Category Archives: Psychology

Re-wiring

Talking to a nice person at work this week, as we descended several flights of stairs; she said: "Yes John, but you're about the most positive person I've ever met." I nearly tripped and fell down the remaining stairs… As … Continue reading

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Think small

I’ve signed up to a terrific blog from a chap called Eric Barker from UCLA. Loads of great resources, links to thought-provoking books and simple ‘to do’ lists to do more. This week’s top tip is how to create a habit:  … Continue reading

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Heartfelt

As a person (traditionally) of the head, I generally take the arrow of causation to be ‘the head drives the heart’… Of course that’s not always the case. When the heart skips a beat or starts misbehaving; that certainly gets … Continue reading

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Bees 

In a meeting this week I asked how people felt about ‘whacking the beehive again’.  We are trying a new ‘change management’ approach (as opposed the University standard of ‘resistance management’) on a major move; part of which involves regularly … Continue reading

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Quiet 

Some weeks back I was talking to someone at work about the racket going on in her head. Too much on her mind. As luck would have it, I’d just started reading a book which tackles the issue head on: … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond…

Last weekend at twilight by the seaside, I took this photo.  It picks up a theme I’m reading about at the moment; which is getting into the habit of looking a little beyond what’s happening right in front of you.  … Continue reading

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Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

I sat through nearly two days of interviews this week. And, as so often, was amazed by how much people like to talk – and what they shared!  Surely the most valuable thing to learn in life (and certainly in … Continue reading

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Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Confrontation and Compassion

Compassion came up a number of times this week – on Tuesday in the context of confrontation; and yesterday as a way to run an entire organisation. Of course the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would argue (in the … Continue reading

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Joy

The rather wonderful Disney kids film ‘Inside Out’ suggests the eponymous ‘Joy’ (above) represents our original childlike state. In the film, the loss of ‘Joy’ deep into the vaults of memory is the bridge to the discovery of the more … Continue reading

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