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Category: leadership

Slow Down

I once had a boss who used to say “the speed of the leader is the speed of the team”. These days, I’ve been finding that at least some of the time, my team needs to be able to set the pace. I’ve been learning that when my team tells me to slow down, it serves to listen.

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Personal Freedom

The separation of self from circumstance is a doorway into personal freedom and emotional integration like no other. To this end, I chose to spend the past 40 days in the deliberate exploration of who I am and what I believe and in the giving up of fast decisions and knowing the answer.

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The mindfulness of Lent

The act of doing so used to be called ‘examining ones conscience’ – which is rather appropriate since my practice started at the beginning of Lent. Considering Lent now, I see it as an opportunity to prepare myself for something in the future. I am curious to know what I finally learn and embody from this experience.

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BEing First

BEing First isn’t about winning, nor is it about beating others, or even helping others, it’s about knowing who you are and what you stand for relative to the world around you.

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Hijacked

An Amygdala hijack is that surge of fight or flight. The moment when you either want to punch someone or run from the room. As a leader, learning to manage that moment can make a huge difference.

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Your Opinion of me

I eventually learned the value of what she was trying to teach me – she was teaching me to be independent, to make up my own mind. She was also preparing me for valuing inter-dependence; for having inner strength and for appreciating the humanity in myself and others.

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Making It Matter

Personal leadership isn’t about asking the hard questions. It’s about listening for the secret answer – and acting on it without analysing it.

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Starting Over

In reality, we only end up taking the mess with us – hidden in a box or a book or a bag that one thought had been discarded. And that mess has an amazing way of turning up just when it is least welcome. And worst of all, when we run away, we often leave behind something of value – a loss that may never be recovered.

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