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Leaning to Action Self-Awareness

Course Corrections

I’m old enough to remember the first moon landing. Everyone seemed to be in awe of this tremendous achievement. It was one of those moments when there was this feeling that the world had changed. Forever. The distance between the Earth and the Moon is about half a million miles. The landing module landed within […]

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Self-Awareness

Grow in Self-Awareness

In my previous post, Advice from the TOP 30 Influencers in Project Management, I defended my choice around self-awareness. One of my friends emailed me about this post, and how she had observed that her husband constantly stresses the importance of stakeholder management. She wrote: The Human Factor that is so often the key to […]

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Self-Awareness

Advice from the TOP 30 Influencers in Project Management

This week I was sent a report containing Advice from the 30 TOP influencers in project management. If you are not involved in the project management profession, I can quite understand that this will not set your heart racing! However, it is interesting to see the patterns that emerge from these ‘TOP influencers.’ (Full disclosure: […]

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Personal Margin Self-Awareness

Interruptions at Work

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is about their office environments, about how noisy or distracting they are. Where they can, I’m finding many people excuse themselves from their office to get serious, thought-intensive work done. In fact, some even argue that the age of the office as we know it […]

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Self-Awareness

An Unexpected Response to Feedback

My wife bought me a FitBit Blaze for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I love it. I find myself consulting it or the app on my smartphone rather too frequently. If I’m not careful, I will walk into walls reading it! As with most devices like this, I’m not using its full potential. […]

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Leaning to Action Self-Awareness

Repeat until Excellent

Today I’m connecting with my ‘inner geek.’  When it comes to stationery, my family tell me that I become a geek. One of my favourites notebooks is the A5 Leuchtterm 1917 145 x 210mm notebook. Also, I use a tailored form of the Bullet Journal. And today these two combine for me into one beautiful […]

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Positive Outliers

Are we developing our critical skills the right way?

When I began writing Leading Yourself, the working title I started with was “The Soul of Personal Mastery.” ‘Personal Mastery’ is a term much-loved in leadership academies, so I explored the idea of mastery. ‘Mastery’ has some negative connotations, so I backed off from it as the central label and moved to the concept of self-leadership. […]

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Leaning to Action Personal Margin Self-Awareness

Tools that Evolve with You

We need tools that can evolve with our work. As our work, our portfolio develops, we need tools that can grow with it.

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Positive Outliers

How much breakthrough skill do you really have?

Have you ever wondered whether your efforts at self-development are really paying off? Do you sometimes feel like you are just treading water in getting better at your job? How we really get better at something is a critical issue of time, money and effectiveness. For years now I have been a student of how […]

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Self-Awareness

Ambiguity in a VUCA World

I am very proud of my daughter, Sarah. She has made a name for herself in the very male-dominated world of historic building restoration and ornamental plastering. She uses all her skills as a sculptress and has developed a keen eye for the health of historic buildings. I was walking with her recently through the […]