Personal Effectiveness

Self-help or self-serving?

19 May 2015 | Sarah Alexander

Self-help in its various forms is a multi-billion dollar business. But it’s a house built on sand, peddling hugely over-simplified ideas that risk creating more problems than they solve. Here are some self-help sacred cows it would be better to out out to pasture.

Can you ignore your weaknesses?

26 Feb 2015 | Mike Roarty

Sometimes the best thing to do about a weakness is simply to ignore it. That might sound counter-intuitive, but if we explore the notion of strengths-focused leadership, the reasons quickly become apparent.

Quantum physics and quarky behavior

05 Jan 2015 | Kieran Hearty

If you want to understand some of the less acceptable aspects of human nature the answer may lie in quantum physics. But the same ‘quarkiness’ that explains bad behavior can also be used to energize and motivate those around us.

A gift from a stranger

15 Dec 2014 | Michael Jones

As we enter the season of celebration and gift-sharing, consider leaving a space at the table for the stranger: the one who communicates intangible gifts in the form of emotional truths about ourselves that we may not discover on our own.

Why it's good to bring your emotions to work

21 Nov 2014 | Roxi Bahar Hewertson

Emotions are an integral part of being human. Without emotion there is no energy and no action. So far from leaving them at home, emotions are critical to the success of an enterprise and need to be acknowledged, valued and understood - even the ‘inconvenient’ ones.

Power, corruption and testosterone

06 Oct 2014 | Brian Amble

A new study from the University of Lausanne has revealed that the old cliché is true. Power does corrupt. What’s more, it is almost addictive, with even previously-honest individuals succumbing to its allure.

Keep on keeping on

19 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda

It isn’t motivation that spurs us on to change, improve ourselves or to live an extraordinary life. Motivation is too transient for that. The most powerful energy is force of will, the staying power to keep on keeping on even when our motivation is absent or at a low ebb.

Author, heal thyself

15 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda

Why do some people always seem to need to run other peoples' lives? Why do they prefer to tell others how to live their lives rather than getting to know themselves? And how can they close the book on other peoples' lives and start to author the book of their own?

What’s stopping you from healing?

25 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda

Many people claim they want to ‘heal’. In reality, however, what they’re actually looking for isn’t healing, it’s simply a quick-fix that can reduce their pain and suffering. That’s an important distinction, because true healing can be both challenging and threatening.

Do you always need to be right?

11 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda

Many people feel that they always have to be right. What's more, they also have a need to prove that others are wrong. So what's the reason for this 'I’m right, you’re wrong' dynamic? And what would happen if we let go of it?

Now is all there is

04 Aug 2014 | Peter Vajda

Do you live in the moment or are you always waiting for a future that might never arrive? The thing is, ‘now’ is all there is and if you don’t appreciate that, you’re missing out on your life.

Silencing your inner critic

18 Jul 2014 | Peter Vajda

Inside every one of us there is a little voice that criticizes, judges and shames us, telling us that we’re deficient, bad or wrong. It’s merciless, damaging and it needs to be silenced.

10 beliefs that hold you back

20 Jun 2014 | Gary Cole

We all suffer from limiting beliefs that impact our effectiveness. In our professional lives, these limiting beliefs can cause a chronic, sometimes very acute, malaise. Here are the most common - and some ways to go about dismantling them.

A lesson in commitment

05 Jun 2014 | Jayne Storey

The Monks of Japan's Mount Hiei undertake 1000 days of walking meditation, covering up to 52 miles day fueled by nothing more than tofu and a Zen Buddhist approach to goal achievement. That's an achievement we can all learn from.

Whose success is it anyway?

09 May 2014 | Peter Vajda

Most of us aspire to succeed. But what does that mean? It's no use trying to emulate somebody else's idea of success. Being successful requires a conscious exploration of what success means to you. It's far more than just achieving results.

The fear of not knowing

14 Feb 2014 | Peter Vajda

Many of us over-emphasize how much we know and feel that not knowing something is unacceptable. When was the last time you admitted that "I don't know" and felt completely at ease with saying it?

The truth about change

06 Feb 2014 | Peter Vajda

The reason change so often fails is that we resist letting go of old ideas and beliefs. But you cannot change and remain the same. Change means the letting go of the old and encouraging something new to develop. And that's as true for organizations as it is for individuals.

Collusion, culture and bad management

23 Jan 2014 | Peter Vajda

Does your workplace have a culture of collusion? Are you happy to turn a blind eye to the misdeeds to ensure a quiet life? If so, beware. Collusion is a progressive drug. We need to lie and collude more and more to maintain that false feeling of emotional safety

Do narcissists make good leaders?

17 Jan 2014 | Brian Amble

Vision, confidence and pride in one's own accomplishments are all desirable leadership traits. But they're also signs of a narcissist. Which is why a new study has tried to come up with a definitive answer to the question: do narcissists make good leaders?

Embracing change

15 Jan 2014 | Peter Vajda

We've all heard the expression "change is the one constant in life." Every day we experience change in some way. But for many, change is unsettling, bringing with it feelings of insecurity, instability and disharmony - fears that can all be overcome.