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Five things to do if your cork's about to pop
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When the pressure builds up, you can move, inch by inch, closer to to an outbreak of rage. The Zen teacher Bankei was asked by a pupil how to cure rage, so he asked the pupil to show it to him. The pupil said that he could not - the rage came unexpectedly, at any time. Bankei concluded that, since the pupil did not have it when he was born, and could not summon it when he wanted it; it could not be a part of his true nature.
You can usually spot the warning signs of anger or rage as it starts to build up in you. It's time to act before it's too late and your calm Jekyll becomes a raging Ms or Mr Hyde.
1. Breathe Deeply
3. Get some Perspective
4. Change your Shoes
If your rage is directed at another person, or you think that someone else has caused it, step into their shoes for a while. Try and see the world as they see it, and you may start to understand that their motivations are quite reasonable.
5. Activate your Monty Python Organ
Defuse your rage by imagining the people around you as clumsy clowns. Picture them with red noses and green hair, in baggy trousers or spotty underwear.
You Know how important it is
Think how powerful it would be if your knee-jerk response to an insult, a stupidity or a crass action were to breath deeply, smile, and remain calm.
"Risk Happens! Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects" was also published over the summer and is essential reading for anyone managing a project.
Vic is a project manager who contacted me via the Brilliant Project Leader website, to say:
"I am just
halfway through reading "Risk Happens!" and I would like to say what a
great book it is! Compelling reading and I can't put it down (between
contracts at the moment).
Brilliant Project leader - due out in November - is already picking up advance sales, so I thought I'd highlight some recent posts from my Shift Happens! blog.
Time Management Articles on
I am pleased that my articles on time management are starting to appear on some of the most prestigious business websites:
If you know of any high quality site that would like an article, do let me know. Perhaps these are, in part, responsible for the excellent sales of Brilliant Time Management over the summer - currently my best selling book.
Brilliant Stress Management is selling well. I was pleased to see it at eye level in the entrance to WH Smith at Waterloo, and more pleased still to see fewer copies the next day.
I was less pleased a week later to see they had sold out and not replenished stock. Amazon's supply chain never sleeps!
Brilliant Stress Management grew out of a seminar and keynote called: "It ain't the Stress that does the Damage". This seminar is not available as an open event, because promoters find that few people are willing to go to their boss for funding to go to a seminar about stress.
So it is only available as an in-house seminar - in 90 minutes to 3 hour formats. The focus is on building the resilience to thrive in a stressful environment. Contact me for details of how to book "It ain't the Stress that does the Damage" or its companion seminar: "More than just survival: Thriving in times of Change".
Top Tip for Authors
If you are an author, you can track sales of your books on Amazon (drop me a line and I'll show you an app for that - works on your PC or iPhone). But you can only do it once a copy has sold.
So, thank you to someone for being the first to pre-order Brilliant Project Leader. The current publication date is 18 November, and Amazon has a healthy pre-publication discount, with their pre-order price guarantee.
Brilliant Project Leader
This is an amplification of my Practical Project Management Seminar. It is a great complement to...
Risk Happens! is accessible to new project managers, yet has tools and resources that will give experienced hands new ideas too. It includes 60 invaluable tables and checklists, and 57 figures and diagrams. There is a full list on the Risk Happens! website, along with free downloads of risk management tools.
The Three-hour MBA
promising, challenging and
I have been rolling out my new seminar, The Three-hour MBA, in London and Manchester - and am off to Birmingham on Thursday. It's been a great success with some cracking feedback, and I am now taking bookings for in-house seminars. There are more open dates in November, too.
"A lot of
information in a short space of time but
Practical Project Management
you can book onto any of these events by calling 01227 252100. There is a calendar on my website, where you can see all of the dates.
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