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Does Character matter anymore?

Does Character matter anymore?

I was surprised by how well the Trump vote held up in the 2020 presidential election in the US. Surely, I thought, his loose relationship with 'truth', highly personal attacks on his detractors, and self - serving undermining of democratic institutions would deter moderate voters from supporting him for a second term. I was wrong. Character it seems was not…
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Bubbles

Bubbles

It is time for each of us to to build a bubble around ourselves and our loved ones, as we find ourselves in the middle of a second wave of Covid 19. We have been well educated on best practice and it is now for us to take personal responsibility for our actions. As the Chief Medical Officer keeps reminding…
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Where to Now?

Where to Now?

When World War 1 broke out in the summer of 1914 the consensus view was that it would 'all be over' by Christmas - not rage on until November 1918. Similarly, we all hoped that the Covid19 crisis would be behind us by the end of this year, which is now highly unlikely. It might be some time before an…
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‘To Zoom, or not to Zoom’ ?

‘To Zoom, or not to Zoom’ ?

Increasingly 'That is the Question'! ......as the pandemic restrictions are relaxed. When the lockdown was put in place remote working/virtual communication was the only show in town for businesses not involved in the provision of essential services. The pandemic significantly accelerated an existing trend towards remote working, which for most will be working from home (WFH). The question now arises…
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Days Without End

Days Without End

Days Without End is the title of the award winning novel by Sebastian Barry and seems an apt description of life since the Coronavirus arrived on our shores. The novel is a powerful story of survival and love in mid 1800's America, set against the backdrop of the Indian Wars and the American Civil War. These were turbulent times when…
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Self Justification

Self Justification

Self justification is all pervasive! It is the act of offering 'excessive' reasons, explanations or excuses to justify our thoughts or actions, usually when being challenged by others. Listen to any political debate, family dispute or colleagues discussing work issues and you will easily pick up how people choose arguments which are self serving. This note is not targeted at the…
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How to ‘Stand out from the Crowd’ in today’s corporate workplace

How to ‘Stand out from the Crowd’ in today’s corporate workplace

Hierarchical structures are being dismantled across the corporate world. There are good reasons for this. The pace of change means that businesses of all sizes need to be more agile and responsive to changes in the competitive environment through delayering of management structures.  This is needed to facilitate faster decision making and more effective channels of communication. So the old career model…
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Value of close work relationships

Value of close work relationships

We all know the value of having close personal relationships. They add meaning to our lives, represent a mutual support system and are hugely important to our overall sense of connectedness, well being and happiness.  The chances are that you have relatively few truly close friends, but it is not a numbers game! You invest in these relationships. You know…
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Leadership lessons from professional sport

Leadership lessons from professional sport

It can be useful for those in leadership positions in business to benchmark themselves against professional sports people (particularly those in team sports), and see whether they can glean any useful insights to help them 'up their game'. Consider the following: Self-belief and goals. Professional sports people have self-belief and excel at setting measurable goals against which to benchmark their performance.…
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Goal setting  Pros and Cons

Goal setting Pros and Cons

Overwhelming research demonstrates that goal setting has a powerful influence on individual performance and motivation. Goals are potentially energising and motivating. Challenging goals lead to higher levels of effort. Deadlines lead to more rapid rates of work and  making a 'public' commitment to a goal, recorded in writing, enhances personal commitment to its achievement. But there are real problems with…
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