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“In the end, we’ll all become stories”

“In the end, we’ll all become stories”

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” This quotation from Margaret Atwood has been in my ear, like a song you hear that you can’t stop humming. It landed in December and hasn’t gone away.  I shared this with a friend who recently lost a parent and they remarked...

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Resist the Distraction

Resist the Distraction

Even the most grounded visionaries struggle with the many demands on their time, the many meetings, ever longer to do list, and constant distractions from mobile devices. The problem is that if you get swept away by day-to-day chores at the expense of what really...

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The Death Sentence of Ignoring your Why

The Death Sentence of Ignoring your Why

The average life span of today's Fortune 500 corporation is 40 to 50 years. One of the reasons for premature death is that management tends to cling to the status-quo. When leaders fails to see changes in the outside world, or can only react with a business-as-usual...

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Why Purpose trumps Vision

Why Purpose trumps Vision

Most people struggle when asked about their personal vision for life. They tell me about goals, about what they don’t want. They often linger on those things they desperately want out of their lives - the sooner the better. Often they wish they had a better job, got...

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Purpose and Safety: The Dilemma

Purpose and Safety: The Dilemma

“Wind responsible for 51% of State’s electricity last month” trumpeted a headline in yesterday's Irish Times. A few clicks later and I found myself on the McKinsey 5-50 blog where I saw some numbers which dampened my earlier excitement: 56% of American...

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Happy Old New Year

Happy Old New Year

So, how’re your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s the end of the second week of January and mine, such as they were, are doing just fine. You see, I haven’t deployed them yet. Why? Well that’s a good question…

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You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello: 7 Questions for 2021

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello: 7 Questions for 2021

It’s that time of year again, when we dust off our trusty New Year’s resolutions, shine them up a bit for the year ahead, and away we go. If New Year’s resolutions were true measures of our resolve, then only a small percentage of us (4% …yes you read that right, 4%) would be considered to have any resolve at all!

But what if that is because we are doing it all wrong? Read on to discover how to start 2021 on the right foot… (Hint: finish on your left.)

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Managers Decide, Leaders Choose

Managers Decide, Leaders Choose

Hot mess reactiveness, decisions and choices, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, managers and leaders. Throw in trying to order some dinner, a bit of football and a friend of mine, and there’s a lesson in leadership in there somewhere.

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Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Leadership requires bouncing back from being reactive as quickly as possible. And this is where emotional mastery comes in. Emotional mastery is likely the number one reason why most people in leadership positions fail to lead. To understand how our emotions are created, what information they hold for us, helps leverage them for creating what we long for. Like many others, I’ve held myself back from pursuing my dreams for fear of failing, until…

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How to help your employees plug into your organisation’s purpose

How to help your employees plug into your organisation’s purpose

People bring their whole selves to work: their hopes and dreams, as well as their problems and reactive parts. The myth of people’s ability to leave their private lives at the office door has been debunked. And that’s good news. In fact, a colleague from a large tech company recently told us this:

Today’s great companies don’t just want their employees’ time. …

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Why leading from purpose matters

Why leading from purpose matters

At Choose Leadership, we always start from Purpose. Be it in our work with individuals, teams, or organisations. The reason is simple:

Without a purpose, our clients drift.

Purpose is the ultimate WHY – the reason for which something is done or created. When leaders don’t connect to why it really matters, they might well decide to have the important conversation, or finally make that important decision. But then urgent things get in the way. They end up distracted, and … drift.
That’s why…

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How to build trust

How to build trust

I was recently asked how to be a more authentic leader, build trust and lead others so that they can meet us without resistance. The challenge is that trust building is more than taking a handful from the toolbox of leadership.

Yes, facial expressions, choice of words, gestures and body posture are important.

However, the source of authentic leadership is …

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Before and After the Next Wave of Restructuring

Before and After the Next Wave of Restructuring

I often hear this: I am motivated, keen to advance my career. Work comes first, and I am ambitious. But suddenly someone has announced a restructuring that affected my department. And none of my accomplishments or contributions count in this uncertain situation. They’re not a factor. Restructuring, even the pending possibility of its hitting your department is more than unsettling.

For many, going, through restructuring is

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