Yearly Archives: 2014

7 Years Of Prickles And Pleasure

July 2, 2014

The longest I’ve ever worked anywhere is just over 3 years, but today I broke that record as I’ve been running Outshine Consulting for 7 – woohoo and Happy Birthday OC! So whilst I’m in reflective mode, about to run my first marathon, turn 40, and probably have a mid-life crisis (joking!) I thought I’d pen some of the key things I’ve learned over the last year to add to my Outshine Birthday Memoirs! Regardless of whether you’re a business owner or not, I think they’re relevant to us all…

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Tighten Your Career Belt

June 24, 2014

My physio is a very brave man. When I saw him yesterday he gave me some advice that I found confronting and many friends disagreed with. It was one of those topics that most people steer away from, and he certainly took a risk when he decided to go down this path with me! But if I’m honest, as hard as it was to hear, I know his advice was spot on and importantly all of us can benefit from it in many areas of our personal and professional lives. So here’s the brutal truth…

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Your Critical Mid Year Adjustment

June 17, 2014

As everyone goes ‘end of financial year’ crazy here in Australia, it’s a great time for assess and readjust your career and business plans. Taking some time out to look at your progress so far, and connect with what you want the rest of the year to look like is crucial if you want to stay on-target and achieving success. But how do you do that and what should you consider? Here are some smart questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re on track for the next 6 months…

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Manage Your Mood To Get More Done

June 5, 2014

If you do a search for time management techniques on the internet Google will generously bring up pages and pages of ideas, tips and options to help you get more done in less time. But there’s one topic that most traditional training courses and articles don’t cover, which is surprising given how dramatically it can impact how productive you’ll be on any given day. So if you’re looking to plow through your to-do list a little more quickly, or simply want to fine tune your productivity know-how, make sure you don’t by-pass this golden nugget…

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Don't Let Frustration Be Your Downfall

June 4, 2014

It’s normal to get frustrated at work right? When things go wrong and plans don’t go to plan, you can find yourself getting a little bit rattled. And then it’s easy to end up snapping at a colleague, writing an email that’s a little too blunt, or just being a tad tricky to be around – none of which help you get the job done any faster! If you’ve been battling with your frustration levels it’s time to take stock…

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1 Step To Improve Focus, Energy & Productivity Quickly

May 27, 2014

A change is as good as a holiday they say. I don’t know who ‘they’ are, but they’re right! Some of us love change, others resist it, but either way we all benefit from the feeling you get when you take time off. But what if you’ve run out of vacation days and are feeling a bit burnt out? Here’s a quick and simple way to refresh the professional-you and increase your energy levels quickly without having to go away anywhere…

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Restock Your Fridge To Get Ahead

May 20, 2014

If you’re struggling to get your business up and running, or frustrated that your career isn’t quite going to plan, there are lots of tangible actions you can take to help get things back on track. But sometimes it can feel as though all that great advice doesn’t quite hit the mark. So what do you do when you’ve stalled and don’t know how to get started again? It’s time to look in your fridge…

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Stop Butting In

May 12, 2014

Don’t you just hate it when you’re in the middle of saying something important and BAM, the person you’re talking to cuts you off and seems oblivious to their rude interruption! We’ve all done it, some more than others, and it can be hard to hold yourself back when you’re dying to say something in return. But the interruption isn’t actually the biggest problem – it’s your agenda that needs adjusting…

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How To Give Feedback That Gets Results

May 7, 2014

Giving constructive feedback can sometimes feel like walking a tightrope on a windy day – uncomfortable and risky with a high change of serious repercussions! Telling someone they’ve done a bad job or haven’t quite hit the mark isn’t generally much fun, but it’s also something that many of us will have to do at some point in our careers. With that in mind it’s important to know how to approach those tricky conversations in the best way possible. If you’re about to deliver a performance review, or need to give a client or service provider some tough-love here’s how….

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Have You Got A Meeting Addiction?

April 29, 2014

You probably don’t need me to tell you that meetings can be a complete and utter waste of time. By some estimates, the average office worker is spending more than 800 hours a year in meetings with around 25% of that time in needless interactions that produce nothing other than utter frustration! If that sounds like you here’s how you can quickly steal back some of your precious time…

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