The key to making your New Year’s resolutions work

The key to making your New Year’s resolutions work

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Do you want to leave 2020 in the rear view mirror and make a fresh start in 2021? We often see the end of the year and the start of a new one as a time to reflect on what we have done in the year and what we would want to do differently in future. This pressure to reflect and do differently often emerges as a series of new year’s resolutions. Saying doesn’t make it so NYE resolutions are notorious for failing those who set them. Saying with conviction what you are going to do is not enough to make it happen. The statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. (Forbes.com). Gyms are joined, new

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Making meaning

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A parent and child walk through a shopping centre and both see a man dressed in a red suit, with a white beard, sitting in a sleigh. It is mid December, and carols are pumping out of the speakers nearby. Both parent and child are exposed to the same stimuli, yet they make such different meaning from what they perceive. The child is filled with excitement and wonder and have thoughts and beliefs that are vastly different to the parent. The parent may know something different and interpret the scene in a completely different way. Neither is right or wrong – they are simply making meaning. We all attempt to make meaning from what we encounter. It helps understanding, decrease uncertainty and provide the ability to use such meaning to help predict things like this when they happen again.  Everyone starts their meaning making from what they already know –

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Making resilience real

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In times of extreme change – as we have seen in 2020 – resilience becomes a key property of individuals, teams, and organisations that want to not only survive, but to thrive. Resilience is often used to describe an ‘ability to cope’ – like a spring that bends under pressure that then ‘snaps back’ when the pressure is released. As we have learned from the accelerated and amplified change of 2020 and the COVID pandemic, not everything that changes ‘snaps back’ – which means that the change pressure doesn’t go away, it remains in place and may even get greater. Consider your business circumstance through the pandemic, and in particular what has changed for your customers: What changes have occurred that will now remain as the new ‘normal’? What changes occurred that will ‘snap back’ to the way they were when the change pressure is removed? What changes have been

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A zen performance philosophy

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Last week, I posted on the idea of entitlement.  This struck a chord with many readers and raised many questions. In this week’s post, I offer some ideas in what else you could do. Key points: Endeavour, Earning and entitlement are three different ways to live your life Each of these ways requires a different focus in what you do, and what you get back They also massively change the way you impact others. The large dissatisfaction that seems to be present in the world can be reframed when we consider the 3 ‘E’s of expectancy – Entitlement, earning and endeavour.  What we expect changes when we understand the nature of our expectation.  There is a mot that can be learned from Zen philosophy that can change the way we live our lives, remove distress and create more value. These three frames describe different ways to approach achievement. The first,

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Entitled or earned?

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I was reflecting on an innocuous situation that made me feel irritated.  This was curious, and on some reflection I asked myself the question – was I entitled to get what I wanted, or had I not yet earned it? This led me to reflecting on what is happening in the world, what I see in business, and what gets people stuck in their lives.  Are we feeling that we are entitled to something, and being frustrated because we are not getting it? Sometimes we  all fall into the trap of feeling entitled. We feel that – for whatever reason – we deserve something. We might feel we are entitled to certain customers. We might feel entitled to a response, a personal freedom, a promotion, an opportunity, a return on our efforts.  We might even feel we are entitled to likes on our posts, or the ability to say and

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2 points better: a lesson from the Dojang.

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We all seek performance improvements – we all want to do better.  However so many people are looking the ‘wrong way’.  As I was teaching a class of teens Taekwondo this week, one exercise I did with the group really demonstrated how true this is. We were preparing for an upcoming grading, when students will have to perform what they have learned in front of the ninth Dan (Degree) black belt Grand Master.  The group were at varying belt levels, and we were focusing in on really honing some of the basics to help them perform at their best on the day. As a group, they performed the most basic ‘pattern’ (in Karate they call it a Kata, in Taekwondo it is known as a Poomsae) – essentially it is a formalised and sequenced set of attacks and defences done without opponents.  After their initial attempt at this pattern, I

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Is your Scrum Master playing the right role?

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The Rugby World Cup was on in Japan recently. It was a fabulous tournament with the South African team triumphing in the end. Rugby is renowned for its teamwork and tough play, and the idea of the ‘scrum’ in the world of agile working was taken as an analogy from Rugby Union. As such, it is interesting to reflect on what we can learn from the real game of Rugby to make scrums in your business work better. Summary: The analogy that created ‘scrum’ can teach us much about the roles of those involved. Scrum master is a role that does not exist on the rugby pitch. Its closest analogy is the ‘referee’. Understanding how a referee controls and manages the scrum can inform best practice for ‘Scrum Masters’ in the agile workplace, and help Scrum masters help their teams play better games. As I was watching the matches of

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Agile as a mindset or a methodology?

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There is so much to be gained by using positive project methodologies such as scrum or agile. It can positively change organisations when they take on modern project methodologies that turn old ways on their heads. The problem with these approaches is when they become fixed in the business as a methodology, rather than unleashing what they can being as a mindset. Let me explain. If I use an ‘agile methodology’, then I become process bound to do ‘sprints’ and all of the other specific process elements that are described in the agile process. Sure, I can get a certificate in agile process, and then become rigid around enforcing that process in my business. I have seen one sales team that used the scrum ‘daily standup meets’ with all of the hoopla, and a complete disinterest from the staff involved. However, because it was ‘in the process’, it was put

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Should they be in charge? (Assessing leadership)

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The Australian opposition just selected as new leader, and the UK Tories are currently starting the process of finding a leader to replace Ms. May and take them forward. It is likely that the people selected for these roles are not chosen on their ‘ability to lead’, but rather may other elements.  In a ‘perfect world’, how do we go about assessing leadership, both in current leaders and leadership aspirants?  In truth, people are routinely terrible at identifying and selecting great leaders. Whilst we are desperate to identify them, install them and even emulate them, knowing what will make a great leader is fraught with human error. In our desire to find and become great leaders, we often get sucked into the myth that is the cult of leadership. Why are we suckers for the cult of leadership? Humans seem to have a need to raise onto pedestals people who

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Is it time to fight your biggest enemies?

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Sometimes they feel like your closest friends. They seem to want to keep you safe, keep you comfortable. But these two ‘false friends’ are your worst enemies if you want to succeed in business or in life. These old friends are fear and habit. They are insidious. They don’t walk around bold as brass. Most often they hide themselves away and ‘whisper’ into your ear. They sprinkle just enough of their magic on what you do to keep you stuck, keep you scared and keep you small. Have you ever sat in a meeting where someone says “yes, but we don’t do it that way!”. Or someone might find a way to get their point across with something like “But what if we don’t do it!” These are simply versions of your false friends speaking up to keep you stuck. There is some sort of comfort in not changing, not

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