Leadership: What Does the Team Need?

There are plenty of definitions of leadership around. You don’t have to look far to see articles giving lots of leadership advice. With such a great number of words written about leadership it can seem like a daunting subject. It can also seem like there is a lot to learn. If we look at what a team needs from a leader, rather than think about it from the leader’s viewpoint, we may gain an insight Read more…

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Productivity: Back to Basics

What are the basics of productivity when you are a business owner (in terms of personal productivity rather than the productivity of a manufacturing process)? It is often talked about, but can mean different things to different people. In this context I define productivity as: Doing planned tasks and projects in the most efficient manner, allowing you to get more done in less shorter time. A Set of Goals Where are you trying to get Read more…

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Why self-care isn’t as difficult as you think

Self-care is one of the three pillars important to a stress-free business and life. It is something that busy people often forget to pay attention to or don’t find the time to do to the level that would help them. Getting the right level of self-care helps your mind and body deal well with whatever your business throws at you. What is self-care? Do you have an image of people sitting in silent meditation, or Read more…

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Don’t just Level Up, try Spiralling up

Benefits of Levelling Up Levelling up is a term that comes from gaming, especially the role-play genre. The aim is to develop your character’s skill level so that they can complete a series of quests that get more difficult as the game progresses. In the game, if you keep practicing a skill e.g. spell-casting or sword fighting, then the game rewards you by increasing your character’s level in that skill. With a higher skill level Read more…

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Is Flow in Life and Work worth seeking?

Do you remember when you were young and your mother called you in for dinner, even though you thought it was hours away? How about the time you were so engrossed in your work that the day just whizzed past? Do you still have hobbies that you get totally engrossed in? These are examples of being in flow. What is Flow? Flow is the term used when we are so engrossed in something that nothing Read more…

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5 Behaviours That Show You Are Stressed

Stress is something that can creep up unnoticed. It’s often other people who notice your stress before you do. I’m not talking about the ‘bad day at the office’, but the stress that has built to the point where you aren’t quite coping. The kind of stress that’s been around long enough to change your behaviours. Here are 5 common behaviours that show you are stressed. Procrastinating We all procrastinate from time to time. It’s Read more…

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Do you need pain to reappraise life?

I’ve been wondering if you have to have a major event in your life before you want to see what is truly important to you. When I meet people who seem to have their priorities straight, who don’t get overwhelmed by busyness and who are happy with who they are, I like to ask their secret. I refer to these people as ‘sorted’, they have sorted out what is important in their lives and are Read more…

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How to stop the little stresses from causing you major stress

Little stresses, if left unchecked, can add up to major stress. How do we spot the little stresses in enough time to do something about them? Why do some people cope with busyness? Think of someone who is under pressure to complete a work project? As you know, some people cope well whilst others seem to suffer. Some people are resilient whilst others are not. In the case of the busy person at work, what Read more…

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Denying the effect of stress

Have you ever met someone who openly admits they are stressed? We all have, we’ve often said it ourselves. There is a difference between saying you are stressed and admitting to yourself, and others, how much it is affecting you. Sure, we will sometimes use it as a reason for being short tempered or unfocussed, but often we hide the full extent of our suffering even from ourselves. Is someone close to you worried? Has Read more…