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February 12, 2021
7 keys to BUZZING with life

A healthy and flourishing garden is one that is also buzzing with life – with regular visits from bees and other pollinators to maintain its beauty. In this article I’ll be exploring what insights we can take from how to have a beautiful garden buzzing with life, and apply them to having a life that […]

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January 8, 2021
How to find some get up and go

This image shows the insight from a Landscaping Your Life walk someone went on here in Fife when they were feeling demotivated and lacking direction: 'Satellite Corner' invited them to tune in 'The Bus Stops' reminded them they had a choice of direction 'This Way' to look for the signs 'Dead Wood Row' to let […]

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December 8, 2020
Juggling too many balls?

I'm never one to pass by a metaphor in a clients language. Not least because they're a quick and easy means of exploring a situation, and finding a wide range of potential solutions. For example, if someone were to say they felt like they were juggling balls I'd be more inclined to explore the balls, […]

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November 3, 2020
Finding motivation in unprecedented times

A post from the archives written in April 2020, only a few weeks into the first lockdown, and ahead of a virtual webinar for Future Purchasing, a procurement consultancy I'm an associate for, that was recorded. As I launch my new website I realise it's as relevant today as it was then and so decided […]

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September 16, 2020
How to motivate others

In recent posts from the archives I've looked at understanding your own values, how values can get too big for their boots, why values don't inherently drive right behaviour and why I think business values don't really exist. Which will certainly help you to understand what motivates you, how you can use values to motivate […]

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September 15, 2020
Do business values even exist?

Values are what drive all our behaviours. What values aren’t - are things we decide or even choose to have ie they’re not conscious they’re unconscious. See my previous post for more on personal values. The challenge is can we translate personal values into business values? In this post from the 2015 archives I explore […]

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September 15, 2020
Values don't inherently drive right behaviour

"Live your values" "make your values real" can be heard often in organisations and on LinkedIn posts. I don't disagree with the sentiment - because the sentiment assumes that acting with integrity and being authentic will ensure right doing rather than wrong doing. I fear however that the assumption is wrong - and here's why […]

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September 15, 2020
Honesty as a value

I wonder if have uttered any of the following about others in the past: They're lazy They just don't respect me They're dishonest They're just not focused enough They treat some people so differently They're selfish They're too wishy washy They just never finish anything They talk all the time They don't talk enough What […]

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September 15, 2020
When a value has got too big for its boots

In my post what values are motivating your actions we explored how to determine what your values are in any given context. If you know where you want to get to and are motivated and are taking action towards your goal I suspect further exploration of your values is not needed. If, however, you know what you […]

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September 15, 2020
What are your values?

The challenge with what motivates us is it's unconscious - ie we know something motivates us (our values) but we're not often consciously aware of what they are specifically. Never the less, they still provide the motivation to act or not act in everything we do every hour of every day. Because values come from […]

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