Better Business, Better Life – Issue 65

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As we head into another week, I take great pleasure in sharing my curated articles, tips & tools in a short read that will hopefully give you a few ‘aha’ moments as well as some laughter or joy. Most of all I hope it gives you pragmatic inspiration & helps you on your journey to doing what you love, with people you love, making a huge difference, being compensated appropriately with time to pursue other passions – #TheEOSLife.

Here’s this week’s business tip, life hack & find of the week… Some of them are original, most are things I have come across in my weekly pursuit of self-improvement & living a better life, through creating a better business. And don’t forget the inspirational quote, which you can download as a wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.

As always, if you find great things that you’d like to share then feel free to email me for inclusion in one of my weekly newsletters. I’m always looking for new & exciting things to share each week. And if you think someone else would like to receive the newsletter in their inbox, directly from my inbox (no newsletter apps used here!) then please let me know –


Are your Annual Reviews working?

When I used to work in Leadership in Corporates, we had a very in-depth annual reviews – One of them was around 14 pages that we filled out with our team. It was lengthy, it was in-depth & it was complicated. But worse than that, it was often way too late to tackle some of the issues – be cultural or job related. And it was very formal & documented to HR, which means people didn’t feel entirely comfortable with being completely honest about how they were feeling.

Fortunately I did a weekly catch up with each of my team members & we dealt with issues as they arose & I think we had enough trust for them to be honest with me.

However, since training in EOS & implementing it into our own businesses, I have found a better way.

In EOS we call it the Quarterly Conversation. And I thought I’d share this article which is written by a company implementing EOS,

“Imagine being able to sit down with your manager every 90 days and have a real, open, and honest discussion about how you are doing about what’s working and what’s not. That’s what our Quarterly Conversations are all about!

The Quarterly Conversation is an informal, face-to-face, one-on-one meeting for each team member and their managers to talk about what’s working and what’s not. It takes at least 15 minutes, but an hour is ideal. This dialogue should be a 2-way street – an opportunity for both to clarify expectations, to communicate well, to keep the circles connected, and if necessary, to make course corrections. Meeting at 90-day intervals is a great way to reset for the next 90 days.”

To find out more about this in detail & also about Level 10 Meetings, feel free to read the whole article:


The 3 secrets of resilient people

I had the privilege of seeing Dr. Lucy Hone speak at the Life education Trust – she was even at our table so we had the opportunity to chat a little too… And what an amazing lady!

If you haven’t heard of her & don’t know her story, Dr Lucy Hone is a resilience expert who thought she found her calling supporting people to recover following the Christchurch earthquake. She had no idea that her personal journey was about to take her to a far darker place.

Five years ago, the sudden death of Lucy’s 12-year-old daughter Abi forced Lucy to turn her academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances.

In this powerful and courageous talk, she shares the three strategies that got her through an unimaginable tragedy⁠—and offers a profound insight on human suffering.

Hopefully it gives you some insight into what she shared with us – that you can’t just think positive & everything will be ok. What we can do to build resilience, is choose the way we think & the way we choose to act & surround ourselves with a community that creates a sense of belonging due to connection to identity & culture.

And in the words of Dr Lucy herself, “Remember that Perfectionism is Toxic!”


Embrace the winter with comfy wellies!

Being British I am a huge fan of Hunter Wellies – but in reality they’re not the most comfortable for walking the dogs in…. And cheap ankle boots just don’t do it either.

So, if you’re like me & need to walk the dogs rain, hail or shine or you just enjoy doing some gardening in comfort then you’re going to love this weeks’ find!

Merry People make comfy & versatile gumboots, designed with superior technology to keep your feet warm & supported.

They have this beautiful neoprene lining so that they fit snuggly & comfortably & keep you warm… And of course they are 100% waterproof.

They’ve even done a limited edition with Karen Walker!

So, if you’re okay with buying Australian made, then they’re definitely worth the investment.


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”.” – Dorothy Spring

You can download this wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.


​If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools or would like to find out how I can help you achieve a better life through creating a better business, then book a free Discovery Call with me.

We’ll talk about what you want to get from your business & your life & come up with a plan to do that!

Debra Chantry-Taylor

Certified EOS Implementer | Accredited Family Business Advisor |  Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach | Speaker & Workshop Facilitator