Published by : damian

Get to or got to?

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I love hearing things which challenge the way I think about different different situations.  The other day I heard the question “how does your mindset change if you change the start of the sentence from I’ve got to do something to I get to do something?”.  It’s a small yet potentially powerful adjustment.  Here are […]

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Here’s five productivity ideas to get your 2014 pointing in the right direction. Do it now. This is a simple yet highly effective tip I picked up from David Allen. He describes it as the ‘two minute rule’. Basically if a task is going to take less that two minutes, just do it. Don’t be […]

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Learning from the Tour de France

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So I wonder what Chris Froome was talking about with Alberto Contador at last weeks 2014 Tour De France unveiling? The worlds elite cyclists, teams and cycling media descended on Paris last week to find out what the 101st edition of the Tour de France will entail next July. It’s a big day in the […]

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Capturing open loops

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I’ve been catching up with the latest developments over at the David Allen company.  For those of you not familiar with their work, they, and David in particular are the people behind Getting Things Done (or GTD as it is more commonly known). As usual they’re a company that’s not standing still. One example, David […]

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Learning from Monsters Inc.

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Excited at a trip to see the latest Disney Pixar movie Monsters University, my daughter wanted to rewatch the first film in the series, Monsters Inc. I took three things away from the movie that I wasn’t expecting. And more importantly they could readily be applied to everyday life. In the movie all the monsters […]

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Tripple A response to setbacks

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It’s interesting to see how different people react to similar situations  particularly when the situation involves some kind of setback. Often this relates to the everyday stresses and strains we all get challenged by:  missing an important deadline, receiving some difficult feedback, disrupted travel plans. For some it’s an opportunity to moan and get on […]

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So you’ve been given some hard to hear feedback. When engaging with people its surprising how many shy away from this type of feedback or alternatively feel the need to take direct action as a result. It’s time to pause that type of thinking and work out a more effective strategy for this powerful component […]

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  I’ve been exploring the latest book from Paul McGee ‘how to succeed with people‘.  It’s written in Paul’s typical style – full of no nonsense, practical advice. I’ll be reviewing the full book in due course. So why this post? One short sentence in the book really resonated with me “We receive the performance […]

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Effective challenge has been fortunate enough to ask Sir Dave Brailsford of British Cycling a question about leadership. The questions was this “for a leader who inspires many, who inspires you?”. The video below gives his answer. Which is basically inspiring leaders are everywhere in all walks of life. You need to be on the […]

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Its struck me over the last few weeks when talking and working with a number of individuals how important it is to break down the component parts of any future success you want to achieve. Some up front thinking here can really help shape and focus any plans that you construct. The more I’ve thought about this […]

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