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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…
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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…

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…

Why Knowing & Promoting your Personal Brand is a Leadership Essential

So, what makes knowing and promoting your Personal Brand so essential?  Well, if you don’t know what your Personal Brand is and you don’t work on building and promoting it, then you leave yourself wide open for other people to make their own assumptions about what you are like.  Why would you want to hand…
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How to Lead Yourself Effectively without Effort

You are probably familiar with the term ‘getting into your flow’ but maybe you are challenged as to what it means, what benefits it brings and how you can achieve it. I’m a great believer in Positive Psychology which simply means applying psychology to improve our lives as opposed to using psychology to address and…
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