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Beware of the Ostrich Effect !

Beware of the Ostrich Effect !

When it comes to dealing with underperformance in business many leaders act like the Ostrich. They put their head in the sand hoping the problem will go away.  But, if we avoid dealing with the underperformance problem, will it go away?  No, it will only get worse and...

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Are you landing on your moon?

Are you landing on your moon?

There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the anniversary of the first landing on the moon. When NASA launches a moon shot, there is more energy expended in the first few minutes just getting the rocket off the launch pad, then it takes to propel the...

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Have a relentless focus on key priorities!

Have a relentless focus on key priorities!

The reason most of us don’t get what we need to do done is, we lose focus. We complain about not having enough time. But, time is not a resource, time is a priority. We allow ourselves to get distracted. The most successful people have the mindset that ‘if they say...

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Avoiding the Ostrich Effect.

Avoiding the Ostrich Effect.

I once asked a CEO how many people work in your organisation. He said, “about half”. In every business, there are people who are as committed as a kamikaze pilot on their 25th mission. Too many leaders act like the ostrich when dealing with underperformance. They put...

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Stop beating yourself up!

Stop beating yourself up!

Too many of us focus on what we haven’t done, rather than what we have done. When you are beating yourself up about something. Ask yourself, if you would do the same to someone you love for the same ‘offence’. If the answer is ‘no’ and it usually is. Ask yourself, why...

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To be Smart or Not to be Smart

To be Smart or Not to be Smart

One of the biggest impulses among successful people is our overwhelming need to prove how smart we are. The need to be the smartest person in the room. This often leads to some incredibly stupid behaviour. The time we spend trying to impress others could be spent...

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Resign as the Master of the Universe……

Resign as the Master of the Universe……

Half of the troubles in my life can still be traced back to saying ‘yes’ too quickly and not saying ‘no’ soon enough’. Beware of PTH: Propensity To Help, it gets us into other people’s business and makes the assumption they can’t help themselves and/or won’t request...

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Get Your Car out of the Garage

Get Your Car out of the Garage

  A great many people live in the self-imposed imprisonment of low expectations about life. I call this, the ‘car being stuck in the garage’, it’s not moving so it is going no-where. How do we change this? Accept self-responsibility and take action Pick a goal and...

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