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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3 Goal Setting Tips for 2013

The holiday season is upon us and I’m loving it. This is the time of year for family, friends, good food, rest and relaxation.  You may gain a few pounds, drink a little too much, and stay in your PJ’s until lunchtime – but so what, you deserve it. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with…

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Lessons learned from The Lone Ranger

For most of you The Lone Ranger will require no introduction, and to say my older brothers were fans of the epic western when I was growing up, is probably a bit of an understatement. In fact, their affinity with the famed masked icon was so great, I was often affectionately referred to as Kemosabe…or…

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What is Coaching – and Why Should it Matter to You?

Recently I was invited to a Christmas party (which seems odd in itself, is it really that time of year already?) and I was asked several times what I do, which is of course one of the most stock standard questions we ask when meeting someone for the first time. Although this question is ridiculously…

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Humour and Authenticity

In the not too distant past, I had an experience which taught me two very important life lessons: 1. The value of humour 2. The challenge of being authentic in our work environments. The story goes something like this. It was a typical Tuesday morning as a busy working mum of three. I was rushing…

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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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The Waterfall Effect

The way I see it, information within an organisation can be likened to a waterfall. It tends to flow easily from its source at the top i.e. the senior leadership team, down to the employees. In fact, ‘flow’ is perhaps not the most accurate description of how this information travels. More often than not, directives,…

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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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Four Killers of Creativity (and how to avoid them)

When I was little, my father (whose Ph.D was on the topic of creativity in science) would do a creativity experiment on my siblings and me.  The game was a sort of ‘spot the different images in the clouds’ but for academics! He would get out the family slide projector and put up slides deliberately…

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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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