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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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- Recognising the forgotten ones and what they bring
We have our stars. We are always on the look out for them and make sure that when we find them they are rewarded. We expound their virtues to all who will listen and look to grow and develop them to be ready for the next opportunity. When they leave it is a great loss. Then there …Collaborative Strategy vs competitive thinking
“Tomorrow’s strategies will not come from competitive thinking rather they will come from radical thinking about how best to discover and create value. Value creation starts with people united with a purpose that creates passion for discovering how to create more and more value together.” This is an excerpt from a good article on Collaborative …Switch off, breathe and switch on
Switch off from all those “urgent” e-mails, appointment reminders, to do lists, reports Switch off from those “important” calls to receive and make Switch off from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and all the rest Switch off from the music, the radio and whatever other noise surrounds you Switch off from other people and their busyness …One final question before that difficult decision
There are many questions we ask when making difficult decisions: we think through all that go wrong and we second guess people’s reactions. One final question to ask yourself: What will happen if I don’t do it? What will happen if nothing changes and we keep going the way we are going? What will happen to my …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.