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The benefits of lowering your expectations

The benefits of lowering your expectations

We are all prone to procrastinate about certain tasks when they seem too big or complex to start. As I have touched on in a recent article, some of us have a tendency to think too globally about such projects, we look at the big picture and feel too overwhelmed to know how to even begin. Some of us tend to think too specifically, we break it down into too many little steps and the end-result is the same – a daunting sense of overwhelm. Both perspectives lead to us putting it off into the ‘too hard’ basket for another day. ..

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The secret to high performing teams

The secret to high performing teams

So many businesses these days are under pressure to meet targets and achieve their financial goals. This means instilling serious hoops for employees to jump through day in, day out. Much of the focus on the day-to-day is on individual performance - KPIs, SLAs, sales targets, deadlines, mid-year results, end of year results, the list goes on. But how does this effect a workplace culture? Having a work environment that puts too much emphasis on outcomes can come at a big cost.  ..

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How do you eat an elephant?

How do you eat an elephant?

Let’s unpack one of the most over-used terms in management – “how do you eat an elephant?”. One bite at a time.  ..

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The power of ‘yet’

The power of ‘yet’

Part of having a growth mindset is the perception that you are constantly on a learning curve. Whether in your personal life or work life, once you stop learning you stop evolving as a human being. Waking up each morning and giving yourself a moment to be grateful for something as well as being mindful of this fresh day to learn something new is a great way to keep this perspective in place and ensure you are maintaining a growth mindset. Treating everyday as a new opportunity to learn and grow, enables you to bounce back from set-backs and keep moving forward in a positive way.  ..

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Evolving your leadership capacity

Evolving your leadership capacity

People in leadership roles have progressed to their positions by being experts in their field. More often than not, leaders of business began their careers like everybody else, towards the bottom of the hierarchy. As children we learn simple problems which become more complicated as we age. As our brains grow, so does our ability to handle life’s challenges. Anyone who has progressed in their field of work, would have experienced this as well, problems start simple and become more complex, the more our role evolves. ..

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Reinvigorate your leadership team

Reinvigorate your leadership team

It’s a new year and a new decade. Perhaps it’s time to reinvigorate yourself and your leadership team by investing in quality tailored leadership training to get things off to a good start this decade. Successful companies only prosper with a strong and vitalised leadership team paving the way.  ..

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Four ways to eliminate workplace conflict

Four ways to eliminate workplace conflict

Most workplaces are a melting pot of people from different backgrounds with differing cultures, personalities, values, priorities and communication styles. When there are differences in opinions, beliefs and the way things are done, workplace conflict naturally arises. In fact, conflict in the workplace is inevitable. There’s no such thing as a workplace where everyone works in perfect harmony with no cause for tension between teammates. A good leader should have a well-developed conflict radar, being able to detect and address conflict and tension amongst staff before it escalates and impacts morale and productivity.  ..

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Kick off 2020 with renewed engagement

Kick off 2020 with renewed engagement

It’s that time of year when we are heading back to work after a well-deserved break over Christmas/ New Year. Some of us will spring back to the office energised and invigorated, glad to be back and ready to tackle another year of work and all the highs and lows that will come along with it. But many of us may drag ourselves back to the office cringing at the thought of another long year of work and dreaming of ways to retire early and leave work behind for good. As a manager, you need to be aware of this potential dip in morale and cultivate an atmosphere of enthusiasm, unity and renewed commitment for the year ahead. Having staff who have the attitude that they are just ‘showing up’ in their jobs to perform a transactional exchange of work in order to get paid is a recipe for disaster when it comes to productivity and a strong corporate culture. They simply aren’t bringing their hearts and minds into the mix.  ..

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