It's not you it's your brain
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It's not you - it's your brain!

At a recent presentation on the topic of Managing Self and Influencing Others Through Change, I spoke about the huge changes that have been experienced in the technology arena. And, as a result of this, societal expectations have also changed…
Making decisions is a demanding workout
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Making decisions really is a demanding workout

We make a staggering number of decisions – every minute, hour and day.   Many of these decisions are not made consciously.  Those that happen with frequency have become a ‘pattern’ and formed a mental map, so happen non-consciously. …
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We build and lose trust one conversation at a time - over time

Have you ever wondered why some conversations feel comfortable and engaging?  You find them easy and rewarding to be a part of, and, others feel like hard work or you’d rather walk away from them because it’s too hard.  How often have…
Common sense isn't that common
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Common sense isn't really that common!

How many times have you heard those two words ‘common sense’? Or, used them yourself during conversations? Let’s face, it we all have (or do)! I’ve heard those two words used numerous times. ‘Well, that’s just common sense!’,…
loneliness conundrum more connected yet less connection
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The Loneliness Conundrum - more connected, yet, less connection

I read last week about the UK recently appointing a ‘Minister for Loneliness’ – Tracey Crouch for those interested. Truthfully, I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’m pleased that there is an awareness that social isolation is…
Growth Mindset - Question mark in maze shows thinking
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Change with a growth mindset lens

Last week, I and a whole bunch of enthustiastic change practitioners, attended the Bi-annual ChangeConnect Awards in Adelaide.  During the opening remarks, Susan Stewart spoke about change, including the work of Carol Dweck. I’m a huge…
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Improve your personal productivity - focus on managing cognitive load

Why the shift? We keep hearing that our world is becoming more complex and cycling faster and faster.  That’s true.   And it means the need to be able to focus our attention is becoming greater and greater.  Brain fact – attention…
Velcro for negativity and teflon for positivity moments of choice
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We're like velcro for negativity and teflon for positivity!

A great metaphor by Dr Rick Hanson – in essence, we have a negativity bias. An important evolutionary principle that served to keep our ancestors alive from the many real and physical threats they were exposed to. Today, we haven’t lost…
Performance Management Discussion
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‘Performance management’ – threat state to the brain

There has been quite a lot published recently about performance management and in particular about removing performance ratings. At its core, managing performance is about ensuring that both employers and employees match how we work in today’s…
Inclusion Happy Team
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Strengthening your team ready for 2018

Shortly, it will be the season for company-wide and team end-of-year gatherings and celebrations.  An opportunity for people to come together less formally.  And yet, the outcome for some of us is that we feel more excluded than included. …