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Posted on March 18, 2022

Imagining the Workplace as a Laboratory

Scientist B.F Skinner made significant advances in understanding human and animal behaviour by conducting experiments under laboratory conditions. The power of using laboratory conditions is that the environment is consistent and…

Posted on March 11, 2022

Distraction Management

This past week I deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my iPhone, leaving them only accessible from my PC. I realised I had succumbed to digital distractions and had fallen for the engagement nudges of these Social Media sites - I…

Posted on March 07, 2022

Birthdays, Mistakes, and Love

Today is my birthday and three of my daughters came in from Queensland to celebrate it with me. Sitting around last night as we drank whiskey and port by candlelight it was good to laugh and engage with them and be reminded that the…

Posted on March 07, 2022

Resistance

I regretted it the moment I put my hand over someone’s mouth during a stand-up work meeting. All I remember is my compelling desire to make him stop talking so I could have the floor. It was a low point in my coaching career and created…

Posted on February 23, 2022

Constant Learning

A reader of this newsletter commented he had to look up the definition of one of the words I had used. While I don't use big words intentionally, I took his comment as an encouragement. My daily reading and writing discipline continue to…

Posted on February 11, 2022

Easing Up to Increase Outputs

This week I had my COVID booster shot. Upon waking the following day I had a mild temperature and felt off-colour. My partner Michelle suggested rest and being kind to myself for the day, rather than pushing myself to work at the pace I’d…

Posted on February 11, 2022

Behavioural Reinforcement

Recently our dog Frankie successfully trained us to provide him with pats upon request. A touch of his left paw, upon our leg or arm, means “please pat on left shoulder” and similarly, right paw means “right shoulder”. If we stop patting…

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:…

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