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January 19, 2020

How to deal with crazy busy

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 neurochemical

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 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 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

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