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Be confident, not arrogant

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Self-confidence is not the same as arrogance. Arrogant people often don’t listen to others and try to ramrod their way through life. Someone with self-confidence knows they are not perfect, but they also know they have at least the common sense to work out most everyday problems and challenges in a perfectly acceptable way. They […]

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Learning from Toast

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We’ve all done it. Forgotten the toast under the grill and ended up with something less than appetising. So, what leadership lesson can we learn from the humble slice of toast?   Making toast could never be described as difficult. Could it? Even for people with the most basic culinary skills. However just because it’s […]

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End in mind

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Those that know me will be aware that Stephen Covey was a big influence on my life. A chance purchase of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a motorway service station in the mid-nineties, introduced me to the world of personal development. I’ve been fascinated with the subject ever since. I was coaching […]

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In my experience when first asked the question about levels of trust and openness within a team, people can feel awkward about saying what they really believe. This results in an over estimation of how good things really are. So how can you become more informed? This may prompt the question, why does it matter? […]

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Set the agenda not the tasks

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I’ve recently been supporting the recruitment of a senior manager in Government. One of the expressions a candidate used has resonated with me. When answering a question about what he’d do to create an environment for others to be successful he explained that for him the role of the leader is about setting the agenda […]

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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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