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Don’t talk to me about Passion

Sometimes it seems to me that everyone on the planet is talking about how passionate they are.

Most of them are passionate, of course. And they are right to be passionate. And that’s not the point. And I’m not talking about using ‘passionate’ in your LinkedIn profile or in CVs either.  That’s already been well covered by LinkedIn themselves in this January2015 post which shows that ‘Passionate’ is the second highest descriptor used in LinkedIn profiles after ‘Motivated‘. That makes it a poor differentiator in my book.

No, I’m talking about talking about our passions. [click to continue…]

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is my smartwatch better than Microsoft Band

my smartwatch is better than Microsoft Band

Ho Hum. After what feels like a lifetime enabling people to master time, regain control, integrate their personal and work life better, reduce stress and generally become outstanding at welding their purpose to their priorities, I get around to releasing my first productivity product. [click to continue…]

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Leadership beyond words

weldining leadership purpose to daily priorities

Sometimes words are not needed.

Leadership transcends words.

It starts with Purpose and the golden thread runs all the way through to the small decisions on what priorities we defend and deliver day to day.

call me to see how, together, we can weld purpose to priorities for you, your team or your company

 

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You probably know that if you hit the standard ‘Invite’ button or tick box in your LinkedIn app on your phone, that a blank, bland invite goes out to the person you so much want to connect with. You also know that the invite will be less well received as a result.
Here’s how to send a customised invitation request on your LinkedIn app on your mobile phone:

create custom LinkedIn invites from your mobile

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What Constitutes Success? In less than 100 words

These 95 words sum it up perfectly for me. What do you think? What constitutes success?

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A few people who have migrated to Outlook 2013 have asked if they can edit the subject lines of emails they receive in their inbox, which helps them in filing, searching or categorizing their received emails. The answer is ‘Yes’. Here’s how: manage your inbox better

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You and I know that, along with the joys and successes we will experience in 2015, we will also face a few challenges.

Well, a few days back I allowed myself to experience an almost paralyzing sense of overwhelm in the face of some very big challenges.

I ground to a halt.     For hours.        Very unlike me!

Even some very astute coaching questions from my wife weren’t enough.
I couldn’t allow it to continue though. Obviously.

So I decided to do an experiment on myself, which I’m happy to share with you.

Here’s what I did. working with the 4C Mental Toughness model

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Microsoft Outlook, used well is a powerful personal and team productivity tool. Used commonly it is far too easy to digitize poor personal productivity behaviours, despite our best efforts. Here’s an Outlook navigation Productivity tip. Engage web browser type forward and back buttons so you can easily navigate between folders and sub folders. Here’s how you implement it [click to continue…]

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Loneliness of the lone ranger worker

Maybe it is the relative quietness of mid-August in my business cycle, or that 2 recent Workplace reports caught my attention more than they would in the maelstrom of September and beyond, but recently I have been reflecting on Isolation in business.

It could also have something to do with a conversation with a friend of mine who pulled away from his CEO role in his very successful national business a while ago, retaining his majority shareholding.

He wanted to re-discover his family who, by his own admission, suffered as he built his business in the teeth of competition. He also wanted to get back to the passion that drove him to start his own business in the first place – investing in and supporting start-ups. [click to continue…]

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Happy days! A while ago LinkedIn quietly removed the very useful ability to scroll through peoples’ LinkedIn activity. Well they have now quietly reinstated the functionality – 3 Cheers for LinkedIn then! Here’s how to access it for all your contacts. [click to continue…]

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