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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

April 27, 2016

Creative Goal Setting by Helen Jeffery

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Creative Goal Setting Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper trying to set some goals? The harder you tried, the less inspiration you felt? SMART is an acronym commonly used to help set goals. It helps someone to look at their goals within a framework of them being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic

April 24, 2016

When two tasks go to war, one is all that you can score

With apologies to Frankie Goes to Hollywood :-) Some people say they can multi-task, and some say they can't. Research conducted at Stanford University confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a

April 17, 2016

A most revealing question

It is fascinating what people answer to this revealing question, but there are two questions you need to consider first to get the juice out of the big one. 1. What frustrates you on a regular basis? Go on, play along and write down a couple of things before going to question 2. Now... 2.

April 13, 2016

Performance Consulting – the easy way (Webinar)

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      Performance Consulting - the easy way, webinar with Paul Matthews on 13 / 14 July 2016 We are pleased to announce that our friends at Bloom Learning Solutions have invited Paul Matthews to run a Learning & Development breakfast networking event on Performance Consulting - the easy way. Many people are making performance consultancy into something