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Tag Archives: coronavirus

Steady now FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited – Please Share!

It’s tricky trying to do what you love and also make a living. And although I’m busy doing what I love, the ‘making a living’ thing is proving to be a quite the challenge to crack. I’ve discovered that I love writing. Not academic writing: I can do it, but I wouldn’t describe my relationship […]

Preparing for Covid-19 in the Community When Borders Start to Re-Open

Let’s imagine that we have a vaccination campaign that has gone really well in New Zealand, with a high proportion of the population receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech jab. As more people get vaccinated, community protection also increases. Let’s also imagine that, globally, numbers of cases of Covid-19 have fallen dramatically, but pandemic coronavirus variants […]

6 Tips to Help You Stick to Alert Level Guidance

In conditions of uncertainty, or when we are not entirely sure how to act or what to think, we look to others for cues on what we should be doing. This is where we all need to act as leaders. To practise physical distancing, to wear a mask if we can. To wash our hands. […]

Remember the Canterbury Earthquake Rollercoaster? Covid19 is a Rollercoaster too

I remember back to when I first started pushing back in Central Government on NZ on the idea  that the Canterbury Earthquake recovery would be done in 2 years. This was the conversation that was happening in rooms in which I was being asked to provide advice, and appearing in documents too. One of the […]

Low Risk Does Not Mean No Risk: This is the Comms Challenge Now

Low risk doesn’t mean no risk.  This is the coronavirus comms challenge now.  Anger directed against what is essentially a highly mobile, adaptive and close to inanimate object whose sole purpose of being is to replicate itself quickly and widely doesn’t really make sense.  So we direct our ire towards the unwitting hosts of the […]

Words Matter: How Communication Becomes Critical in Tackling Covid-19

I REMEMBER CLEARLY saying to Sarah, my wife, in March 2020: “This is going to last a long time. My intention is to stick to the pillars of Structure and Empathy to guide the response and communication of it. I’m going to need your help. If I stray too far from that, can I please […]

SPOTTED! My book out in the wild: Have you seen it too?

It’s been over a month that by book Steady has been out, but it still gives me a kick seeing it out in shops, or people posting photos of where they’ve seen it, and when it’s arrived with them, or where they’ve bought it from. Have you seen my book yet? If so, be sure […]

“Steady” audiobook now available globally to buy

IT’S HERE! I’m so please to announce that my audiobook of “Steady, Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral” is now GLOBALLY AVAILABLE. And it’s also amazing to announce that the vocal artist I invited to partner with my on the project – Daniel Henning – has just been announced as a finalist in the […]

Steady Book Extract Exclusively on The Spinoff: The Lockdown YoYo

Given the re-emergence of community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, it seemed timely to offer another extract from my new book today, published by The Spinoff. I hope you find it useful.

There is no new normal. There is only change. It can be unsettling.

For some, this might have brought on a sense of deja vu. An evening press conference, being fronted by the Prime Minister. And lots of ‘abundance of caution’ appearing in the afternoon press conference. After an emergency Cabinet meeting this evening, the NZ Government has decided to #ActLikeItIsTheVariant in determining its response to the community […]