Act, don't React.

This week I’ve let someone very important down in a massive way that I feel incredibly guilty about. The details of the what and why aren’t important but what is important is the how. There was no malicious intent, no ignorance, no procrastination or any failure to act on my part there was just a phenomonally bad failure in judgement and “thinking things through” which was all borne out of reacting instead of acting. The worst of times, the times when you most feel under pressure to act,…

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Head before heart except...

Thought for the day: The ability for us to put the head before the heart is what separates us from most of the rest of the animal kingdom, however, occasionally the heart must win otherwise we become less than the animals.…

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Survival is not enough

A life lived without passion or joy is no life, it’s mere existence. There are the things we need to do to survive and then there are the things which make life worth living. In the fast paced modern world it’s all too easy to forget that the priority of these is the latter is at least equal or even higher than former. Embrace your passions, seek out your joys, pursue your dreams and fight as hard for your happiness as you do for your survival.…

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Bereavement Leave

Found this joke on http://www.afunnyjoke.co.uk/ Bereavement Leave This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early. I find this particularly funny because it once happened to me! Just…

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I want, I want!

I’ve spent the greater part of my working life in consultative roles which mean that I have spent it in conversations with people about what they desire (in many contexts) and trying to understand what needs will fulfil that desire. It’s not always easy for us to differentiate wants, desires and emotional attachments with the actual needs underlying them but from my experience it is good business to work it through. Let me give you an example from my (distant) past: Some years ago as part of  a…

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