Monthly Archives: April 2011

Is It a Good Idea to Act Authentically?

Well, it depends how you define authenticity. Authenticity can be problematic when we define it as freely expressing our thoughts and feelings. I have made this mistake many times in the past. I believed that it was wrong to hide my … Continue reading

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The Cult of Busyness

Are you busy? It feels almost unnatural to think of answering ‘no’, and it is this which Ian Price, a former telecoms CEO and now business psychologist, explores in his excellent book called The Activity Illusion. Ian’s main thesis is … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Everyday Mindfulness

Everyday mindfulness is about maintaining an ‘open, accepting, present focus of attention during day-to-day life.’  There is increasing research suggesting that this stance is good for us: The more we adopt this stance the happier we are.  A mindful approach … Continue reading

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ACT in the Workplace

So many leadership courses are based on the idea that to improve performance we must firstly sort our thinking out.  So we focus on motivation, confidence, self-belief or ways of controlling or removing anxiety and stress.  Sounds logical enough. The … Continue reading

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That’s ‘Un Oeuf’! – The New Time Management System for the Time Poor

Although this makes me sound like a massive geek, I am very interested in using mindfulness and focusing techniques in time management.  I have written on my personal blog about the Pomodoro technique.  But whilst the pomodoro technique is good, … Continue reading

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Don’ Think That Thought!

Dan Wegner is one of my favourite psychologists.  One of his central findings is that it is difficult – impossible – to not think certain thoughts. One of his famous experiements is to ask participants not to think about a … Continue reading

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I Dare You

To Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. Can you?

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