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September 27, 2018
Boss Containment

Boss Containment aka Managing a Temperamental Boss

It was worrying, but not surprising that in the recent book by acclaimed journalist Bob Woodward, ‘Fear – Trump in the White House’ that staff conceal difficult news from their boss. Briefing papers are withheld, edicts ignored and difficult messages are avoided. Whilst Trump may be the poster boy for […]
September 25, 2018
Managing Change

Why is Managing Change so hard?

It was over 2500 years ago that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated that ‘there is nothing permanent except change.’ In recent years, change management has become ubiquitous in business parlance. It appears on job descriptions and is listed as an espoused competency in most organisations. Yet why is it, that […]
September 3, 2018
Modern Leadership

Modern Leadership – What’s it all about?

Unless you are a third world dictator, Eastern European strong man or Donald Trump, the old command and control style of leadership is in its death throes. A more educated, globally connected workforce doesn’t respond well to barked instructions. There is a shift away from the old heroic view of […]
September 3, 2018

Your Personal Board of Directors

In the second in a series of articles aimed at us solopreneurs, let me introduce you to the concept of your own personal board of directors. Big companies have them, why shouldn’t you? The idea of having your own Board of Directors is an extension of the ‘hero’ exercise, a […]
August 23, 2018
Reclaiming my time

Reclaiming my time

Last year, America politician Maxine Waters repeated the phrase ‘reclaiming my time’ when the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wasn’t answering her question during a hearing. The video of the interaction became viral and the phrase became attached to her criticisms of the Trump administration. In the last few weeks, […]
August 6, 2018
Time Management

5 ways to get better at Time Management

I’m always on the lookout for new insights and tips to enhance my time management.   Here are five distinctions that I’ve added to my personal effectiveness toolkit. Distinction 1 – Know where you add value The Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) as applied to time management means 80% of your […]
August 6, 2018
Amanda McHugh

In conversation with author Amanda McHugh

Amanda, I savoured reading Memoir of a Psychic, not only because you are a good friend, but also because it is a fascinating read. Tell me about your journey to writing this book, which I have to say I felt go straight to my heart because I know it came […]
August 3, 2018
Dream New York Wedding

How I used the Law of Attraction to organise my Dream Wedding

If you follow me on social media you will have seen posts and images from my recent New York wedding. Yes, on June 19th (my birthday) I married Brian, my partner of almost 11 years in Central Park. It was a magical week, I’m still on cloud nine. I’ve shared […]
July 2, 2018
Delegation

The Art of Delegation

Many managers have challenges when it comes to delegation. For most of them the real issue is relinquishing control. Many of us run the belief that if you want something done well, do it yourself. A core tenet of management and leadership is achieving through others and this cannot be […]
June 28, 2018
best shape

How I got into the best shape of my life

As many of you know I had a wakeup call last September when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Thankfully after an operation and treatment I got the all clear in January (the day before my annual workshop SOAR – that was quite a week!) Whilst the last few months […]
May 21, 2018
10 lists worth compiling

10 Lists worth compiling

Most of us go through the week ticking items from a ‘to do’ list. But we are human beings, not human doings. As we go through life we live many experiences and encounter many people who shape us as people. So, by way of taking stock, staying grateful for everything […]
May 17, 2018
Hotel Lobby

Have an away-day with yourself

In this, the first in a series of blog posts aimed at us solopreneurs, sole-traders, self-employed, portfolio-career types, the focus is having an ‘away-day’ with yourself. Management teams in companies have them, so why shouldn’t we? I’m a strong advocate of this ‘time-out.’ I have a business ‘away-day’ at least […]