Your ‘Busyness’ doesn’t fool me

We all know that our best learning takes place when we are ‘outside our comfort zone’ – but not so far out that we want to run for the hills. I know my deepest and most long lasting growth has come when I’ve had to confront something I’ve been avoiding or take on a challenge that felt new and scary.

I also know that for me and for many of my clients it’s easy to stay in a ‘comfort zone of busy-ness’. And whilst we say ‘I’d love to be less busy’ or ‘I’d love to have more time for myself/my family’ we just keep on doing ‘stuff’ that we’ve always done.

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7 Ways to significantly reduce your meeting time

It never ceases to amaze me how badly led many meetings are. The same people ramble on and on, the same people never say a word, everyone repeats what everyone else says or there are so many tangents you need another meeting to follow up on the meeting…and so it goes on.

I’ve shared some ways to reduce your meeting time before but so many of you have told me recently that one of your aspirations is to get more of the important things done, that I thought they are worth repeating.

Here are seven of my top tips to help you make best use of your meeting time:

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A Powerful Listening Exercise

Many of us think we’re great listeners and many more of us know we have some way to go to improve.

I’ve been working with a group of leaders recently who say they often struggled to really listen. Either they are ‘too busy’ or the person they are listening to ‘waffles on or goes round the houses’ or they’ve simply ‘heard it all before’…It’s easy to tune out.

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Corporate Values are Meaningless unless….

I have to say I am sometimes a bit cynical about corporate values (there, I said it!). Not because they are not good things to have – in theory they are – but because so often they are words created to sound good, written by the senior team, a ‘project group’ or a bunch of consultants who then think ‘job done’. But everyone else thinks they are being ‘done to’.

No-one in the business really understands them or remembers them and even if they do, they don’t necessarily see those values being lived or breathed on a daily basis.

And we all know that actions speak louder than words.

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16 weeks until Christmas – What next?

Depending on how much you love Christmas that heading made you sigh or smile……..

The thing is many of us wait until 1st January to think about how we want our next year to pan out.

But imagine if you started now – If there is just ONE thing you would like to be different you can make a start with one small step.

And then another.

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Get Better Results without working harder

As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you.  If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance!

This week it’s:

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 Tricky Workplace Conversations

As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you.  If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance!

This week it’s: Tricky Workplace Conversations

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Three Character Traits

As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you.  If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance!

This week it’s: This article in The Guardian outlines why, even though you might be the smartest person in the room, you struggle to move ‘up’ or ‘on’ in your career.  

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