Today I get to talk to Seth Gleeson about how you can reduce stress & overwhelm through getting the right people in the right seats.

For nearly a decade, Seth Gleeson and Datum Projects have been making life easy for brands, consultants, and contractors alike. Born from a desire to work in a more client-centric and solutions-driven environment, the business leverages Seth’s 25+ years of retail and commercial fit-out experience to run a business focused on great people and great service.

Datum is very much an extension of Seth and his career. After serving a shopfitting apprenticeship post-school, he spent 14 years in the industry over in the UK before making the move to New Zealand. By the time he started Datum Projects a couple of years into his time here, he’d had enough of below-average workplace cultures. He set out to create a client-centric, solutions-driven business – and create an awesome place for other shopfitters to work.

After nearly a decade, Seth’s grown the business to encompass 50 awesome staff, a 2,500sqm factory space, and projects across the country. With a specialist team across various trades and a thriving in-house joinery factory, Datum Projects offers full-service solutions and expert advice on all areas of the fit-out process.

Although his main role now is ensuring that the team has everything they need to succeed, Seth is still very much part of the fit-out process. He loves working with clients and the team to ensure every fit-out is successful.

Can’t wait to hear what he has to share with us about his personal journey!

Really looking forward to talking to Suzi McAlpine on the launch of her new book – “Beyond Burnout – a New Zeland Guide. How to spot it, stop it and stamp it out.”

A leadership coach, award-winning blogger and keynote speaker, Suzi works alongside CEOs, managers and executives to facilitate clarity, direction and optimal performance in the areas people need it most.

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations.

Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in many guises. Her experience has included being a head-hunter and executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm.

Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and leadership development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand. She has worked with IAG, Weta Workshop, The Department of Conservation, Contact Energy, Merchant (Overland) Footwear, BDO Accounting, and Nelson Airport to name a few.

In 2012, Suzi started The Leader’s Digest, now an internationally acclaimed blog, which provides tips and insights to CEOs and executives around the globe. The blog has been named in CMOE’s Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs, Serve To Lead’s Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs, Charles Specht’s Top 50 Global Leadership Bloggers, Hubworks Global Top 25 Leadership and Management Blogs and MP Star Financials’ global Top 25 Leadership Blogs for Small Business.

In 2018, she launched an online leadership programme for emerging leaders, The Leader’s Map. The programme fills a void in the leadership arena, teaching leadership skills and providing support to people who are thrust into roles in which they must lead. The programme gives emerging leaders the necessary tools to succeed in their role.

Suzi has used her expertise in the leadership space to write a book on burnout and how leaders can create environments in which people, as well as profits, thrive.

In this podcast, she will share some insights, actionable tools & practical tips for Leaders & businesses of all sizes.

Dave is a Kiwi born entrepreneur, who grew up between the bush in the Waitakeres, and working on an organic farm in his teenage years. Dave’s connection to the land and his Maori heritage, has seen him bring a unique set of sustainability value into a variety of businesses.

Dave has owned over a dozen businesses and a charity, as well as holding several board positions.

Each with (or under pressure from Dave to have), triple bottom line reporting.

Most have won environmental (such as SBN) and business (such as Westpac) awards. Philanthropic focus saw Dave’s attention move to charity and supporting startups, particularly those that improved environmental outcomes, which is where his current journey with the other co-founders of CarbonClick began.

Dave was a founding trustee of Sea Cleaners Trust, but has since channeled all his focus into CarbonClick. When Dave handed over the reigns at SeaCleaners, they had removed over 200 shipping containers worth of plastics from NZ’s marine environment. A testament to his values of just doing it rather than talking about doing.

Dave sees the struggles people have, when they aren’t connected to the environment around them, and his concern is that the disconnect is becoming stronger as we are left with less of it every day.

The very environment that supports every one of us. Dave is on a mission to restore these opportunities, through supporting projects that have strong biodiversity and social outcomes, and sharing these stories with individuals, encouraging them to reconnect.

Join us at 4.30pm today to hear Dave talk about Better Business, Better Profit from his perspective.

Do YOU celebrate success?

Justine from Your VA has met with success after implementing EOS into her business 🎊🎉

While it’s early days, she’s had 📈 wins.

And isn’t she happy 😀

Milestones achieved.

Investing in EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, comes risk and reward but when it’s the latter, you should celebrate your success.

How do you celebrate❓

What would it look like if you achieved your targets❓

So, if you want some EOS success in your business, I’d love to have a chat.


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Who would have thought that by the end of 2020, we’d all know what Zoom was 🙄

Back in January we thought Zoom was going really fast 🏎

But now, it’s one of the most recognisable tools for online meetings.

Bigger than Skype!

All it took was a pandemic and we all feel comfortable being on a web conferencing site.

So comfortable in fact, people are embracing Zoom calls as opposed to regular one on one face to face meetings.

It’s changed the game for so many people.

And as Justine of Your Virtual Assistant mentions in her video today, I too have embraced 🤗 the platform to deliver the EOS training for her business.

✅ EOS has changed her world along with Zoom.

How often do you use Zoom in your business and has it changed the way you operate❓️


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Are You Working IN or ON Your Business?

All companies undergo periods of growth 📈

Periods of growth are turbulent for any company, as they are inherently unstable and carry risk.

In practice, there will always be barriers 🧱 impeding growth.

It is both the will and the ability to overcome these barriers which enable a firm to grow.

The will, as an extension of the entrepreneurial spirit, is needed as there are many companies which stagnate due to their unwillingness to take the risks associated with growth.

While growth may appear risky compared to temporary stability, stagnation in a high-tech company increases the risk of failure.

Innovating in response to changes in the market is a good way to mitigate risk.

Careful planning can decrease risk ✳️

Being able to anticipate the majority of risks involved and successfully navigating them is what allows firms to grow.

In my video today with Natalie and Candice, we talk through their growth and the key mindset shift was focusing working on rather than in the business 🤔

What risks are you mitigating for growth in 2021❓️

Are you planning now to decrease those risks later❓️


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