So You Want To Start A Business?

Jun 20, 2017

Many of us dream of owning our own business – no boss to answer to, hours to suit us and holidays whenever we like. You have a great idea and want to start a business. The first question to ask is - do you have what it takes to make it a success?

Every year, more new small businesses fail than succeed. But that shouldn’t stop you – test your idea and yourself by answering these questions.

Do you have what it takes?
Running your own business can mean long, unpredictable days, with little respite until you start to make a profit. Reaching that milestone can take years.

You’ll need to be:

  • Passionate: If not, you’ll find it hard to keep going when you hit a hurdle.
  • Prepared to make sacrifices: You’ll have less money to spend and may have to give up hobbies and social activities, at least while the business is getting up and running. Make sure your family is prepared for changes, too.
  • Good at managing risk: It may take time to develop...
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Te Upoko o te Ika: Maui Mu Show - Whakawhanaungatanga

May 17, 2017

Aue! I was supposed to be talking about whakawhanaungatanga starting with yourself.

In my view you need to know yourself, accept yourself, love yourself and have a good relationship with yourself first, before you can engage and nurture great relationships with others.  

But no I went slightly off track.

It may have to do with the fact that I just delivered my speech at the Women On Boards Conference on "Finding Your Turangawaewae". Heoi ano it is what it is.

I would love to hear your comments. 

Mauri ora!

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Te Upoko o te Ika Radio: Maui Mu Show ~ Mehemea ka moemoea ahau ko ahau anake. Mehemea ka moemoea tatou, ka taea tatou.

Apr 19, 2017

Nga mihi o te wa e hoa. He rangi paki kei waho, no reira he rangi ataahua, ahakoa te makariri. He pai rawa atu ki te koreroreo ano i runga i tenei hotaka – Maui mu. Tau ke!

Tenei e mihi kau ana ki nga kaiwhakarongo. Ko te tumanako kei te ora ake tonu koutou! Ko te kaupapa matua, ko te mana wahine me nga wahine toa. Ko te korero mo tenei marama, Paengawhawha, na Te Puea Herangi. Ki au nei, he tika tana korero mo tatou - ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa no whea?
Anei tana korero ~

“Mehemea ka moemoea ahau ko ahau anake. Mehemea ka moemoea tatou, ka taea tataou.”
What this korero means for me within the context of leadership is this - Great leaders do not lead by themselves but with others making it possible to achieve great things.
You only have to look at Te Puea’s many achievements to understand this whakatauki. One such achievement is the establishment of Turangawaewae marae in Ngaruawahia.
Actually last week I returned home to...

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Te Upoko o te Ika Radio: Maui Mu show - Kaitiakitanga

Mar 15, 2017

On today's show Awhimai talks to Gaylene about Whakapapa - leadership is about knowing who you are and where you come from. You need to know, accept and love yourself first, embrace your talents and skills that have been handed down to you from your tupuna and share those gifts with the world. However before you can lead others, you need to begin by leading with yourself. 

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Te Upoko o te Ika Radio: Maui Mu show - Kaitiakitanga

Feb 15, 2017

On today's show Awhimai talks to Gaylene about Kaitiakitanga - leadership of service and creating leaders. I'd love to hear your comments. 

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How Doing Nothing Can Sometimes Get More Done

Nov 21, 2016

Do you know that some of the most profound business ‘tools’ are not necessarily the ones getting the most air time or marketing time. In fact, they’re not tools at all really. More like ways of ‘being’ that don’t get the credit they deserve when it comes to being a happy and well rounded wahine and running a business from a place of meaning and conscious intent.
Now, I don’t wish to discount the power of a good sales funnel, launch plan or marketing calendar. Yes, I have used all those things in my business (plus many more besides) to great impact and I will do so again. We all, both tāne and wāhine, need those more masculine, planned and concrete tools to help us get out there and make things happen. And how much we use them is a matter of choice.
However, what is not spoken of as much is the power of doing…nothing. Or if not nothing – then not much at all. Now that may sound totally crazy and counter intuitive to...

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How To Become More Productive

Sep 20, 2016

Be honest. You’re distracted, right? In fact, that’s probably why you are reading this blog post instead of working on that project you should be working on now.
Maybe you’re like my friend, Hiria, who told me she was having real trouble making progress on completing her assignment. “The deadline is looming,” she admitted. “But I can’t seem to get focused.”
I know the feeling.
If that describes you, I have good news. Here are seven steps to getting unstuck. They are not that revolutionary on their own. In fact you may say they are common sense - and yes, they are. But I find that common sense doesn’t always translate into common practice. If you give these seven steps a shot, together, they will be like a defibrillator for your productivity:

  1. Create a to-do list for today. Many people keep lists, especially those who have been inspired by David Allen’s GTD method. They have scores—perhaps...
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10 Common Mistakes in putting a Business Plan together

Jul 04, 2016

I’ve been helping a number of clients lately with their business plans and I’ve noticed some common mistakes keep surfacing. To begin with, many people underestimate the amount of time, thinking and patience it takes to put together a decent business plan. Often the reason they are ‘doing’ a business plan is because they're seeking a loan or investment to start or grow their business and they’ve been asked to present their business plan. So make sure you set aside sufficient time to work on your business plan and allow time for the many revisions it will take, before you get it right.

Here are 10 of the most common mistakes in putting a business plan together:

1. Not defining the target market
When working alongside my client I often ask who their target market is. And most people say everyone. They think that if their target market is too narrow they will have fewer customers. But no business will appeal to everyone.  It’s best to define...

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7 Business Lessons from Successful Women Business Owners

Jun 28, 2016

Entrepreneurship is attracting women all over the world with many building successful businesses. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand we have a strong entrepreneurial culture and its been said that wahine Maori are one of the most entrepreneurial group of all.  We like to follow our passions and ideas in a way that gives us freedom to serve, build, create new things and earn an income.
A few months ago, I invited wahine Maori business owners to participate in a survey I had developed to understand what their key drivers were. Their answers won’t surprise you but they did confirm what is generally known.
Wahine Maori start businesses for the freedom to live the way they want to. They want work that can fit around their personal lives and not the other way. Wahine with pepi and young tamariki want to be at home to care for their tamariki and still be able to earn an income. Some wahine had had enough of the office politics, the barriers to advancement in the workplace...

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Living By The 72 Hour Rule

Jan 18, 2016

So you've talked with your employees and consulted your customers, looked at your own activities,  established your sales and profit targets, reviewed your expenses, taken an aerial view of your company and your life within your business, spent time checking with your gut and have come up with a plan of action for 2016. After all that work, don't forget to take action and work that plan. And the sooner the better.

You may or may not have heard about the 72 hour rule, but if you are like most people, you are in need of enforcing it in some aspect of your life.  It’s all about preventing that devil of creativity and productivity: procrastination.  Simply put, the rule states that the longer you put something off, the less likely you are to do it, so you need to set a 72 hour window for yourself.
This applies to everything in our lives from fixing that leaky faucet to working up the nerve to ask that cute guy out, but it is particularly important in terms of...

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