Self-mastery

25Jan 2016
Productive Working

It’s very easy, in the cold winter months, to slip into lethargy. Rest and relaxation are good: coasting is not. Either take a deliberate break, or get on with making a difference. Here are ten habits that will keep you at your most productive. Start with Sleep High levels of productivity require energy, concentration and willpower. And […]

09Dec 2015

Hang on… That’s wrong. Surely management is about you, the team. Surely managers need to be focused on other people: their suppliers, customers, partners, colleagues, subordinates, bosses… even their peers. And so you do. And no-one likes a self-absorbed solipsist. Me, me, me: no. That’s just wrong. But is it? Let’s take a closer look […]

05Aug 2015
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In my last article about gravitas, I talked about the importance of slowing down and, ultimately, of stillness. Let’s extend that idea a step further. We recognise gravitas when we encounter a set of attitudes and behaviours that conform to our expectations of authority, credibility and wisdom. What makes gravitas does depend, to a degree, […]

07Jan 2015
Blow your own trumpet

When you score a success in anything, it can be hard to resist a little sense of pride in your effectiveness and productivity. Indeed, in terms of motivation, this pride is a good thing: becoming more conscious of what you achieve can boost your self-confidence, possibly leading to better performance and thus more success. But […]

03Dec 2014
5 Powerhouse Thinking Modes

The human brain has a number of different modes of thinking, which I characterize as Click, Bubble, Hum, Squeak and Sigh. These are just a helpful model of complex set of brain functions that, we continue to discover, are deeply interconnected. Take, for example, an experiment carried out by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, […]

13Feb 2013

“We only use about ten per cent of our brains.” You have probably heard someone make that assertion at some time. �Maybe you have even made it yourself. It’s rubbish. �FMRI and other imaging shows that all parts of our brain have uses.� I suppose that some folk do only use a small proportion of […]

04Sep 2012

SMART Goals are everywhere. Every organisation has its own framework – mostly familiar; occasionally innovative. Trainers and speakers (like me) get competitive. I only had to hear that one trainer offered SMARTER Goals to be off and running. In my book Brilliant Time Management, I put forward the acme: SMARTEST Goals. ‘Beat that!’ I thought. Specific Meaningful […]

09Aug 2012

Smart people can think quickly and respond effectively. Wisdom can take longer. But is there a way to respond quickly and insightfully?   You can click on the image to read a full size pdf version. You can read the whole July-August 2012 issue of Business Uncovered too.