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Inspired and Effective Leadership

Who am I? Discover your true purpose

Knowing who you REALLY are, and being able to answer that question in an informed and honest way is the key to fulfillment and inner peace.   We live in a society that is constantly clamoring to tell us who we ‘should be’ what we ‘should aspire to’, what stereotype or expectation ‘we should emulate’ that will build our self-esteem and enable us to ‘fit in’. There are so many issues, inward and outward that impact our perceptions of ourselves – it can be like a minefield. Many do not do the inner work required to reveal who they really are, but have been carried away on the tide of expectation, and the mask of ‘acceptance’. It is so easy to get sucked into this, believing you should fulfill trusted people and society’s expectations of yourself, to cement your belonging… More

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Create a Memorable First Impression with a 30-Second Elevator Pitch

You’ve heard the old adage “you never get a second chance at a first impression”.  But the truth is, so many people fail to create a good impression when introducing themselves at a business meeting, networking event, or even a chance encounter. People often struggle to convey who they are and what they do in their introductions. How often have you been introduced to someone and told their name and job title, but end the exchange no closer to understanding who the person is or what the person actually does? How often have you introduced yourself that way? Take these two illustrations; “I am a Principal IT consultant at Computer Systems”, instead of, “I help blue chip companies find simple and cost effective ways of connecting with their customers through IT.” Which introduction was more informative? Often overlooked, but it’s… More

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Awaken the Leader Within You

When you think of a successful leader, what images do you conjure up? Richard Branson, charismatic and exciting or Alan Sugar, straight-talking and bad-tempered? How about Hilary Clinton, ambitious and driven? What about closer to home, your current boss, your former teacher or even your parents or grandparents – what kind of leader were they? What impact did they have on you? Our view of leadership is normally shaped by our experience of either good or poor leaders – and this is not normally questioned, particularly if the majority of our experience has been with one type of leader. Unfortunately people in positions of leadership do not always set a good example, nor are they always equipped for the role. The common mistake most people make is equating leadership with seniority and big business, but this is an outdated and… More

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Managers: Develop your Full Potential

You’ve worked your way up the greasy pole and secured your first significant managerial role, and you are eager to show your boss that you can get results….. You know the product inside out; you’re great at increasing sales and wooing new clients. What more could you need? Well, you haven’t got a clue about managing people and teams, generating trust, drawing out potential, managing conflict, or motivating others and the only role models you have of management are your previous bosses who ran their teams like dictatorships.  Recognise this scenario? We know how the story ends, disgruntled employees who don’t respect you; you brow beating staff, not delegating responsibility; you’re overworked and productivity has taken a nosedive. People are almost always promoted into managerial roles because they are so good at what they have done, they are rewarded with… More

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