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Careers – are just like painting a fence….

I painted the fence over the weekend. Took me bloody ages and I got sunburnt in the process.

Whilst I was busy brush stroking away, it got me thinking that what I was doing –  was just like what we all do – or should do, when it comes to career management.


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I know I sound bonkers, but this is how I came up with this artistic analogy…

When you paint a fence – firstly you have got to be in the mood. There are lots of other things to do other than spend hours on end moving your hand left and right, up and down and getting paint splattered all over your face. You have to be up for it, ready and motivated.

When you paint a fence you have got to have a strategy. You have got to decide how you will approach the task. Will I do little circles, will I start at the top, will I do the edges first then splatter the middle bit like a game of paintball etc. You’ve got to plan it.

When you paint a fence you have got to learn as you go – the easiest and fastest way of getting it done. It may be that you do the posts first – as they suck up all of your paint faster, or that you do the tricky bits up front so at least you get them out of the way. You’ve got to be agile.

When you paint a fence you need to take a break. You need liquid hydration (especially in the sunshine). You also need to step back and inspect it and make sure you haven’t missed a bit or generally review it and fold you arms whilst being proud of your Michelangelo-like master piece. You’ve got to reflect.

When you paint a fence – you need to get some instructions from your boss (my Wife in this case) on colour and you also need to get an expectation on budget. You’ve got to get clarity.

So how does all this relate to Career Management?

Motivation. You have got to have a passion and love for what you do, otherwise, don’t bother doing it!
Strategy. Will my current role lead to another? How will I gain the right experience for my future? Where can I add value? What might I do next? You need a plan.
Agility. You have to be willing to, no more than that, you have to want to learn more. How can you develop yourself by learning from others? How can you expose yourself to new skills, tasks and challenges.
Reflection. You sometimes need to get off the hamster wheel and either take a break or take a look at where you are headed. Don’t get comfortable because in this world what is a career anyway? Or should I say, where are the old “jobs for life” that our grandparents did?GONE – thats where.
Review. You also need to take stock of what you have achieved. Where has it got you? What have you enjoyed the most and where have you added the most value to employers or customers?
Clarity. You need to get direction/advice/clarity what ever it is that you need to get on the right track.Talk to recruiters,networks, friends and family – they will often help to guide you to the right career decisions.

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Finally, make sure you do a good job or the wife will not let you have a nice cold beer without telling you off because “You’ve missed a bit…”

Disclaimer – this is not a picture of my Wife and she has a bigger rolling pin.








The first 24 hours of #Getin Ltd. Big up’s to #nzrec and #ozrec.


Welcome everyone to the amazing world of #Getin Ltd

What a day we had yesterday (2/3/15). We launched the business and then it all started to go a bit crazy…We set up our social channels and watched the numbers grow – and grow. IMG_3086IMG_3088

The response was overwhelming! We trended on twitter within a few hours and our phones bleeped, buzzed, vibrated and pinged.  Our good friend  Paul Jacobs asked us what the “fp” stood for in our twitter handle. Just to clarify to you all – it is “fp for fist pump!”  All in all a great first day.

There is more to come from us….we wanted to launch in a different way so watch this space for what we do next. We hope you enjoy it.

Launching a new business is a reason to punch the air! Let me tell you the story behind #Getin Ltd…..

You know that feeling, when you jump out of your seat, celebrate, fist pump, shout “Yesssss!”, “Come on!!!” or “Get in!”
Well thats the feeling we want everyone who works with us to experience. Business should be about those winning moments!



Mark Sumner and I have been helping employers and customers fist pump for donkeys years.


We are two passionate fist pumpers who find the how to help.  Some of the cool work we have been involved with has had lots of noise and heaps of success.


We implemented an augmented reality app for recruitment (believed to be a world first) when we worked together at ASB Bank.
I created my own personal branding campaign on twitter resulting in  a top 5 New Zealand trending spot!
Mark was named in the top 10 twitter users for our space – GLOBALLY.

And thats just in the past few months…

So if you are looking to find better, smarter, cheaper and faster ways for your business to attract Customers and Talent – give us a go!

You see Customers and people who want to work for you (Talent) should both love your brand. Since recruitment time began many innovative  recruiters have filled squillions of jobs by searching for the right person, right community or right channel and way to reach the right people.  Further to that, for the same since time began in recruitment years – candidates have been customers, purchasers and consumers of the same brands that have been trying to attract them.

Success in business should have more of those fist pumping moments – and boy do we want to share them with you.

So we have set up #Getin Ltd. We want to be different, fun and refreshing. No stale HR rubbish – no we can’t do this or couldn’t do that. We want to work with you to find the ways we CAN make a splash, noise and difference for your brand out there – be it attracting new talent or new customers.

#Getin will offer heaps of stuff. We have designed low cost and high impact products and services and already signed a few exclusive strategic partnerships with some pretty awesome companies.

If you want to know where you are at right now – you could try one of our “Discovery” sessions. If you want to find out how you can attract more customers to your brand using digital technologies and social media then make contact. Check out our new website for full details.

Give us a crack – you won’t regret it and you will have heaps of fun!

If you do – you’ll probably end up feeling like this – Get in!!!!


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 A typical day – Creative ideas free flowing in New Zealand’s best office space…