Finding the equilibrium between potential, expertise and character

I understand things change. Environments change, circumstances change, generations change and one needs to adapt accordingly. But. There are things that are as true now as they were ages ago, despite arguments to the contrary. The current bee in my bonnet concerns the incongruity between people’s skills or capacity and their character. Babies are born […]

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Meeting for the sake of it? Bingo!!

Another meeting. Oh joy. As I make my way into the boardroom and have a look at the agenda, a distinct feeling of déjà vu flutters in the recesses of my meeting-fatigued grey matter. At the time of writing this, 2014 had 71 days left. That means that 294 days have passed (please refrain from […]

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Well done for breaking through fear!

Is there anything more fulfilling than seeing someone overcome his or her fear and boldly tread where (s)he dared not before? There are many things that can be classified as ‘fulfilling’, but I single this one out because of the cost involved. Fear debilitates. I am not talking about the fear of, for example, taking […]

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Keeping your perspective: Stay accountable

Hindsight being what it is, I should probably have started with this topic in the series on tips to keep one’s perspective. When I talk about accountability, I do not necessarily refer to getting advice, although that might be a natural progression. Bill Cosby apparently said that “a word to the wise ain’t necessary – […]

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Keep your perspective: Know when to let go

While a country song is probably a somewhat dicey source from which to draw a life lesson, I have to heartily agree with Kenny Rogers’ wisdom from his hit, The Gambler. “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em / Know when to fold ’em / Know when to walk away / And know when […]

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Keep your perspective: Cut the drama

So, you’ve removed the gloves that others have so lavishly bestowed on you for work you know was neither your best nor at least one step up from the status quo. You’ve challenged yourself to go further by changing your attitude, acquiring a new skill, trying something different, or getting input from others and hopefully you’ve […]

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Keep your perspective: Take off the gloves

I am a great champion for tension. The good kind, that is. The kind of tension that propels you to overcome your self-imposed limits. It is, of course, good to be comfortable with where you are but there is a very fine line between comfort and boredom, or worse, comfort and inertia. I am still figuring out […]

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‘Tis the season: Be kind to yourself

This week has been one of those 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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Skirting the issue

There could be many titles for this blog. A few come to mind: ‘Suck it up’; ‘Just get on with it’; ‘Stop your nonsense’; ‘You won’t get paid’; ‘Be responsible’; ‘Set an example’; ‘It’s the right thing to do’; etc. (I could continue but not without the added colour of expletives.) We all have them […]

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Are you half a PA holding a full-time PA role?

I’ve had the great privilege to speak at a number of conferences and facilitate administrative and interpersonal skills training for office professionals. When I say privilege, I really mean it and I remain grateful for these opportunities. This is not only because it is where my passion lies, but as a facilitator I never leave one of these interactions […]

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