U is for Uncertainty

I couldn’t decide which topic I should write about this month.  Whether ‘U’ should be for ‘unconscious bias’ i.e. the way we make decisions based on our values, experiences or stereo types without being aware that we’ve even done it.  Or whether it should be for ‘unintended consequences’ as we’ve all done something and not fully thought through or anticipated the impact it would create.  And then been surprised or even annoyed when the results were very different to those we expected.  However, in the end I decided to use U for ‘uncertainty’ as Continue reading

T is for tweaking!

I was running a time management workshop a couple of weeks ago and we started to talk about the incessant need to ‘tweak’ our work and the negative impact it had on us. So this month, I’ve chosen T is for ‘tweaking’. We all set such very high standards for ourselves, but there is a difference between achieving high standards and attaining perfectionism.   The former is what we all strive for, but if we think there will never be any mistakes, Continue reading

S is for Smile Culture

Well what a start to my day today!  First I get up in the dark and my bare foot treads on something strange.  When I put the light on I find it’s half a dead mouse that our lovely cat, Maverick, has brought in.  After showering and dressing, I then shoot off to a breakfast meeting and having circled the block a few times to find a car parking space, arrive at the venue only to be told that the meeting has been cancelled!  I started to hear Eeyore in my head saying ‘I don’t know why you bothered!  What a day this is going to be!’ However, soon allowed this to pass as the person behind the reception desk was so charming.  The way they handled the situation made me think of all the things I Continue reading

R is for resilience

As I sit down to write this newsletter, I’m listening to the radio and hear that it’s the first day of autumn.  How quickly the months are passing!  But then I also realise that today is also a very poignant day in my life.  I have been working for myself for ten years!

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Can you believe it?  In some ways it feels like only last year and then in others it feels like a lifetime ago.  Talk about character building.  It’s been stressful at times and exhilarating at others – a journey of dogged determination, stick-ability and constant Continue reading

Q is for Questions

pictures 1I’ve chosen Q is for Questions because not so long ago I had a conversation with one of my clients who was a little frustrated that his team hadn’t asked questions at the end of a presentation.  He was concerned that the absence of questioning may have been perceived as a lack of interest on their part and wanted to find ways to help them develop for future sessions.

There are a number of reasons why we don’t speak up at meetings, some of which might be because: Continue reading