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Category: Effective Management Training

Sage, Age & Perspective

As a lady of a certain age, I have a vested interested in ‘Sageism’ – I thought it might be worth confessing this at the start! The thing is there […]

Ouch!

I’m sure my specialist will be happy to see hand propped up by pillows as he insisted earlier before discharge.  Me? I’m glad to be home and I’m quickly adapting […]

Clubs and Camaraderie

A few weeks ago I went to the pub for breakfast, dressed in this year’s Lion’s gear. We were supporting England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the battle for the […]

The Silver Lining

At the Sydney Olympics Nick Rogers and his team mate Joe Glanfield came fourth in their sailing event.  Two points short of the bronze medal – they were gutted!  After a […]

What’s Next? Goals etc!

Well, here we are, at the end of my volunteer year 2015/6.  Heavens!  It’s a whole year since I said “yes”.  If I only knew then, what I now know. […]

The Flip Side of Passion

Can you remember having to do your job with one hand tied behind your back?  I bet it was one of the reasons you chose to ‘go it alone’? Run […]

Smile; It’s Blue Monday

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with your stay of execution of this year’s resolutions? If, like me, you are experiencing a step back every time you take two forward; […]

The Priority Matrix

A useful method of planning your use of time is with a Priority Matrix. This depends on two criteria: Urgency; a job with a fixed deadline. The close the deadline the more urgent the task Importance; something that has a major impact on your job or which you put a high value on.

Tiny Things Matter – A Toastmaster Area Director’s Diary

Toastmasters International Area 42 is located entirely within the beautiful county of Dorsetshire.  It is currently composed of four clubs: Hallmark Speakers – Bournemouth | Ferndown Speakers – Ferndown | Casterbridge Speakers – Dorchester and […]

Make Meetings Matter – operational management

“Scientists say that coffee and donuts release chemicals into the brain that create the illusion that meetings are a productive way to get things done.” Randy Glasbergen Business life is dominated […]

The Passion That Drives Us

Many (many) years ago when I was about 10 or so, my friends and I had a space ship.  We built it from scaffolding poles, planks of wood, space hoppers […]

The Toastmaster Challenge

I’m frightened to death, most of the time, about thinking out loud in public, so I cover the cracks as best as I can with foundation, powder and paint. I’m […]

Personal Challenges in Business

Exactly a month ago I was in Poland on a ski lift looking down at myriad black dots on the mountain side.  Some were zipping down skillfully negotiating the smaller […]

Six REally Powerful Words

There are six words that are incredibly powerful; because they take the best elements or ideas from the past and apply them to the present and the future …. What […]

What if????

I love these two little words that offer the white space to explore.  When you are faced with a dilemma that you can’t resolve in your head, the big what […]

Three Wheels on My Wagon

Don’t read this post … oh too late. If you’ve read the title, THAT tune is already in your head for the next … (your guess!) I heard it on […]

The GOAL Keeper

  Whether we like it or not setting goals is a powerful way of making sure you get things done.  Research done by Yale university found that in 1992, only […]

Fly in the Face of …

An idiom – to be the opposite of what is usual or accepted His decision to start his own business certainly flies in the face of good judgment.   What’s […]

I don’t want a Banana Nut Muffin

A couple of days ago I renewed my connection with Gwyn Jones via a text message.  Today, I bumped into him at the end of an East Dorset Business Network […]

The Power of Positive Thoughts

Do you have a problem with uttering positive affirmations?  I do.  It’s not that I disbelieve the power of positive thoughts – it’s just that I had yet to find […]