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Which type of procrastinator are YOU?

Perhaps you don’t ever procrastinate, but if you’ve identified with either of my last two posts, you may have a procrastination issue or elements of the typical mind-set. There are many reasons why someone puts things off, but studies have found common habits amongst different types of procrastinators. Here are a few of them – …

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Is a fear of failure damaging your career? How to move through this mental block towards success…

I’ve written a couple of blogs on building confidence, and it’s quite often at the root of clients’ problems. When someone comes to a standstill in their career, it can often be a self-imposed plateau. Sub-consciously, we can be so afraid of failing that we remove the impetus to even try. Instead, we tell ourselves …

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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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Compare Nelson Mandela and Alan Sugar: humility and inspiration versus charismatic delivery and strong opinions. Who would you consider to be the better leader?

 Though the majority of people reading this would assume Mandela’s model to be perfect for the workplace, it may surprise you that the stereotypical style of leadership – the confident, almost ‘pushy’ approach – is still one favoured by many. Labelled as ‘charismatic’, the talkative, extrovert manager is one likely to be more successful. Is …

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Do we always notice someone in need? Homelessness: a Big Issue

I made a discovery recently that my maternal great-grandmother had been homeless at some point in her life, walking from Doncaster to Leeds or Halifax, accompanied by my grandmother, selling her wares to make enough money to eat and stopping at workhouses en route. When I was chatting to Mum about it, she was dismayed …

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Managers/Executives: Are you confusing your staff with your body language?

Statistics have shown that 50% of what we say to people isn’t communicated through our speech but through our body language. That means, without understanding how your posture, non-verbal gestures, eye contact, etc. influence those you’re speaking to, you’re at risk of them only comprehending you half of the time. What is non-verbal communication?   …

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We all have the same 24 hours: do you find yourself continually wishing there were ‘more hours in the day’?

I recently read a fascinating article about Harriet Green, the CEO of Thomas Cook, and someone who gets by on just four hours of sleep per day. Amazingly, this is not detrimental to her performance; like Margaret Thatcher during her career, Harriet positively thrives on such little sleep. Scientists recommend we get an average of …

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Change models and processes…and keeping your inner saboteur on his toes

Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken about ‘change’, and how best to approach it. Change is a necessary part of life, and though it may be scary to move away from the familiar, it helps us to progress and learn, to overcome obstacles, and to open ourselves up to new opportunities. Today, I want …

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What is it about the word ‘change’ that has most of us quaking in our boots?

We’ve just rung in the New Year and many people will have made resolutions they have every intention of sticking to. Common goals are health-related, such as eating more healthily given our the indulgence over Christmas, or to give up smoking and not be at risk from related diseases later in life. Come February, the …

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