It is time to Be Kind to Yourself!

October has been one of those months where the hours were too few, the demands never ending, and the midnight oil spent – along with my sunny disposition. And guess what? It gets worse from here as everyone scurries to meet silly season deadlines before South Africa shuts down for December. Have I had such […]

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Do Nothing … Just Be There

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me, And just be my friend.” Albert Camus We often have those moments where we are determined to change, one of mine happened a while ago when I read these simple words by Camus. Sadly, despite […]

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3 Cost-effective ways to Recognise Contribution

I don’t want your money honey, I want your …. 3 Cost-effective ways to Recognise Contribution My very good friend, Google, tells me that there are 44 800 000 articles on the importance of recognition in the workplace.  Fair enough, it is about 20 000 000 results less than what you will find when you type in Kardashians, but […]

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The OPSA Leave a Legacy Conference

A Moment of Gratitude and Humility When I took time to reflect on the past week, I was struck by an emotional Kleenex moment. Given that I am rather theatrical by nature, I should highlight (especially to those of you who know me) that this was much more than me being a drama queen; it is […]

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WHY Professionalism Training

Why you might ask, should Professionalism training be necessary, after all, everyone knows what professionalism is – don’t they? PROFESSIONALISM: {def} the competence or skill expected of a professional. – “the key to quality and efficiency is professionalism“ That doesn’t say much does it?  And so it is for the very definition each one gives […]

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The Secret to Loving Others

The experience of being human is a lot like the safety demonstration on a plane: brace yourself, buckle up, prepare for turbulence, know where to exit, and how to use the oxygen mask. The oxygen mask is of particular reference. Passengers are instructed to fit their own masks first, before assisting others. As a newbie […]

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Expectations: Getting a ‘D’ Instead

I know a lot of people. And I am acquainted with even more. None of those – and I dare say, no one in this world – relishes the idea of disappointment. Sure, on some level we all know it’s out there, but none of us wake up every morning raring to be… disappointed. Just […]

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It’s Time! Get involved

I have a challenge for you this week as we commemorate Human Rights Day. Many are making the most of the two long weekends by taking leave – which means the possibility of meeting new people wherever you are going. For those of us who are not taking leave, it means a quieter three days […]

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Having personal goals is not selfish

Type in ‘personal goal setting’ and everyone’s friend responds with some 33 400 000 results in 0.41 seconds: all the ways to set goals in three, five, seven steps proven to work by anyone, from well-known gurus in the field to Bob working on his thesis. There really does not seem to be any excuse […]

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