can assure you that by the end of the session, you will have raised your heart rate to a fat burning zone, and you didn¹t have to push yourself into a competitive running state.

Walk 1, Run 1 is a low impact fitness building fat burning alternative to your programme that works. Walk 1 Run 1 is easy, sustainable and effective.
Walk 1, Run 1 is great for those who want to up the intensity, but cannot go straight into jogging.

Walk 1, Run 1 works because the run section allows your heart to elevate, and while you are walking, you get recovery. The recovery rate should not be so long that your heart rate drops significantly and by the time you are at the next lamp post and jogging again, your heart rate will be up at optimum again. Once you are in the groove, you heart rate should be operating at close to optimum, and you have recovery.

Give it a go. It works. I know.

The Cornerstone Team