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Why you’ll be thankful you read this blog post

Did you know that there is a global 'Thank You Day'?

Research shows that saying thank you more often is actually good for our heath. According to psychologist Martin Seligman:

If every day you write down 3 things you’re thankful for...After 21 days you will rewire your brain to scan for the positives – in fact you’re 7 times more likely to notice the positives...After 42 days, levels of depression and anxiety will decrease and levels of wellbeing increase[1].

Confidence: what happens when self-belief isn't enough?

Is there more to confidence than "believe in yourself" or "just do it"?

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, reportedly said:

“There are still days I wake up feeling like a fraud, not sure I should be where I am".

I find this very illuminating. Sheryl has reached dizzying heights of career success – is obviously good at her job - and yet at times, her own self-belief clearly isn’t enough to stop her feeling like a fraud.

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When Jim and Jesus agree, maybe we should listen

When it comes to good leadership, what do the gurus say?

Did you know that if you type “how to be a good leader” in Google you get 670+ million results? Even if I had the time to wade through and find the gems, I have enough in my head without trying to keep “The top 10 qualities that make a great leader” front and centre of everything I do. Is it possible to distill good leadership down to say one central principle that I can use as both an inspiration and a benchmark as I exercise my leadership?

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Influence: getting warmer

How can you influence people?

A quest to understand influence...getting warmer

I was talking with my boss the other day, trying to persuade him that this brainwave I had was a really, really good idea. Now my really, really good idea failed to fly, and as I reflected later on my pitch, it got me thinking about the nature of influence. Even the most perfectly pitched really, really good idea isn’t pitched in a vacuum.

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