Tag Archives: Managing yourself

  • Between jobs?

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    Being between assignments is a frequent challenge for consultants and contract workers. Perhaps you’re between assignments, or just between jobs. The same principles apply. A few years ago a client asked me how to keep herself cheerful between assignments, so I wrote this book. Austin Kleon, whose book Show your Work inspires me daily (in both my […]

  • Get some sleep!

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    How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need? And how do you get the right kind? This video summarises sleep research suggesting you need your sleep to function fully. And if you’re jetlagged or depressed, then this NY times article will give you some ideas on how to use sleep and light to make a dent in […]

  • Get messy

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    Mess makes you more productive (but you won’t like it). I notice when helping people change their habits that they’ll often talk about how it feels weird, strange or uncomfortable to do the new thing (and without a little prompting they will just go back to how it was). They have to have a really good […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague

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    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive

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    You can be more productive than you are. Here are two different ends of the spectrum: some holistic solutions and a few more practical. Which one appeals to you more? This Inc article offers 5 Tips for Increased Productivity through Mindfulness. They are: Take five to breathe Download a meditation app. Uni-task Let your mind wander […]

  • Improv and Business

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    Improvising teaches you to listen, to build on others’ ideas. To notice the unspoken and bring it to light. To break the routine and value the input of others. Here are some lessons from improvising from Forbes and the Dean of the Management School at Boston College. And a reasoned argument from Eran Thomson about […]

  • 4QL yourself

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    If you’ve planned something and not followed through on it at any stage in your life, this may help. This article summarises the 4 quadrants of 4 quadrant leadership*, and then suggests applying each of the 4 styles of management to yourself when you’re managing yourself towards your own goals. Food for thought! Four quadrant […]

  • Intuition and when to use it

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    Insight, intuition, making faster decisions, I’m a junkie for that kind of stuff. Here’s some great advice on when to use intuition. The distinction between a puzzle (which is soluble, has an answer) and a mystery (which may never be answerable) is a good one; mystery you use intuition (just ask Miss Marple, Sherlock and […]

  • Irresistible you

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    This video has the results of interesting research on research done by reviewing TED talks and getting people to rate the charisma of each speaker. What they found is that our body language is much more important than the sound. You’ve got seven seconds. Here are the researchers’ suggestions hand gestures matter: (good speakers make […]

  • Charisma 101

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    This video has the results of interesting research on how you can learn charisma: Embrace imperfections Don’t be a conversational narcissist Gush don’t gossip (watch out for “spontaneous trait transference”) show your hands above the table (they rate you as trustworthy if they can see your hands gaze deeply in their eyes (notice their eye colour)