PAUSE – and read this

You’re ready to start the week with a fresh new outlook and focus.  It’s Monday, and you’ve got this!  You’ve surveyed your schedule and you know what’s expected of you – you’re feeling calm, centred and skilfully ready.  You sit down at your desk to handle a few emails, and an hour later you look…

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The Strength to Be Wrong

None of us enjoy feeling stupid, and feeling wrong is just as bad.  Feeling foolish, ignorant and uninformed all fall in the same category.  And yet, if we’re going to do what we do well, we not only have to be prepared to be all of these things at some stage, but to share them…

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Fair Exchange #4 – Balancing The Account

If you’ve ever wondered why some experiences and people leave you feeling pumped up and positive, and some seem to drain the life out of you, the answer lies in understanding The Concept of Fair Exchange.  This concept is responsible for the successful operation of every human exchange we have on a daily basis.  It’s…

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The Simple Concept That Governs All Our Interactions

Reaching and maintaining balance with others. There is very little we do that doesn’t require us to interact with other people.  From our family living arrangements to driving to work, to negotiating shareholder agreements, there is one principle that governs whether these exchanges go well or not.  It’s worth refreshing our understanding and examination of…

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How Do You Handle Challenge?

As human beings, we can be a little sensitive to challenge.  Challenge instantly requires us to defend or change our stance which is something we handle with varying degrees of grace.  To handle challenge with grace requires flexibility that comes with such multifaceted assets as self-worth, confidence, wisdom and humility.  Acquiring and actively using these…

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The Courage To Be A Team Player

Being a fully effective team member requires that we find ways to contribute our whole selves to the betterment of our team.  This means contributing not just our qualifications but our life experience, our strengths and our viewpoints.  These are the soft skills we bring that allow us to operate our qualifications in a meaningful…

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How Are You?

It’s a question we ask each other in greeting, and one that we regularly throw out various programmed responses to.  “Fine, thanks, and how are you?”, we bat in return; “I’m great, thank you, and you?”, we bubble.  But the question is more than a greeting – it’s checking in.  The essence of it is…

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The Source of Our Replenishment & Reactivation

For a team of people to succeed at anything together, they must have common goals and a common value system.  This is true whether they are a family, a sports team, or a business team.  Common goals and a common value system provide the direction and drive for getting somewhere, and without them, we go…

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Are You A Group Or A Team?

One of the most valuable mindsets that aviation trains for is known as maintaining The Big Picture.  This means maintaining full perspective on everything that’s happening around us, how it fits together, and how all the moving parts may affect each other and our progress.  This situational awareness comes from cultivating an overlap of knowledge…

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IS There More Than One Version Of the Truth?

Truth is a non-negotiable for strong leadership because it’s the foundation of consistency and trust.  Truth is, however, something that’s been making us all significantly uncomfortable for a good while now.  Truth is also a tricky thing because it’s often coloured by our own perspectives, beliefs and subconscious angles. Whether it’s been deciphering the global agenda…

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