Friday, 10 April 2015

Walk away ...

People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.    (Samuel Richardson) 

I’m not suggesting that you have ‘little understanding’, you understand, but sometimes the best solution to workplace conflict is just to leave it alone. If someone in your group is being particularly difficult, ask yourself:

·       Are they too emotional to discuss an issue rationally right now?

·       Are you ever likely to reach a resolution? If a conversation will not change anything – let it go.

·       Can you end the conversation or postpone it?

·       Assess your own emotions. If you are affected, wait until you have cooled down.

·       Can you resolve the issue without insulting the other person’s understanding?

It is never worth expending energy on making other people feel angry.
This week Kathy is wondering whether to risk putting away her winter clothes, and whether it is definitely warm enough to plant garlic yet.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Begin ...

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.    (Mark Twain)

And what better time to get started than the New Year. But, wait a minute, surely you are not thinking of one of those useless resolutions that fall apart in the first few weeks ...

·  Who or what do you want to be ahead of?

·  What precisely would that look like?

·  What three things would get you there?

·  Which of those things is most urgent?

·  What is the first step and when will you take it?

Don’t put it off. Take that first step within the next three days and then pat yourself on the back.
This week Kathy is pleased to be back with you all and hopes that Spring is springing where you are.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Early Happy Christmas!

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair    (George Burns)

As I rush up to the holidays as if time was going to stop for ever, I’m hearing a lot more ‘bah humbug’ than festive joy! OK, so, I’m guilty too. I asked my friends: how can I increase my Christmas spirit?

·  Knit party hats for the goldfish.

·  Fly to Mauritius and snorkel naked.

·  Swear allegiance to Dionysus.

·  Surround myself with fresh air and roses.

·  Remember that how I spend Christmas is not a competition and nobody but me cares whether I win or lose.

Oh, and yes, you are right. The quote is entirely irrelevant – but it made me laugh! Have a great break and I’ll see you in the New Year.
This week Kathy went to see her fabulous friend and aunt, and reflected on how very important it is to live each day brilliantly. Any day. But particularly this one.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Change. Start now ...

Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change.     (Milton Friedman)

When economists start talking seriously about changing the nature of the British state, it’s time to ‘withdraw head from sand’. If you are going to be effective in the future, you need to know how to drive change.

·  Which people would help you to design the future?

·  Which players and resources could you bring together into a different business model?

·  What sort of thing puts you off, and how can you avoid it?

·  How three things convince you of other people’s credentials?

·  When and where are you at your most persuasive?

·  What can you do to help others to drive change?

Whether you think that there is a crisis, or that politicians just choose to see one, they will drive changes anyway, so you might as well be prepared.
This week Kathy joined 12 self-employed consultants from all over England for our ‘office party’ and very good it was too!

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