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Starting small

I wonder if you have heard of the book, “How to win friends and influence people”?   It  is a self-help book written by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936. Over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2011, it was number 19 on Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 most […]

Nine stories of resilience

I recall running cross country races when I was young (Wow, that was a while ago!).    One of the routes was around Lion’s head. One had to learn to pace yourself; to practice to build tenacity and to realize this was not a short race. There are a few parallels to the “race” we face […]

What principles do you live by?

We encounter interesting phrases in news headlines nowadays. Headlines like…….Unprecedented times or times of great uncertainty. How do we manage our fears, aspirations and dreams at this time? There are no simple or quick answers; no “silver bullets” to resolve our challenges. I would like to suggest, therefore, that we consider what principles of life […]

Tough times, Gritty Entrepreneurs

I thought I would share an extract from the recent article I wrote for the community newspaper. I trust it is of some encouragement to you. Tough times; Gritty entrepreneurs. I hear people talking about the times we live in as being strange, frightening and unusual. Certainly, as a mature person (that means just over […]

Strengths finder

Last week I shared a tool from Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of highly effective people” This time around, I would like to share the impact that Strengthsfinder had on my life.  You can read either Marcus Buckinghams book, “Now discover your strength” or Tom Rath’s book, “Strengthsfinder”   The Gallup research Company did […]

Books and tools that can help you to shift

At certain times in my life I have been introduced to tools or “life hacks” that have had a significant impact on the direction and outcome of my life.  I realise that there are many tools, many “hacks” and many processes that can add value to your working life( and to your journey as an […]

The need to lead ourselves

Thursday night saw our President deliver the State of the nation address. The address comes amidst many serious challenges that our Country faces.    From rampant unemployment, stagnant economic growth; unacceptable crime statistics and severe inequity, the road ahead appears to be a turbulent one.  There are no silver bullets, or quick solutions. Many differing expectations […]

The Business case for kindness

Last week, I spoke about growing through kindness. This, in the context of business and entrepreneurship might be thought of as inappropriate and “ a weakness”. Research and the voice of humanity appears to contradict this conclusion.  This brief article on kindness in business, on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation website, reinforces this thought:- […]