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Positive Outliers

Your Hamster Wheel Beckons…

As lockdown in many countries begins to lift, we are asking ourselves if we want to or need to go back to ‘normal’…

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Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

The Only Thing that Matters is This

Photo by Matt Bero on Unsplash In my last article, When Work Speeds Up, I used a short video to illustrate my point. Allow me to do the same again in talking about priorities. This time the clip comes from a movie called City Slickers (1991), and this scene features two of the main characters, […]

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Personal Margin Positive Outliers

When Work Speeds Up

When We get busier, unless we give up, we work faster. We get more productive. But then life seems to speed up more. There is another way.

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Positive Outliers

Working Out My Work

In my recent post called, A Portal of Possibilities, I described the time I first got my hands on an Apple Macintosh 128K, and how it dazzled me and drew me into a new world of possibilities. The power of these new tools and the possibilities they gave me, consumed my focus. However, I had […]

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Leaning to Action Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

A Portal of Possibilities

Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash In my post last week, I went down memory lane and confessed to one of my worst recruitment blunders. This week, I’m still stuck in the past or, as I’d like to think, I’m still learning from my early career experiences. This week, I want to share how captivated I became with […]

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Leaning to People Personal Margin Self-Awareness

When I Made a Recruitment Blunder

One of my biggest mistakes in recruiting somebody was early when I recruited a young man, straight out of school, as a COBOL programmer. The warning sign at his interview was his reply when I asked him where he saw his work taking him: I would like your job. I’d like to sit in an […]

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Leaning to Action Positive Outliers

The Rise of the Portfolio Creator

In the 1980s, the Irish management consultant, Charles Handy, began to explore idea of portfolio workers. In works like The Empty Raincoat, he saw an emergent reality where more and more of us would have a series of jobs, sometimes simultaneously.

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Leaning to Action Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

Living Like a Farmer

My work seems far from farming. I’m a self-employed coach and writer. Yet, my aunt was right: there are more similarities my work to being a farmer, as I lead myself through the myriad of daily choices in my work, than perhaps first meets the eye.

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Positive Outliers

Are you giving enough Autonomy?

Sometimes we are the victims of the culture we ourselves create, particularly when we begin to head up teams and organisations.

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Leaning to Action Leaning to People Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

Will you change your story?

We do not need to wait for life to change our circumstances. We can change our story. Now.