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  • Caught in behaviour that is hard to change

    Caught in behaviour that is hard to change

    Conventional training holds out the promise of becoming more effective as a manager, leader and communicator. And yet it can fail to deliver long-term behavioural change if it ignores the hidden and seemingly 'hard-wired' patterns of thinking and feeling that run counter to the sought-after change. While many folks come to courses expressing a strong wish to improve their time-management or delegation skills for example, when it comes to it they often discover that it is just not that easy. The new skills make perfect sense, and yet applying them in practice is difficult, and it's not clear to the individual why this is so.

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  • Can you be a leader who disorientates?

    Can you be a leader who disorientates?

    It is understandable that many leaders have a desire to be liked and to be acceptable. There's no problem with that, so long as it doesn't prevent them from being able to challenge their people, and as I will suggest here, from being able when necessary to actively disorientate them.

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  • As a leader, do you construct or constrict?

    As a leader, do you construct or constrict?

    Isn't it remarkable how a single letter can make so much difference! (Thanks John for pointing this out.) The apparent randomness of that single letter, either an 'I' or a 'u', can provide a valuable insight into the nature of human influence.

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  • No; You Can’t Have It All!

    No; You Can’t Have It All!

    How many of us actually believe that we can have it all? Successful careers, designer homes, charming families, fit and healthy bodies, exotic holidays, involvement in the community, and so the list goes on. The expectations many of us place on ourselves seem to pile ever higher as we get older, especially as we reach that stage in mid-life where both the younger and the older generation are leaning on us.

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