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How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking

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Stinking Thinking

The American psychologist Albert Ellis is credited with coining the phrase ‘stinking thinking’ to describe the human tendency to persistently engage with thoughts that do not serve us.  Maybe you know what Ellis was describing; perhaps you’ve experienced that moment of awareness when you fully comprehend the direction and meaning of your thoughts. Or perhaps Read More

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Are You a Manager or a Gardener?

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Are You a Manager or Gardener

There’s been a lot written in recent years about the differences (and parallels) between leadership and management. Organisations tend to muddy the waters somewhat by embedding management terms in titles and position descriptions – so managers could be forgiven for believing that leadership is the domain of the ‘senior leadership team’ as defined by the organisation’s CEO or Board.In a 2013 Harvard Business Review article, Vineet Nayar Read More

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Courageous Conversations

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One area that many of us avoid at work is having those ‘courageous’ (difficult) conversations. Whether it’s telling a staff member they are not performing as expected, or sharing ‘negative’ news with a client, these conversations can be challenging – yet very necessary. If you’re avoiding having a courageous conversation, here are some handy tips: Read More

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The Power of Rituals

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[Reposted with permission from grahameg.com] On a recent rip to Colorado I was introduced to a number of American Indian rituals, some of which profoundly impacted me. On the flight home I had time to reflect on why that was – and one of the things I realised was that the simple formality and specificity Read More

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Learn from the Coach who Guided Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was arguably the greatest CEO of the modern era globally. His vision magically transformed four industries: personal computer, music, movies and mobile. A legend by the age of 30, tons of pages have been written about his creativity, innovation, intensity and focus. Sometimes called a tough manager and unforgiving, but always non-compromising and Read More

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Joy and Kindness

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Is your 2016 progressing just as you’d planned at the start of the year? Is it even better than you had hoped?  If so, congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing… But if this year so far has been well short of spectacular; if your goals seem even further away today that they did in January Read More