Being vulnerable

Last weekend along with a few other beginners I allowed myself to be vulnerable. I competed in another sheep dog trial.  This involved looking pretty incompetent, feeling foolish and even having to shout a few times – something I really don’t like to do, or be heard doing. I am in the bottom class. I […]

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What do you want to change?

Most people like some degree of change in their lives. We go on holidays to have a change. We do home renovations, try new foods, change jobs and numerous other things in the interests of change. Some people say they don’t like change but it’s likely that there are changes occurring in their lives that, […]

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Do you want to be a better manager?

If you are a manager you probably think about how you can get the most from your staff.  The starting place for this is to begin by understanding yourself better. We influence others more effectively when we know ourselves more intimately, for example, our trigger points, our preferences for receiving information, or our need for personal […]

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Connection through a sense of place

I’m fascinated by the things that help to bring groups of people together especially if they don’t normally interact, or see themselves as having a connection. Connecting with others is important to our sense of well being and yet many people in today’s world seem disconnected from each other despite the potential power of technology […]

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Drawing attention to your mistakes, flaws and flops?

Most organisations like to tell a good news story. They want the public to know about their successes and how they make the community a better place in some way. So is it ever a good idea to draw people’s attention to your mistakes, flaws and flops? Is lying low a better strategy? If we […]

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Do you give feedback?

Feedback – we all know we should welcome it and yet many of us also dread receiving it. Feedback has layers that need to be considered if we want to improve our ability to give, or receive, feedback. This post is about giving feedback.  A future post will talk about receiving feedback. When was the last time you gave […]

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How comfortable are you learning something new?

We are always learning. I use the levels of learning to help workshop participants understand their learning process. It helps participants be “okay” with the struggle that sometimes accompanies learning a new skill. There are four phases: – Unconscious incompetence – Conscious incompetence – Conscious competence – Unconscious competence When we don’t know that we […]

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How our “self talk” affects the results we get

Everyone has self talk. It doesn’t matter what field we work in, how we talk inside our heads is going to have an impact on the results we get. In running a workshop recently, the conversation amongst participants reminded me of how we all need to maintain awareness of our “self talk”. Most people are […]

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Focus on what you want

Do you focus on what you want?  Or are you focusing on what you don’t want? There’s a saying I regularly quote when I’m facilitating a workshop: What you pay attention to you get more of. What you pay attention to determines what you miss. This is a simple and eloquent idea and yet unfortunately (and ironically) […]

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Is it possible to repair trust?

In recent times our trust in leaders, private and public organisations, and key institutions has been shaken by a wave of scandals. Surveys that measure trust indicate we are becoming more sceptical and distrusting of business, government, churches, and trade unions. http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2015/04/swinburne-leadership-survey-launched.php An erosion of trust is problematic as the function of society depends on us having a […]

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