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Do you really want to change?

Do you really want to change?

I was working recently with a company on an employee engagement project.  At one of the breaks, a first-line manager came up to me and said that he hated working in the company.  I asked him if he had spoken to his boss about this, he said this would make no...

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Optimism is the fuel……

Optimism is the fuel……

There is so much doom and gloom at the moment! We hear on a daily basis, will this ever end!  Life will never be the same again. Why not ‘be the optimist in the room’? Optimism is not just a mindset, it’s a form of behaviour that guides everything we do.  It can be...

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Who is the only person we can change?

Who is the only person we can change?

If we step back today, we’ll discover that we’re still in control of our lives.  We still have the power to create significant positive change.  When we are faced with any situation we always have two choices......... Accept the situation as it is, or, Take...

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Start your day with a key initiative…

Start your day with a key initiative…

How we spend the first 30 minutes of our morning can set the tone for the rest of our day. Routines inevitably lead to efficiency, since they remove the decision-making step, saving us time and energy. Some of the world’s most admired, creative, and successful...

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Live life successfully one day at a time….

Live life successfully one day at a time….

I visited the crystal ball shop yesterday, unfortunately, it was closed, it was not considered an essential service.  None of us knows what is going to happen in the future. No one had foreseen the situation we would be in today. Many of us are worried about what will...

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Home with the kids – Father Forgets

Home with the kids – Father Forgets

Due to the current crisis, many of us are home with our children for much longer periods than we are used to. As much as I love them, my kids could strain the patience of a saint. See below a poem, “Father Forgets” That I need to read on a daily basis! Written in 1927...

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Label jars, not people!

Label jars, not people!

An intriguing profession has emerged in business, personality testing. In a short period of time, they have become the high priests of the modern workplace. Offering expert advice on everything from recruitment to career change. One problem is that many of these tests...

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It’s Valentines Day, ask them out on a date!

It’s Valentines Day, ask them out on a date!

Whenever we are considering the pursuit of a new stretching goal (asking someone who with like out on a date!) It can be extremely beneficial to ask, ‘what is the worst thing that could happen if I try my best to give this a go and it doesn’t work out?’(they may say...

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