When is near enough, good enough?

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Perfection. It’s an interesting concept because what’s perfect depends on perspective. What I see as perfect, and what you see as perfect may well differ. We also hold different opinions on the merits of striving for perfectionism – some will see it as good and others as limiting. As a concept, it holds both positive and negative elements. […]

Eight bad habits that could be impacting your career

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When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating badly, or watching too much TV.  The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused, and things we connect with life outside the working environment. And yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you […]

Who are you listening to?

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One of my favourite movies from the late 1980’s is ‘Field of Dreams’. It’s based around an Iowa farmer, Ray (played by Kevin Costner). One night while walking through his cornfield he hears a voice saying – “If you build it, he will come.” He works out that he is being asked to build a […]

Eight tips to stay ahead of the game

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Many years ago I worked with a person who said to me: Michelle you can get to a certain level in your career by being good at what you do.  But if you want to go any further, you need to know how to play the game. Their comment always troubled me as it implies […]

Fairness – it matters more than you may think

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When you think of the traits of great leaders, being fair isn’t usually one of the traits that springs to mind. As humans we are acutely attuned to the concept of fairness. Children from a very early age notice when things don’t seem fair, with the inevitable wail of “That’s not fair!” This carries into […]

Do you know what you stand for?

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It was the brilliant Oscar Wilde who said: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” And yet in many quarters of society we see people who lose their voice and authenticity in an attempt to be liked by everyone or to appease both sides of an ideological divide. The same thing happens to people working […]

Modern Business Magazine: Successful Leaders know how to influence

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  For the April 2016 edition of  ‘Modern Business: Success is everything’ I wrote an article about how to better influence in order to become a successful leader. Read the original article here, and flick to pages 56-57 or to download a copy of the PDF click here. — Despite advances in technology, organisations today are more, […]

Harness the competitive spirit for good, not evil

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Competition is an evocative word.  Some people love it.  Others hate it. For some competition is seen as an unnecessary evil, and an impediment to good teamwork. For others it’s the competition that drives them forward and inspires them to work harder. The case for and against is not black and white.  Competition can be healthy […]

Look further – it’s never what it seems

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According to a recent study around two-thirds of what gets posted on social media is made up.   This recent British study found that a large portion of people surveyed said they posted false images to their profiles to make their life seem more interesting. It is all too easy to compare yourself to others.  This […]

What’s your breeding ground for complacency?

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The world is moving and changing quickly.  Do you keep pace with the change, stride ahead or are you left behind? History is littered with stories of amazing companies that were the darlings of investors, and now no longer exist. For many of these companies, the root of their demise was sewn in the arrogant […]