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Put Less In – Take More Out

It’s the opposite of what you’ve been taught. But you know how I like to Flip It! He are some times when putting less in really can help you to get more out. Less negativity in = More positivity out Less criticism = More room for praise Less complaining = More time for complementing Less worry = Finding more confidence Less moaning = More smiling Less focusing on self = More focusing on others Less pointing out bad drivers = More keeping your […]

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Leave the raft

Imagine crossing a river.  Your mode of transport is a sturdy, well-built raft.  Once you dock, instead of leaving the raft, you drag it out of the river and carry it on your back. All day, every day.   This would be seen as crazy behaviour.  And yet you and I do it.  The Raft is your learning.  Sometimes we’re so focused on our own learning, discovering the next new thing, striving […]

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There’s No New Normal

First there was the normal. Whatever that was. Then the ‘new normal’. That was a hoot. That changed when the new normal was proclaimed to be the normal. What’s next? The old, new normal becomes the new, newer normal? The only certainty about normal, is normal is one of those words that if you keep […]

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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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