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The truth will set you free

I was at a client in Newcastle about a decade ago, watching mining equipment being loaded up for shipping to a mine in Western Australia. The dispatcher said, “They’ll be back in a fortnight.” I was flabbergasted. “Why?” I asked. “They’ve got faults in them,”…

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Stop lying to yourself and others

If you are thinking you don’t lie to yourself, or anyone else for that matter, think again. It is not uncommon in our daily lives that we may tell a ‘white’ lie to keep ourselves or someone else happy, without realising we are actually lying…

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Why you can’t be successful without telling the truth

Being successful and telling the truth go hand in hand, not only in our personal lives, but also our professional ones. To many of us, it wouldn’t register that if we tell a lie, no matter how big or small, we are potentially hindering our…

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How to be an empathetic leader

Running a successful business requires you to be a strong and empathetic leader. It is a widely known fact that we are unable to truly understand how our colleagues are feeling, as we cannot put ourselves in their shoes. We must therefore make the internal…

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How to ensure hiring is never a gamble

As a leader, you will be familiar with the ins and outs of the hiring process and the gamble you regularly take in hiring a new team member. Too often have we seen the hiring process become a blind game of poking the stick in…

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How to gain trust and use it

It is a common misconception that trust is earned. Before you can successfully give trust, you must first believe you are worthy of receiving it. If you are a trustworthy individual, you will begin to instil trust in your colleagues. It is near impossible to…

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Start With “Why”

What Is Your “Why”? Inspiration. It’s an intangible concept but according to the renowned author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek, it’s the key to exceptional and lasting success. In his breakout book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon demonstrates…

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Inoculation Conversations

Inoculation – the pathway to powerful conversations Do Elvis’ words of wisdom sum up office politics for you?  Do you need to confront difficult issues with your colleagues but struggle with expressing truths that need to be told.  The ability to provide effective feedback is…

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Spaghetti – Understanding Upset

Christmas really is my favourite time of year. It’s the one time of year when we generally all get together as a family and in particular I just love spending time with my children, their partners and friends, reminiscing about their childhood and the many…

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