Monthly Archives: April 2013

Five growing pains a company can avoid

businessman looking at growth curve

It appears here in the UK we’ve just avoided going into a triple dip recession.  Hopefully from here on we’ll see healthy growth.  I’m certainly beginning to hear of businesses that are beginning to thrive again which is great.  However when companies or departments grow in size, in terms of the number of people involved, it inevitably means change to the way people behave and identify with the organisation.  Some people thrive on the change, whilst others find […]

Five ways to improve your Self Awareness

thoughtful business woman with self reflection

Self awareness is key to being able to develop your Emotional Intelligence.  Emotionally Intelligent leaders are aware of their emotional experience and know what they are feeling most of the time.  They have the capacity to recognise how their feelings and emotions impact on their personal opinions, attitudes and judgements. Here are five ways to develop your own self awareness: 1. Carry a physical reminder – Try wearing your watch on the opposite wrist or […]

All you have is now – miss it and it’s gone

Future Past & Present signpost in the sky

I was reading a blog post recently, “20 Habits of Happy People” and number ten on the list was “Live in the present”.  It reminded me of the journey I’ve been taking over the past six months or so in trying to do just that. Philosopher and neuroscientist, Sam Harris, in his talk entitled “Death and the Present Moment”, offers an interesting perspective on the present moment; he says: “It is always now.  However much you feel […]

Can praise be bad as well as good?

business people thumbs up - praise effort not ability

It’s generally well accepted that you should praise people; and that people will perform better if they are regularly praised when they do good things.  The premise is simple: people like being praised, so if you praise them when they do a good job they’ll want to do more good things and thus receive more praise.  Their self-confidence will improve and they’ll be happier.  However, is it that simple?  Or can praising people sometimes be […]