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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 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 so little to understand

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 9, 2019

Humble is as humble does

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Humility is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of some of the leaders of our time, and yet humility in CEOs leads to higher-performing leadership teams, increased collaboration and cooperation, and flexibility in developing strategies (according to a survey of 105 tech firms published in the Journal of Management). Humility was

June 2, 2019

Is the universe trying to tell me something?

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I saw this quote in a blog and it stuck with me through the day... "I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." Frank Costello in the movie 'The Departed' Then I saw this on a poster in a shop window... "Once

May 19, 2019

Another use for passion

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Most of us could be far better listeners than we are... me included :-) We speak with passion and want to be heard. Do we listen with passion when others want to be heard? When was the last time you listened with passion? Now that you have thought of a time, what were you

May 12, 2019

Are you busy, or just have a lot to do?

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I hear it all the time... "I'm so busy!" But busy is a state of mind. It is the frantic and sometimes jumbled thoughts whirling in our head about all the things on our list that we think we must do. That mess of thoughts causes stress, and paradoxically, detracts from our ability to

April 28, 2019

The solution to our problems lies elsewhere

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Einstein is reputed to have said, "No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it." That's a bit disheartening. Does that mean we can't solve our problems? We think, and enjoy the fruits of our thinking, but if that fruit is a problem, what then? Einstein tells us that

April 14, 2019

This fascinated me

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Whatever we do, we do within the wider context of our community, our country and the amazing planet we live on. This is not so much a tip this week as an acknowledgement of this larger context. I stumbled across this site on world population and sat and watched it, the implications racing through

April 7, 2019

The ingredients of conflict

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I was thinking about conflict, mediation, discussion, compromise, agreements and....... This got me thinking about values and beliefs. Our values move us in the direction of what we want for ourselves, our family, our organisation, and even our country and the world. Our values tell us what is important. Our beliefs inform us of

March 31, 2019

The princess and the farmer

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in a place not too far from here. Her father, the King wanted his only precious daughter to marry. You know how it is with royalty and their lineage :-) But she was willful, as many of us are, and none of the royal suitors and

March 24, 2019

Do you want to change your mind?

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Someone I know promised to buy a house, and then before the sale went through, his life and circumstances changed, and it was no longer right for him. He knew he shouldn't buy, but he did because he had promised. It was painful to watch. He lost a fortune. What would you do? Indeed,

March 17, 2019

Use it or ………. ?

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I read an article recently about someone who is grateful for what anybody else would call 'horrible' and 'devastating'. Their take on life is inspiring. I'm sure you too have heard of people who have expressed their gratitude for accidents, illnesses or circumstances that the rest of us would deem terrible. And I am

March 10, 2019

I saw this quote from Socrates

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"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." Socrates, a long time ago. The dictionary defines contented as: 'satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.' Yet we do want things. Does our want come from a