With the turn of a new year, many of you will be setting goals, thinking about how to move ahead in your career and how to achieve work/life balance. We are therefore delighted to bring you a 3-part series of Kiwi Hacks, featuring top tips from the Network’s own Jude Sclater, a highly experienced team development specialist. Over the next three months, Kiwi Hacks will be dedicated to addressing the most common development themes we all struggle with; how to get promoted at work; how to manage work/life balance; and finally, managing yourself and others in the workplace. So get pen and paper ready and let’s get into it!
Our network is full of connected people, but when it comes to knowing who’s who, it’s fair to say Tania is up there with the best.
She has an endless supply of energy for getting involved and helping make things happen within the Kiwi Community in London, Her passion for all things Kiwi is infectious, so it’s no surprise that she has made it to the short list for UK New Zealander of the year along with Comedian Jarred Christmas.
Organised by the New Zealand Society (UK), the winner will be announced at the Waitangi Day Charity Ball on Friday February 7 in London.
Through her role as Kea New Zealand's UK and Europe Regional Director, Tania brings together her passion for people, events and networking to enable Kiwis to succeed globally. Her role is about helping individuals and businesses connect to achieve their goals.
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
Author: Susan Kain
Reviewer: Merryn Corcoran
Written in 2012 this non-fiction book by Susan Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness"
The first buds of Rebecca Page’s entrepreneurial spirit sprouted when at 10 years old she would put on performances at home and sell tickets around the neighbourhood at 50 cents a pop.
With that kind of intrepid approach, it’s hardly surprising that today, three decades later, she has a team of six fulltime staff and a burgeoning online business selling online patterns around the globe.
Online sewing patterns? You may be forgiven for thinking that sounds like an obscure or niche sector but in fact, as part of the sewing sector with an annual value of USD 50 billion, it is anything but. However, the path Rebecca took to marrying her commercial bent with what she previously had considered a mere hobby, was a winding one.
Rebecca set up her first business at age 19 whilst at Auckland University when she noticed queues of people wanting to get their assignments typed and spotted an opportunity. She didn’t actually own a computer so went out and purchased one, thus chalking up her first business expense. She put up a sign offering her services for typing up assignments, which she squeezed in between classes and in so doing, paid her way through university.