Tools are tools – they are not the answer.

Sounds a funny title but was chatting to a business friend of mine this morning on the way to the office.

We were talking about psychometric testing and how it had been used during our careers.  And how there were many new and amazing tools available now to help understand how we think and operate under different conditions and stresses.

A friend of my business partner is doing some great work using “Brain Training” to assist people process information and their thoughts better, especially in times of crisis or stress.

During my chats, I was able to recall my first exposure to this type of HR/management tool, a Human Synergistics test carried out in my first job back in the early 80’s.  Yes I’m that old now!

I was quite impressed with the results it gave and how accurate a picture it was of me at that time.  One of the key differences to other tests at that time was that it was not only a personal review/test but also a peer review.  So as well as testing how I saw myself it also tested how my peers/subordinates/boss saw me and identified any differences between the two.  It resulted in a subtile but safe performance review and identified some really key differences between how I thought I behaved and how I actually behaved.

One of the key findings for me was that I had plenty of career goals but no personal goals.

So I set about adding a personal goal to my life and 18 months later I completed my first and only marathon, The 1986 Rotorua marathon in 4:32.

Now in hindsight this was an opportunity to address a wider, more potentially damaging issue in my life – that I only had career goals.

But the tool and the associated advice was only focused on me and matching my life to a series of checks and balances rather than looking at the deeper personal issues that were affecting my decision making and the views I held of myself.

So the tool was awesome but the application of the findings and the interpretation of the results as they specifically related to me were missing.

Again in hindsight, they would have highlighted a dangerous trend I was on that would eventually lead me to burnout and a mid life crisis in my early 30’s.

So today, as I’m working with my buddy Patrick and introducing pscometric tests and other useful personal development tools I’m reminded that the tool is not the answer.

But rather the consideration of the findings through the years of experience and wisdom gathered by us both over our careers and then APPLICATION of the findings. It may sound obvious but it sadly is not.

And even the “peer” review aspect is sometimes missed.  How important is it in team development to know how you “appear” to others rather than what you think you are to others? Why is there a difference between what you think and what others actually see in you and your behaviour.

So as I end this post I’m just confirming that tools are great.  But it is the application of the findings to you personally and to your team that will result in positive change.

And that’s where a good business or personal mentor comes in – we see the bigger picture of you and, utilising our experience, wisdom and perception, can add different positive values, advice, guidance and support to you not only in your business or team but in your personal life as well.





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I would highly recommend working with Kim


Johnathan Warner | ProducerVideo Life

Kim has worked with us over the past three years, mentoring primarily myself, providing incredibly valuable input into our business and project development and even travelled internationally with me for a set of meetings.

His wisdom, insight into business, as well as the Kingdom of God had been incredibly encouraging and helped us through many crucial decisions.

I would highly recommend working with Kim.

Good stuff! Kim, you’re a legend


Nicola Moya Ghirardelli PhotographerMoya Photography

I attended a Dreaming with Purpose workshop very shortly after starting my own photography business.

Each speaker brought something which both grabbed my attention and motivated me to venture forward into something new and exciting, but with a new-found confidence. I highly recommend Dreaming with Purpose to anyone who is starting, or who has their own business (or dreams of doing so one day).

One of the defining moments for me was being reminded that I need to run my business with God’s integrity, not man’s integrity (Speaker – Keith Nicholson). Good stuff! Kim, you’re a legend for seeing people’s value and talents and funnelling them right into the areas they’re needed. Legend.


Kim helped me see the bigger picture


 Josh Crozier

When I met with Kim I came to him with some ideas for a business that I was about to dive into. He asked me some specific questions and gave me some good, directional advice.

Little does he know saved me from doing some thing that would’ve caused me a lot of stress and If I had hindsight I would’ve seen that it wouldn’t have worked out.

He helped me see the bigger picture. I’m now in the process of starting something that I love, a business that actually releases me and gives me time to do the things that I know I’m called to do.

It’s early stages, but I’m already seeing fruit.

I feel so blessed having Kim as a business mentor


Louise Averill
I feel so blessed having Kim as a business mentor as I begin to embark on an amazing business opportunity God has shown me.

The enormity of this vision is lightened by Kim’s confident knowledge, skills, direction, vision and encouragement as I take baby steps to tackle the business world. Kim is focused and works at your pace and while always maintaining Gods honour he continuall ignites the dream!

Thank you for your wisdom and the time you create to help me and others to stretch ourselves and be a blessing to others.


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Creativity and Gods timing – The ground is fertile for your seed!

I am personally bursting with creativity at the moment.

Its as if God has “turned on” a creative switch and now its my responsibility to “let it flow” and release the creative seeds inside me.

And its not just me – I’m witnessing an explosion all around me of people releasing creative ideas, ministries, business ideas and talents.

Through one of these connections, God spoke to me about this season we are in and how to get the most from it.

Its like God is rebirthing visions that were birthed about 2 years ago but the timing was not right then and they died.

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Inspirational Quote August 2014

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Living life to the max!

Too often I meet with people whom are stuck in the trap of living a mundane life – often based on their jobs and pressures of work.

Since when did your job determine your happiness or fulfilment in life?

One of the simplest tools in a business/life coaches armoury is to help people see their “entire” life and recognise the possibilities in each segment.

Our life is not just our work or our marriage or our children or our study – it is all of these and more.

So we need to recognise the different components that make up our lives and live each one in a way that brings satisfaction. And if one component overwhelms all the rest them maybe that is an sign of an unbalanced life and its time for significant intervention! Read more