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Welcome to my thoughts and insights around personal development. You will find pieces about leadership, self reflection and the hospitality industry. There is also recommend reading and various exercises and resources to assist with growing your awareness. Take some time to enjoy and I look forward to receiving your feedback.
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- Check the facts and turn up the volume on the positive thinking
We can all experience situations when our mind can take on a life of its own allowing negative thoughts whether about ourselves or others in a particular situation to get out of hand with unwelcome consequences for our own confidence and behaviour. Most of us are fortunate in that we do not allow the thoughts …Reinventing management to meet today’s challenges – a talk by Gary Hamel
Gary Hamel, rated by the Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker, asserts that the management systems we are using today were designed for yesterday’s problems and that we need to reinvent management to meet the unique challenges we face today. In this entertaining talk he lays out his reasoning and sets …Mind your body language
Amy Cuddy presents her research on how our body language affects our own thinking and behaviour Verbal communication, the words we use, makes up 35% of how we communicate. Much more significant is our tone; facial expressions, movement, appearance, eye contact and posture, this non-verbal component of communication is 65%. But what influence does our body language have on our own thinking and behaviour? Social psychologist Amy Cuddy uses …Innovation – yes, but remember the basics
Innovation: out bosses look for it and encourage it; our customers want it. It can consume a great deal of our energy and resources. Yet, what people really want is a good service or product that works. Windows phones have not grown market share the way it was hoped. Why? The software does not work or deliver against i-phone and …Expectations – don’t forget the important question
It makes it easier if we sit with people and clearly explain what we want and expect from them, but there is a question that we have to make sure we don’t forget. How often have we heard people complain about being a bit lost and not sure what is expected from them. Job descriptions …The Second Little Book of Leadership
The Second Little Book of Leadership A great little presentation from Phil Dourado, pulling together a lot of wisdom and insights into a 10 minute slide show. Be sure to share it.Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep
We often spend our time looking for new ways to help us be more productive at work. There are a myriad of elements to look at including the physical elements of exercise and diet, how we set goals, plan and prioritise, and how we manage others, to name a few. In the rush to find the …Getting back into the swing of things
After the festive break, or any another holiday for that matter, it can be a challenge to get back into the swing of things and build momentum again. Here are a few tips on how to ease into things and not lose the benefits of the holiday too quickly 1. Take a step back – “what ? …Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela
As South Africa and the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, now is a good time to reflect on the life of a great man and what he has taught us. Mandela gives us a sense of where we may start: ”The first thing is to be honest with yourself,” he said ”You can never have an …The leadership conversations you have to have
Susan Scott wrote about changing the world one conversation at a time in her book Fierce Conversations – we all know them, the talk we should have with someone but it sits there unsaid. In this TED talk she turns her attention to leadership. Her 19 minute talk is humorous but with a deadly serious …