What are you chasing?

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It’s been one of those days where your working day doesn’t seem to work anymore. It may be because your boss is getting increasingly difficult. Perhaps your colleagues are driving you nuts, or you are just bored and ready for something else. When you reach this point, you’ll often get the well-intentioned but not so […]

Are you pulling in the right direction?

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In recent weeks I’ve noticed the pace of life picking back up, and I’ve felt myself resisting the pullback to the pre-COVID life where there was always too much to do. Too many places to be. Too many things to try and squeeze into one day. As a friend commented recently, “During COVID lockdowns, where […]

Are you part of the drama?

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As the latest series of Married at First Sight unfolds on the TV, you may be like me and scratching your head and wondering why anyone would subject themselves to it (either participating or watching). There’s no doubt it’s good drama with a heady mix of emotions, gossip and intrigue. Like other productions of a similar genre, […]

Are you on the right treadmill?

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People often talk about happiness as though it’s a commodity – something to buy, seek out and ultimately secure. This searching for happiness becomes the focal point, shunning feelings of unhappiness or anything that doesn’t make them happy. It’s true that happiness matters, but it’s more complicated than just searching for happiness in personal and professional […]

Are you assuming the worst?

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Putting on someone else’s shoes never seems like an inviting task. They may be too big, too small, too smelly or just not to your liking. Many years ago, at a team offsite, this is precisely what my team colleagues and I were asked to do. We had to take off our shoes and then […]

What’s around the corner?

Every day, news sources share stories about predictions and new studies about the future. Some of these stories are positive, others negative; some will arise, and others will not. It’s often a challenge to know what to pay heed to and what to ignore.  For example, this week, Forrester shared insights that automation will strip out […]

What do you really know?

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Recently, I read Jess Hill’s confronting and compelling book, See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse. She recounts analysis which dismantles the concept of Stockholm Syndrome. I’m sure you’ve heard of it; perhaps like me, even used the term. If you haven’t, it was invented in 1973 by a psychiatrist, following a […]

Are you ready?

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Out of curiosity and perhaps a secret desire for validation, I’ve been running a straw poll to check how rested, and ready people are for the year ahead. Why might you ask? Well, I noticed that even though I had scheduled holidays over Christmas and summertime, I didn’t feel like I had a break. My […]

Is it too much of a good thing?

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Welcome to the first Weekly Insights for 2021! I hope you had time to rest and recharge over summer, so you are ready for another interesting year. At this time of the year, most people take time out to think about their goals for the year ahead. For some people, that activity may be cursory […]

Wrapping up your year

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When 2020 kicked off with the usual new year festivities no one was predicting that the year would unfold as it has. It’s been a year of uncertainty, change and thankfully, also hope. It was also a reminder that despite great intentions, concrete plans and strategic foresight, there are always going to be things you […]

What are you not hearing?

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It was the famous Sufi poet, Rumi, who wrote: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there”. A beautiful statement, which is often easier said than done. Humans are quick to judge, and once we’ve made up our mind about someone (or something) it can be even harder […]

What’s tripping you up?

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To say that 2020 has been an unusual year feels like an understatement. On the upside, it’s been an opportunity to challenge ideas about how things should and could be done. As someone who used to travel almost every week, I was surprised how much work could quickly move online. And yes, I do miss […]

Leading with your head and heart

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Leadership and decision making go hand in hand, and as technology changes how we live and work and the rate of change accelerates, the nature of those decisions and how to lead can appear more complex and challenging. However, when you ask employees what they want from their leaders the answers are relatively consistent, and […]

Influence is a team pursuit

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Former Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Eric Shinseki, once remarked: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” We all know we are living in a changing world, where your ability to progress is often dictated by your response to change (initiated by others), as well as your […]

What goes up, will come down

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When I was growing up a family friend gave me two pieces of career advice: be likeable and never forget that what goes up will come down. The first piece of advice was given in the context of going for my first job. Their suggestion was that to secure the role it was essential to ensure the […]

Is there a place for anger?

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Anger. It’s an emotive word and an emotional feeling. It’s an emotion that arouses action. When thinking about someone who is angry what springs to mind? A person who shouts, lashes out at others or is generally disagreeable? Or do you think about someone who is standing up for something that matters? During lockdown in […]

Make the last quarter matter

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There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a strange year, filled with many things none of us expected, and yet once again, time is flying by. It won’t be long before Christmas and the summer holidays are upon us. So as the final quarter of the year is underway, how do you make the most […]

Perspective-taking and curiosity – a winning combination

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You may have been told as a child that ‘curiosity killed the cat’ and that you need to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’. While having a dead cat and wearing someone else’s shoes are not immediately appealing, on closer reflection, you will find the benefits. Ok so stick with me here, and apologies to […]

When going for perfect hinders progress

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In a celebrity-obsessed world and where people’s lives play out on social media, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can have it all, and then put enormous pressure on yourself trying to get it. The myth of the so-called ‘perfect life’ can lead to unhealthy comparisons and feeling like […]

Do you think you are lucky?

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Whether you see something that happens to you as luck, fate, destiny or even an opportunity is based on your beliefs and mental paradigms. That is, how you see the world and what you believe to be true, or not. What one person sees as luck another person may construe as something they are entitled […]