The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

I'm a long-term Apple computer user. When I came to buy my latest laptop, I had a choice from 6 models (the entire Apple laptop range) and was able to easily and quickly choose the model that best matched my needs. If I had been a Windows user, it would have been very different. I would have had a choice of thousands of different laptops from hundreds of manufacturers. To make the best choice then would have been almost impossible!

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Is Your Diary Out Of Control?

Is Your Diary Out Of Control?

One of the frequent issues I come across in my coaching work is out of control diaries! What's in our diaries determines on a day to day basis how we spend much of our working lives. Unless we're disciplined, or we impose discipline on the other people who can add meetings and appointments to our diaries, we can very soon find we are run by our diaries - and run ragged!

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Happiness

Happiness

Many years ago whilst an undergraduate at University College London I used to walk past a large glass-fronted case in which sat Jeremy Bentham (or at least his clothed skeleton topped by a waxwork head - see him here). In the 18th century Bentham proposed that the purpose of society be "the greatest happiness of the greatest number". And maybe this is an idea whose time is coming.

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Conscious Incompetence

Conscious Incompetence

There is a lot of talk in organisations about competences - as in "High Performance Management Competences" and so forth. Being competent is of course very important - we need to have the skills and motivation necessary to do our work. But there is a paradox: if we are never willing to be incompetent then we can never grow, develop or change, nor will we ever achieve excellence.

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