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The sound of silence

A verse in one of the most popular songs of the 20th century goes like this: And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence. You’ll know the… Read more


Chasing time

Have you noticed how your birthday/anniversary/Christmas seems to come around faster every year? Or how much longer the summer holidays seemed to be when you were a child? A recent article in the New Zealand Herald suggests an explanation based on a theory described in 1897 by the French philosopher, Paul Janet. The theory is based… Read more


Lessons in excellence from Serena

At the 2014 French Open, Serena Williams was defeated by the world No.20 player, Garbine Muguruza.  Williams described that loss as ‘eye opening’. A year later, after beating Muguruza to claim her sixth Wimbledon crown and achieving the “Serena Slam” for the second time (4 successive Grand Slam titles) Serena is a role model, not just… Read more


Performance Reviews – Are they working?

Annual performance reviews seem to be a necessary evil in most organisations. Moving away from these being seen as a once a year chore and looking for regular opportunities to provide feedback and coaching can remove some of the ‘dread’ that many managers and team members feel about the process.


Find time to focus and improve performance

Are you finding it hard to concentrate? Does your mind regularly wander to other things? Are you easily distracted?  If you answered yes to any of these questions your inability to focus might be impacting your performance. We are living in the Information Age.  A knowledge-based society influenced by the evolution of technology and a… Read more