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Missed It

It’s one of those weekly things I habitually do. I write it on Tuesday or Wednesday, to make sure it arrives every Thursday. This newsletter. Yesterday, it didn’t arrive. And for a very good reason. I hadn’t written it. I could have blamed writer’s block (which doesn’t really exist). Or technology – claiming it was sent, you just didn’t […]

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Delayed Gratification

I have a coaching client, Claire, who this week shared with me a most wonderful idea. She’s planting… seeds, bulbs, cuttings, seedlings, tubers, etc. A minimum of one item, every day, for 90 days. She knows that even before Day 90, she will see the fruits of her labour. Plus, the garden gifts will keep on giving – long after the initial 90 […]

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Yoga isn’t culture

I’ve worked with many organisations who excitedly talk about the importance of ‘their culture’. Some do it brilliantly, others get it so wrong. Offering yoga lessons, a ping pong table or dress-down Friday isn’t a culture. They’re perks. Culture comes from a behaviours that represent the ‘Why‘ of the business. Like the now-legendary door desks at Amazon. Don’t waste money on fancy desks; pass the saving to […]

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I thought you would be taller

I’ve waited a long time before sharing this story. We’d been asked to present a How to Be Brilliant keynote for a new client at their staff conference. The Chief Exec and I had two telephone conversations to find out about live issues and to dig deep on their ‘afters’ – what they wanted their staff to do / feel / act like […]

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Seth Says

I’m always learning.  I subscribe to dozens of newsletters and blogs and I’m pretty good at reading… but not always at applying.  However, there is one blog that really stands out – Seth’s Blog.   I find myself in awe. Not just because of his wisdom but also his daily ability to make me think.  In the last week alone he has: […]

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I get to go to work

I was listening to Clubhouse recently when someone shared a brilliant idea.    For the last 10 years he’s told his kids that he, ‘Gets to go to work’…  Rather than ‘Daddy has to go to work’.  The change is subtle, the difference in meaning huge. He explained, ‘If you say you have to go, kids learn quickly from their parents.  They’ll soon have to go to school, they’ll have to tidy their room, etc. I want […]

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The spark is the start

Every Wednesday I take an hour or so to write this newsletter. I love it. It’s never a chore. And writing it makes me better. Finding a subject isn’t a challenge. I can always think of ideas – because I have a secret tool… It’s books. But not necessarily reading them. Being inspired by being […]

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Are you a Time Lord

Every day you’re busy. Doing stuff. It should be easier…  but it’s not. Working from home, home schooling, new pressures in life… the truth is, it’s harder than ever to manage your time. What now feels like 600 years ago (but was actually about 12) I recorded an audio programme called Time for Time. It was a CD production (remember them?). Last week, I received a message from a […]

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We Are One

This week, I was thrilled to share the news that our How to Be Brilliant Facebook Group is one year old. I created some graphics with the words ‘We Are One’ What started as a phrase to celebrate our birthday quickly became so much more. We Are One says everything about the people who receive this newsletter and the people who belong to […]

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Jeff’s Shirts

Jeff Caplan is posting a picture-a-day throughout February wearing a different, brightly-coloured shirt. The days are still short and the weather gloomy. But Jeff’s shirts are something else. Bold. Bright. Bursting with colour. Each one a statement. Each one bringing joy. Jeff is posting on LinkedIn And from today on my How to Be Brilliant Facebook group. Next week, the How to Be Brilliant Facebook group is one year old… and […]

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