Our vision is to provide focus and direction to enable organisations to achieve performance excellence.
Our commitment is to continuously learn and improve, for our customers, our partners, our communities and ourselves.
PYXIS delivers specialist performance improvement services to all organisations - government, business and not-for-profit.
Michael and Allison Voss established PYXIS during July 1999 to deliver training, coaching and consulting services. In 2014 MICHAELVOSSNZ.COM was created to separate consulting from the PYXIS training services.
WHAT WE DO
We are experts at identifying the barriers to growth of organisations and experienced at providing advice, training, and sharing practices that ensure successful change.
We can provide you with the facilitation and support necessary to implement any specific change projects. This frees up your valuable time to run the organisation and minimises the impacts whilst the changes are being implemented.
We have an extensive network of experts that we partner with to deliver services on time.
Michael, business excellence expert and
co-owner of PYXIS, delivers training and consulting.
Allison, qualified teacher, artistic director, and co-owner of PYXIS, designs visual materials.
WHAT IS PYXIS? WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Pyxis is a small constellation in the southern sky with approximately 12 visible stars. The name pyxis is Latin for the mariner's compass. Pyxis is located at RA 9 h and declination -30deg and completely visible in latitudes south of 53N from January through March.
The principal star of Pyxis is Alpha Pyx or Alpha Pyxidis (HD 72673). Alpha Pyx is young being born just 18 million years ago. It is a hot, blue-white class B (B1.5) giant with an impressive surface temperature of 22,900 Kelvin. Although nearly 18,000 times hotter than our sun and with a diameter 8 times larger its distance from our solar system at 845 light years away, means that it is not nearly as impressive seen by us from earth. With an apparent magnitude of 3.675, Alpha Pyx is visible to the naked eye without the need for a telescope appearing brighter than Uranus but not as bright as Saturn.
Alpha Pyx is also known as Al Sumut, which is from Arabic meaning "the ways" or "the compass bearings". The Latinised or English name for Al Sumut is 'azimuth' meaning direction, referring to the ways or directions a person faces.
Why choose PYXIS as a name?
Just as the pyxis constellation is visible from the southern hemisphere pyxis.co.nz is located 40S in New Zealand within the great southern Pacific Ocean. Just as the mariner's compass assisted the ancient mariners to effect the safe and efficient travel to their destination, we at pyxis.co.nz assist organisations to provide focus and direction to achieve their goals.
Hubble Space Telescope
25 September 1997 Courtesy: NASA