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November 10, 2019

Chasing the myth of work/life balance

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Last time I looked, work was a part of life, so maybe we should be talking about work vs non-work balance? Whatever we call this balance, why do we want it? And why do we blame work when our lives feel out of balance? For many people, work seems to detract from the balance

November 4, 2019

Chasing the myth of authenticity

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Authenticity is a quality we attribute to people. It is an observed quality. Without an observer, it does not really exist. Think about it; how can you ever not be you? How can you ever not be real or true to who you are in the moment? We are who we are in the

October 27, 2019

Which way? Or is it both ways?

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Some say that how you think affects how you feel, which affects how you act, which affects the results you get from your actions. They conclude that how you think is the place to start when seeking specific results. This is the 'visualise it first' approach. Others say that the results you seek should

October 21, 2019

Do it perfectly – first time

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We learn as we go, especially when doing something new. Yet how many times do we stop, hesitate, procrastinate because we are worried that something we want to do might turn out poorly, or even fail? "Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that

October 13, 2019

The lesson in a bowl of muddy water

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We tend to make things more complex the longer we think about them. Is that complexity useful? We tend to create well-worn paths as we go round and round when we think longer about something. Are those paths useful? Sometimes we compound this by thinking that things won't turn out well. In other words,

October 6, 2019

Experience vs expertise

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When you want to hire someone, collaborate with someone, do business with someone, do you prefer them to have experience or expertise? Which do you think is more important? Experience is a matter of showing up and putting in the time. Does experience necessarily = expertise? When you ask for experience, are you using

September 30, 2019

Here’s the power to carry your load

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I had so many great comments back after my tip last week on load and power, I decided to share a few of the ideas. People sent me things they considered loads, and where they get their power. What's interesting is that for many people, the same things appeared on both sides of the

September 23, 2019

How much margin do you have today?

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According to McClusky's Theory of Margin: Load/Power = Margin where he talks about Margin as the ratio between the 'Load' you carry and the 'Power' you have to carry the load. Load is made up of external factors: tasks of life such as family, career, socioeconomic status, and internal factors: such as self-concept, goals,

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 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