Category Archives: Personal development

Showing gratitude: Why it’s good for you and others

Definition of gratitude

Gratitude is defined as:

“The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”.

True gratitude is deep, meaningful and long lasting. It goes far beyond the appreciation you may feel for a new car or handbag that quickly stops being new so you soon stop appreciating it.

Most religions, including Buddhism, advocate being grateful for your lot.

People who are high achievers often focus on what they are aiming for, achieve it, feel good momentarily, then immediately set off towards their next goal. They are never satisfied and always aiming for something that hasn’t yet happened: if you identify with that, I hope you’ll find these ideas particularly helpful.

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Are you at risk of burnout?

Having a strong desire to achieve can help you be very successful; but if it’s not balanced it could put you at risk of burnout.

I see clients who are incredibly hard-working. They push themselves to be successful in their career and their life, but some don’t notice (or ignore it) when they feel tired and unwell, and end up functioning less than their best. This article looks at what you can do to recognise the warning signs, and maintain optimal health and performance.

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Why you should celebrate your failures

Whatever you are trying to achieve, making progress naturally includes making mistakes. So it’s important to celebrate ‘failure’, and reframe it as ‘learning’ and a healthy part of living a full life.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

This article builds on last month’s article How your mindset can enable or limit you.

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Why it’s okay to show emotion in the workplace

I recently attended a training course about neuroscience, and learnt more about what happens in the brain and how it impacts performance at work. I also keep coming across research and articles on this subject so it feels topical – this issue therefore summarises some of the fundamentals of the structure of the brain and its effect on our emotions and behaviour.

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How (and why) to collaborate effectively

More than ever before, collaboration is encouraged to ensure the best thinking comes through and that organisations create an environment that enables people to fulfil their potential. That’s why this month’s issue looks at how to collaborate effectively in the workplace, giving you both theory and practical suggestions for you to apply.

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How improvisation helps with innovation and team effectiveness

Companies are becoming interested in using improvisation as a way to unleash creativity, and to help people become comfortable working in a more fluid environment. In this issue, we explore the main principles and show how you can apply them in the workplace. This links to last month’s article on managing disruptive change, because you can’t always plan, or depend on the past, to build your future.

“We can’t solve problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Albert Einstein 

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How to have courageous conversations

This month we deal with the difficult topic of addressing conflict through conversation. For example, do you:

Q. Have an issue in a relationship (at work or home) that is troubling you?
Q. Have too much work to do but don’t know how to tell your boss?
Q. Need to partner with someone on a project, but you fundamentally disagree about how to run it?

If so, you need to have a courageous conversation – a conversation where you express your true feelings and speak about the issues in order to resolve them. This article provides some thoughts and tips to help you.

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How to find the courage to step out of your comfort zone

The start of a new year is often a good time to reflect on the year just gone, and to plan for the year ahead.

What did you accomplish in 2014?
What do you wish you had accomplished?
What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

It’s useful to analyse why you were able to achieve some things, and what stopped you from achieving others. Maybe things happened that were out of your control. But many people find they are blocked by fear, procrastination or lack of self belief.

This newsletter focuses on the internal blocks that prevent you from achieving what you want. By identifying and working through them, you can gain the courage to step outside your comfort zone, and set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling 2015.

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