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 […]

The unexpected benefits of the detour

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In the Lewis Carrol book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows the White Rabbit and falls down a rabbit hole, which is the start of a series of adventures. If you recall the story, you’ll know that at one point she comes across the Cheshire Cat in the woods and inquires:       “Would […]

When you land, you want to land well

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Even as someone who loves flying, I am always grateful when the plane has safely landed. A good landing doesn’t happen by accident. Before attempting to land the plane, the pilot runs through a landing checklist to ensure nothing has been forgotten. There are lots of variables to consider: the weather, crosswinds, visibility and turbulence. […]

It’s time to punctuate

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There’s plenty of books on happiness – The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Project – just to name a few, and many are well worth reading. However, if you only take a cursory glance you could easily be left with the impression that pursuing happiness, above all […]

Help others, and you’ll help yourself

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Throughout your career, you’ll come across all types of leaders and co-workers. At one end of the spectrum, there’s the ‘win at all costs’ personality. The leader or co-worker who subscribes to the motto that ‘nice guys finish last’ and for them to come out on top someone else (perhaps, you) has to lose. Advocating […]

Why wasting time is good for you

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Like many, COVID-19 has impacted my work. Most notably, I am no longer flying most weeks and am spending way more time at home. And while being in lockdown mark 2.0 doesn’t feel like I am lying on a beach (I can dream about it though!), the pace has shifted. What I’ve noticed is that […]

Why it’s so easy to judge

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Instinct can be a powerful and useful guide – providing an early warning when something (or someone) doesn’t feel right. However, there are times when our initial reaction can be misplaced. It’s suggested that it only takes seconds before we have sized someone up. Research from psychologists at Princeton University, Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, […]

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, […]