Managing Our Personal Energy In 2022

Our current global circumstances make it very difficult to predict what the year ahead may be like in any way.  We don’t know what business trends will look like.  We don’t know whether children will stay in school or school online.  We don’t know what travel will look like, or when we’ll share time with…

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Owning & Addressing 2022

Normally, the start of a new year is heralded with renewed verve, new goals and a new drive towards higher levels than those achieved the previous year.  The question “where to from here” is posed to people rearing to go and requiring only to be pointed in the direction of what needs slaying. Whilst we have…

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2022 – We’ve Trained for This!

A new year is a new opportunity.  A clean slate if you will.  A new beginning with an expanse of unknown consequences and adventure lying ahead of us to do with what we will. It’s not that what was there before has disappeared and no longer requires dealing with, or that we magically can see any…

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BE The Invitation To Something Different

In July of 2018, three days before our last Zimbabwean elections, I wrote an article entitled “Are You A Leader, Or Are You Just Taking A Walk?” which spoke to what it takes to get people to follow you through a journey towards a destination – be that at home or at work, on a…

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How Stress Makes Us Stupid

Over the past few years, I’ve become more and more of an advocate for decent strategic planning in the lead up to the December break and the flip over of the calendar to the next year.  Strategic planning that allows us to consider, download and offload the year we’ve had – processing the lessons, assessing…

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Maintaining Control of November

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.  Board meetings, end of term and end of…

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But First, Self-Management #1

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about some of the keys to our own self-management.  Last week, I wrote about one of the central premises of stress awareness and self-management – that of our ability to control what we focus on.  I also noted that self-management will always trump leadership – that before…

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Taking Back Control of Your World

One of the most stressful things that we can do is focus solely on what goes on in the world around us.  When we focus on what happens around us – the physical reality, circumstances and the things that are happening TO us – we feel out of control and our stress levels rise.  One…

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Assuaging the Global Pandemic of Self-Doubt

Many of us are experiencing for the first time in our lifetimes the effects of prolonged uncertainty, change, and “operating conditions” that are continuously out of our control and difficult, if not impossible to plan for.  Whilst this global pandemic started as one of physical health, it has become one that has tested our mental…

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