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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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Sit back and prepare to have your thinking challenged. Rework is a book that will ask some insightful questions about you and your business. My guess is that as you canter through the short chapters there’ll be times when you feel fairly uncomfortable – as the authors describe something that makes great sense then you […]

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Teeing the day up for success

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When working with different individuals it surprises me how few actually put much thought and effort into working out what the key priorities are for the day. Where people adjust their productivity thinking to include this activity they find the results are well worth the time invested. The level of detail you want to go into will depend […]

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Live life, love work

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Edit Live life, Love work is definitely worth the read. The opening line of the introduction sums the spirit of the book up nicely “this book is for real people with real lives…”. Kate Burton takes you on a journey to explore how you currently think about the different areas in you life and question how much […]

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