Monthly Archives: December 2014

//December

Thank You!

Every adult knows how great it feels to be on the receiving end of a heart felt ‘thank you’ and yet this simple expression of appreciation can all too easily be underplayed, over-looked or even forgotten. 2014 has been a tough year for me, full of many personal challenges. It started off well enough but it seemed to become progressively harder as it went on. Even the simplest of tasks and transactions demanded more energy than expected.     It is logical, to think that this must solely be something to do with me but the more people I speak [...]

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Three good things about my boss!

There’s a famous technique commonly used by marriage guidance counsellors which involves the couple coming up with good things to say about the other. The technique can be quite effective, so I thought that with the Christian world entering into its annual season of good cheer, that it might be a good idea to try and end the year by coming up with three good things to celebrate about one’s boss, especially in time for the dreaded end of year appraisal discussions? After all it can’t be that difficult can it? As adults we tend to spend the majority of [...]

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273 years old and still going strong!

This is a tale of a genius who, haven fallen from the height of popularity and influence, somehow pulled out a masterpiece that would ensure his fame would live on forever.  It is the story of how some people remain highly motivated even when everything around them appears to be falling apart. When George Frederic Handel, wrote the music for The Messiah in 1741 he was almost a broken man and even though it was not initially well received he had the brilliant idea of performing it a few years later for a charity Christmas concert, a decision that proved [...]

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One month left to hit our targets

It’s the last month of the year again and while our families are gearing themselves up for Christmas some of us are running around like headless chickens trying to close every last deal and cost saving initiative to hit our year end targets. It is an irony that as we approach the season of good cheer our focus is on year end closing and everything that it entails.  Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones? Perhaps you have comfortably sailed home with your kpi dashboard all on green and with not a hint of orange or red in sight. [...]

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Why do I waste time with useless employees?

I like John Timpson, he has built up his family retail business in a way that anyone would be proud of. I have even had the honor of sharing a podium with him and witnessed, first hand, his fantastic collection of short stories and one liners. But there’s one statement he came out with recently that has got me thinking. He said “Management teams tend to spend 80% of their time on people that are not up to the job or no good, when they should be spending 80% of their time with the good ones.” The more I think [...]

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