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On our openness to change

Openness to change

How open-minded are you?  Changing our minds can be tough.People often need help to effect or deal with change. Change is a fundamental requirement to progress, but before we can even consider change there’s something else we first need to address – our open-mindedness.Openness is the key to understanding and only by allowing yourself to be […]

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Is the annual performance review extinct?

Annual performance review

The end of the annual performance review  There are few words, even in the unpopular realm of business-speak, held in less regard than ‘annual performance review’.  There are numerous reasons as to why this particular grouping of words is shunned throughout the business world, but most of them stem from their ineffectiveness.  Bluntly put, as a tool, […]

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Limelight Robbery: It’s the glory hog

Glory Hog David Brent

The glory hogEvery office and every team has its own dynamic.  Any given project might include introverts, extroverts, bugle blowers, mood hoovers and even the occasional glory hog.We all know what a glory hog is. They’re the kind of person that races to the front of the stage to claim the team award.  They can […]

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Intelligence, Ignorance & Stupidity

Trump waving with IQ quotation

Intelligence versus stupidity?  The great battle of the 21st Century won’t be a war between good and evil, but rather intelligence and stupidity.  This is a concern apparently shared by renowned thinker David Krakauer, the President of the Santa Fe Institute, who in a recent interview on Nautilus, actually makes the case for professors of stupidity.The interview […]

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Cut The Business Jargon

“Let’s touch base offline, we’ve got some blue sky thinking to run up the flagpole before close of play.”  As corporate life stands today, the above business jargon probably wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. Strange to think however that this infestation of ‘management speak’ has its roots in Russian Mysticism.  According to the book Business Bullshit by […]

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The Art of Great Conversation

group avoiding conversation

“What a great conversation…”  I’d hear that phrase often as my parents rescued me from my indifferent babysitter. I didn’t care much for the after-dinner party debrief, but I’d remember being fascinated by the art of the conversation. Oddly though, try as they might, they could never seem to remember what this great conservation had […]

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Confidence Coaching for Self-Assurance

From defining self-confidence to explaining confidence coaching… here are my latest thoughts.  But first, a little quotation…  “Confidence and deference are not mutually exclusive, and it’s usually a lack of deference rather than excess of confidence that gets powerful people into trouble.” – Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer  Confidence has proven hard to define over the years. […]

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A Buyer’s Guide to Coaching and Mentoring

Lendl Murray Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching & Mentoring  For the umpteenth time I had yet another one of those frustrating circular conversations with a ‘fellow executive coach’ at the recent EMCC International Coaching and Mentoring Conference.  It went a little like this… FELLOW COACH: “What does CoachDirectors do?” ME: “We provide executive coaches with commercial acumen to businesses.  All our coaches have had […]

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