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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

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

February 18, 2019

Do you operate like a thermostat or a thermometer?

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A thermometer measures the current temperature but has no control over it. A thermostat measures the current temperature, then takes action to reach a set temperature. Do you measure (notice) your current reality and just tolerate it, like a thermometer? Or do you take action like a thermostat when you want things to be

December 10, 2018

The sunk cost fallacy

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As the New Year approaches, we tend to look forward and think about what has been and how we want things to be different.The more time, money, effort or love we have invested in something, the less we are inclined to let it go, even when the evidence is that it is a lost cause.The

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

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

July 22, 2018

Beware of conventional wisdom

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Conventional wisdom refers to the commonly held beliefs, ideas and assumptions that a community or population has about an issue. These lead to a set of expectations, interpretations and explanations that people assume are true. As a result, the ideas embedded in conventional wisdom are rarely challenged. Even if people acknowledge there is a

June 18, 2018

This really hit me between the eyes

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When talking about humanity's ability to change, a character in the Westworld series said... "Strange new light can be just as frightening as the dark" Dolores Abernathy, Westworld Season 2.2 Did that hit you like it did me? When I look back I see many things I regret not doing because I was scared,

April 15, 2018

Truly dangerous, or just scary?

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We use fear as a signal to move away from things that are dangerous and scary. But we can get confused. Some things can be scary but not dangerous. When we avoid change, it is often because it is scary, even if it is not dangerous. What is a change you are thinking about

June 25, 2017

The sleeper MUST awaken!

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"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper MUST awaken!" Frank Herbert (From the novel Dune) Change means we need to think, and act, differently to deal with the change. And yes, with too much change, we can become overwhelmed. But without change, we atrophy, and we cease to grow. What change

April 23, 2017

Really? Is that possible?

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Do you want people to change? A leader focuses on what happens afterwards more than on what is happening now. Where are we going, rather than where are we now. What will we be doing, rather than what are we doing. What are we going to get, rather than what do we have. Who are

November 27, 2016

How to escape from quicksand

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So you want some people to change the way they do things? The biggest barrier to that change is their environment. It is like quicksand that inexorably draws people back down to their old way of being and stifles the change. Escaping quicksand is not easy, but it is possible. Here is how Bear Grylls

May 11, 2016

Article: The first steps to culture change (Better Business Focus)

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The first steps to culture change – article by Paul Matthews published in the April edition of Better Business Focus When asked for directions, a wise man once said, ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.’ And it’s the same with culture change. The temptation is to rush in to change, to stand up in front of the assembled masses

April 7, 2016

Article: Sometimes, don’t be authentic (Better Business Focus)

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Sometimes, don't be authentic – article by Paul Matthews published in the March edition of Better Business Focus "I couldn't possibly do that. It would feel wrong. It would not be 'me'. It would be inauthentic, and we are told we should always be authentic and true to ourselves." Guess what; if you believe that, you have stopped yourself from growing. Read

February 21, 2016

Why do we complicate things?

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This is a joke, but I'm not so sure… Mensa, as you may know, is an organization for people who have an IQ in the top 2%. At a convention in San Francisco, several Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe. When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt