Feel the fear…and do it anyway

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  More than 25 years ago a book with this title was written by Susan Jeffers.  It became a best seller and the phrase entered the everyday vernacular. It’s a powerful phrase, and the need for these words of encouragement hasn’t changed. In fact, they are more relevant than ever as we enter an era […]

Get it Magazine: Become a master decision maker


“We make decisions every day – to get things done – and done well – you need to make good decisions.” For the April 2016 edition of the magazine ‘Get it’ I wrote an article outlining the key attributes to becoming a more effective decision maker. To read this month’s issue of ‘Get it’, as […]

What’s stopping you?


It was the American author, Harold Blake Walker who said: “The only true failure lies in failure to start.” I like the sentiment that underpins that statement.  But it needs to go further. There’s no doubt that it’s important to start things.  To try new things.  To have a go. However, if all you ever […]

Uncertainty – friend or foe?

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Our brain loves certainty.  It makes us feel good.  It’s comforting to feel that we have all the answers and know precisely what to do. The challenge is that as the world gets more, not less complex we need to become more comfortable with uncertainty. This can be hard.  As leaders you feel as though […]

Is your watch showing the right time?


Time is precious these days there never seems to be enough of it. As we head into the frenetic pre-Christmas period, it’s a good time to think about how you are spending your time. As American author, Henry David Thoreau said: “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what […]

Ten tips to master your decision making


Einstein is quoted as saying:  “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes about the solution.”  Being the clever person he was, Einstein understood the power of deliberate decisions.  He recognised that good decisions don’t typically happen by accident. It’s about leveraging […]

Want to make better decisions? Go to sleep


We all make many, many decisions every day. Every time you make a decision you use up precious resources in your brain. Do you think about how and when you are making decisions?  If you don’t, you’re in danger of making decisions when your brain isn’t at its peak. Your brain is like a muscle.  […]

Is your decision making dangerous?

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We all love to believe we are rational beings and that this rationality extends to how we make decisions. Unfortunately, it’s not the case.   Bias pervades our decision making.  And this is dangerous when the bias is unconscious. This is because we don’t make decisions on facts alone.  We make decisions on hunches, feelings and […]