The basics for peak performance – sleep, diet, and exercise

This morning I read a fantastic article by Professor Baba Shiv, award winning teacher and Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, eating a well balanced diet, and regularly exercising, in order for our bodies (and minds) to operate at optimum levels. One could argue these fundamental factors…

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Self doubt – recognise, accept, and grow

I have been wracked with self doubt all my life.  It’s the monkey on my back. However, it was only recently I discovered I am not the only person who feels this way, and in fact, I have come to realise it is something all of us grapple with from time to time – even our…

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10 Benefits Of One-On-One Meetings

Meetings make up a large proportion of our working day. Hardly a day goes by without several. In fact, back-to-backs are probably more commonplace! Of all the meetings we attend as leaders, monthly (or fortnightly) one-on-ones with our direct reports are one of the most significant. One-on-ones are often overridden by what seem to be…

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Be The Change You Wish To See In Others

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, was not only revered for her work as a civil rights activist, author, politician, and speaker (what a woman!). She also left behind her…

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The Compassionate Leader

The word ‘compassion’ can be defined as the virtue of empathy for the suffering of others. It is, however, a word not often heard in the corporate world. Like the word ‘feelings’, the use of the word ‘compassion’ is often relegated to ‘touchy-feely’ land. We are more comfortable with concepts (and words) such as results, action, logic,…

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The Power of Reflection

One of the most common reactions I get from people who experience executive coaching is: “Wow, just having the time and space to think about that issue I’ve been grappling with has been great!” When was the last time you hit the pause button? Today’s business landscape is fast paced, complex and demanding, so it’s…

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Four Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Kids

It has been said “the real magic wand is the child’s own mind” (Gasset) and I could not agree more. I am often reminded of the wisdom of children.  In many ways this statement is counter intuitive, after all, are we not the ones supposed to be teaching them of the ways of the world? The truth…

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Using the Difficulty – How to Transform a Challenge into an Opportunity

Challenge: “A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking…” (thefreedictionary.com) Challenges are everywhere.  They are an everyday occurrence in our working lives, whether it be a poor profit result, a problematic relationship with a colleague or difficulties in leading others through change.  Dealing with each one effectively is inextricably linked…

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