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James Kerr is a Creative Consultant and Author of
Here he talks to John and
Karen Frost about his values approach to leadership
and how this is influenced by his native New Zealand
culture.
Who and What have been your main influences in
life in terms of how you lead and manage yourself
and others?
In
Legacy
I talk about JoJo, my grandmother, as one of
my main influencers. She had a real curiosity and a
genuine interest in people which gave me a great role
model early on. In addition to this influence I consider
my personal values key to how I lead and manage my-
self and I believe your cultural background defines
your values.
Coming from New Zealand is therefore a real influ-
ence. The New Zealand culture is best captured in the
All Black’s culture; making a connection and being
able to contribute are a way of life. This is comple-
mented by a desire for excellence and high expecta-
tions. Then the most powerful value in New Zealand
culture, for me, is humility because it gives sustainabil-
ity. Ego and the behaviours that are demonstrated
through ego are not valued.
How do your own personal values influence and in-
spire the way you live your life?
I like to be collaborative, both in my personal and
work life. I feel we have a short time to make a differ-
ence and our actions reverberate, so it is important for
me to do work that is significant. I also value a sense of
connection, especially with my family. Then, true to
New Zealand culture, I value humility and not getting
ahead of myself. I also like to keep R Buckminster
Fuller’s words in mind; he said, ‘you can never learn
less’.
How have your personal values shaped the way you
approach your work?
I always ask myself, ‘how do I make a difference?’
Interview with James Kerr
I also like to keep R Buckminster
Fuller’s words in mind; he said, ‘you
can never learn less’.”
I consider my personal values key
to how I lead and manage myself and
I believe your cultural background
defines your values
.”
Book Review
Laughology: Improve your life with the
science of laughter
by Stephanie Davies
Laughology: Improve your life with the science of laughter
,
by Stephanie Davies, is a practical self help guide to using
laughter and humour as a life skill to enable you to com-
municate more effectively. The book is written in an easy
to understand, fun, informative way and takes a psycho-
logical look at how humour can influence your behaviour,
help you feel better and live a
happier life.
This book is very much about
finding perspective and becom-
ing equipped with the right tools
and attitudes to face the chal-
lenges that life throws at us on a
daily basis.
Through the use of simple tech-
niques and exercises, it aims to
improve the reader's ability to
gain a more positive perspective
in difficult situations, change their mood, and increase
happiness through adopting the Laughology model.
Stephanie Davies has very effectively designed
Laugholo-
gy
to be a tool to help improve every aspect of life and
the reader is kept engaged by completing exercises
throughout. They are also encouraged to write in it, un-
derline favourite bits, add their own notes in the work
pages at the back and record their own thoughts.
Through this engagement it is easy to see why
Laugholo-
gy
motivates and inspires readers and organisations. For
more information about the Laughology philosophy take
a look at the website
Reviewed by Sinead Ferron-Moody
Values Based Leadership