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Turn intentions into behaviours

I once read that culture is a set of collective beliefs and behaviours. In organisations, the productivity culture is influenced by the behaviours of the people within the organisation, especially senior managers. Staff see how managers and leaders operate and tend to copy these behaviours. The behaviours then become the norm. For instance, if an organisation has a meeting-heavy culture, it is […]

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How visibility can influence your culture 

I recently visited Launceston to spend a day with a local management team. I stayed in a very cool new hotel – Peppers Silo Hotel. As the name suggests, it is an old converted grain silo, and I loved it! I had dinner in the hotel restaurant and was blown away by the way the kitchen worked. I have worked in restaurant kitchens in […]

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Get specific when you delegate

Just the other day my partner delegated something to me, but unfortunately did not get the result she wanted. She showed me a bottle of laundry conditioner – Fluffy to be exact – and asked me to buy some when shopping for dinner. I made a note of this on my phone, so I didn’t […]

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Identify your stumbling blocks

Have you ever tried to adopt a new system, habit or behaviour, only to revert to old ways after a few weeks? Every now and then, I see this happen for clients who are trying to implement the Smart Work system. In the days after a Smart Work workshop or conference presentation they have great […]

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From intention to action

A phrase I hear fairly regularly is the sheepishly delivered, “Sorry, I’ve been meaning to do that”. It is a very Irish thing to say I reckon. What it really means is that there was an intention that had not yet turned into an action. Do you “mean to” too?  Do you find yourself repeatedly […]

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Hindsight can save you time 

In a recent coaching call with a client, I came across one of the most common issues at senior management level. A case of too many meetings, and no time left over for important priorities. I see this time and time again with my clients. Every patch of empty calendar seen as available real estate […]

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Don’t tell yourself stories

Do you aspire to get in control of your inbox, but just can’t seem to make the time to get it sorted once and for all?  Maybe you have not really committed to the idea of working from an empty inbox.  Perhaps this is because you are telling yourself stories that are holding you back. […]

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Prioritisation leads to clarity, conviction and confidence

Being clear about your priorities gives you the conviction to say no to work that is not a good use of your time, and the confidence to spend time on the things that really matter. This was a thought I had a few days ago in a moment of relaxed clarity. Bam! There it was. It seemed like a big […]

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Within hands reach

A friend of mine who was a chef by trade once shared with me how he was designing his new kitchen at home. He had a small but trendy apartment and did not have a lot of space to play with, so he had to think long and hard about every detail. One thing that […]

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Make sure you don’t stink

In a recent coaching session with a senior client, we had an interesting conversation about hygiene. You see, he admitted to me that he had fallen off the weekly planning routine he’d built up with his EA. Before Christmas they had regularly put time aside each week to plan the week ahead. But over the […]

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