Insights

Am I crazy trying to do handstands at my age?

Learning to do a handstand as an adult is providing me with some interesting – and at times frustrating! – reminders about what it is like to learn something new. I have been reminded that not all goals, and definitely not all practice is equal. Even when learning to do …
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How to take the drudgery out of building a new skill

It is no secret that dopamine hits are seductive. They trigger a very real and frankly delicious biological response that make us want more. This is why Facebook introduced ‘likes’. This is why gamification of social media is a major focus of all platforms. This is why success feels really …
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An idea to boost your critical thinking abilities

When I first joined McKinsey as a communication specialist, I was astounded at how quickly consultants came up with rigorous ways to think about new issues. Over time I came to see how they did it and wanted to share one related strategy that will help you with your communication. …
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Board Directors want thinking skills first, coding skills second (or third)

I came across a terrific article in the Australian Financial Review today that quotes two of Australia’s most prominent board directors, Catherine Livingstone and David Gonski. They had a thing or two to say at a recent education conference, which I thought might interest you too. They suggested that rather …
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Root causes of poor communication have little to do with ‘communicating’

I have been coaching a client through a particularly sensitive piece of communication this week, which has highlighted some insights that I thought might help you also. This case highlights how delivering communication is the easy part, while the strategy and problem solving that drives the right messaging can be …
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How thinking like an entrepreneur can help you conquer your fear of presenting

I have thoroughly enjoyed Marie Forleo’s quirky videos, powerful interviews and insightful business posts over the past five or so years.Marie’s sassy New Jersey gumption offers some powerful no-nonsense ideas all of us can learn from as we strive to grow ourselves and our teams.Recently I also binged on her new book, Everything …
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Ever wonder why some people grow and others don’t?

Have you ever wondered why some people grow more than others? You would, I am sure, realise that I am not talking about physical height here, but rather why some people increase their ability over time while others seem to stagnate.Thanks to the luxury of time afforded by two long …
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Too many books?

I don’t know about you, but my book shelves are stuffed to over flowing. And that’s just my shelves. Then there’s the bedside table, and my work area … perhaps I should stop there. You get the idea. We love books in our house and I often feel guilty that …
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Do you scribble on books?

Do you scribble on books?  When I went to school this was considered to be very bad form but as an adult I find it essential.  Taking notes in the margins of books I want to learn from: underlining key phrases, turning over corners and generally making a mess of …
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Do facts change minds?

Changing other peoples’ minds is central to having influence in business, however in his new book Atomic Habits James Clear offers some new insight into this vexing challenge. He starts by referring to two notable minds which point in the same direction: J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice …
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