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How To Stop Making It Up As You Go Along

It was 1991… I drove across the M62 for a job interview. If I got the job it would be my pass out of the lab and into the glittering commercial world. A senior buyer. For ICI Pharmecauticals, now AstraZeneca. I had a PhD in chemistry and 3 years lab experience. I was a shoo-in […]

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What! No Plan for 2012! Read This Now!

Seven working days left in January. Seven. It’s later than you think.   I do my annual planning in January because December is too busy with clients and clearing up after the long year. But there’s a danger in this. In January, after a good break, I feel a huge desire to “get back to […]

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Everything You Need for 2012 is Here

Last week I told you all about my Plan for 2012. I’ve been speaking to quite a few people about it over the course of the last week. I’ve realised that I used quite a few tools, techniques and mental skills that not everyone is confident in using. And yet more of these tools, techniques […]

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My 2012 Prep – Best Ever by Miles

I did an interesting exercise the other day. I wrote a list of all my accomplishments. I was thoughtful. I focused on what really matters. I started way back when I was a schoolboy. I wrote them all down. I was surprised by how many there were. It took a wee while. I don’t say […]

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What I Learned in 2011

That’s my fourth year of self-employment chalked up. I have had ups and downs but I am more confident today about the future than I have ever been. The potential is massive and fortune favours the brave. As always, I ask myself what I have learned. I never did this in corporate life. But I’m […]

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What Drives Your Decisions – Pain or Gain?

I’ve just thrown a book across the room. I will not finish it. It is obvious, superficial rubbish. I thought it would be better. I persevered. Really I did. I got almost half way through before it all became too much and I threw the book across the room. I felt faintly embarrassed, even although […]

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What Steve Jobs Taught Me

I’ve just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs (Santa – take note – I have read it). It’s an authorised biography but neither Jobs nor anyone else had any editorial control, or even any foresight. Jobs predicted he’d read it a few years after it came out. That’s not going to happen. Let’s […]

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When It’s Good To Externalise

I’m forever banging on about “not externalising”. And I’m usually right to do so. It usually isn’t good to externalise – to blame events, other people or circumstances for your results. This is bad. It’s a victim mindset and leads to even more bad results. Internalising is the thing to do – asking yourself what […]

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Who’s Stealing Your Energy?

The energy you have to spend on what you want to do today and in the future is the total energy you generate minus the amount that’s lost to the dreaded energy suckers. Let’s start on the supply side… You do generate energy, quite literally. Of course we are not aware of this happening so […]

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Think You’re Proactive? – take my test

How proactive are we really? It’s an interesting question. The answer is not as proactive as we think – which is a relief otherwise I’d have nothing to write about this week. I think we are designed to go with the flow. It takes massive action to break out of this, but break out of […]

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