Corporate development blog

7
May
2020
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The present lockdown experienced by the majority working from home has lost its sex-appeal.  The novelty of being at home, and often working in a onesie or your pyjamas, no longer has the initial draw and excitement of going back to the inner child.  Things have become “business as usual” in the home setting with all the added distractions of working from home.

Most of us are now in the second phase, of trying to motivate ourselves to work through our to-do lists, meet deadlines and engage in the work environment fully motivated and inspired to achieve, to close projects, search clients, close deals, follow up, and meet on-line as the “buzz” of colleagues going about the same, is simply not there.

 

9
Apr
2020
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COVID19 has replaced Brexit as the trigger for urgent and critical business change. Organizations have become decentralised as teams and individuals are made to work remotely from home. Or they are temporarily disbanded where staff are furloughed. Most companies will have now completed all the actions necessary to decrease costs, meet the government directive to “stay home” and put contingency plans in place with the view to still being in business at the end of this pandemic.  If ever there was a time for leaders to be nurturing, both of themselves and others, it is now.

 

9
Mar
2020
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This blog was born from a conversation held recently with a new client.  This client came for a herbal medicine and naturopathy consultation.  Through asking several questions, it became clear that this client was very close to or was already suffering adrenal “burn out” due to stress.

 

6
Feb
2020
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“As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

It is my gut feeling that this is the right time to address the topic of digestion, the stomach and the gut and how they relate to leadership.

The saying in the English language “I can’t stomach it”, can refer to several things:  It can mean that you cannot eat a particular thing because of the texture, flavour, consistency, taste or smell which you find revolting, and consequently “cannot stomach”.

 

10
Jan
2020
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How many business leaders do you know who miss lunch breaks, work at the weekends, work well into the evenings and have vacation days stacking up?  Or is this you?

If it is you, you are probably well aware of what you are doing, and have perhaps made some New Year resolutions for yourself to address the number of hours you work, the extra pounds you have put on or the lack of time you are spending with family and or friends.

 

16
Dec
2019
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'Tis the time of Christmas cheer for most of us in the Western World.  This usually translates into social engagements such as Christmas drinks, office parties, local get-togethers and family gatherings with the aftermath of uncomfortable symptoms from overeating and drinking including brain fog, wind and bloating, to name a few.  The weather doesn’t help either with cold, miserable, grey light-deficient days and long nights.

With the festive season comes an overindulgence in foods that we don’t normally eat, but love including mince pies, Christmas pudding, and rich cheeses.   Apparently, each person in the UK consumes an average of 15 mince pies over the Christmas period.  As a nation, that is over 780 million mince pies!

 

14
Nov
2019
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With the advent of central heating, hot water and food abundance, modern man has forgotten how to protect the immune system effectively from seasonal bugs including coughs, colds and flu.

Whilst our office spaces might be open plan, airy, light and comfortable, they are very often regulated with air conditioning and or heating, with little opportunity to open a window. This leaves each one of us vulnerable to either transmitting or receiving the seasonal cold or flu bug.  If the office environment does not zap us with the bug, public transport will pass it along readily when we happen to get into the wrong carriage!  Never mind, “mind the gap” at this time of year it should be “mind the bug!”

 

Watch my video on this topic here!

 

 

10
Oct
2019
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In day-to-day operations when things go wrong and there is a problem to solve, the first place that we all invariably go is to the facts surrounding the situation. Through understanding and analysing those facts, we make a decision.  Are decisions based solely on facts combined with previous experience of a similar situation, or do we inject our intuition at some point?

Watch my video on this topic!

 

 

What is Intuition?

Intuition, considered as a neurocognitive model, as either “Deliberative” or “Creative intuition” provides a framework for considering intuition and the  importance in leadership decision making.

 

27
Aug
2019
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#Leadership and performance

DOES YOUR WORKING DAY EAT INTO YOUR LUNCH BREAK?

 

25
Jul
2019
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Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

How does this phrase reflect what is meant by ‘taking responsibility’?

As defined by the English Oxford dictionary, responsibility is:

  • The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. Example: “a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals”.
  • The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something. Example “the group has claimed responsibility for the vandalism of …..”