September 1st, 2020

The Busyness Epidemic

"Being busy does not always mean real work. Seem to do is not doing". Thomas A.Edison "How are you?" people ask.  The answer is almost always "SO BUSY". Just mad, hectic, crazy busy.  ..

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July 17th, 2020

Balancing your needs with others

Assertiveness is about learning what is fair and balancing your needs with others Assertiveness is about the right to be treated with equal respect.  It's about learning what is fair and b..

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March 18th, 2020

Showing up in an authentic way

Being authentic can be scary because it exposes you in ways that can make you feel vulnerable with others.  It can be easy to think that people will judge you, which can make you feel fearful..

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February 19th, 2020

Key traits that successful leaders never tolerate

By and large, tolerance is a good trait. The differences we encounter enrich our lives and organisations. But to attain a successful life and meaningful leadership, we must refuse to tolerate..

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November 13th, 2019

Be that successful team

Successful teams don't happen by accident. They are built by strong leaders who understand what makes a team successful and who are interested in working with the team to ensure success and results ..

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September 27th, 2019

Leader today, Authentic Leader tomorrow

Authenticity is the "State of being committed to the truth."  "An authentic leader is a person who chooses to live a life of integrity. They are not only honest in relationship with other..

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July 19th, 2019

10 tips to make the most of your first 100 days

As a new Prime Minister prepares to step into the role, it's important that they get off to a flying start.  The same can be said for any new leader whether it be middle, senior or C-suite ..

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June 13th, 2019

The power of emotional intelligence in the workplace

"Emotions can lead to our worst decisions or our best ones; the difference is emotional intelligence" Emotional intelligence has twice the power of IQ to predict performance.  Emotional in..

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April 10th, 2019

Finding time for yourself...

Few people, these days, would disagree with the theory that it's crucial to take time for yourself.  Creating some space for enjoyment and restoration each day, or at least every week, is a..

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March 8th, 2019

Strenthening your leadership style

Strong leaders don't just show up every day with a mask on hiding their true authenticity and going through the motions to get the job done.  Their emotional leadership style of awa..

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August 8th, 2018

Adopting a mindset for success

  Starting anything new can feel both exciting and challenging.  Whether it's a new project, role or job, we worry about whether we'll be successful or not.  We use our past experien..

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June 29th, 2018

The art of resilience

We all know by now that mistakes, setbacks and failures are a part of life.  There's not much we can do to control the challenges we come up against, and while we might try to prevent the ine..

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May 16th, 2018

Ways to schedule breaks into your working days

Modern office workers are sometimes called "workaholics," working long hours and taking few breaks. Studies within the last few years have shown that skipping breaks or lunch can hamper producti..

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April 9th, 2018

Critical Habits Of Mentally Strong People

1. They are emotionally intelligent - emotional intelligence is the cornerstone to mental toughness. 2. They are confident - mentally tough people believe that your mentality has a powerful effec..

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March 9th, 2018

Getting that leadership edge...

  Emotional competence is especially central to leadership, a role whose essence is getting others to do their jobs more effectively. Interpersonal ineptitude in leaders lowers everyone's perf..

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September 14th, 2017

Ways to a happier career path

5 key lessons I've learned on the winding path of my career:  1. You won't always know your destination. We don't all have to have a clear long-term goal.  Just know your direction..

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August 16th, 2017

Critical challenges faced by new leaders

In many situations, new leadership within an organization is essential. It brings life and innovative ideas and encourages great success. While a newly promoted leader may be excited at the..

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July 19th, 2017

Let go of the need for perfection

  We all like to do the best job possible and feel good about the results we achieve. Always striving to be the best though can drag you down.  Cultivating a "good enough" philosophy is n..

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April 19th, 2017

Slow down to achieve more

Most people agree that life just seems to get busier with relentless demands and very little time to switch off.  Many feel it's impossible to step back from our busy lives and find some..

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January 7th, 2017

7 steps to being your own boss

Millions of you think about starting up your own business every year whether that's because it's something that you've always wanted to do; you are fed up with your job; or you want to set up some..

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October 19th, 2016

Eat, Pray, Love Life Lessons

It's 10 years since Elizabeth Gilbert wrote global best seller Eat, Pray, Love.  Her determined writing journey was inspirational from "unpublished diner waitress" to prize-winning short st..

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May 15th, 2016

Assertiveness techniques

Assertiveness is about the right to be treated with equal respect.  It's about learning what is appropriate and fair, and balancing your own rights, wants and needs with others.  There are..

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April 13th, 2016

Break free from bullying

Bullying is all about power, which can be tricky in the workplace when you feel you can't do your work properly and your job is on the line.  But understanding it can be key to bringing it ..

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March 13th, 2016

Letting go of bad habits

From procrastinating to being late, we can all behave in ways we know are bad for us. Michael Singer, author of The Surrender Experiment shares his tips for letting go.  1. Start noticing ..

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February 10th, 2016

Three steps to better listening

1. Mirroring - it's a given fact that people judge us - positively or negatively - by our posture.  What's less known is that we can consciously alter our body language to build rapport wit..

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December 10th, 2015

Making big impressions

Whether you have an important job interview or just want to be noticed in your current role, how can you make sure you stand out for all the right reasons?  There are some proven and simple ..

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June 11th, 2015

Escape the curse of perfectionism

In today's world the demands from the job are endless and expectations are high for outstanding results.  These relentless demands and high expectations can push us to strive more and more fo..

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April 14th, 2015

Ever feel like an imposter at work?

"Imposter syndrome" is that nagging feeling that you're nowhere near as good at your job as people seem to think and that any day now, they'll find you out.  Sound familiar? Ironically it aff..

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March 11th, 2015

5 ways to a richer life

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants" Epictetus. For thousands of years, we have known that money is not the key to happiness, although as our societies becom..

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February 6th, 2015

Resolving conflict successfully

Conflict amongst team members will occur from time to time given the types of challenges and stressful situations that business life present today. How leaders and team members positively resolve ..

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January 13th, 2015

Create the 2015 you want!

  So a new year beckons and our focus turns towards what we want to achieve this year.  All too often we just plough ahead and don't spend any time thinking about what we really want. &nb..

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December 19th, 2014

Time to switch off and recharge

  With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, we take annual leave with the intention of relaxing, unwinding and recharging the batteries but according to a survey published by the Ins..

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October 14th, 2014

How to make meetings more bearable

    If you are the boss, ask yourself if there's one regular meeting you could do without.  You'd be hard pressed to find anyone, from chief executives to juniors who doesn't think..

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August 13th, 2014

How to say what you mean

  Have you ever said something to your colleagues only to find out that they "heard" something different?  Such misunderstandings in the workplace are common and often cause arguments&n..

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July 9th, 2014

Leading the way by working together

 "Over 70% of people leave their jobs because of the way they are led"  Norman Drummond, Motivational Speaker An organisation's biggest asset is its people.  All too often though org..

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June 11th, 2014

Making the right career choice

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier.  The way it actually works i..

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May 17th, 2014

Leadership skills for optimising future growth opportunities

  As the economy picks up and shoots of growth gather pace, it's a good time to start thinking about the key skills that leaders and managers need to have to optimise future growth opportuni..

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May 8th, 2014

Don't be a self-centred leader

  1. Be aware of your weaknesses and blind spots. 2. Ask yourself if you would tolerate your behaviour in a direct report. 3. Check with a trusted friend outside your company if th..

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January 13th, 2014

Do you have it in you to reach the top?

  Being identified as a high potential is no guarantee that you will actually rise to a senior leadership position.  In fact 5 out of 6 people fail to get into a senior leadership role th..

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October 6th, 2013

Using mindfulness to increase your productivity

"In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much, and forget about the joy of just being"  Eckhart Tolle It's well known that many of the largest organisations including Go..

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September 11th, 2013

Boost your ability to achieve goals

"If we all did the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves" Thomas Alva Edison. Self-confidence is very important in almost all aspects of our lives yet many struggle ..

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August 9th, 2013

Middle management - navigating the bumpy road to success

 "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" Winston Churchill  Middle management within organisations often have the hardest jobs.  With ..

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July 9th, 2013

Making successful emotional connections in the workplace

  The bar for leaders today is high and in a busy world of non-stop demands, expectations keep going up in terms of what they need to accomplish.  It's hard sometimes in today's environ..

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May 14th, 2013

Hear what people are actually saying....

  "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply" Stephen R. Covey.  Listening is one of the most important tools you have. How well you l..

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April 10th, 2013

Mindfulness: The key to being productive and successful

"Smile, breathe and go slowly". Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist Monk  Mindfulness is being taught and practiced in a growing number of organisations worldwide..

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March 13th, 2013

Your call to action

We all have something that drives us, but we're not always conscious of what it is. Identifying the factors that motivate us can be the first step in our search for greater meaning in lif..

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January 15th, 2013

The road to leadership success

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them whilst they do it" Theodor..

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December 14th, 2012

Boost your confidence

"A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes". Mahatma Gandhi You read a lot about confidence and how important it is to enable you to live a full a..

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November 15th, 2012

Kick fear of failure into touch!

"One who fears failure limits his activities.  Failure is the only opportunity to more intelligently begin again". Henry Ford  Fear of failure is a major force whic..

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October 12th, 2012

Get into your creative zone

Creativity is important for keeping us interested, curious and giving us a good sense of who we are.  Getting into our creative zone can be difficult even for those who are working i..

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September 1st, 2012

Holding successful conversations

A big proportion of our day is spent in conversations with business colleagues, family, friends and many others.  It is such a simple concept: having a conversation with..

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August 19th, 2012

How to get to the top of your organisation quickly

I've been reading quite a bit recently about a new report "Fast Track to Leadership" which analyses the vital skills needed in this difficult economic environment which seems ne..

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July 22nd, 2012

Key steps to kick start your career

With the current uncertain economic times, a lot of people are grateful for the jobs they have and are hunkering down to keep them.  Many are yearning to do something different, feel..

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June 17th, 2012

Making business meetings successful

Does your heart sink when you see the diary packed with back to back meetings and no time to get on with doing the job?  I hear a lot of managers and le..

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May 27th, 2012

How to solve any business problem

"The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem"  Theodore Rubin ..

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April 14th, 2012

5 steps to better time management

"Time is the scarcest resource of the manager.  If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed"  Peter F. Drucker You are tired, never feel satisfied at the end of ..

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April 1st, 2012

Setting and achieving goals

"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement"  Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog  For a lot of us the New Year is a time to reflect and consider our hopes and desires..

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