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All the little steps

Goals… aspirations… happiness… unhappiness…   there are a range of reasons and motivations that spark the desire for change in our lives.   Often at some level we are aware that something needs to be different and sparks some energy to go find it.  And I think most of those are really positive and healthy motivations, evenContinue reading “All the little steps”

Stress Management

The hardest thing about writing about stress management is context.   I have been working away on a stress management program for a while now and the recent increase in people seeking out ways to deal with stress has prompted me to finish it off.  In this article I wanted to provide a bit of anContinue reading “Stress Management”

Making Self-Care Stick

I was sure I wrote about this but perhaps it has just been sharing the mountains of information and articles already circulating.   But there is a challenge with self-care I am noticing;  the info and articles just touch the surface and rarely land in a way that creates solid change or technique.   So I thoughtContinue reading “Making Self-Care Stick”

Digital Boundary

Live to your values by taking control of your digital boundaries

Beyond the spoken words

Let’s take a fresh look at the components of communication.   As someone who has studied interpersonal communication, soft skills and more recently counselling over the 20yrs,  I hope I can give you something new to consider here.

Self-care Results

Hey gang 🙂 Travelling at the moment and can’t sleep so extra time for postings 🙂 You probably see regular articles providing tips and key things to focus on for your mental health and general well-being.  I wanted to share some actual results (my results) from the past 4 weeks having taken a fresh focusContinue reading “Self-care Results”

Men don’t talk – they drink

Short exploration into how we raise boys in a way that leads them to avoid help and adopt life shortening habits.

When to change yourself?

I’ve been circling around this article for years to be honest…  on a recent flight while skimming through my notes I finally spotted the various angles I had been thinking of, and now hopefully I have a clear enough view to convert them into something coherent and helpful. So here are the questions I keptContinue reading “When to change yourself?”

You should be

A quick review on social expectations… normalcy and our responsibility to each other.

I still struggle with integrity

Not really with the definition…. but the intricacies of integrity and discernment challenge me constantly. Who is right,  who is wrong?  Is my integrity out of whack and needs adjustment?  Or should I follow my path? I have come across a few interesting articles lately that have definitely tipped me in a certain direction… These articles talked aboutContinue reading “I still struggle with integrity”

Speak Honestly

It seems to be a desired value,  we are regularly encouraged to speak our minds.  But should we? I tend to see the fullest and clearest displays of human values and emotions in movies and books.  In our story telling we always seem to end up with the same range of characters, and it’s whereContinue reading “Speak Honestly”

Our Narrative

The more I read the more weight I place on the impact and change possible in our lives from understanding and adjusting our own thinking. There is a major blocker to learning and applying Soft Skills.  It’s not intelligence… it’s how you think about yourself. You may have read articles about ‘your narrative’ ???  NearlyContinue reading “Our Narrative”

Who we are vs. can be

You may be familiar with childhood development theories that suggest who we are is defined by the age of 10yrs old.   But what does that really mean… From what I have learnt there are a variety of theories and opinions which tend to generally agree that around the age of 10yrs old we have developedContinue reading “Who we are vs. can be”

Being Told

You are 4 times more likely to commit to something you have chosen. Scott Keller  (a director at McKinsey & Company) recently wrote an article for HBR [1] which summarises and builds on a very interesting experiment conducted and published back in the 80’s [2].  In this study 53 participants from two different companies thought they were participating in aContinue reading “Being Told”

Supporting stressed people

In the interest of helping you identify and then support your loved one, friend or colleague through the tough times.   People don’t usually notice or associate stress based behaviour for what it is.  Many of us put it down to people being weird, aggressive, stupid, quiet, egotistical, etc.   In fact a great deal of thatContinue reading “Supporting stressed people”

It’s a dog eat dog world

Its been almost three years now since my latest piece of learning first began.  Three years, I must be a slow learner. You will have to excuse this post;  a year ago I made a decision to move from general reflections and pondering to provide specific usable skills and information for others.  This article isContinue reading “It’s a dog eat dog world”

First Impressions

Let’s dig a little deeper into first impressions,what makes up this ‘first impression’, what control you have over it and things you can do to ensure it is the right impression. I don’t think there is a right or wrong impression.Everyone has there own story and therefore a somewhat unique impression they choose to leaveContinue reading “First Impressions”

Complainers

Complainers. We’ve all been unhappy, but when you are on the receiving end, when is it time to call it quits? Thanks for suggesting this one [anon], it is a great topic! Love it. I think the appeal to me about this topic is that I can absolutely assume that we have each been onContinue reading “Complainers”

What about you?

How do you view the world? What are your default responses or reactions? What do you expect of others? Of yourself? Can you spot the signs of your own happiness and stress? Do you know the affect you have on others without trying? For many of us, the first thoughts that spring to mind whenContinue reading “What about you?”

Body Language

Communication is made up of many things and you may be surprised to learn that verbal communication is estimated between 20-50% of all communication. That is what we hear or say is not even half the message being sent or received. Here’s a quick overview on what to look for and how to apply it.Continue reading “Body Language”

Friends at Work

Soft skills are more than just a collection of techniques; they also subtly incorporate ways of thinking and perspectives. Forming friendships at work requires skill and appreciation of why it’s important for you and others. Generally, the same skills and thinking apply in much the same ways to our personal lives and our work lives.Continue reading “Friends at Work”

Giving Feedback

Feedback like nearly everything else you will read on this site needs to come from an honest interest in helping the person (I think a mantra is starting to form). If that is your goal then you are already halfway to providing good feedback. Here are some other tips that can be used with theContinue reading “Giving Feedback”

Performance Reviews

What is the purpose of performance reviews? This is first question everyone should ask themselves before setting targets and conducting or eceiving a review. Properly understanding the purpose is key to getting the desired outcome. Here is a few interesting facts about performance targets and feedback; 1) Most people are harsher on themselves than any evaluator.Continue reading “Performance Reviews”

Naikan

Came across Naikan this morning, a relatively simple activity which has studies supporting its benefit to significantly improving happiness. The simplicity, quick duration and proven results make it a pretty appealing practice. Results included awareness of other’s viewpoint, feelings of love, appreciation of life and sense of fulfillment.   Performed daily the Naikan practice isContinue reading “Naikan”

Symbols of Leadership

Leadership, team building, goal setting, people skills etc activities are pretty common place in many businesses these days.In different shapes and forms companies invest time and money into them to be the best and provide the best for their employees. Traditionally, at least in my experience, these leadership activities are performed using the same fundamentalsContinue reading “Symbols of Leadership”

On Generosity

Definitions – Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving. – Altruism: the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. At first glance generosity seems like such a simple concept and is pretty easy to define. However there seem to be a few challenges around generosity that have captured myContinue reading “On Generosity”

Nonviolent communication

Have you been through one or more of those communication courses where they teach you all about “”I feel this when such and such happens”” ? Rather than judgments, accusations etc like “”You always ignore me!””. Here’s an enhancement to that approach which takes it down a level or two. I have found it toContinue reading “Nonviolent communication”

Part of the team

Lately I have been speaking with a few people on what is probably best described as team dynamics. In poorly performing teams the result for you may be confusion on where you sit in the team, arguments/disagreements with certain members or perhaps just annoyance at the attitudes or behaviours of those in your team. AndContinue reading “Part of the team”

The gentle art of hearing

I came across this video this evening and I wanted to post it up because I think one of the messages it contains is key to life coaching. Humanity is about seeing and supporting each other, without support life can become really difficult. And conversely, with support life can be a lot more satisfying. ThisContinue reading “The gentle art of hearing”

Your cup is full

Are you open to learning? Once, a long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them in the way of Zen. He seldom turned any away. One day an importantContinue reading “Your cup is full”

The animal within

I can still vividly recall my teenage years…  my family and mates most clearly… snippets of the surfing trips, the parties and the girls.  And in the years since then I have known many men at various stages of life; with children, recently married, married 20yrs ago and many middle age and older.   I’ve travelledContinue reading “The animal within”

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