Obligation: What To Do When It Steals Your Joy

It’s easy to make excuses. To think of a million reasons why you haven’t fulfilled your obligation… whatever the obligation is. I didn’t write a blog article for about six months… why? In my case – it was winter, work got busy, family life was busy, I published my first book… The thing is though, … Read more Obligation: What To Do When It Steals Your Joy


Uncertainty: What To Do When You Don’t Know…

I remember as a child, the excitement that would build and build in the lead-up to Christmas Day. Starting with putting up the tree and decorating it, school finishing up for the summer holidays (I live in the Southern Hemisphere), going shopping with my saved-up pocket money to buy gifts for family… There were always … Read more Uncertainty: What To Do When You Don’t Know…


Belonging: In-groups, Out-groups and Other-ness

A sense of belonging is one of those odd things that you don’t notice until it’s gone. In its absence, you feel it acutely, but when you have it, it’s very easy to take for granted. I am travelling at the moment, for work. Without my family. I am missing my husband’s birthday, and it … Read more Belonging: In-groups, Out-groups and Other-ness


Decision: Your Brain’s Most Underused Superpower

Underused Superpower

Decision holds the key to massive impact, fulfilment and living a life of inspiration and purpose, yet it remains one of our least understood and most underused superpowers. I’ve been experiencing a bit of the back-to-work-blues this week. I took about a month off in late December/early January and had a lovely, productive, family-oriented, spontaneous … Read more Decision: Your Brain’s Most Underused Superpower


Hey High Achiever… This One Is For You

January is a time when high achievers like you take stock, reflect, and recalibrate for the year ahead. Hey, who am I kidding! You’re a high achiever! You had most of that done before New Year’s Eve! But here’s what I know about you, High Achiever. Even though most of your family, your peers, your … Read more Hey High Achiever… This One Is For You


Growth Mindset: What Is It and Why You Should Get One…

Leadership Optimism Growth

For a long time psychologists studying intelligence believed it was a fixed trait. Something that remained stable over the course of your lifetime. This had two outcomes. It made it easy (and worthwhile) to measure intelligence and treat people differently according to their scores… And for those with low scores? They could give up! What … Read more Growth Mindset: What Is It and Why You Should Get One…


“Resistance is Futile!” – Holiday Survival Guide

Christmas

“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” ~ Sun Tzu The ‘festive’ season is typically associated with additional stress. There’s the usual suspects – money for example. Increased expectations for treats and gifts can make us feel overwhelmed by financial obligations and the knowledge that a debt tidal wave is likely to … Read more “Resistance is Futile!” – Holiday Survival Guide


Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” ~ Alan Perlis Two of the roles I had early in my career were in organisations with a macro-level view on systems: one was in the area of public sector management and the other was leadership – or at least public sector … Read more Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong


Two Kinds of People in the World… Which are you?

“…those who divide the world into two kinds of people and…” you get the picture. One of my son’s favourite bedtime stories is “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. He particularly enjoys the scene where the Star-belly Sneetches and the Plain-belly Sneetches are racing around: “Changing their stars every minute or two.¬†They kept paying money.¬†They kept … Read more Two Kinds of People in the World… Which are you?


Value Vs Status: Attain Fulfilment By Finding Your Niche

Value

All that glisters is not gold– Often have you heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold. ~ William Shakespeare A few days ago I caught up with a very dear friend and former colleague for coffee. We haven’t seen each other for about two years, but as … Read more Value Vs Status: Attain Fulfilment By Finding Your Niche