Time for a re-frame…

Before there was light there was dark, because light only exists in darkness. If the whole universe were light then what would be the difference between the two states… I would offer… nothing. Since there is more dark matter and space between light sources in the universe, perhaps we ought to re-frame darkness from its…

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Fear and Desire

Here’s an interesting influencing insight for all who lead others in whatever capacity… The whole gambit of an individual’s drive is encompassed between these two extremes; the fear of loss and the desire to achieve. Work out at which end of the spectrum your target sits, and you have the first and most powerful insight…

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Why? What? How?

A short but vital piece of leadership knowledge for you. People buy you in this order… The ‘why’ of you. The ‘what’ of you. The ‘how’ of you. The impulse that triggers your desire to communicate is the ‘why’ of your message. The ‘what’ is ultimately the content you’ll deliver The ‘how’ is what you’ll use to…

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It’s all in the mindset…

As a Host leader, thinking of a work colleague behaving ‘badly’ might dispose you to think of a punishment… Thinking of a work colleague struggling to handle something difficult, resulting in ‘bad’ behaviour, may encourage you to help them through their distress. Depending on the situation, this might be easier said than done, but maybe worth…

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Host Leadership…

Yet another buzz title to add to the groaning weight of leadership innovation titles, but maybe worth exploring for a few lines… A leader’s style shapes their followers behaviours, so let’s take a step back and review how. There’s a lot in a word; for instance do you want to “train” your followers, or do…

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Desperation… or networking?

The only reason I might attend a networking event these days is to witness and study the seven desperations of man… or woman. They are, in no particular order: – Fear, frustration, falseness, sweaty palms, an inability to maintain eye contact, desperation, strained conversation. Going to one of these gatherings with the aim of selling,…

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Send V Receive… is the first half of the equation

“The way we unconsciously receive a message, isn’t necessarily the way we send a message”. Ants No matter how clever or intelligent we become, our initial mammalian, reptilian, limbic, basal brain, (however you care to describe it) still has tremendous influence and impact on the way we sense our environment, the things in it, and…

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Consciously creating happiness…

Myelin is an insulating layer, or sheath, that forms around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. It is made up of protein and fatty substances. The purpose of the myelin sheath is to allow electrical impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells. So here’s the thing… I’m no brain…

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“It’s not the critic who counts”…

Hi All, For those of us who feel sometimes they are not enough in the face of judgment and criticism…  It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how the strong stumble, or where the doers of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to those in the…

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“We” rules OK…

Hi All, I was reminded today of how powerful the smallest words can be. Of how the unconscious or careless use of I, you or we’ as a preposition, can slant communication and deliver an unintended impact. During my long drive home from Heathrow, after an interesting peice of work ‘we’ had just jointly facilitated,…

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