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A Teacher’s Story on Creating Psychological Safety

I was visiting my elderly Aunty earlier this week, who also happens to be one of my favourite people to visit and spend time with.  I can honestly say, I never leave her company without taking away a nugget or two of learning.  She is 88 years of age and was a teacher in the…

The Importance of Being Authentic when Communicating

Recently I was facilitating a Leadership programme with a large group of mid-level managers.  One area that we discussed in depth was the importance of Leaders being Authentic when communicating. Several of the group talked about how some Leaders are not always authentic and sincere when communicating with their team members.  They felt that this…

5 Ways to Make your Team more Effective

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A few years ago, I attended a briefing on how to make teams more effective.  One major piece of learning stuck out for me and that was how so few Leaders spend time on how their teams work together but merely focus on working on achieving goals.  Surely, if you don’t have the foundation piece…

10 Basic Rules to Live your Life by which Require No Talent

A few days ago, I was singing at the pre-Christmas lunch reception for Network Dublin (a business networking group for leading business women in Dublin) in the lovely Westin Hotel in Dublin City Centre. The key speaker for the event was Mick Bohan, the Manager of the Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic Football Team.  His talk…

How to Programme Yourself to Respond Calmly in a Difficult Situation

While studying for my Certification in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) a few years back, I picked up a great technique to programme yourself to respond calmly in a difficult situation.  By difficult situation, I mean a situation where you have previously responded in a way that wasn’t useful or helpful to yourself or to the…
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5 Ways to Receive Feedback Effectively

In my blog back in August, I talked about the importance of why Leaders should Ask more questions than Tell people what to do when giving feedback. While recently delivering an Effective Feedback workshop, a few people raised the question on how they should receive feedback effectively.  This got me thinking that maybe it’s not…

Being Aware of our State can Make our Communication More Effective

I’m a regular visitor to my local library as not only do I love reading, I also enjoy browsing through the endless shelves of books to see which books would entice me to take them home. On a recent visit, when I was checking out my selected books on the automated device close to the…

Why Leaders Should Ask More and Tell Less

One of the biggest challenges I see from some Leader / Managers when giving feedback is that they prescribe solutions that will work for them. These prescribed solutions can come in the form of ‘telling’ the person what they should do to address a performance issue, solve a problem or how to write a report…
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You Reap What you Sow

Recently I caught up with an old friend over coffee and what I mean by old friend is that we’ve been friends for over 40 decades. Over the past 5 months or so, she has taken to walking several kilometres every day to improve her fitness and health.  She said that now that she has…
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