Give Away Your Pride

Don’t let prestige get in the way for what you want to accomplish. My grandfather, Anders Gartnäs, was an inspiring person. He left his home in rural Dalecarlia in northern Sweden in the 1910s to go to university in Gothenburg…

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Action Point Magic

Follow up on what you have said you will follow up on. Make things happen. You know the situation. At the end of a meeting or a phone call there are a number of action points and you are supposed…

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To Take The Blame

Failure is yours, success is ours. When we make mistakes it is a natural human reaction to try to explain why, and sometimes to blame it on someone or something else – to find your alibi, your explanation of how…

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To Tell The Truth

Do you have what it takes always to be truthful? Am I always fully honest? No, I have to admit. Do I always tell the truth and nothing but the truth? No. Do I sometimes leave out information, without actually lying?…

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Just Do It – Apologize in public

If you screw up in public, apologize in the same forum to make it count. This is certainly one of the hardest things to do, but you should do it without hesitation. I learned from one of my mentors that…

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Why Reality Doesn’t Hurt You

Reality doesn’t hurt in itself – it is our interpretation of it that hurts. As the author Byron Katie says: ‘It’s not the problem that causes our suffering, it’s our thinking about the problem.’ This understanding is fundamental to the…

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How To Respond To Angry Emails

Stop destructive loops, spread good behaviour. Being upset and angry can mean being mentally or emotionally distressed, frustrated, irritated or in other states of negative mindset. This is the story of The Angry Email. Every now and then this little…

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Do You Always Show Up?

Do what you have said that you were going to do. Always show up. Simple. Or is it? One of the most effective ways to be a good leader is to simply show up. One of the most effective ways to…

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I’m Only Human. Your best Excuse.

Your best excuse. If it’s any consolation at all, nobody is perfect. You are human. There will be times when you know you have done something wrong or said things you shouldn’t have said, when you’re mean and stupid, when…

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What Do You Believe In?

It’s easier to take action if you know what you want. Charisma is key to leadership. And what gives you charisma? Optimism and enthusiasm. To be optimistic and enthusiastic, you have to believe in something. Belief is a core leadership…

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