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Tune in to your new environment

Tune in to your new environment

All too often, when a new leader joins an organisation they jump in feet first and are eager to make an impact straight away. Some of this comes down to our culture of busyness or our ‘cult of speed’ that I wrote about in my previous blog. We don’t want to be seen to be wasting time, we feel the need and the pressure to get things done and make changes quickly and efficiently. New leaders know that all eyes are on them and everyone is holding their breadth to see what their next move is going to be. To be seen to do nothing, straight away, can be misconstrued as a sign of weakness, a sign of failure. The new leader joining a business may be highly anticipated, with the employees expecting to see changes and improvements made quickly. The pressure is on for the new leader to perform. ..

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Do less and do it well

Do less and do it well

Being busy seems to be part of our way of being these days. I constantly hear people saying they “don’t have enough hours in the day”, they’re “pressed for time” or are “running out of time”. As a society, we are described as “time poor” and are in the midst of a “culture of busyness”. It has become a badge of honour to be “too busy” to fit everything into our lives and in fact if you aren’t busy, this is often seen as a weakness or a problem, particularly in the workplace.  ..

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How to Handle Making Mistakes

How to Handle Making Mistakes

Chances are you have experienced the negative impact of doing something that leaves you with a black mark against your name. No matter what you do thereafter, it seems, you simply can’t shake it. You don’t get that promotion, you have responsibility taken from you, you could even be demoted or worse ‘let go’. Is it possible to turn things around? The answer isn’t simple. Of course, it depends on the individuals you are working with, how forgiving they are, what you did in the first place and how you handled it. ..

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The power of inversion in the workplace

The power of inversion in the workplace

Creativity and innovation happen when there is an inversion of what came before. An inversion of the status quo. Think of the great artists and musicians of our time. They dare to break the rules and go against the current standard to create new ones and the results are compelling. Inversion is the key to innovative thinking and is also a particularly useful problem-solving technique when used in the workplace. ..

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Setting a Communication process agreement

Setting a Communication process agreement

Twenty years ago, we did not have the abundance of communication mediums we have in the workplace today. If you needed to tell someone something, you walked to their desk to tell them, picked up the landline, left them a memo or put a good old post-it note on their desk.  ..

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The Four Lenses of Change

The Four Lenses of Change

Leading through change. It’s something all leaders and managers have to do. And yet navigating their team effectively through change and uncertainty continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of their jobs. Your ability to effectively lead your team through change can make or break you, as a leader. Luckily, there are some great management tools available to help you effectively tackle leading your team through change. In this article I outline one of many ways to lead through uncertainty, stay on top of your game and to keep things moving forward in a positive way. It’s about perspective and looking through four different types of ‘lenses’. I find it to be a practical and useful framework that you can readily and easily use throughout the process of leading through change. ..

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The Language of the Way Forward

The Language of the Way Forward

In the words of Robert Waldo Emerson “Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” By adopting an experimental approach in the workplace, we encourage a culture where we are more willing to take risks, acknowledge failures, learn from mistakes and become better. Growth mindsets work best when you have a work culture that encourages flexible, changeable work models that allows for experimentation. If something doesn’t work, that’s simply data we can learn from and that leads to adopting a different approach to discover what does work. ..

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Making the Switch – the Rider and the Elephant

Making the Switch – the Rider and the Elephant

Managing change remains one of the single biggest challenges for leaders today. By our very nature we resist change and lean towards maintaining the status quo. Being a leader who can be flexible and lead the way forward in times of change, showing their adaptability and inspiring others to do the same, is no easy feat. Understanding the psychology behind what motivates us to change is important in determining how to ignite change in your staff.  ..

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Learn anything in just 20 hours

Learn anything in just 20 hours

In his enlightening 20-minute TEDx Talk, Kaufman poses the question “How long does it take from starting something and being grossly incompetent and knowing it to being reasonably good?” The answer, he argues, is just 20 hours. That equates to 40 minutes a day for a month, or 20 minutes a day for two months. With just 20 accumulated hours of focused, deliberate practice, you can go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing something well. That’s encouraging if you are faced with the daunting task of having to learn a new skill at work, learn all about new technology, learn to play a musical instrument or even learn a new language. So how can you go about pursuing this 20-hour challenge? How do you ensure you invest those 20 hours in the most productive way? Kaufman defines four steps to learning a new skill;  ..

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Making Change – Finding the Bright Spots

Making Change – Finding the Bright Spots

When we are faced with things we need to change, we are compelled to look at the surrounding information and issues contributing to the problem to try to fix it. There is often a complex web of issues that need to be dealt with to fix any one problem. When you need to change, this way of looking at problems can leave us feeling overwhelmed, demotivated and inactive, as the steps to ‘fix’ the problem are just too numerous, to complex or too big to deal with.  ..

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