The end is not more important than the means

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entrepreneur-successIs the end more important than the means in any business endeavour?  Does the ultimate outcome quantify success more than whether you have enjoyed the journey?  It is an interesting question to ponder and one that has got me thinking quite a deal recently.

You turn around a business and make lots of money but did not do it the way you know is right.  You secure a great role but have not done the hard work to ensure you can give it your best.   You land a fantastic project through a boys club contact or network rather than legitimately being the best service provider.  All examples where the question pondered is whether we did the hard yards, the positive habits or the necessary rituals to deserve the success that results.

I suspect that this is a question that successful people reflect on often.  They Continue reading

What is your motivation?

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motivationI have had some challenging times in the last couple of weeks with individuals, organisations and projects.  A lot of the challenges have centred around my motivation being very different to partners or individuals that I have been working with. This source of conflict I believe is at the source of why certain people click when working together and others do not.

In terms of expanding on this point, I will work through what I believe are the two sources of motivation that individuals are driven by.  They are: Continue reading

Getting the most out of team members who work remotely or in different locations

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2014_03_31-PM-mapDo you find that it is difficult to manage your business when you have team members that work remotely or are based in different offices? What is the issue? Is it that you don’t trust them to be working on your project? Do you think they will drop your job to work with someone who is in closer proximity in their office if pressured? Do you worry that they won’t deliver what you need delivered because they aren’t local and you can’t control their every move? Continue reading

Dangerous teams – warning, pending explosion!

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groupthinkHave you ever seen or been part of the team, a team so strong, capable, united and seemingly positive to the point of it being dangerous?   Strange words you might say but through my observation there are some very interesting positive and negative benefits of being in and around these type of group dynamics.

If you’re in the team, well, simply put, there is no other team. You guys are thick, real thick. By that I mean you know each other intimately, your strengths, your weaknesses, your hopes, your aspirations.  You work together, you play together and over time you get to the point where you’re almost inseparable and can virtually forecast each other’s thinking.

But is this team highly effective?

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Rebuilding your confidence after taking time out from your career

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workingmums__largeToday has been a great day. I received a phone call today with some exciting news and I can’t wipe the smile off my face…

When I first went back into the workforce after taking time out to care for our first two children I found it really difficult. For some reason I constantly questioned my expertise, experience and what I had to offer. It was all self-imposed, there was no-one or no particular situation that fuelled these thoughts, but it did take me a long time to re-build my confidence. Looking back, it seems silly, all that energy wasted in wondering whether or not what I had to offer was good enough.

I remember first reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ and having so many ‘Ah-ha’ moments. Stories I read about others experiences and situations, carbon copies of my own. It was a comfort to learn that other women who take time out from their career to focus on their families often face these same challenges. Not just the juggle of managing your work / life balance, but the constant questioning of yourself and what you can contribute.

To some of you, this probably sounds Continue reading

Lessons from a Sushi Shop

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vegetable-sushi-platterI have in recent years become a fan of sushi.  I love the taste, the fact that it is reasonably healthy, as well as the different varieties that you can have.  I try to have it a couple of times a week as I go out for a walk at lunch time in the city.

As part of this, I often spend time seeking out different sushi venues.  Finding that one sushi store that provides outstanding sushi that makes you want to come back for more.  It has been an enjoyable quest!

A month ago, I found this place.  I was going for my regular walk and stumbled across a sushi store that I had not tried before.  I walked in and selected my sushi and sat down to try their product.  Wow!  Immediately I was struck by Continue reading

Spending time without the technology

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technologyI returned to work yesterday after having three weeks off during the Christmas and New Year’s break.  I have come back more refreshed and focussed than I have for many years which is a great way for me to start 2015.

I spent some time this morning reflecting on why this is the case.   What did I do differently over the break that I had not done previously?  Why was my mind a lot clearer and uncluttered than it had been returning to work in previous years? Continue reading

What’s your motivation?

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3026089-poster-p-1-ask-the-experts-how-do-i-find-the-motivation-to-get-to-the-next-stage-of-myIn reflecting upon the last year, I thought about my achievements, failures and learnings. One thing I reflected on were my motivations throughout the year. My motivations were subject to several fluctuations – there were times when I felt I motivated to run a marathon for no particular reason, and other times when I struggled to find the drive to finish off an email that would have taken me 30 seconds.

It got me thinking – what was the source of my motivation? Was there a common motivation across everything that I do? For me, the answer is Continue reading

How can I make people fill in my survey?

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surveyWell, in short you can’t.  That is the beauty of anonymous surveys – there is no forcing anyone to complete.  And if you do try and force someone to complete a survey, I can pretty much guarantee that their responses won’t be an accurate reflection as they will be completing begrudgingly and more likely to select the same ranking for every question.

There are however a few tips that can help you get a higher response rate and encourage people to participate. Continue reading

How effective people view vulnerability

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Hände fassen sich anA while ago I started to share my findings as I tried to deepen my understanding of vulnerability as a result of a challenge put to me by my mentor. Remember in my first post where I shared the Oxford dictionary’s definition of vulnerability? ‘Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally’.

It would seem that effective people think about the meaning of vulnerability differently.

Perhaps their internal dictionary’s definition goes something like this: Continue reading