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Posted on January 28, 2022

Changing Conditions to Affect Outcomes

This time of year naturally inspires a forward look to positive change; new year’s resolutions; and the setting of goals. An area sometimes overlooked, however, is that of the current prevailing conditions and how supportive or otherwise they are to goal achievement.

Conditions affect behaviour, which in turn, impacts outcomes. If we desire positive change, the conditions must be conducive to that change.

Consider for example the manager whose goal is to consistently finish work two hours earlier than last year, but whose current conditions include a messy desk; a random filing structure where finding anything is regarded as a bonus at best or a miracle at worst; and whose office space resembles a dismal winter’s day all set to the backdrop of unanswered phone calls and email alerts. In this situation, the current conditions will hinder goal achievement. And until addressed, the conditions will remain a shackle around this manager’s feet.

By all means, set your goals, but remember to consider the underlying conditions. Change these and your goal achievement will take place with greater ease and speed.

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Posted on January 28, 2022

Changing Conditions to Affect Outcomes

This time of year naturally inspires a forward look to positive change; new year’s resolutions; and the setting of goals. An area sometimes overlooked, however, is that of the current prevailing conditions and how supportive or otherwise…

Posted on January 28, 2022

In The Middle of Nowhere

Have you ever felt like nobody was there?Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?Have you ever felt like you could disappear?Like you could fall and no one would hear? These words, sung by Sam Smith and Summer Walker on the…

Posted on December 16, 2021

Barricades of Respite

The ocean was one of dark agitated waters with a chilled, late spring wind, buffeting me as I walked. My path brought me to a barricade of tall shrubs: tranquillity was restored.We all need these barricades of respite from time to time:…

Posted on December 16, 2021

Questions for end of year reflection

The past year has been a challenge for many and I know for some, just to have made it to December, is in itself a major accomplishment.These next couple of months quite naturally lend themselves to reflecting on the year that was, and here…

Posted on December 10, 2021

The Expectancy Effect

Researchers conducted a study of sixty adult military trainees to test whether induced high self-expectancy enhanced learning performance. The trainees were divided into five groups. A random quarter of them were described to the five…

Posted on December 10, 2021

The Scientific Benefits of Journaling

I am an advocate of journaling. Starting in 1984, I have journaled most days with now over half of my life documented. While I enjoy reviewing my history, the reason I continue is the self-awareness, mind-clarity, resilience and positivity…

Posted on November 19, 2021

Punitive or Inclusive Leadership

A favourite song was playing at our favourite bar last Friday night. Spontaneously, I jumped to my feet with open arms to Michelle: an invitation to dance. The manager approached me from behind, cosied up, and kissing me on the cheek said,…

Posted on November 05, 2021

Surround Yourself With Different

I analysed the behavioural profiles of twelve managers in one of my early consulting projects and found the most glaring standout was the business owner had only recruited very similar people to himself. Not only was the business lopsided…

Posted on October 26, 2021

Of Port Barrels and Decision Making

As I poured a fresh quantity of port into my oak barrel, I noticed it leaking (almost running) out of the bottom. Argh...the timber had shrunk from being left to dry out over the past 12-months through non-use. Kicking myself for my…

Posted on October 15, 2021

Be Kind To Your Boss Day

Tomorrow is Boss's Day. It originated in 1958 by a woman who, working for her father, believed that boss's deserved appreciation from their employees. Consulting with those in Boss roles (including all those who manage people), I have seen…

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