5 ways to improve your writing now

“Are you a professional writer? … Well.. do you write professionally?”

Standing before an audience of devs, designers, strategists, startup wranglers and web monkeys - Kate Kiefer Lee, [co author of Nicely Said and one of the crew behind content and communications at Mailchimp] managed to hit the nail“Are you a professional writer? … Well.. do you write professionally?”
“But Anya” I hear you say, “I know nothing about writing”.  Well let’s get started then, with 5 ways to improve your writing now. Look out for our next blog in this series about writing, all about crafting blogs.

Crowded Minds and Learning to Breathe.

Crowded Minds and Learning to Breathe.

Everywhere I turn lately I feel like someone is talking about mindfulness. It has been an interesting observation for me while going through a time where I have felt really stressed and disconnected, and find myself often getting really caught up in the emotions that come hand in hand with that headspace. It was brought to my attention recently that my most frequent answer to ‘how are you’ has been either ‘busy’ or ‘I’m ok’...for quite some time. ‘Busy’ is a lazy word. There is a lot to do yes. There is a lot to do and sometimes it feels overwhelming and a little stressful and that can leave people feeling like they are losing control. ‘I’m ok’ is almost worse. It’s the equivalent of saying ‘I’m actually not great but until I totally lose all control I won’t be exploring that any deeper’. Neither of those answers contains a shred of what I am actually feeling. Not that I think about that when I say them...because I don’t generally take the time to explore what I am feeling any deeper than ‘not great’. Many of us don’t.

A Year at BizDojo Wellington, Through a Resident's Eyes

Jackson James-Wood moved into the Wellington BizDojo in March last year as Pledge Me’s “Chief Media Wrangler”. Jackson saw our coworking community grow from roughly 48 to 140 residents and the physical space double in size. Caitlin caught up with him in his last week in the Welly Dojo before he hit the road to take on Auckland as Airbnb's new “Community Operations Guy”.

HR: Saying goodbye is hard to do

HR: Saying goodbye is hard to do

Let’s face it - the chances of having a 100% retention rate in any company is slim to none. And when you are a small team, just one person leaving can have a significant impact. We are a tight knit crew here at BizDojo and in the last year or two we have said goodbye to a few team members as they have gone on to pursue their passions, higher education and, with our latest departure, seek fame and fortune in New York. I have been doing quite a bit of reflection on this recently, and while I definitely don’t pretend to have all the answers, here are five key things that we have taken onboard to manage these exits gracefully....

Working styles and productivity: Harnessing your working style to unlock your amazing potential

Prior to my life at BizDojo, I did not ponder my working style. My boss told me where my desk was, I sat it in said desk and did my work. Oh how foolish we all were. These days, everyone from Fonterra to ASB are adopting active work spaces, full of hot-desking and furniture with strange names. Work tends to be more self directed, and increasingly more is asked of you. Which made me wonder if people take time to ask, so how is this space fitting my needs? And when and where do i do my best work?

Why Design Matters

Why Design Matters

Nicole our intern from Boston shares with us some of her observations about the difference a bit of thought and furniture reshuffling can make.

“Form follows function.”

That’s a design principle that was hammered into my brain over and over again in my operations technology and management class last semester. It seems simple enough, and yet it is so often disregarded.

Baby Boomers and the Sharing Economy

One of the things I love about taking Uber rides outside of New Zealand is the diversity of drivers. In NZ, Uber drivers are required to be licensed by the NZTA - which means pretty much every Uber in Auckland and Wellington is a taxi. In San Francisco, I’ve had off-duty bellhops; in Toronto, a film and television freelancer; in Sydney, I’ve had female drivers every visit.

This month I was in Sydney (again), taking Ubers (everywhere), and ended up in a wonderful conversation with one of my drivers, an older woman that I’ll call Mary-Anne....

A Kiwi at Startup Grind In San Fran

A Kiwi at Startup Grind In San Fran

Each month, I help run Auckland’s chapter of Startup Grind - an event series that sees amazing entrepreneurs share their stories with a room full of entrepreneurs. These are super honest, open and gritty conversations, and are pretty great to be part of. Because of my role in this, I travelled to San Francisco last month for the Startup Grind Global Conference. A week full of leadership workshops, Silicon Valley tours, amazing speakers, and a tonne of networking.

Dojo Change-Makers: A Mindful Approach to an Eco-Conscious Workspace

Dojo Change-Makers: A Mindful Approach to an Eco-Conscious Workspace

The past month has seen our BizDojo space in the John Lysaght building down in Wynyard Quarter grow in human occupancy substantially. The new John Lysaght Building on Pakenham West is now home to both the GridAKL project, and a thriving community of diverse and passionate BizDojo Residents. More people has meant more of everything. More energy, more skill sets, more knowledge, more challenge, more conversation. All of these are welcome and positive changes and embody the kind of personal and professional growth that we strive for. It’s not all speed dating and shared lunches though.

Having more people co-existing together also means more waste. More paper used, more coffee grind, more rubbish...more difficult to control or influence the environmental impact of our workspace. More difficult, but we believe, far from impossible.

Co-location + collaboration + (coffee) = catalysed concept

The following story is of a brand new business venture that as we speak is only a few days old.It may or may not be a success. We are excited to see.

What it illustrates though is how a collaborative and supportive environment like the BizDojo is the cauldron of skills and people where amazing initiatives like this one can and do explode into life, in this case literally overnight.