The following waiver, courtesy of Anonymous (undated), is so good it's worth sharing: "I understand that during the course of my life I will be required to make decisions, such as where I want to live, whom I want to live with, where I work, how much fun I have, and how I spend my money and time, including how much time I spend waiting for things to get better and people to change, and whom I chose to love.

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In his regular column, Reg Garters (The Press, 04/02/2012) talks of the benefits of regularly reviewing one's personal and working life in the key areas of: physical, mental, family, spiritual, financial, social, community and business. He suggests after completing the review, to jot down the findings in an annual report to oneself. It's a great idea, as it encourages us to check the balance in our lives and to see where and what we are spending our energy and time on.

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Applications for next year's fellowships are invited by 31 July 2012. The Winston Churchill Trust enables a small number of Fellows each year to travel overseas and pursue ideas that will have a benefit to them and the wider community. For details contact Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, P.O. Box 805, Wellington. Phone 0800 824 824  Email:

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Another natty assessment is the Birkman Method® which examines aspects of behaviours and the motivations that influence them. The Birkman Method® questionnaire contains a total of 295 questions (!) and elicits success factors intrinsic to each individual and provides information that illustrates how people interact with one another. Moreover, the assessment predicts how people can effectively contribute to an organisation's goals. This assessment can be completed online or through a paper questionnaire.


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