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July 24, 2016

How to train a dolphin

The hoop starts on the bottom of the pool, and when the dolphin swims through, it gets a reward. The hoop is raised ever higher and when the dolphin goes through the hoop, it gets a reward. If the dolphin does not go through the hoop when signalled, it gets no reward. BUT, it does

July 17, 2016

Questions are the answer

You do what you do, because of how you think about where you are. How you think depends on your beliefs, and how you filter what you observe through those beliefs. If you want to change what you do, and therefore what you get, you need to question your beliefs. Questions are the answer. And

July 10, 2016

Creativity vs Innovation

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it." Thomas Edison A creative idea isn't worth much until it is put to work in some way, and innovation is about putting ideas to work. There is much demand for innovation, but many people say they can't innovate because they are not creative. However,

July 3, 2016

This weekend, I built a bridge

And I do mean a real bridge, from one side of a small stream to the other for the same reason that most bridges are built - to shorten the journey, and make it safer. Everyone likes my bridge, even the dog :-) Look around you at work. What gaps are there that could use

June 29, 2016

Performance Consultancy Unplugged (webinar)

Performance Consultancy Unplugged - BrightTalk Webinar with Paul Matthews on Wednesday 5th October at 3pm After the positive feedback from Paul's first webinar with BrightTalk in January this year, he has been invited to run a 2nd one, building on “Managing Performance: An Alternative Approach”. Here goes... Performance is down. We are not making the numbers. We

June 26, 2016

Fixing a strained relationship at work

Management guru Peter Drucker believed that most clashes at work arise from the fact that one person does not know... ...What the other person does ...How the other person does his or her work ...What contribution the other person concentrates on ...What results he or she expects. Do you have any relationships at work that

June 19, 2016

Don’t send your ducks to eagle school

"The first rule of management is this - don't send your ducks to eagle school." Jim Rohn Ducks will struggle to keep up with their eagle classmates in the flying lessons. Conversely, eagles will struggle in the river at duck school. People have their strengths, and we play best when playing to our strengths. What

June 12, 2016

Time and money – and the third ‘currency’

We are used to the idea of time as a resource, and money as a resource, and that we can spend them as a currency to achieve something. There is a third currency we often forget. Our energy. Nido Quebin, a motivational speaker, said "Nothing can add more power to life than concentrating all your

June 9, 2016

Do as you would be done by: wisdom works

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"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you." — Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway It hasn’t been a good week for convincing the public of morality within business. With Sports Direct, BHS and other fraud cases in

June 5, 2016

Common sense is really not so common

It was one of the rude awakenings in my life that common sense was not so common as its name would suggest. I knew what was obviously sensible, and anyone with common sense should know it too; and then I encountered other cultures, and realised that what was common sense to me was not to

June 1, 2016

Multitasking – Myth and Mystery by Paul Matthews

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Can you really multitask efficiently? There are many people who swear that they can, and just as many studies that say they are fooling themselves, and that efficient multitasking is impossible. So what is the truth of it? First, we need to take a look at what we mean by “multitasking.” The idea arose in the

May 22, 2016

What should I do first?

You have your to-do list. That's a good start, but what should you do first? Some people say 'eat the frog first' which means do the least pleasant task first and get it out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day. Another approach is to do the task first that

May 15, 2016

Getting what you really want

"The only way to get what you really want is to know what you really want. The only way to know what you really want is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to listen to your heart." Mike Dooley That makes sense to me, but how do you listen to

May 11, 2016

Article: The first steps to culture change (Better Business Focus)

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The first steps to culture change – article by Paul Matthews published in the April edition of Better Business Focus When asked for directions, a wise man once said, ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.’ And it’s the same with culture change. The temptation is to rush in to change, to stand up in front of the assembled masses

May 8, 2016

Who luvs you baby?

It is often said that to succeed it is who you know that counts, and that is true. But even more important is who knows you. Who knows you exist? Who knows what you do and what you stand for? Who knows what you can contribute? In other words, who is aware of you and