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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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Events that change our lives

Events that change our lives

No matter how carefully we map out our lives we are subject to the impact of random events which potentially change our plans or even the course of our lives. I was reminded on this during a recent holiday in Spain, during which I had an accident which resulted in my hospitalisation for nearly two weeks and return to Ireland…
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Welcome the Inconvenient !

Welcome the Inconvenient !

No matter how much planning we do to have an ordered personal, career, or business life it is inevitable that we are occasionally, if not frequently, knocked off course by inconvenient events that scuttle our plans. A former senior politician when asked what he considered to be the greatest challenge in politics replied 'events', meaning the unexpected issues that suddenly…
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Time management is self management

Time management is self management

It is our responsibility to determine how we spend our time. Stress related to time pressure is a symptom of poor self management. How you spend your day is a matter of setting priorities, planning and discipline in sticking  to your planned schedule.  If some unanticipated event arises during the course of the day the first step should always be…
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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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