What’s so smart about SMART goals?

Charles Kingsmill on July 9, 2015

Every year the performance appraisal comes round and thoughts turn to the year ahead. “You should agree 3-5 goals for the year ahead, and they should be SMART” say the guidelines. Everyone knows what SMART stands for, right? “Yes, it’s Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound…” “No, that’s wrong, it’s Stretching, Measurable, Aligned, Realistic, Tangible…” “I …

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Who’s in charge? How to manage your emotions

Andrea Schüller on June 2, 2015

Isn’t it amazing how little things can make or break our day? Monday morning an email made its way into my inbox where the subject heading alone made me cringe. It promised a few unhappy hours ploughing through complex matters without deriving any benefit from it, only to be rewarded by a lose-lose conversation with …

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Beyond image consultants

Andrea Schüller on May 11, 2015

This post is going to have a very short shelf life. Or is it? I’ll take the gamble of using current news to make a broader point about what contributes to the perceived credibility of leaders. I’m currently in the UK, where the general election last Thursday created a night of high drama, a clear …

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Making sure that others hear your best thoughts – more often

Andrea Schüller on April 28, 2015

Making sure that others hear your best thoughts – more Have you ever asked yourself “Why can’t I be as confident as all the other guys who are listened to around here?” Well, there is one good thing about this question: you acknowledge that confidence is contextual. Apart from that, I’d be happier to hear …

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Plan what to do with your one wild and precious life

Andrea Schüller on April 27, 2015

American poet Mary Oliver coined a wonderful question: „Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? “ It adorns one of our compliment slips, which takes pride of place at the pinboard just above my computer screen, providing both perspective and encouragement. I have numerous plans. In …

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The impact of (the right) questions

Andrea Schüller on April 12, 2015

“I can always tell how experienced and insightful a prospective consultant, banker, or lawyer is by the quality of their questions and how intently they listen.” This is a quote from a CEO, which Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas use to pitch an entire book focused on ‘Power Questions’ (2012, John Wiley & Sons). Those …

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The art of praise

Andrea Schüller on April 1, 2015

If somebody gives you feedback, what do you remember? The five compliments or the one ‘little’ thing that was meant to be a tip for improvement? You can still recite the latter word by word, but the compliments drifted into oblivion, mentally filed under ‘I sort of knew that about me’? My point, entirely. Ambitious, …

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Let’s stop being dopamine junkies

Andrea Schüller on January 28, 2015

We knew it all along. Daniel Levitin, a professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of ‚the organized mind – thinking straight in the age of information overload‘(2014) did away with the myth of multi-tasking as he appeared as a guest on a radio show on 26th January.(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0505zw1). According to Levitin, “attention is a …

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