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February 24, 2020

Do you have a reflexive ‘yes’ habit?

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This is the sixth in a series of tips on how to handle crazy busy and not get caught up in the 'fear' of failing to handle it, and the resulting stress chemicals. Sixth tip: Do you have a reflexive 'yes' habit? Most of us are naturally helpful. When someone asks us to do

February 16, 2020

The myth of multi-tasking

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This is the fifth in a series of tips on how to handle crazy busy and not get caught up in the 'fear' of failing to handle it, and the resulting stress chemicals. Fifth tip: The myth of multi-tasking You probably know people who say they can multi-task, and people who say they can't.

February 9, 2020

Look, a butterfly!

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This is the fourth of a series of tips on how to handle crazy busy and not get caught up in the 'fear' of failing to handle it, and the resulting stress chemicals. Fourth tip: Look, a butterfly! Our attention is valuable. That is why we use the phrase 'paying attention'. Attention is valuable

February 2, 2020

One word… “Why?”

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This is the third of a series of tips on how to handle crazy busy and not get caught up in the 'fear' of failing to handle it, and the resulting stress chemicals. Third tip: One word... "Why?" We do what we do because we have a reason to do it. Always. The reason

January 27, 2020

Seek wisdom in the gaps

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This is the second of a series of tips on how to handle crazy busy and not get caught up in the 'fear' of failing to handle it, and the resulting stress chemicals. Second tip: Seek wisdom in the gaps Some philosophies encourage you to look at the gaps between things, to let the

January 19, 2020

How to deal with crazy busy

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A new year and a new decade are a time to reflect on what has changed. One thing I am becoming more aware of is that we seem to be in a constant state of busyness and even overwhelm. The demands accelerate year on year, and the 'fear' of not meeting those demands causes

January 13, 2020

Soul food

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I saw an article about graffiti in London recently and it included this gem... "I wonder what my soul does all day while I'm at work?" What can you offer employees in terms of soul food so their soul walks in the door with them? What makes your soul feel alive? Valued? Wanted? Needed?

January 6, 2020

Happy New Decade! (for the second time)

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Before Christmas, I sent a tip that wished you a Happy New Decade. And I do so again because it is important to take a step back from time to time and ask... Is what I am doing working? Is it getting me closer to what I want in life and from life? "The

December 27, 2019

NLP: A more useful way of thinking by Paul Matthews

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Have you noticed that some people get consistently better results in their lives than others? Ever wondered how they do it? You probably already realise that it is largely about their approach to life, their way of thinking about life. So, what do they do that is different? Is NLP a more useful way of

December 15, 2019

Happy New Decade!

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In a couple of weeks, we start a new decade. So Happy New Decade! It is a sobering thought, isn't it. Where did the last decade go? It's common for people to overestimate what they can achieve in 6 months, but underestimate what they can achieve in 10 years. It's a bit like the

December 12, 2019

Kindle promotion of Paul Matthews’ L&D Trilogy

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Treat yourself... the Learning & Development Trilogy by Paul Matthews is available to download for free on Kindle from 13 - 17 December 2019. We are running the Kindle promotion for all three of Paul's books: Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times L&D can harness the power of informal

December 9, 2019

A great quote from George Bernard Shaw

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"The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished." George Bernard Shaw We say something, we write something, and we think that because we clearly communicated our thoughts and feelings that the other person has understood us. Really? The only way you can know if you communicated successfully is by observing,

December 1, 2019

Seasons of change, and a new decade

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I was watching the last leaves fall from a tree in my garden today, floating orange in the late autumn sunlight. It got me thinking about the seasons of change and how our own lives can go through cycles. What cycle is your life in right now? Growth? Sameness? Slowing down? Time for a

November 25, 2019

Oxygen for managers

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In 2008, Google did an internal study on what behaviours make a great manager. They identified eight. Last year they updated and extended this study, called Project Oxygen, and added two more behaviours. Here is the updated list... Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an inclusive team environment, showing

November 18, 2019

Change? Sure, but what’s stopping you?

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You're a manager and you want change. What next? Ask, "Do I want people to do different things or do things differently?" In other words, do I want people to change WHAT they do, or HOW they do what they already do? Now, hallucinate the future when the change is done. What would you