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Lessons from a 7 year old

Posted by Philip Smith on 12 September 2018
We can learn from anybody, if we are paying attention There are thousands of books on almost any subject one can think of. Many books cover some specific subjects, providing examples and theories, encouraging us to improve ourselves or our businesses. These subjects would typically include: Purpose, Belief in outcomes, Focus, Action, Commitment, Confidence, Speaking out or doing a "Pitch", Marketing, Sales, Interaction with people and communications, Being Positive, Reasons fo...
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Shopping Trolleys and Clarity

Posted by Philip Smith on 10 August 2018
Brains in neutral?               At regular intervals there will be an item in the news reporting on supermarket trolleys either in a stream or cluttering up the neighbourhood. There will be the inevitable demand that either the local council or the supermarkets should clear this up and behave more responsibly. Not to digress too far, the supermarkets spend a lot of money collecting these wayward trolleys, but it is simply impossible for ...
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Change your mind

Posted by Philip Smith on 10 July 2018
Be Smart -  Half the year is gone and no doubt we have all achieved some of what we planned for the year. It would probably be fair to say we have some new challenges, as that tends to be the norm, but the solution to our challenges might require some radical rethinking. Never get trapped in the thinking of yesterday and never let your ego determine that just because you thought some direction was a good idea six months ago, you have to stick to it.  Ditch it if its not...
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Do you smile when you have a problem?

Posted by Philip Smith on 13 June 2018
A smile will never hurt you.  Lets face it we all have to deal with things that go wrong from time to time, but how do we react when this happens. Anger and frustration is the easy and wrong response, as is the hunt for the guilty and punishment for all transgressors. In my experience people never deliberately work to make things go wrong. It is normally as the result of a host of factors and if we are focused on revenge instead of clarity, the organisation pays the price....
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Yes BUT, we are different

Posted by Philip Smith on 7 May 2018
  Truth or Fiction Last week I conducted my monthly workshop for a small group of people, on what really makes a difference. It was a lively debate with many reasons claimed to illustrate perceived differences.

Dressed in my Sherlock Holmes cloak, complete with magnifying glass, we drilled down into these claimed differences and the further we explored, the less relevant these differences became. In the end, we had to agree that many of these claims were perceptu...
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