Published by : damian

It surprises me when I talk with people about their approach to personnel selection. So often there is an over focus on skills. This is surprising given that so often when things don’t work out it’s as a result of behaviour and attitude.  There’s an obvious yet overlooked point – the skills element can be […]

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One of the approaches I look to live by is seek first to understand and then be understood. I was first introduced to this in 1994 when reading Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Time and again I’ve been surprised by how this approach can change my view and more importantly, action. Despite my best intentions, […]

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Following on from my last post. Bradley Wiggins was successful in his goal to break the cycling world hour record. He rode 54.526KM (33.88 miles). Impressive stuff. What can we learn from that event when thinking about our plans and goals? Here’s three observations: 1) Things happen outside your control – an example of this from […]

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It’s often the case that people give up on a goal way too early. Or perhaps worse, don’t even start for fear of not being successful. This is a real shame because armed with the right strategies and tactics you can dramatically increase your chances of achieving the outcome you want. Here’s three ideas for […]

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For those wanting to gain insight into the characteristics of elite performance you will have your time well spent reading James Kerr’s book Legacy. It covers in a readily digestible way, the approach the All Black use to get the best out of their people. At the heart of the ethos put forward is the […]

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Learning from the doctor

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Over the last couple of years, there have a been a number of instances with members of my family who have needed to make use of doctors in the NHS. One case recently prompts this post. In my experience doctors are good at giving feedback. This is my observation about their approach. Step 1 – Get the […]

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Getting set for the week

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The weekly review and  forward plan keeps you on  top of your commitments  and actions whilst getting  alignment with your values  and your key roles in life.  Done regularly it becomes the foundation for sustained success and balance. Here’s a basic approach to get you started. Adapt this and make it your own. The more […]

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 As a line manager it can be very easy to talk  about a member of your team needing to “get  out of their comfort zone”. I believe this  phrase is overused as it doesn’t suggest what  really needs to happen. It can also put people  into a defensive frame of mind and come  across as […]

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7 Ways to Bring a Better Balance

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More and more challenges come our way competing for the precious 168 hours we have each week. It’s important that we take responsibility and work at striking a balance to achieve more of the right things. Here’s 7 things to get you stated.     1. Get a longer-term vision Having a view on where […]

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When it comes to personal development, some people find the concept of goal setting a challenge. Here are five questions to ask yourself to engage your thinking?     What gets in my way of achieving success? What trophy or award would I like to have in my possession? What is the smallest subset of […]

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