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The 12 Stress Less Days to Christmas: Day 5

17th December 2012

Day #5: Wear Your Confidence Coat! As you add the required layers to ensure you’re warm enough this winter, make sure you’re also wearing your ‘Confidence Coat’ at the start of each day. This isn’t about giving yourself an excuse…

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The 12 Stress Less Days to Christmas: Day 4

16th December 2012

Day #4: Pace yourself There are at least 2 approaches to this … 1. Conserve energy by trying to do the things that are more physically or mentally demanding when you have most energy First thing in the morning works…

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The 12 Stress Less Days to Christmas: Day 3

15th December 2012

Day #3: Avoid the queues and shop online! This is probably a no-brainer; many people already do this. I do like to support my local shops wherever possible, and regularly buy from local farm shops. But when time is short…

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The 12 Stress Less Days to Christmas: Day 2

14th December 2012

Day #2: Focus on the important and urgent things first  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be tempted to do the things you enjoy first, and/or those small tasks that don’t take long. Either way – you win! You’ve either…

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The 12 Stress Less Days to Christmas: Day 1

13th December 2012

Day #1: Decide that this year you’re going to stress less about the things you have no control over! You can’t control the weather, the queues, other people’s demands, the cost of the latest iPad, etc. But you can control…

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What creates better performance at work?

22nd October 2012

In previous blogs I’ve shared my thoughts on some of the different styles of motivation, and how you can use this knowledge to motivate yourself and your team/colleagues. I like the idea that motivation isn’t just about the traditional ‘carrot and…

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What’s your Personal Best?

17th September 2012

Just over a week ago the closing ceremony for the Paralympics drew to a close what’s been an amazing run of success stories for athletes this summer from across the globe – both from the Olympics and the Paralympics. Many…

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Communication: speaking the same language as your team

3rd September 2012

Have you ever been in a situation, either as a team leader of team member, where you feel the person you’re speaking with just isn’t really listening? … They don’t get it … They can’t see what you’re trying to…

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An INSET day to get the year started

29th August 2012

My memories of the 1st day back in September … A quick catch-up with colleagues; sometimes relaxed, but usually hurried … a general sense of purpose in the air Whole school staff meeting; taking the form of a ‘Welcome Back’ from…

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Taking on a leadership role this autumn? (Part 3)

27th August 2012

In this 3rd and final part of the current ‘Taking on a leadership role …’ series, the focus is on confidence. 3. Confidence So, how ready are you, and how confident do you currently feel about your upcoming leadership role? Give…

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