Splendid Isolation – The number one tip for remote working around Coronavirus

What strange days we are living in!  We’ve got plagues, floods, crazy leaders, and all manor of economic fragility.  I don’t know about you, but the media hype certainly doesn’t help me stay calm and drink tea.  Yet a little bit of me would love some splendid isolation!  The thought of two weeks being locked in at home sounds like bliss compared to a punishing diary of international travel and training.

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What’s stopping you reach your potential?

I wonder whether the fact that you’ve read beyond the title may indicate you have yet to realise your ambition?  For some ‘reaching your potential’ seems to matter, for others, they probably didn’t click this far through!  I don’t know why it is, but some people are simply more driven to max out on what they are capable of.

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Impact, gravitas and charisma a might trinity!

Over the last couple of weeks, my colleague Will karlsen and I have been musing on what it is to have impact, gravitas and charisma.  Have a listen to our two podcasts Episodes 17 & 18 on the topic.  We all know when we meet someone who could be described as credibly having any or all of the ‘impact, gravitas and charisma’ trinity.

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Three things you must avoid when giving feedback

I previously wrote about feedback in the blog post 'Three reasons positive feedback matters’.   It’s clear that being able to deliver feedback in a great way is such a useful skill for anyone to have.  However, I’ve certainly met lots of people who would say that they have experienced poor feedback on any number of occasions.

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Looking out for number 1

This weeks Squeeze podcast considers what it might mean to look after number 1, a little bit of self care.  It’s an odd topic for me, even as I start writing now, I feel a strange discomfort with it.  I think it must have something to do with a foundational belief I hold too, that ‘selfishness is undesirable compared to selflessness’.

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It’s brexit whether you like it or not!

So tonight as the hour passes 2300 GMT, Britain will exit the European Union.  Quite a moment, that will end a 47 year relationship with our neighbouring countries.  No doubt entering the union was an experiment, just as is leaving it now.  No doubt many will morn and many will rejoice.

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Have you been committed?

I wouldn’t say that I am avoiding commitment, but I wouldn’t say that I’m not! It’s new year and the news has been full of naysayers suggesting new gym or diet practices are bound to be short lived.  Well for what it’s worth, I rather like the idea of new year new starts.

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Here’s the two most important lessons about influencing.  

The skill of influencing has to be up there as one of the most valuable things to get right.  We start working out what works when we are about 2 years old, pushing and bending our parents will through any means possible.  Back then, we didn’t even care what others thought of us; we would happily throw a wobbly in the shopping line without the slightest concern for our reputation, all in the name of braking our parents resolve and securing whatever it was that we wanted.

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