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A positive Leader: The hub of connectivity

Connectivity, one word which describes a key driver of our modern lives. The influence of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn is everywhere, how much time do people spend creating connections online, selling an image, a brand, a lifestyle? Our world is all about creating connections to gain social standing or to create opportunities. Ironically, we spend less…

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Courage

A key attribute of positive & mindful leaders By Declan Noone   “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” The Wizard of Oz   When faced with a problem, as leaders we go to our toolbox to find an aid that will help us find a solution or…

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SWOT no more!

The positive evolution of a classic strategic planning tool. Introducing asset-based SCOC, which will drive your open, solution oriented mind-set for outstanding results. By Armin Forstner, Partner, Serrano 99 Management Consulting   During my time leading a publishing business, time and time again we used the SWOT analysis in our strategy meetings. A classic tool…

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Nudge it along!!

Embedding new practices in a team or organisation By Declan Noone, Partner at Serrano 99   Last year I hacked my own resolution failures and finally registered a success. Previously, I would have buried my resolution within a few weeks of starting. I was easily in the same category as the reported 80% of Americans…

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A positive leader is a pragmatic leader

3 reasons a positive leader is the most pragmatic person in the room By Declan Noone, Partner at Serrano 99   ‘Happiology’, that’s what crosses the majority of people’s minds when they hear the terms: positive psychology, positive leadership, and mindfulness. In fact, when I first started to study positive leadership I still readily recall…

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Minute by minute

Getting into the habit of mindfulness Mindfulness is the new buzzword for the 21st century manager, alongside positivity and employee wellbeing. It has become a popular topic in corridor discussions as well as board rooms. It is mainstream now, and not just a strange airy-fairy thing that monks do. For most of us, busy executives,…

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Die perfekte Welle – Flowrider

Create the perfect conditions for flow I can’t get this German song out of my head while writing this.  “Perfekte Welle” (Perfect wave), was the name of the first single of German pop/rock group Juli. Released in 2004, it peaked at number two in the German and Austrian single charts. Singer Eva Briegel describes how…

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5 steps to highly effective task enabling

Task enabling: a simple skill, we all use it on a countless number of occasions throughout the day. Despite that, it may also be our largest blind spot and hindering performance levels. What am I taking about? Well, how we assign/delegate tasks to subordinates and peers. We do it every day and still get things…

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“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him.”

This Lincoln adage adroitly captures, both as a man and a leader, his conscious awareness of how jumping to a quick judgement may preclude him from considering advice or expertise offered by that individual in the future. Lincolns’ war time cabinet was a reflection of his own personal strength of character and capacity to bring…

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The most impactful minute of your day: the mindful minute

When you had started your day, your mind was clear. Like a painters’ palette before the first brush stroke, it was clean with the everything in its place and nicely segmented. Then you go through the morning routine of getting kids ready for school, skipping breakfast, grabbing a coffee on the go, sitting in the…

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