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September 16, 2019

Is someone stealing from you?

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One of the most valuable things we have is our attention. We spend it when we pay attention. What we get in life - what we do, what we have, and indeed, even who we are is a result of where we pay our attention. What do you purposefully pay attention to? What attracts

September 9, 2019

Choosing a fork in the road

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"The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck starts with a poem that begins... Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, ... And ends Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less travelled by,

September 2, 2019

A competitive advantage

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I grew up in a family where keeping promises was, well, normal. So it was a bit of a shock to me when I began to work in the 'real world' and realised that showing up on time and doing what you say you would do was a competitive advantage. Think about the people

August 19, 2019

Better now, or perfect later?

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"The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today" Simon Sinek That makes sense to me, because we can do something different today. Does it make sense to you? Ask yourself "How can I do something today better than I did it yesterday?" To answer this

August 12, 2019

Minding the gap

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What is on your list of things you want to do, or know you should do - but don't? I saw this quote from Bruce Lee who was a philosopher in addition to his better-known Hollywood exploits... "Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do." This has been

August 8, 2019

“Leadership and Learning and how leadership programmes can fail!” by Paul Matthews

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If your leadership development programmes are not quite getting the results you had hoped for, the good news is, it can be fixed. Leadership is often seen as the answer to all sorts of problems. The cry goes up for leadership and for leaders who will swoop in with capes flying and save the

August 5, 2019

What are your dreams?

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Many people take holidays in the summer, and it is often a time of reflection away from the busyness of work. It is a time to get back in touch with your dreams. What are you pursuing? What is the juice that makes life worth the squeeze? "Pursue the thing inside us and others

July 29, 2019

The habits of time management

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Some people seem to get a lot out of their time, others not so much. What's the difference? I think it's our habits. What do we habitually do when we are ..given extra work? ..pushed for time? ..stressed? ..have some spare time? ..running late? ..tired? ..up against a deadline? ..spinning lots of plates? Do

July 21, 2019

Communication is the response we get

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I was reminded of this principle a few days ago watching a movie. From my perspective, as the watcher, I could see both sides of the story, but each character in the movie could only see their side and interpreted the same communication event very differently. Chaos ensued, but looking on as the watcher

July 14, 2019

Trick question about meetings

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A meeting must be intended to cause something, or the existence of the meeting should be questioned. So... The next time you get invited to a meeting, ask the organiser what the meeting is intended to cause. Use the word 'cause', not some other word or synonym. Try it and notice what reaction you

July 11, 2019

Paul Matthews sharing L&D thought leadership at WOL Conference 2019

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On 15 & 16 October at the NEC, Birmingham, the World of Learning Conference 2019 will enable Learning & Development (L&D) professionals to learn from industry leaders and to network with peers. The carefully procured conference programme will provide real-world insights from organisations including Next, Santander UK, Hilti, Scottish Social Services Council, and Wales

July 7, 2019

Who is managing who?

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I ran a workshop on learning transfer last week and got the inevitable comment, "I wish my boss was here, learning what he needs to know." At the time, we laughed it off, but later I thought about the whole concept of managing upwards and how we tend to do

June 30, 2019

Do the anniversaries make me different?

So many people sent me lovely messages following last week's blog about my two anniversaries. Thank you! Several people said I must be/should be proud of such an achievement. Yes, I feel good about it, but proud? That got me thinking. Would I be worth any less if I had not reached those milestones?

June 22, 2019

Happy anniversaries to me!

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My blog is a little different this morning. I have two anniversaries to celebrate. The first Monday morning tip went out in June 2009 so I have been doing them for 10 years. Little did I imagine when I started that I would write over 500 of them; and you can see them all

June 19, 2019

Throw a paper aeroplane…

Did you ever build paper aeroplanes and throw them in class or lectures? I did. We tried to get them to fly into the big bowl-shaped light fittings on the high ceiling in the main lecture hall. I only ever succeeded once. What do you remember doing that was fun, and perhaps a little