Tag: risk

Do One More

Three days left of January, and some UK places (not Sheffield) have got a lot of snow today. Annual motivation levels, I’m willing to bet, are probably as low as they’re ever going to get. The Frozen movies contain much wisdom, and if you’ve seen the latest one, or have attended a children’s party recently, […]

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Lean Out

When I saw this tweet yesterday, I immediately knew what I was going to write about today: Click on it and read the thread underneath. It’s not really about perfectionism, it’s about power. Here’s one that struck a particular chord with me: It’s a kind of genius, isn’t it? All this time we spend trying […]

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The truth about opportunities

What if missed opportunities were never, technically, opportunities? I wrote about regret the other week. I said that being interested in things is what buys you real opportunities. Enthusiasm will get you rolling the dice more often. That’s really the only way to try out enough of life’s games to discover which ones you have a decent shot at. […]

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Take a chance on someone

The other day I did a post about not wasting time chasing up dud contacts, and briefly mentioned how the opportunities I’ve had in my career have had nothing to do with begging and chasing, but can almost entirely be traced back to people giving me chances. We are wary about giving or being given chances, perhaps […]

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How to hear yourself

In our age of blogging, selfies and podcasts, it’s surprising this doesn’t come up more often. Or is it? Take in the digital landscape on an average day, and the scene looks like a glamorous party in a fashion campaign video. All around you, people are impossibly comfortable with themselves and their ideas, sharing every thought […]

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Don’t be a chaser

It’s OK to give up. I give you permission to give up. Wait, don’t give up reading this – sheesh, you haven’t even heard the rest yet. Come back! I recently tweeted that I’m going to stop chasing people about work. Big words, you might think, from someone with almost no following on anything. But […]

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Don’t think

Here’s an idea: what if the opposite of negative thinking isn’t actually positive thinking, but rather not thinking at all? If you listen to the creativity episode of the podcast you’ll hear Sarah, who runs a successful outdoor adventure business, talking about how she has increased her courage. “I think I’ve trained myself to take risks. When I was […]

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The dance is between the steps

I once listened to a famous choreographer talking to the dancers he was working with. The dance isn’t the steps. Stop focussing on the steps. The dance is what happens between the steps. Self-development is a hugely successful industry for many reasons – but perhaps one particularly pertinent to this. I’ve often thought that the main thing […]

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Don’t choose comfort

Yesterday I was all about being caring and giving people a break. Today I want to add a caveat. Companies are really just people. People work for people, not abstract ideas. Listen to me — everything is people! I’ve got proof, I’ve seen it happening. It’s not new to say that we’d rather work with people we like… But we […]

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But have you asked?

We don’t like asking for stuff. Perhaps we think that if one asks for something, it means one can’t get it any other way. I think this is one of the misconceptions about pay rises. I’ve asked for a rise just once in my career, because I felt my salary was too low for what […]

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