Rip off that fur-trimmed frame

On a cold winter’s day, when the wind is blowing snow at 70mph, there’s nothing like one of those fur-trimmed hoods you can pull over your head. (Not real fur, of course. That’s cruel.) The hood protects your face from the ravages of the wind. The snow encrusts the fur of the hood, but it…

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Code red – tiredness!

Tiredness should come with a health warning. Or a big, red light that flashes. Or a sign that says: Make No Decisions, Do No Important Work, Take Nothing Too Seriously! Anyone with children knows that when they’re tired, their emotions run amok. They do stuff and say stuff that they wouldn’t do and say otherwise.…

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Treating ourselves as we wish to treat others

Probably not a day goes by when we don’t screw up… somehow. Maybe we lose a sale in our business. Or say something we shouldn’t have said. Or make a mistake in our accounts or in an email. The trouble is, we’re often our own worst critics. We blame ourselves. We beat ourselves up. We’ve…

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Finding calm in chaos

Many of us are overwhelmed. We’ve got a business to run, or a job to do, or children to bring up… or all three. So that means we’re doing 30 hours of work in 24. We’re talking to one person while another is on hold. We’re replying to emails, Facebooks and WhatsApps… and still there’s…

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Untie ourselves in knots

For many of us, there’s not a day goes by when we don’t find a rope with a knot in it. Maybe it’s a business problem that won’t go away. Perhaps it’s our computer which has frozen up. Sometimes it’s the cellphone company or the utility company or the tax office. What most of us…

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Scan, connect and send

Sometimes I take my laptop and go work in a coffee shop. There’s something about the smell of espresso in the morning that fires up my brain. Most coffee shops have Wi-Fi – so I try to log onto it. Or my computer does. It scans the available Wi-Fi networks and finds one that it…

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We’re human, we forget – and that’s OK

Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we get angry and upset. We forget to check in with how we’re feeling, and so we let our thoughts and our emotions take control. We lose our temper, we say hurtful things… we behave like a naughty child. Maybe we were tired. Perhaps everything got too much. Or it could…

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Your built-in stud finder (no batteries required)

Have you ever used a stud finder? You know, one of those battery-powered gadgets that you put up against the wall, then move along left or right. It beeps when it finds a wooden stud behind the drywall. A stud finder can save you the crashing horror of a heavy cabinet falling down in the…

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Lucky Friday 13th

Today is Friday 13th. Which means its going to be your luckiest day of the month! Apparently, highway traffic is much reduced on Friday 13th – people stay at home to avoid bad luck. Many of us will walk around today waiting for something bad to happen. And if something bad happens… well, it is…

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Turning ‘bad’ days into ‘good’ days

If, like me, you operate a business – or if you have any position with responsibility – you run into “bad” days from time to time. They’re the days when sales are terrible. Or when something technical goes wrong. Or when a key staff member fails to show up for work. Or when a customer…

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