Overcome Overwhelm: Managing Work-related Stress

Overwhelm and Stress

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” ~ David Allen I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve taken on.  Of my own doing, of course, but commitments none-the-less.  This week is particularly busy at work – largely responsibilities that … Read more Overcome Overwhelm: Managing Work-related Stress


The Perils of Perfectionism – A Pragmatist’s Guide

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be … Read more The Perils of Perfectionism – A Pragmatist’s Guide


Curiosity: A Vital Leadership Superpower

I know that they say “curiosity killed the cat” but I’m not convinced. I reckon there’s more to the story.  Because I suspect, even if ultimately curiosity did kill the cat, that cat accomplished a lot more in its life than it otherwise would have, because of curiosity! The practice of being a leader can be overwhelming … Read more Curiosity: A Vital Leadership Superpower


Assumptions: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Assumptions

Your brain loves to make assumptions.  They’re efficient.  They’re practical.  They’re quick.  But often, they’re just plain wrong! Early on in a big IT project I’m familiar with, a tiny and seemingly inconsequential decision was made…  The project was incredibly complicated – it involved replacing one big complex IT system with another big complex IT system with … Read more Assumptions: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


Leadership Insights: Alfred Adler & the Servant Leader

What is a Servant Leader? Hierarchies grant positional power… Most organisations with more than a handful of employees have a hierarchy.  It helps get things done – decisions are made, strategic directions are communicated, and performance expectations are set, managed and measured. Hierarchy, by definition, provides some employees with ‘positional power’:  that is, the role that they occupy … Read more Leadership Insights: Alfred Adler & the Servant Leader


Overcome Impostor Syndrome by Becoming a Superhero

What is impostor syndrome? If you are a human being, and you care – even just a bit – about what other people think, you have almost certainly experienced Impostor Syndrome.  It is insidious.  It can be debilitating.  And it is completely false. Experienced more frequently by women, and usually when you first move into a … Read more Overcome Impostor Syndrome by Becoming a Superhero


Leadership Insights: Perceptions of Time

When I was pregnant, my fabulous hairdresser, Jason (who Blogs about Barbering and basically anything), said to me: “the truest thing I ever heard about having kids? The years fly by, but the days last forever!”. Truly the most useful advice I received about parenting!  And believe me, everyone has advice. This post is the first … Read more Leadership Insights: Perceptions of Time


Energy to Lead: Remember It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint

In my part of the world we are heading into winter.  The days are getting shorter.  And colder.  I can feel my energy levels ebbing – as though some form of inspiration hibernation is about to occur. If you’re anything like me, this time of year is also accompanied by a false but strangely compelling … Read more Energy to Lead: Remember It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint


Responsibility: It’s Never Anyone Else’s Fault (Even If It Is)

There’s a great leadership quote from General Bruce Clarke that I love: “When things go wrong in your command, start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles around your own desk.”  From this I have developed my own ‘Responsibility Rule’: It’s never someone else’s fault (even when it is). I have adopted this as … Read more Responsibility: It’s Never Anyone Else’s Fault (Even If It Is)


Perception & Reality: Things aren’t Always as they Seem

As a leader, it is absolutely vital to remain open-minded: to understanding that your perception of how things are, probably is not the same as the perceptions of your co-workers, your boss, or your customers. In this post I outline why this will be a stumbling block to you becoming an exceptional leader unless you can overcome … Read more Perception & Reality: Things aren’t Always as they Seem