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Lead and Live Vividly
Lead and Live Vividly

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You’ve heard the saying “Leaders are readers.” I know longer believe that is true!

You’ve heard the saying “Leaders are readers.” I know longer believe that is true! That’s because just reading for reading’s sake is not a healthy leadership trait. Great leaders are educators. Meaning, they are always learning. And always teaching. They…

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I’ve come to understand that perfect is the enemy of speed.

We no longer live in a world where everyone feels the need to always strive for perfection. As a leader and self-diagnosed perfectionist this poses some big challenges. There are no perfect decisions; more time, does not equal more right. In fact, the…

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What to get promoted? Do all of your job & 1/2 of your bosses!

“What did you do to get promoted?” she asked, hoping for a leadership gem.  “I got lucky” I said, knowing it wasn’t the whole answer. I had just been sharing about the period of my life where I went from being a courier to a senior manager in New…

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Our brains are plastic. Our behaviours are changeable. #youcanchange

My neighbour’s bach (holiday home) sits on the sand dunes a short distance from the beach. The walking track from the bach to the beach sort of dog-legs through the sand dunes. It doubles back, and makes the walk longer than it could be. But while the…

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Nowadays, particularly in start-ups, ‘failing often’ or ‘failing fast’ is seen as a badge of honour. Because you can learn so much from failure.

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Instead of paying our kids to mow the lawns we could start paying them to be creative, or to learn.

Around our house we have duties that everyone has to do each week on rotation as a part of being in the family. Then there are the tasks like mowing the lawns which I can do for free, or the kids can do for money. Of course the first question is “how much…

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Maybe today is the biggest scariest day you’ve had in a while. Don’t let that stop you looking for moments that make today special.

“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s Today.” squeaked Piglet. “My Favorite day.” said Pooh. Is today your favourite day? Or are you caught up in the frustrations of yesterday or concerns for tomorrow. Maybe today is the biggest scariest day you’ve had in a…

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“I hope all the leaders of the world can try and do good” Abdullah Kurdi says a year after his two sons and wife drowned trying to flee Syria. A year ago this image of the limp dead body of his 3 year-old son Alan, shocked our minds and grabbed our hearts…

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There are a few lucky people who are incredibly good at being present. At noticing. Engaging. Connecting. Absorbing. And ultimately enjoying the moment.

I’ve sat in this cafe at least a dozen times over the last year or so and never noticed how diverse the lights. They are different sizes, shapes and strength. If I’m honest, the only reason I haven’t noticed the lights before, is because I have never been…

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Our view that the world is standing still is wrong in every way. We are time-travelers, and we would do best not to forget it.

It took the entire history of mankind up to the 1800’s before the world reached a population of 1 billion people. Nowadays we add a billion people to the population every 13 years. Until the early 1900’s our collective knowledge would double every…
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