A Deep Breath of Acknowledgement

Wherever you stand today is worth a deep breath of acknowledgement – and appreciation, for that matter.  Wherever you stand today is different from where you stood at the beginning of this year, and there have been losses and gains for you to be where you are today.  This is true of any year, but…

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Keeping November Under Control

We are mid-November, caught between finishing what we need to accomplish and account for this year, and preparing for the new year coming. As time available seems to shorten, and calendars fill up with impossible amounts of residual tasks, our heads can start to feel full and pressurised.  Attention spans and tolerance levels shorten.  Board meetings,…

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November – Assess. Simplify. Focus.

With the new year almost visible on the horizon, time has already started to speed up as this year brings itself to a close.  It’s not that long since we were preparing to welcome a new decade, and now here comes 2023.  Rather than allowing ourselves to be carried away by the speed of the…

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Reassessing Your Focus Yields Results

The success of almost everything we do involves another person or persons.  Whilst there is always a considerable amount of our success that we’re responsible for, somewhere along the line it almost always involves the input, interaction or response of another.  This means that our success will always come down to how effectively we communicate,…

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November Strategy – Breathe & Connect

November, the last month of the year, is upon us.  Yes, I know that November’s not really the last month of the year….but my goodness, sometimes it feels like it!!  It’s certainly the last month of full production and any kind of linear structure recognisable as a full month and, regardless of your industry, December…

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Handling Change, Assuaging Self-Doubt

Over the past few years, we’ve weathered several cycles that have caused us to reconsider whether we’re happy, whether life is working for us and what we’d like it to look like.  The mental shift of reconsidering causes stress and discomfort when we first realise that we’re not comfortable with the status quo, even before…

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Ending the Year Strong

October is always a great time of the year to reassess and refocus.  The time remaining in the current year is short and elusive.  Energy is flagging at the exact time we realise we need to push, and the oncoming year is starting to broach the horizon.  This year is no different to any other,…

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Shouldering Leadership

All of us have to lead somewhere along the line.  Whether it’s to lead ourselves through a situation or a time period, to lead a family or partnership, to lead a team, business or community.  Leadership through crisis or change adds even more scrutiny and analysis to the requirements of strong and effective leadership.  Two words…

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The Leadership of Guiding Change

Guiding change is described as managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change.  It includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with the reactions that team members may have to that change. Leadership itself IS all about change, not status quo – and guiding change takes some particular insight and care.  “They”…

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YOU Are An Integral Cog – Here’s Why

The word “system” has two suggested definitions.  Firstly, it refers to a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done – an organized scheme or method.  Secondly, it refers to a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole. In my previous article,…

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