I was attending a conference recently where the keynote speaker was talking about fixed and growth mindsets. He asked everyone who had a fixed mindset to raise their hand and naturally I did. I was the only one! Which is crazy because we all have a fixed mindset. In fact the majority of our beliefs … More You have a fixed mindset and here’s how to fix it.
We no longer live in a world where everyone feels the need to always strive for perfection. As a leader and self-diagnosed perfectionist this poses some big challenges. There are no perfect decisions; more time, does not equal more right. In fact, the sooner you decide, the sooner you move forward and learn. There is … More Living with slightly embarrassing
“I hate the word failure and wish it never existed,” I stated as strongly as I could as we reflected on some past experiences. I shared that the problem with failure is its opposite seems to be pass. The problem with pass is it has a strong mental connection to school or uni, where you … More Re-framing Failure
The other week I tried riding a Segway/Hover Board for the first time. It didn’t go well; I lost balance, crashed, then gave up after one attempt fearing injury and a bruising to my ego. Not surprisingly my son with his young plastic mind got it almost straight away. Doing something for the first time is … More When was the last time you did something for the first time?
“Yes I’ve put that in my ‘stuff up’ folder” was the reply as we discussed a small error that one of my team had just made. Now the error the person had made was on a task they had never done before, (ever!) and hadn’t been trained for, but they labelled it a stuff up. … More Take care of your brain
Over the Christmas holidays I spent a little time doing a course at codecademy.com. It only took a few hours and I learnt a lot, engaged a different part of my brain and can now lead our IT team slightly better. Codecademy is one of literally thousands of free online courses now available on just … More We no longer have an excuse not to learn
I love being wrong. No actually that’s a lie! Being wrong, is no fun, frustrating and outright embarrassing. Yet, I don’t hate being wrong either. As children, most of our learning occurred as a result of being wrong. It’s weird then that most adults I know try to avoid being wrong, and in doing so miss incredible … More Why you should love being wrong.
I don’t get time to … think I don’t get time to … exercise I don’t get time to … read I don’t get time to … do good I don’t get time to … play with the kids I don’t get time to … relax I don’t get time to … [fill in the blank] … More I don’t get time to …