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Courage, not confidence is the key to success

“If only I had more confidence...” “When I’m confident, I’ll…” “I don’t have the confidence to have that conversation (so I won't have it).” I hear versions of these statements frequently. It seems many people believe developing confidence is the answer to their problems. I disagree.

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There is no such thing as common sense.

It’s a phrase that’s been uttered by politicians and medical experts repeatedly over the last nine weeks in relation to community behaviour and our response to COVID-19. “Use common sense”, they tell us. “It’s basic common sense”, they say. Every time I hear it, I cringe. Why? Because common sense is not common.

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Don’t assume that all requests of you are urgent.

Too often we assume a request from a colleague, or task allocated by our boss must be actioned immediately, without question. We drop whatever we were working on and get started on the new request straight away. This reactive, rather than responsive approach is a sure-fire path to stress and overwhelm. Our to-do list grows, […]

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Two key questions to help you self-manage under stress

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Two big questions and your answers will help you navigate through this time of stress and uncertainty. Who are you? How are you travelling right now? What are your values? Are you living in alignment with them under pressure? Be as honest as you can be […]

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Lead with warmth

One of the best communication and leadership tips I can give you to help navigate this crazy time is this: Lead with warmth. One of the best communication and leadership tips I can give you to help navigate this crazy time is this: Lead with warmth. By warmth, I mean kindness, compassion and empathy. Why? […]

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At times of crisis, leaders must be visible

Leaders! Now is not the time to go to ground; it’s the time to stand up and be seen. “But I don’t have anything new to tell people,” you might think. “I don’t know what to say.” No worries – tell your people that! At times of crisis, uncertainty, challenge and change, you need to […]

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Remember to breathe

Breathe… Don’t underestimate the power of breath for helping you manage your emotions, nerves and stress levels under pressure. In my training, I teach two breathing techniques that I practice myself. The first is tactical breathing. It’s where you take a big deep breath in through your nose and then release it from your mouth […]

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Start with what you DON’T want

January. A time when many people set goals for what they want to achieve in the year ahead.   Exciting for some. Totally overwhelming for others.   What do you want to achieve in 2020? What’s your goal? Where do you see yourself in 12 months’ time? What does success mean for you? What’s your […]

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Compliments are a gift: How do you receive them?

What do you do when someone gives you a compliment? Do you dismiss it? “Oh, I was just doing my job.” “It was nothing.” “No, big deal.” Deflect? “Everyone else worked way harder than me.” Or reject it outright and use the opportunity to talk yourself down? “Don’t lie, I was crap.”

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Leah Mether is a  communication and soft skills trainer obsessed with making the people part of leadership and work life easier.
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