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Lessons from a Short Week

As we all know, according to Parkinson’s Law, ‘Work expands to fit the time available for its completion’. In New Zealand we have recently had a couple of short working weeks back to back and fitting two weeks’ work into a reduced number of days has reminded me of the truth behind this Law. I… Read more


Be the Change

A recent blog described the difference between ‘winning and being right’.  The thrust of the piece was to question whether, in the interest of being ’right’ you were making any progress with the particular issues or changes you were looking to make, or the relationships you were looking to build – or if you were… Read more


4 Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely at the Top

“Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.”- Joseph Roux Does it sometimes feel like you are standing all alone at the summit of your organisation? If you’re feeling lonely at the top, ironically you are not alone. In a recent survey conducted by Stanford University*, almost all (over 90%) CEOs find the process of receiving coaching and leadership… Read more


The Tetris Effect

I have recently finished re-reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  In the book he talks about a number of ways to improve your performance at work based on positive psychology principles. One of the areas that Achor discusses in the book is what he calls The Tetris Effect. Tetris is an addictive computer game… Read more


‘Imagine I Wasn’t Here’

Last week I was involved in a workshop where we were training participants how to adopt more of a coaching style of leadership.  A couple of questions were asked in the workshop about how well staff would accept being asked questions (in a coaching style) rather than being told what to do.  In my response… Read more