Is it time to adjust the sails?

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One of the upsides of lockdown (yes, there are some), is having more time to read fiction novels. I’ve recently been reading – Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle It’s the story of 21-year old Olivia, who meets Mac and Maggie, changing her life forever. As Mac is explaining to Olivia the finer points of learning […]

Why gratitude at work matters

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When organisations analyse their culture and determine their values, gratitude isn’t a trait that is likely to appear. Yet, more and more research is revealing the significant role it plays in elevating well-being, enhancing relationships and enabling progress. In a working world that’s constantly changing and throwing up obstacles and challenges, the ability for leaders […]

Do you need to find the exit?

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There’s a long list of great TV shows, which over time lost their way. Topping my list – the final season of Lost, season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the list could go on. And then there are TV shows that when they end, you’re left wanting more; a recent example is the final […]

Who is helping you make better decisions?

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We all make make many decisions each day. Decisions that range from simple things such as what to wear, to more strategic matters such as where to invest. At work, as you get into more senior roles the decisions are likely to get more complex, and the consequences more significant. Trying to go it alone […]

Are you captured by your culture?

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We all know the environment in which we live and work can impact our behaviour, but have you ever wondered how quickly such impacts can take effect? Culture influences incredibly quickly. When you enter a new work environment, you quickly learn the accepted way to behave. Behaviour that is off-culture can be shunned and ridiculed. […]

Finding the next chapter in an uncertain time

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It’s currently a challenging time for many people on the job front, and with that comes the inevitable line of thinking that it’s not a good time to shift careers. While you may not want to switch careers immediately, it’s never a bad time to reflect on where you are at and to start thinking, […]

What are you not seeing?

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Over the weekend, Craig, Barney and I went for our usual walk, but this time instead of turning right, we turned left. That simple change in our routine sparked surprising results. We found a whole new area to explore (see picture below) – never realising that this gorgeous part of the world was right in our […]

What’s your recipe for progress?

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Like many others, during our recent period of lock-down, I started baking again. Some efforts were successful, and others less so. The most challenging was trying to make sourdough bread! My husband, Craig, and I tried lots of different recipes. Some long. Some short. Some complicated. Some easy. All with varying degrees of success. In […]

The power of the pause

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Great communicators have an impact, but often their impact isn’t just about what they say, it’s about how they say it. They know when to talk, and when not to talk. That is, they know when to pause and how to use silence. The pause is powerful, and yet it’s often overlooked or misused. If […]

How to bring out the best in your team

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Recently, many people have asked me what more they can do as leaders to engage and connect with their teams during this time. While these times are challenging, what’s needed to create great teams hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s just elevated its importance. At its core, people are brought together into a team to get […]

Five ways to stay productive when winter hits

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In the southern states, you can undoubtedly feel the early onset of winter. The mornings are darker, and there’s been fog, rain and chilly days. The days feel shorter, and it may be harder to get going in the morning. A range of studies have found that the weather impacts how we feel, think and […]

Who’s distracting you?

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You see it happen with children. They’ve fallen over and are about to cry, and so to stop them reacting you distract them with a toy or something else, so they smile and laugh. Distractions like that are harmless. As we get older, deliberate distractions can take on a whole new meaning. If there’s something […]

Seeking successful impact is never one size fits all

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You’ll have seen this at some stage during a conversation; a situation where someone is frustrated and becomes increasingly so. Why? Because they aren’t getting what they want out of the conversation. However, rather than recognise that their current communication style isn’t working, they’ll dig in and keep using the same approach. Having impact, maintaining […]

What’s for keeps?

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In recent times, many of us have had a forced shift to our routines.  While that has been disruptive, there’s also been positives. In my household, we are cooking more, Barney (the pooch) is getting longer walks, Craig and I are exercising more, and I am getting through more reading.  All positives.  Of course, it’s […]

What’s your impact – connection or contagion?

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We all know that viruses are contagious, but what you may not know is that emotions are contagious too.  Yes, there is such a thing as emotional contagion. If someone around you is happy, sad, angry or any other emotion, it can rub off and impact how you feel and behave; and you can have […]

The power of validation

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had super weird dreams; so too, my husband. It got me wondering as to why. And then this article, ‘Why am I having weird dreams lately?’ from The New York Times popped up in my newsfeed. It explained how many of us are having weird dreams at the […]

Do you need to change your diet?

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Before you hit the delete button wondering why I am writing about food, stop! Don’t be confused. I’m not talking about what you eat. I’m talking about the type of information you consume, and ultimately what and how much you learn. As we all currently spend more time indoors, it’s the perfect time to focus […]

How to create your learning environment

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The world is always full of surprises – some we want, and some we don’t. No matter how we categorise the change, what can help us navigate our way through are our skills and competencies. These skills and competencies evolve and develop as your career progresses, and what’s needed shifts as the external environment changes. […]

Let’s flip the lens

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When I was growing up, my mum always taught me not to use the ‘C’ word because it was rude. Now I am making an assumption you know the ‘C’ word of which I am referring. Of course, the ‘C’ word on everyone’s lips these days is different. Once again, I am not going to […]

Putting the ‘we’ before the ‘me’

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Would you rather work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. The answer to that question can’t just be determined by whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert, and for many people the answer will vary. Some days they want to be […]