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What to Take From Compliments

Posted on 3 October, 2019 at 3:50 Comments comments (0)

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I have written previously about compliments and how we can be bad at accepting them, even though they are gifts.


Building on that, compliments are not just lovely things to receive. They are also very useful indicators of how people perceive us. We are often so full of chatter in our heads of what we think others...

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Thank you!

Posted on 26 September, 2019 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)


Imagine this: you buy a lovely gift and take time to wrap it up beautifully. When you give it to the recipient, they throw it back into your face. Doesn't feel very nice, does it? Makes you think that next time, you won't bother.


That is also how it can feel when you try to give someone a compliment, some generous words about an accomplishment, an attitude, a piece of work, and...

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Uniqueness

Posted on 5 September, 2019 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)



What makes you unique?

 

According to smartphone technology and over 100 years of crime detection, there are your fingerprints for starters. But that is just the (finger)tip of what singles each of us from the herd.  


Some people are very obviously unique because of a specific skill, a certain charisma, a particul...

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Openness

Posted on 8 August, 2019 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)


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It's not the style that motivates me, as much as an attitude of openness that I have when I go into a project.

Herbie Hancock



Openness is a valuable attitude to have in any area of one's life, personal and professional. It is that ...

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Intuition

Posted on 24 July, 2019 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)



...I know there are many moments in my working day when I sit back and ask myself, How do I know that this particular creative decision on the dance floor, going from x to y, is right?  What makes me so sure I’m making the right choice? The answer I whisper to myself is often nothing more than “It feels right”.

Twyla...

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Generosity

Posted on 11 July, 2019 at 3:55 Comments comments (0)


"One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors."

Cyril Cusack


How many times have you found that your work or career has been taken to another level, or just made a little easier, by the generosity of others?


It could have...

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Always Make It A Happy Birthday!

Posted on 29 May, 2019 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

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In the past couple of weeks, I have heard two very contrasting attitudes to birthdays.


On one side, a friend was pleased that he had managed to stretch his birthday over two weekends. At the other side of the scale, a younger client was bemoaning yet another candle on the cake, saying she did not celebrate birthdays a...

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Fear Doesn't Have to Stop You

Posted on 23 May, 2019 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)




Last week, I got stuck in a lift.  

 

It wasn’t quite as dramatic as it sounds: the outside wall of the lift was glass, overlooking a wide open expanse; the lift never moved so I was just stuck on the ground floor, not between floors; I was only in there for 5 minutes; and the alarm button was extremely loud in a crowded building.  Also, I don’t h...

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What "Can't" You Do?

Posted on 4 April, 2019 at 4:15 Comments comments (0)


"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."  Winston Churchill


When I first went to big school, I went along to a parent’s evening with my Mum. During the course of the evening, a teacher told my Mum that as I was very good at English, I wouldn’t be good at Maths. As a quiet, make no fuss...

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Mistakes

Posted on 7 March, 2019 at 4:15 Comments comments (0)


"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."

Johnny Cash


I hate making mistakes, of looking 'bad', or like an idiot or of le...

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