Category Archives: Tips & Techniques

Being bullied at work? Seek support, make decisions, take action.

Tips for dealing with bullying in the workplace. Continue reading

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Plan-Do-Review is too simple – Add a little Reflect-Reframe-Refocus

Extending the traditional Plan-Do-Review process with Reflect-Reframe-Refocus, allows for the possibility that the original goal may no longer be the right goal. Continue reading

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Positive Affirmations – A foundation personal development tool

In my post describing the Four Plus Three personal development framework, I indicated that one of my favoured personal development techniques is the use of positive affirmations. In this post I will discuss their benefits, the pitfalls many fall into … Continue reading

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The Four-Plus-Three Personal Development Framework

In this post I will describe the framework I developed some years ago to help me better understand personal development. I wanted to visualise the stages of personal development and some of the factors impacting the journey. Needing to create … Continue reading

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Goal Setting – Reviewing life roles

In this post I will describe a technique for gaining clarity on what roles we play in life and how we are feeling about each at any given time. In subsequent posts I will then explain how we use this … Continue reading

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Being centred and grounded – lessons from a busy commute

Practising centering and being grounded on a busy commute helps me stay positive, focused on the present and enables insight. Continue reading

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Goal Setting – Forget the hype, what does the research say?

If you put ‘goal setting’ through a search engine you will find thousands of coaches, bloggers, consultants and writers extolling the benefits of having goals. Some will even claim that you can achieve anything through goals. There is much evidence … Continue reading

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Mind The Gap – Think before you speak!

When I’m traveling by train or on the underground in the UK I often see the words ‘Mind The Gap’ painted on the platform edge. The phrase is also often spoken through a recorded message. This is obviously to warn … Continue reading

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Express yourself – articulating your emotional needs is paramount

As an Englishman, if I were to be stereotyped I’m sure the caricature would include a ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘repressed emotions’. I’m not sure the former is accurate but the latter is, for me, where my stereotype is sometimes … Continue reading

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Four step planning process – The Broad Concept

My first exposure to personal development in the workplace was when I started selling life assurance. The life assurance industry is well known for its use of personal development in supporting its mainly self-employed sales people. One of the first … Continue reading

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