It’s not personal

How many times have you been told: “Don’t take it personal”? Myself, too many to count. And how often your immediate response is to go on defence mode and say “Of course it’s personal, it’s MY life! or “it’s MY career!” or “it’s MY [insert whatever comes to mind]” That is the ego speaking. OurContinue reading “It’s not personal”

What do you think?

I want to start this post with some questions: – What is already working well in your life (personal and/or professional)? – What is causing it to work well? – What can you do to make things be even better? I have been asking myself these questions for almost 10 years now to find answersContinue reading “What do you think?”

What are you doing it for?

There was an illusion that our lives were slowly going back to normal. Then the second lockdown arrived, and we had to put our plans and our lives on hold again. This uncertainty, not knowing what to expect is taking a toll on our mental health, making it challenging to plan for the future, toContinue reading “What are you doing it for?”

What are your values?

What are your values in life? If you can list them, you are an exception not the rule. Most people blank when they are asked this question. They don’t know what their values are and I believe this is a fundamental problem of modern society. Values are what drives us forward. They guide our beliefs,Continue reading “What are your values?”

What makes you take action?

Motivation. Your “motive” to take “action”. What motivates people? Why do we feel motivated? How do we keep our motivation going? These and many other questions have been the subject of research for decades. There are thousands of articles about motivation techniques (26,000 in Google Scholar since 2020 alone), numerous theories and methods (Hierarchy ofContinue reading “What makes you take action?”

Learnings on the proactivity challenge

This has been a very insightful challenge. And I will admit I have not managed to conquer it as well as I would have liked because there is so much more to it! Having clarity on what is important in our lives, who we want to be and what we need to achieve our goalsContinue reading “Learnings on the proactivity challenge”

What are your strengths?

There is a well established management technique that assesses internal and external factors to evaluate the competitive position of a company or project and ultimately, to identify areas of improvement and to develop strategic planning. This is the so called SWOT analysis. On its own it is not very helpful. It must be part ofContinue reading “What are your strengths?”

Proactivity

How do you love when you don’t love? This is part of a conversation of Stephen Covey with one of his clients. He shares it in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. And I must admit that it resonated with me very strongly. The answer in bullet points is as follows: Love isContinue reading “Proactivity”

Learnings from empathic listening

After practising empathic listening for over a week, and making a conscious effort to implement it in my day I have learned some things. The first point was to nominate someone close to me and tell them about this challenge. I chose my husband, so I’ll start with his feedback: He felt I was listeningContinue reading “Learnings from empathic listening”

How are you feeling?

We all experience feelings and emotions, positive and negative. They are part of life. Feelings are they way we live our emotions. We experience them internally and based on how we express them externally, people can understand what we are feeling. Emotions are unconscious reactions. They are more than feelings. They include bodily reactions (yourContinue reading “How are you feeling?”

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