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The Art of Gentle Promotion

I was brought up in a family that believed that ‘hard work was its own reward’. My family carer guidance was a subset of this ethos and went along the lines of ‘work hard and you will be recognised and promoted’. It took me a few years to find that this was a rather simplistic… Read more


Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not new. It is about cultivating a state of mind towards being present and experiencing the fullness of a situation / event, despite how aversive it may be. It means not getting bogged down in one’s own feelings and emotions and being able to see things clearly, so one can respond rather than react.

We say ‘cultivate’ since it takes time. All of our thoughts are habits and we are gardeners in their cultivation. It’s up to us to tend well. Suffering is optional.


Positive Reflection

As we near the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect.  I wonder what you tell yourself and others about 2013. Do you focus on what has gone well, the wins you have had, how you have contributed, what you have achieved, and the relationships you have grown and maintained? Do you… 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


Strategies for sameness

Let me ask you a question. ‘How unique is your business/division?’ If you could rate your business/division out of 10 for uniqueness what would you give it?. When I talk uniqueness I mean the kind of uniqueness that gets you market place advantage over anyone else. Unless you are one of the few products in… Read more