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Collaboration and Legacy

John Smith was a Chairman and CEO of an advertising company. Married with 2 children he worked incredibly hard. His family were used to him ‘never being around’, he beavered away so that he could afford a fine house, great cars and lots of travel. 
 
Often away on business, over the years he has built up friendships through his work. So it comes as no surprise that he was invited to a birthday party whilst in New York. He went along and met a lady who made him feel better than he had felt for a long time. 
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When two people clash and it is so avoidable

Have you seen the birthday card with a couple of hard-of-hearing elderly people having a conversation? It goes something like this: “It’s windy today” “No, it’s Thursday” “So am I, let’s have a cup of tea” This is an amusing greetings card, but have you ever heard anyone at work having a similar conversation? No, not due to deafness, but due to lack of concentration because they are preoccupied with other tasks rather than listening properly. Especially these days with so many phones, tablets and computers competing for our attention. I was aghast recently, listening to two people in the […]

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What is intuition and how can it help at work?

A senior firefighter is watching his men enter an industrial building. There is a fire inside, but one of his men radios out to say that it’s contained and they have it under control. All of a sudden, the senior firefighter shouted down the radio to his men “Get out, get out now!”. They were surprised “It’s OK, we’ve got it covered.” “That’s an order – get out now, fast!”. As the last man ran out of the door, the building exploded. The senior firefighter had saved the lives of everyone through what seemed like intuition. But was it? After […]

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Why Do We Complicate Things?

A client of mine runs a training company. She has an enormous amount of experience and employs other trainers to deliver her content. Things were going well. That is, until she began to lose business to her competitors and work was not coming in as usual. With a sinking feeling in her stomach, she called me and we talked it through at length. We compared the various business models, websites, marketing efforts, client portfolios, training topics and so on. There didn’t seem any obvious differences between her business and those of the competition. So we looked at it from a […]

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