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Why “I” can never be happy

This is my first post on happiness, I’m not obsessed with having to be happy; you’ll see why by reading on. Happiness is a popular subject. It seems everyone wants more of it; there is even a conference about happiness

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How to be hopeful

I think hope is a big deal. If I feel low on hope then I make it a priority to find a way to get some. This post shows you how to always have some hope by changing your perspective

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Why I accepted a $137,218 pay cut last year

Having just completed my tax return for the last 12 months I can share with you that I took a little bit of a pay cut last year to explore my passion for coaching. It felt like the right thing

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3 questions you probably never ask yourself (but should)

1.    How valid are my life assumptions? If I do “A” then “B” will happen. This is the model we use to set up our life activities. An example would be… … if I work for three years in this

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Career advice from a jazz musician

Last Sunday I attended a live, analogue, jazz performance. Yes that’s right, with real instruments (not sampled), zero synthetic bits. “So what?” I hear you ask, how’s that providing insights into how to be a better person in life and

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7 habits of highly ineffective people

Apologies for the somewhat negative headline but often saying what NOT to do is useful/helpful. In this post I’ll take you through what I see in my coaching work as the biggest blockers to effectiveness, they are simple but common.

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What I learnt from 7 days of silence

I call myself the Quiet Coach. So you can probably guess that I place a lot of value on quietening the mind so as to make better decisions, appreciate life and be thankful for what I’ve got. So how do

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5 management mistakes that make you look like you don’t care

The perception of caring I coach quite a few healthcare professionals including administrators. I have noticed that some more than others have values closely linked to the idea of caring or patient outcomes. Others operate more from a “getting things

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4 reasons to stay in a “boring” job

The myth of professional nirvana There is a myth circulating in self-development articles and propagated by motivational speakers that if you follow your passions then work and non-work time will no longer be distinguishable and that you will reach professional

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My 5 worst career mistakes (& how you can avoid making them)

Below are the five lessons I learnt, under each lesson is the story of the mistake I made in order to learn each lesson. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes 1. Being right when it didn’t matter (inability to

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