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HR Managers

Got a tough decision to make?

by Paul on 15 April 2014 · 0 comments

One of the main reasons that a decision seems to be tough is that emotion gets involved. We fear the consequences of making a wrong decision. This fear can paralyse us as we agonise over the choices. You can separate the emotion from the decision by thinking how you would feel about this choice in […]

They said it was impossible

by Paul on 3 March 2014 · 0 comments

When people say “Impossible”, it is just another way of them saying “I can’t imagine any way this could happen.” But because they cannot see a way through, does that mean it is truly impossible? Has anybody ever done it? And even if they have not (remember the sub four minute mile), maybe it is […]

Outputs vs. Outcomes.

by Paul on 28 January 2014 · 0 comments

Are outputs and outcomes different? What do you think? We always get outputs, but do we always get the outcome we want? Too often we focus only on achieving specific outputs, and this can blind us to alternative ways of achieving our outcomes. One of the reasons we focus on outputs, is because they are […]

Functional fixedness.

by Paul on 17 January 2014 · 0 comments

Functional fixedness. Do you do it? Any five-year-old has no trouble turning an old blanket and a couple of chairs into an impenetrable fort. But as we get older, knowledge and experience increasingly displace imagination and our ability to see an object for anything other than its original purpose. Functional fixedness blocks our ability to […]

Plans which don’t happen

by Paul on 17 December 2013 · 0 comments

Last week I talked about failing to plan. Then there are those people who love to plan but fail to execute, and a plan only comes to life and delivers its reward when executed. Execution does not mean just starting, it means taking responsibility for seeing it through, for making sure the planned outcome is […]

Making the ‘right’ decision

by Paul on 20 November 2013 · 0 comments

Do you sometimes find it hard to make the right decision? Here’s the secret… You will never know enough to make the perfect ‘right’ decision. Better to make a good enough decision with the information you have, and get going. Then work on the path you have chosen to make sure it turns out right. […]

Drip, drip, drip

by Paul on 7 November 2013 · 0 comments

Water dripping on a stone. In time, the Grand Canyon was formed. We don’t need to do big things each day to achieve great results. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” C.S. Lewis If you have a problem or task in front of you […]

Anger makes us stupid

by Paul on 1 November 2013 · 0 comments

Have you ever done something stupid when you were angry? I know I have. Anger floods our body with all sorts of fight or flight chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol. These get us ready for extreme and instinctive physical responses, and this reduces our ability to think and reason effectively. In essence, we become stupid. […]

We all get stuck sometimes. We can’t make progress because something is stopping us; some barrier is in the way. That barrier is big enough in our mind that it stops us taking action. It is only big because we are looking at the whole barrier, and we don’t know what to do to deal […]

The robot school of management?

by Paul on 9 October 2013 · 0 comments

How do the people on your team feel? What delights them? What disturbs them? What annoys them? Do you ever stop and think about what the people on your team feel about their jobs, their colleagues, their workspace, and the organisation? They are people first, and workers second; they are not robots, so take a […]