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May 19, 2019

Another use for passion

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Most of us could be far better listeners than we are... me included :-) We speak with passion and want to be heard. Do we listen with passion when others want to be heard? When was the last time you listened with passion? Now that you have thought of a time, what were you

May 12, 2019

Are you busy, or just have a lot to do?

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I hear it all the time... "I'm so busy!" But busy is a state of mind. It is the frantic and sometimes jumbled thoughts whirling in our head about all the things on our list that we think we must do. That mess of thoughts causes stress, and paradoxically, detracts from our ability to

May 1, 2019

Article: Is learning the right focus for Learning & Development people?

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In the May Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews asks if learning is the right focus for Learning & Development people... The goal of the learning and development person is to help people learn. That makes sense doesn’t it? After all that is their job title. But what does the organisation really need? Organisations need

April 28, 2019

The solution to our problems lies elsewhere

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Einstein is reputed to have said, "No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it." That's a bit disheartening. Does that mean we can't solve our problems? We think, and enjoy the fruits of our thinking, but if that fruit is a problem, what then? Einstein tells us that

April 15, 2019

Online Performance Support for Learning at Work Week 2019

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Alchemy Assistant performance support toolkit for your managers and all employees during Learning at Work Week 2019. Have you signed up for the biggest celebration of learning at work? The Campaign for Learning's Learning at Work Week takes place from 13th – 19th May this year. It inspires building a culture of learning in

April 14, 2019

This fascinated me

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Whatever we do, we do within the wider context of our community, our country and the amazing planet we live on. This is not so much a tip this week as an acknowledgement of this larger context. I stumbled across this site on world population and sat and watched it, the implications racing through

April 7, 2019

The ingredients of conflict

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I was thinking about conflict, mediation, discussion, compromise, agreements and....... This got me thinking about values and beliefs. Our values move us in the direction of what we want for ourselves, our family, our organisation, and even our country and the world. Our values tell us what is important. Our beliefs inform us of

March 31, 2019

The princess and the farmer

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in a place not too far from here. Her father, the King wanted his only precious daughter to marry. You know how it is with royalty and their lineage :-) But she was willful, as many of us are, and none of the royal suitors and

March 24, 2019

Do you want to change your mind?

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Someone I know promised to buy a house, and then before the sale went through, his life and circumstances changed, and it was no longer right for him. He knew he shouldn't buy, but he did because he had promised. It was painful to watch. He lost a fortune. What would you do? Indeed,

March 17, 2019

Use it or ………. ?

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I read an article recently about someone who is grateful for what anybody else would call 'horrible' and 'devastating'. Their take on life is inspiring. I'm sure you too have heard of people who have expressed their gratitude for accidents, illnesses or circumstances that the rest of us would deem terrible. And I am

March 12, 2019

Article: Pseudo-profound bullshxt exists

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In the March Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews ponders the existence of pseudo-profound bullshit in a work context This research amused me and my apologies to those who may not like the term used by the researchers. According to Artur Nilsson and his colleagues at Lund University in Sweden, pseudo-profound bullshit refers to the

March 10, 2019

I saw this quote from Socrates

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"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." Socrates, a long time ago. The dictionary defines contented as: 'satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.' Yet we do want things. Does our want come from a

March 4, 2019

What is your reputation?

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Think of something you are going to do. Got it? Now, are you more concerned about the results of your actions, or how you will be seen as the result of your actions? If your intended action is going to the supermarket, you are probably just concerned about the results. You are just being

February 25, 2019

Values are magnetic – this is why

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Do you remember playing around with magnets and iron filings? You place the iron filings on a piece of paper and then move the magnet under the paper. All the filings line up in the magnetic field. If you move the magnet, the filings move, keeping pace with the magnet which is invisible under

February 18, 2019

Do you operate like a thermostat or a thermometer?

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A thermometer measures the current temperature but has no control over it. A thermostat measures the current temperature, then takes action to reach a set temperature. Do you measure (notice) your current reality and just tolerate it, like a thermometer? Or do you take action like a thermostat when you want things to be