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Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Mindfulness: a popular, often bandied-about word. But what does it mean?

There are a few interpretations or ways to describe mindfulness, but one is: ‘being in the moment’. If that still seems too vague, it’s an appreciation and awareness of everything you’re doing…right now. It means not longing for what you don’t have, or constantly chasing your tail to achieve one deadline after another without stopping …

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Are you a willow, who bends and flexes against all life throws at you? Or a fragile bloom, who crumbles under pressure?

Resilience: the dictionary definition is: “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”. Or, as Liggy Webb, founder of The Learning Architect, describes it, resilience is: “how to cope, when everything around you keeps changing”. The one constant about life is that it changes. Whereas some people sail through change as an avenue towards new opportunities, …

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The culture of personality vs. character: why do we like our leaders to be charismatic?

Does this make them a better leader? A better person? There’s no doubt that an ability to communicate helps, when leaders need to mould or steer their team, and, therefore, an extrovert personality seems ideally suited. But following on from my last post, it’s not a direct link that ‘he who shouts loudest, shouts the …

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Does brainstorming actually work?

In a recent post I suggested that certain qualities were perhaps underrated in today’s leadership ideal. In the post, I included Susan Cain’s argument that the world needs a balance of both introverts and extroverts (extraverts), that without the quieter amongst us, we wouldn’t have Google, the theory of gravity, Harry Potter or the PC. …

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