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January 20, 2019

Are you an example or a warning?

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I read somewhere recently that we are best defined by how we affect the people around us. So how do you affect people? What ripples do you make in your social or work pond? In the future what will people remember about you? More importantly, what will they remember about how you made them

January 13, 2019

Well… is your New Year resolution still alive?

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So many people make New Year resolutions. So many fail to carry them out.Why?Think of a goal you have. Maybe a New Year resolution, or it may be a target you need to meet at work, or any other goal you are setting out to achieve.As you think of the goal, notice how you feel.

December 17, 2018

A new way to set New Year resolutions

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This is the last tip of the year, so Happy Christmas and have a great 2019! Somehow the turning of a calendar page prompts us to look back and to look forward. I was thinking about this and then saw this quote from Simon Sinek... "It's dangerous to perceive the world through only one

December 10, 2018

The sunk cost fallacy

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As the New Year approaches, we tend to look forward and think about what has been and how we want things to be different.The more time, money, effort or love we have invested in something, the less we are inclined to let it go, even when the evidence is that it is a lost cause.The

December 5, 2018

Book review: Learning Transfer at Work by Janet North

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Last week, Training Journal Editor Jon Kennard gave his blog over to Janet North to review Paul Matthews' latest book 'Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance': Janet writes "The primary purpose of training should be improved employee performance. Can any of us disagree with this statement? However, many training interventions

December 3, 2018

Getting people to do the right thing

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We want people around us to do the right things the right way. And by 'right', we mean according to a set of values we prefer and espouse. So how do you encourage people to behave in accordance with the values you want? Stories are a great way to transmit and aid understanding of

November 26, 2018

Are you evolving?

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"Self-reflectiveness is the quality that most differentiates those who evolve quickly from those who don't." - Ray Dalio Are you growing, or in your own evolutionary doldrums? Everyone reflects because we all think about things that happened, but the 'quality' of that reflection varies. If you are going to reflect anyway, you might as

November 19, 2018

I am not a machine

I caught a cold, and it knocked me sideways. I couldn't do what was on my list of things to do. And worst of all, for me anyway, was some of those things were promises I had made to other people. Frustrating! Why did I get a cold? Some would say the virus just

November 13, 2018

Article: How are you going to be meaningful?

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In November's Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews' asks how  you are going to be meaningful? I saw this great quote a few days ago... "Are you here to do something or just for something to do?"* That made me think! Do I want to do something that is meaningful? Or just do whatever stuff turns up? If

November 12, 2018

Making things meaningful

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"The meaning of any event can be measured in the difference that it makes. If it doesn't make any difference, it doesn't have any meaning." Lyndon Duke What do you think of that statement? Is what you are doing meaningful and to whom? How would you know? If something you do makes no difference,

November 4, 2018

Brutal Simplicity

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Lord Saatchi wrote a book, "Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed the World". I am not sure that I would recommend the book, but I rather like the idea of 'brutal simplicity'. It is still used as a mantra at M&C Saatchi today. Simplicity looks easy. It's not. It's easier to complicate than

October 28, 2018

Bouncing 3-week-old baby book!

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It is done. I now have a 3-week-old bouncing baby book making its older siblings jealous of all the attention it's getting :-) The book helps you help others who have been on a training course use what they learned on the course. If you are a manager, this is one of your jobs.

October 21, 2018

How are you going to be meaningful?

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I saw this great quote a few days ago... "Are you here to do something or just for something to do?"* That made me think! Do I want to do something that is meaningful? Or just do whatever stuff turns up? If I want to do something that matters, what is it? Who would

October 14, 2018

Bad news isn’t wine!

As former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, "Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age." 'Bad news' takes many forms. Is there any bad news you are currently holding onto because you fear the consequences of releasing it? Think carefully... What would you, and perhaps others lose? What's the worst

October 10, 2018

Paul Matthews’ new book has finally been published

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Today is a big day! It's the official launch of Paul Matthews' new book 'Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance'. It's been a long journey and I'm grateful for the many contributions that have added a richness of thought I could never have achieved on my own... I hope you