How to go SLOW

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beehiveExactly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein revolutionized the way scientists think about space and time, revealing that they are more flexible than we think. So if time is flexible, can we slow things down? How can we create more time and spaciousness for ourselves, when our crazy busy way of life mitigates against this?

Instead of the 150 mph rush, which in the end leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled, why not make a conscious decision to just SLOW down? The stress, swirl and strife that hurt performance and fuel conflict in the workplace could be tempered by a simple shift in pace. Paradoxically,  going SLOW can actually make you more productive and creative, and able to achieve more with less struggle. Read more


Talent Management Tips for Time Pressed Professionals

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I'm busySo many people are just too darn busy to think straight.

Being busy is seen as a statement of worth, a badge of honor for how important, invaluable, or in demand you are.  And yet, at some point, you start to see rapidly diminishing returns.  Exciting and challenging work becomes draining or overwhelming.  The once-manageable to-do list turns into an oppressive nightmare.  Vacations are less desirable, because of how much you will have to pay when you get back. And there is just no time for the kind of thoughtful approach to making decisions or managing people that leaders really need to invest.

Read on for some suggestions that will provide a short-cut to raising your game as a leader, and could release some time too: Read more


Creating a Leadership Development Plan: Step 1

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In recent weeks, I have been working with many clients on creating a personal and professional development plan, which will help them focus their time and efforts, and achieve improvements in some of the following areas that are critical to leadership and career effectiveness.

–       how to increase productivity, and achieve more with less time, stress and struggle

–       how to increase interpersonal effectiveness, which includes managing up, down and laterally, influencing others when they may or may not have direct authority, and generally getting the best from other people

–       how to build a personal brand, and manage or shift other people’s perceptions of them

–       how to manage a career, and gain advancement and satisfaction from their work.

You, too, can create a plan for yourself by following some simple steps. Read more


Antidotes to Zombie Busyness

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It’s summer time here in the northern hemisphere.  An ideal time for rest and relaxation, days at the beach, ice-cream, and outdoor activities, but alas many of us are unable to take time out and get off the treadmill of work, stress and pressure.  Why is it so hard to decompress, de-stress and just tune out for a while?  And where are the demands of the crazy busy life-style leading us?

 

We equate being busy with being important and indispensible.  Our to-do lists never end. We make ourselves available 24/7. But do we really have to do all that stuff?   Is it essential that we always be on call?  Are others incapable of making decisions without us – or have we just trained them to be that way? Read more


The Pros and Cons of List Making

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There seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who make lists and those who don’t.  I have been both at different times.

Here’s what I love about lists: Read more


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