Back to School?

September has that “back to school” feel about it, even when you don’t have school-age children.  It feels like a new beginning, particularly if you have just returned from holiday…..September is a good time to make changes in how you live your life.  Before the holiday feeling slips away, and you fall into your normal routine, resolve to make …

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How to Disagree

Last week I listened to a BBC Radio 4 series, How to disagree – a beginner’s guide to having better arguments.  What a fascinating topic!  The key point was that disagreement can be a good thing, but we need to do it better……

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Holiday Heaven or Holiday Hell?

It’s holiday season – for most of us a welcome break from work and an opportunity to spend quality time with our family and friends.  But spending all our waking hours together, rather than the more usual 5 or 6, can surface tensions and personality clashes that are normally hidden.

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In Pursuit of Performance

Reading about Geraint Thomas’s victory in the Tour de France reminded me of the 4 Ps of excellence: passion, perseverance, practice and positive conditions.  It also reminded me that what makes a high performing team is….

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World Cup Emotions and Great Teams

The World Cup and Wimbledon are over – what are we going to do for our entertainment?  Even people who don’t usually like sport have been drawn into England’s world cup journey to the semi-finals.  The reason for this is that sport engages our emotions….

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More Meeting Madness

This article in the CIPD’s People Management magazine has some useful tips for effective meeting behaviour, including the advice to have a clear plan of what you hope to achieve in a meeting.  I once worked in an organisation where, every time there was a problem, they would call a meeting….

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