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David Klaasen

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Assessing the Ideal Team Player
makes an ideal team player?  What
qualities would you want them to demonstrate? 
How do you assess job applicants or even current members of your team, to
make sure that they have the qualities you want?  I
frequently get asked these questions because ...

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Bad is stronger than good
Is your fear of losing out clouding your thinking?  Are you persisting with a poor strategy just because you have invested a lot of time, effort or money in it?   Our evolutionary hard-wiring and hyper-sensitivity to danger and loss has helped us survive an...

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How is distance affecting your thinking?
perception of distance has a profound effect on your thinking and decision
making.  When a tragedy occurs in a
particular neighbourhood people often say we didn’t expect that ‘here’.  We are so used to hearing about awful things
happening in distant pl...

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Are you limited by the people around you?
are being limited by the experience of the people around you.   Many Leadership teams fall into the Thinking
Trap of Experience because they believe that once a subject or idea is
discussed and debated by the team it is sufficient to make a good

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The Thinking Trap of Expedience
President Trump has had to admit that things are more complicated than he
initially thought!  While this is no
surprise to most of us, many people don’t even notice that their brain is
massively simplifying the complexities of the world they live in ju...

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The Thinking Trap of Similarity
media do you consume?  Who do you listen
to?  Whose opinions do you agree or
disagree with?  One of the key skills of
living in the 21 st century is being able to filter the vast amount
of data, information, opinion and highly sophisticated marketing t...

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The 5 Thinking Traps
your decisions are biased!   This is a
simple fact that we all need to get more used to.   If we don’t we are in danger of allowing a
lot of automatic, and often unhelpful, patterns of thinking influence the major
decisions we make. This could be anythi...

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3 Steps to having a Happy Boss
management requires discipline . . . but not necessarily the discipline you
think – I’m talking about self-discipline. 
I’ve recently been doing a lot of Executive Coaching for Senior Managers
and Directors and there is a common theme that frequen...

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7 tips for Managing Moaners
Have you ever noticed how some people seem to have a talent for complaining and moaning?  There is always something wrong or they feel that it’s always another person who is causing all the problems in their life.  They tend to wallow in victimhood and feel...

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Lack of trust is damaging your business – here’s how to fix it
current lack of trust is a major issue in many organisations.  In their 2016 Global CEO Survey PwC reported
that 55% of CEOs think that a lack of trust is a serious threat to their organisation’s
growth.  Sadly, most of them of them have
done little to ...
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