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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 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 7, 2018

Managing risk vs opportunity

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"Our fears always outnumber our dangers." (Latin proverb) Our fears are just our mind running away with thoughts of negative consequences at the hint of danger, and yet so often our fears are groundless and nothing bad happens. Should we fear 'just in case'? Is fear a form of risk management? What is the

September 29, 2018

Something old, something new…

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People often describe good listening as being able to paraphrase back to someone what they have just said. Here is a different test. Were you able to hear something new in what was being said? Next time you hear someone saying 'that same old thing', instead of assuming you know what's coming next and

September 23, 2018

People can be strange

People can be strange. Very strange. But we only think that because they are not like us. I was reminded of this today at the supermarket when the person in front of me at the checkout handled a situation so differently to how I would. It made me smile as it was a nice,

September 16, 2018

What makes us feel like sh*t^?

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This tip may not suit everybody, but it's worth thinking about :-) I read this line in a book a few days ago. It took a bit of processing and the implications are still reverberating through my mind. "We think we have a reality problem, when in reality, we have a thinking problem." It

September 9, 2018

Why wait?

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I was talking with a friend about his plans to get fit, lose weight, run a marathon and lots of other laudable stuff. It sounded good until I asked... "What are you doing today to make a change to achieve your goals?" Nothing. He was all talk and not yet committed. In your working

September 2, 2018

Who is up for an adventure?

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Within every adventure, there is the possibility of loss. That's what makes it an adventure. When there is only a possibility for gain - if you can even find such a thing - it is worth doing, but it wouldn't be an adventure. Most people like the idea of an adventure, but often don't

August 20, 2018

Is it a balanced approach?

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Change can bring out the pessimist in people. The next time someone starts listing all the reasons an idea won't work or can't happen, ask them to give three reasons it can.We need a fair balance of the pros and cons to weigh up any idea.Besides, I quite like this quote from Herm Albright…"A positive

August 15, 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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What do you want to be when you grow up? You're already grown up? Really? There's nothing more for you to grow into? Many of us get to a place where we abandon our dreams. We push on, spinning our treadmill and being busy, but it isn't taking us anywhere new. In a sense

August 6, 2018

Are you mosquito or bee?

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"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst" – William Penn We all know about the tension between Urgent and Important tasks, and yet we seem to need a reminder now and again to help us refocus when we are just 'too busy'. Are you 'too busy'? "It's not so much