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In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle ask a number of searching questions - Do you make promises to others? Do you stick to them? Do you make them to yourself? Do you keep them?


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The Ladder of Inference is a model that was first developed by organisational psychologist Chris Argyris in 1992 and later used by Peter Senge in his book, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.

The ladder depicts the unconscious thought process that we all go through to get from facts to a decision for action. It attempts to explain how we tend to behave or "jump to conclusions" when faced with a "situation".

  1. We select 'facts' (although not necessarily consciously) from our data bank of experience, facts, beliefs and
  2. Once we have selected data, we begin to add meaning to it. We interpret, that is, make assumptions about what we see, hear, read, feel and we impose our own interpretations on the data.
  3. Then draw our conclusions from We lose sight of how we do this because we do not think about our thinking. The conclusions feel so obvious to us that we see no need to retrace the steps we took from the data we selected to the conclusions we reached.
  4. Our conclusions become part of our data bank - whether 'true' or distorted, they will influence future thinking.

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When was the last time you actually used a dictionary to check out how a word was spelt?

For most of us that will be some time ago – having ‘spell-check’ facilities in our word processes means we are taking less and less time to actually learn how words are spelt.

However, when having to hand-write a note or heaven forbid, say draft a performance appraisal review - spelling poses a problem for a surprisingly large number of people.

An Oxford University Press survey found that up to 50% of those questioned were confused over the spelling of common words and phrases.

This individual activity allows you to test your own spelling ability.

MY SPELLING TEST

 


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Some speaking habits have a lulling effect. There’s a difference between putting your listeners at ease and helping them nod off.

You’re halfway through your big important presentation, and suddenly you notice that one of the executives you’re speaking to even seems to be gently nodding his head. Great, you must really be resonating!

But then you realize he wasn’t nodding at all–he was nodding off. That’s right, your presentation is actually putting people to sleep. Noticing your listeners in the process of tuning you out can feel hugely embarrassing and stressful; wracked with sudden anxiety, now you need to get a hold of yourself and simultaneously get a hold of them. Here are a few reasons why your talk may have a sleep-inducing effect–and what you can do to avoid it.

1. YOUR RHYTHM IS TOO REPETITIVE

When your sentence length and pacing stay at the same level throughout your presentation, it produces a monotonous effect that can literally make your listeners feel sleepy.

In a memorable scene from Jordan Peele’s 2017 movie Get Out, the protagonist is hypnotized by his girlfriend’s mother when she twirls a spoon around a teacup. Similarly, if you get into a rhythm where everything you say starts to sound the same, you may “hypnotize” your audience. This is especially likely if you tend to speak in long-winded sentences. So make sure you vary the length of your sentences, erring on the side of short phrases. (more…)


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As you move forward in trying to uncover what's truly important to you in your career, the most important thing you can do is step into your heart and ask what's really going to make you happy.

From the first moment you wake up, what's going to make you feel most aligned? What's going to bring you authentic joy?

The seven questions below will help you draw forth authentic answers about the direction you truly wish to explore. Grab your notebook and a favourite pen, set aside some time and space for yourself, and answer the following as honestly as you can.

Question 1: What brings you joy when you see other people's lives improve?

Think about the times when you see other people experience something wonderful, especially if you are able to contribute to their achievement of said happiness. What is it about these joyful or otherwise beneficial, fulfilling experiences that bring you the greatest sense of happiness? Is it when they're feeling healthy, particularly after illness or struggle? When they have amazing, engaging copy or communications? It could even be if they're incredibly happy with a great business manager — especially if that's you! Think about what situations inspire you the most and make you want to reach out to help that person even more.

Question 2: What do you worry about when you think of others?

Again this focuses on empathy. When you see someone who's unhappy or unwell, how does that make you feel?  What are skills that you have that can ameliorate their situation? How can you contribute to helping their situation change or improve?

Question 3: How can you make money helping others with your skill set? (more…)


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My Life in Leadership - The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way by Frances Hesselbein.

Frances Hesselbein has written a rare book.

An intimate memoir that moves the reader with the stories of Hesselbein's life experiences, My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way also conveys the core principles and beliefs that have made her one of America's most respected leaders.

Hesselbein is known as the Girl Scout troop leader and local council director who took the helm of the floundering Girl Scouts of America and created a thriving and relevant organisation. Hesselbein is a lifelong follower of Peter Drucker. On her first day as executive director of the Talus Rock Girl Scout council, she arrived with six copies of Drucker's The Effective Executive under her arm. After leaving the Girl Scouts, Hesselbein became CEO of Drucker's new Foundation for Non-Profit Management, now known as the Leader to Leader Institute. Hesselbein travels all over the world speaking on leadership, and in 1998 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Long before she stood before President Bill Clinton to receive the Medal of Freedom, Frances Hesselbein was a little girl growing up in the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, best known for the three devastating floods that occurred in the town's history. Surrounded by her extended family, Hesselbein learned early the lessons that would guide the transformative leader she would later become. The story of her grandmother, who Hesselbein called Mama Wicks, and her fancy vases is a poignant example.

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