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The key to improving our human interactions

The key to improving our human interactions

Understanding how we filter information leads to better communication - Part of my job is to help my clients understand people. Why it is people react and behave the way they do? How is it that two people receiving the same information can filter the information, and interpret things differently? Having a basic understanding of how individuals filter, and ultimately react to information, is a great foundation to create more meaningful interactions. I'm going to outline firstly the basic preferences people have for filtering information, and secondly how to apply this understanding to change your communication style to meet them, leading to more positive human interactions. ..

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Try thinking creatively for a change

Try thinking creatively for a change

Could you reproduce it without lifting your pen off the page. How did you go? I love this quiz as it gets you thinking creatively. In fact there is no one answer. There are a few ideas that people usually come up with, including:  ..

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Five steps to improve your critical thinking

Five steps to improve your critical thinking

Last week I talked about critical thinking and how it is really the key to a high functioning democracy, but how do we actually put critical thinking into practice. In a world where we have access to so much information and opposing points of views on just about everything, applying critical thinking will allow you to clarify your goals, sift through information and deconstruct it, finding the information relevant to you, to make better decision. So how do we actually apply this process to everyday decisions?  ..

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Education before Legislation

Education before Legislation

We are hardwired to be lazy – One of the biggest problem we face today is lazy thinking. It's in our nature. Our brains are wired to be lazy. When it comes to decision-making, we form opinions based on memories, first impressions and experiences. Critical thinking, an essential ingredient in a democracy, is often neglected, in favour of our natural inclination to come up with simple conclusions.  ..

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Altruism in our modern world

Altruism in our modern world

Altruism is alive and thriving amongst individuals and organisations in Australia...Altruism is a word that is rarely used these days. In its most simple definition, altruism means unselfishness. Indeed it’s the opposite of selfishness. It’s the practice of putting the welfare of others above and beyond our own welfare.  ..

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We Need Less Leaders

We Need Less Leaders

WHAT EXACTLY IS LEADERSHIP...Many organisations have an outdated view of what leadership is, and how leaders should act.Indeed, many businesses have a leadership culture whereby decisions are made behind closed doors and then strategies and resources are assigned to get the rest of the organization on board. This approach to leadership is dangerously out of touch and ineffective. ..

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What does it mean to be human?

What does it mean to be human?

It depends who is analysing the question; a chemist, a biologist, a physiologist, a sociologist or a psychologist. There are many perspectives and it’s a question we have been pondering since the start of the human race. I’d like to reflect the human mind and how it sets us apart from other animal species. In particular, let’s look at some of the tools we have picked up along the evolutionary pathway; consciousness and our awareness of the passing of time and our own mortality, our advanced ability to communicate and our capacity to collaborate with other humans outside of our tribe. ..

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Creating time to regularly access your business strategy is essential for growth

Creating time to regularly access your business strategy is essential for growth

It’s all too easy for small to medium businesses to get bogged down into the operational side of their business. So often I see businesses putting off, or completely neglecting the essential aspect to every business – strategy development. Or even worse, allocating time and money without properly assessing their strategies.
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Evolve your thinking for a more successful life

Evolve your thinking for a more successful life

Human beings are evolutionary by nature. We have the capacity to continue evolving our thinking to meet growing levels of complexity in our lives. I refer to this as ‘software upgrades’ for the brain, and it is this ability that I rely on when coaching leaders on how to adapt to the changing complexities of their environments. ..

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3 Ways to Get Past Procrastination – Part One

3 Ways to Get Past Procrastination – Part One

Talking to business people every day, and of course running my own business, I understand many of the challenges involved in running a small business. Often the challenges are personal ones rather than related to business skills. Perhaps one of the most common is the tendency to procrastinate.  ..

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