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Cult of ‘Done’

Cult of ‘Done’

Here is a piece by Bre Pettis, a successful US entrepreneur, which I hope that you enjoy.While  slightly 'tongue in cheek', it  contains  a lot of wisdom, and is especially relevant for anyone who is prone to procrastination, and who isn't from time to time. Cult of Done Manifesto 1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, Action and…
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Persuasion

Persuasion

Your powers of persuasion are an essential set of life skills, without which you would not be able to get your business and personal needs met. However, while we instinctively know how to talk others around to our view of the world most of us could do better. The sub components of persuasion (below) are interrelated, but looking at them…
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Nothing changes without ACTION

Nothing changes without ACTION

It can be tempting to think that just by developing a vision and of what we want and believing that we will get there, that this will result in the realization of our goals. Yes, having the right frame of mind is essential but only in so far as it inspires us to take action. So if you are struggling…
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Should you act on your ‘gut’ feelings ?

Should you act on your ‘gut’ feelings ?

The short answer to the question is that 'it depends'. If the decision has limited consequences then relying on your intuitive response is ok, and probable the most efficient way to operate. Likewise if circumstances require you to make a quick or even an impulsive decision, you may have no option but to rely on your inner voice to see…
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There is ALWAYS a next step

There is ALWAYS a next step

The most commonly used excuse when someone fails to take action, when dissatisfied with his/her career, is that 'I don't know what I want'. This is based on the mistaken belief that if you don't know your goals there is nothing you can do. In fact the opposite is the case - you need to take steps to work out…
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Dealing with a career crisis

Dealing with a career crisis

Working for large companies or organizations has many potential advantages - structured career paths, sponsored training and development, good pay and benefits, security of employment, opportunities to expand skills and experience, overseas assignments etcYet it is common for many who have had successful careers in their chosen professions to become unhappy, disillusioned and demotivated. This can happen for many reasons…
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Do you have an independent ‘sounding board’ ?

Do you have an independent ‘sounding board’ ?

There has never been more coaching and advisory support available to those in business, in employment or between jobs, provided by a range of private, state sponsored and voluntary sources. But many do not even explore the possibility of availing of this support, assuming that it is not worth the effort or the cost. Others will see this more as…
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Lincoln : A lesson in Leadership

Lincoln : A lesson in Leadership

Below are some insights on leadership, inspired by Abraham Lincoln. They are relevant to anybody in a leadership role. 1. Take a long term view. Decisions that cause a lot of difficulty can be justified if they are consistent with achieving the ultimate goal. Leadership is not about popularity, at least in the short term, but about realizing a shared…
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Lincoln : A lesson in Resilience

Lincoln : A lesson in Resilience

If you are struggling to establish a career or build a business in challenging times the story of Abraham Lincoln should be an inspiration. I recommend Doris Kearns Goodwin's book 'Lincoln (team of rivals)' for it's depiction of how Lincoln, from humble beginnings, rose to the highest office in the land, overcoming many setbacks along the way and leading America…
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Prioritise the important over the urgent

Prioritise the important over the urgent

The focus of many businesses over the recession has necessarily been on short term survival, namely the 'urgent'. If your  business has come through the worst recession in living memory congratulate yourself, but  ask whether it is now time to step back and take a look at your positioning for future success - the 'important'. Signs that you need to…
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