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Self-care is your number one responsibility as a leader

If you’re in a leadership role, a key responsibility you have is taking care of yourself. I’d never thought about this before, until one of my mentors pointed it out. I find this idea very challenging because it takes the wind out of all of my excuses for not fully embracing self-care. What excuse can I have really for not caring for myself? In a way, self-care is my number one responsibility, because if I don’t take care of myself, it impacts seriously on my ability to do my job. The same is true for every leader. If you are

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Digging deeper into values

I’ve been digging into values lately, so I can start living my values more wholeheartedly. Some people will probably cringe at the mention of the word values. Perhaps it feels like values have been done to death. I would say it’s actually the opposite – we need to be exploring our values more.  Leadership experts talk about values so often, because values really matter. When I talk about values, I’m not talking about things you like doing – like travel or gardening. You might value doing these things, but they are not your values. If you dig deeper, underneath a

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The secrets to building an engaged and productive team

Whether you’re leading a small team or a whole organisation, engaged and productive teams are an essential ingredient if you want to have an impact through your leadership. Teams are the lifeblood of an organisation. If teams are not engaged and productive, you probably won’t get very far, either as a leader, or with the purpose you’ve been employed to serve. There are so many strategies you could adopt to build a more engaged and productive team. Lots of these strategies will work. And yet some teams never quite manage to fully engage with the vision the organisation is trying

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How Emotional Intelligence can make you an outstanding leader

Emotional intelligence is so important for leaders to be able to navigate the waters of emotion that are present in the workplace. The waters are sometimes smooth and sometimes choppy. When you take the helm, steer with awareness of your own and others’ emotions, collaborate with the people who are travelling with you, and maintain awareness of where your colleagues are going. Steer purposefully, appreciate the skills others bring to the journey, inspire those who wish to follow, and enjoy the ride! Emotional intelligence in leaders is more important than ever before because of the complex and uncertain times we

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Distraction is addictive: Here are 5 ways to kick the habit

I’ve been watching re-runs of Big Bang Theory. It’s amazing how I manage to find time for TV even though I don’t have time for all the work that’s piling up. Let alone time to go to the gym! Big Bang Theory is hilarious, and I do enjoy watching it, but I’ve started binge watching it at all times of the day, and late at night when sleep eludes me. Distraction really is addictive! All the research says it’s rewiring my brain, so the more distracted I am, the more I need a fix from my distraction of choice. Judson

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Awareness is revolutionary

Have you ever wondered why awareness makes such a difference? How and why does it bring about such complete and dramatic change to the way we lead and relate to others? Like me, you’ve probably had one of those truly awful experiences where you lost your cool in an important work meeting, or ruined a special, romantic dinner, all because you just couldn’t stop yourself from reacting to something. If only you could take back those dreadful words that just slipped out of your mouth! So how can you improve your awareness so that next time you will be to

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