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Make the most of your precious holiday leave… here’s how

Well, it is that time of year again.  You’ve saved up the holiday leave, and the money, you’ve planned, searched and booked, probably last January just after the post-Christmas blues set in and finally it’s here: the annual summer holiday.  This year will be different, we won’t squabble, cry, tear

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Get to ‘yes’ and ditch the compromise, here’s how….

A brilliant and amazingly effective skill of assertive people, is the ability to get to yes.  It is a powerful, collaborative and positive approach to life.  Assertive people are superb at getting to yes, they are influential and organised, they get things done, the right way for them and for

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How to grow your assertiveness, first step observation….

In my previous blog post, if you answered the 18 questions honestly, you will broadly know whether you tend towards assertiveness.  This is the first step in self-awareness.  The challenge now is to ‘take a look’ at yourself: observe and analyse the choices you make every day. Reflect by playing

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Give feedback and be thanked ……

That rarely happens, sometimes when I give feedback I don’t get thanked, I get a blank stare or a mutter of defence. Then I am very sorry I took the risk of saying anything at all and keep quiet the next time. Feedback comes with negative connotations, such as rejection,

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MAKE IT OR BREAK IT – with habits for 2015

Last week (15th January) I was invited in to the old alma mater to give an interview for their health radio show (33:30): scary stuff as I had never been on radio before, but in the spirit of moving out of my comfort zone and trying out new things…. Anyway, the

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Why Fairness matters

Our brains are wired to seek pleasure (reward) and avoid pain (threat): I know this is a very simplistic way to view the human being when we are so complex and yes, it is not the complete answer on how to be engaged at work, but, it does make sense

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Celebrate, celebrate and embrace those highs

Looking to our brains, for a change, research from neuroscience reveals the simple secrets on how to be motivated and to foster an environment where motivation can thrive. At the very heart of motivation is our human instinct to avoid pain/threat and seek out reward/pleasure and David Rock’s SCARF model is

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