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DAVID SAVAGE | NEW ZEALAND

DAVID SAVAGE

LEADERSHIP COACH & TRAINER. PHOTOGRAPHER. SPEAKER.

WELCOME to Images & Insights.

I’m a Leadership & Collaboration Specialist with a love for story-telling through photography. Here’s where I share my work – images & insights into leadership & life.

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Outbursts to the Universe

Outbursts to the Universe

With your own diagnosis, succinctly and specifically, what’s your message? If there’s a conversation you need to have with the Universe, God or alike (whichever suits), what do you need to say? How do you need to express it? With anger or without? Publicly or privately?

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Children, they’ll be alright!

Children, they’ll be alright!

That fierce instinct to protect our children, which most parents will understand, sang-out to me in those first few days of being (mis)diagnosed with ALS. The idea that I’d be around to support my children as they travel the highs and lows of life was now clearly an assumption I’d been making. The next trial they were about to face was losing their father.

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Drive the process

Drive the process

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Double-check appointments, make sure the right tests are being booked and always ask questions to establish your options. Some healthcare systems are extremely under-resourced, and so mistakes can happen and delays occur.

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Unproven doesn’t mean ineffective

Unproven doesn’t mean ineffective

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: There are plenty of treatments, therapies and approaches to curing/treating illnesses that sit outside of mainstream medicine and if your life is on the line, then all options are on the table.

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Rework your priorities

Rework your priorities

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Chances are, receiving the news of a serious threat to your health will prioritise what’s important to you in your life. Be active in this process – as I discovered, if you suddenly realise you’ve been entertaining meaningless crap, you now have permission to drop it.

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Telling your children

Telling your children

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Immediately after being (mis)diagnosis as having ALS, our biggest dilemma was how to tell our young children, nine & seven. How would we ease them in to this new picture; prepare them for losing a parent and at the same time protect them from any sudden anxiety?

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Build your team

Build your team

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Your challenge is huge and you’re going to need help, and so don’t hold back – there will be people around you who can help and want to help. At the same time, don’t leave things to chance, be clear on what help you need as it may not be obvious to other people (and mind reading is somewhat unreliable).

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A short life and a long life

A short life and a long life

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Within a few days of being diagnosed, I quickly realised that there’s a difference in mind set between 1. Choosing to live well in the short time I had left, and 2. Choosing to live well with a vision of a longer future…

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Deal in Possibilities

Deal in Possibilities

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Importantly, dealing in possibilities is to not resign to a prescribed fate, but instead subscribe to a belief that there are always exceptions to the rule, and then take action to do everything you can do, regardless of the odds.

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Acknowledge your day for what it is

Acknowledge your day for what it is

DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: If you’re having a bad day, i.e. your heart’s heavy, your head’s down and/or you’re in pain, then acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

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Challenge the pattern

Challenge the pattern

A friend of mine is a health expert based in Queensland, Australia. He recommended a simple strategy; understand the pattern and then challenge it.

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Lack-luster team performance: Ten questions to ask!

Lack-luster team performance: Ten questions to ask!

What are the signals of lack-luster team performance, and what are the solutions? David Savage shares the questions he looks to get answered when starting to coach a new team. #1: Commitment: Does everyone in the team want to be in the team? There's a difference...

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