Adversity and resilience lessons for life and business from Disney

There’s a lot of wisdom in Disney films, and not just for children either. Here are some of the most poignant quotes to inspire you to be more resilient in your work and your life. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. The Emperor (Mulan) Oh yes, the past can […]

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What are your islands of personality?

As we’ve written about before, Inside Out is a treasure trove of lessons that we can all learn from. Today, however, I’d like to go down a more practical route. In the Pixar film we see inside the mind of eleven year old Riley, where, among other creative metaphors, she has five “islands of personality”. These […]

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Lessons from Presidents past and present

The U.S. election season is in full swing at the moment, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go head to head for the Democratic nomination, and a handful of Republicans do the same on the other side. Given the legacy that whoever wins the election will need to live up to, I thought it would be […]

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What is ‘hindsight bias’ and how can you stop it from affecting your future plans?

Think back to the last mistake you made. It may have been a project which seemed so strong in its construction, only to have collapsed during the execution. It could have been a lapse in judgement, a tactical error, or something out of your control entirely. All of these causes may differ, but one way in which […]

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Three leadership lessons derived from The West Wing

Sometimes inspiration and mentors are hard to find, and sometimes you find them in the most unlikely of places. The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin, ran on TV for 7 seasons between 1999 and 2006, and in that time gave us innumerable lessons on leadership, communication, and generally how to be awesome. Lessons can […]

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Take charge of your education

Education helps us to understand the world that we all live in. Whether it be formal education or life lessons, is what we all need to be able to answer the who, what, why, where and how questions of our world. Education helps us to become leaders in our own lives and role models to […]

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Defuse conflicts by changing the discussion to shared goals

I’m sure you already know this, but just to re-cap. When you open a discussion with someone with negative emotions you are virtually guaranteed to enter into a conflict. When tempers start to flare we often say things we regret later. The Harvard Business Review advises keeping emotions out of a discussion, even if your […]

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