What is it about the colour Red?

Posted by on November 5, 2014 • < 1

What is it about the colour Red?

  And yellow or orange? Do these colours send electric impulses through the eyes of the observer, usually in a motor vehicle, causing them to press their accelerators down even harder? Do they make individuals rage with fury at the thought of being stopped? Hence the urge to attack and move forward at speed, rather than stop? Is there any way to reverse this automatic response in some? A challenge: today stop at every red traffic light So a challenge: today stop at every red traffic light and red stop sign. ┬áStop. Breathe. Look around. Not at your phone. Look around. Be surprised. You...

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When last did you learn something about yourself that changed your life?

Posted by on November 4, 2014 • 2 minute read

Learning. That word: learning. What images, thoughts or feelings does it conjure up for you, I wonder? Does it bring back memories of stuffy school classrooms, and stuffier teachers? Did you learn anything there that changed your life? I can’t say that I did. I did meet someone who determined the course of my life. An English teacher. I only had her for one year. Mrs Clarke. Conservative, large in her baby blue A-line crimpolene dresses and dark framed glasses, but accommodating of a class of misfits. And me the misfit among misfits. Academic, do-gooder, conscientious, hardworker in a...

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Being coached

Posted by on July 30, 2013 • 2 minute read

For me, being coached gave me the privilege of having my very own learning partner. Someone who focused solely on me for 1.5hrs a month over a period of 10 months, giving me 15 hours of intense one on one work. The accelerated learning, the opportunity to embed it in the spaces between the sessions, the thrill of being exposed to something new, of being asked questions I had never encountered before, the excuse to exercise my head and my heart are all the reasons I became a coach. Not everyone understands what coaching is and how it works. I go to a private pilates instructor twice a week. I...

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Mediation the way to go?

Posted by on April 24, 2013 • < 1

I recently received my international accreditation as a mediator and this morning went to a morning get together to refresh skills and get news on the status of mediation in the country. So many mediators have a legal background but it was refreshing to see more of a diverse background from those who made the time to attend. I was reminded again of the benefits of mediating, something South African companies don’t really consider unless it is for labour issues. Mediation can be very successfully used when there is serious disagreement in the workplace that is undermining the...

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Are you living your life?

Posted by on February 16, 2013 • 2 minute read

I have been doing some interesting reading about working to our strengths rather than focusing on our weaknesses. How building and developing our strengths will make us more of who we truly are. I am a real expert in self criticism and it is refreshing to be reminded that there are some amazing strengths that I have that I should be making more use of. Problem is, because I do these things well, I take them for granted and really what’s there to criticize if I do them well? I do not do numbers well. I transpose them when I write them, I cannot keep them in my head for longer than I can...

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February: a time for renewal

Posted by on February 1, 2013 • 2 minute read

Now that we have crawled out of the January blues, hopefully paid our holiday bills and settled back into the daily routines of work and family, there could be time to reflect on the year ahead. Time to make positive changes, set goals for a sustainably successful year and acknowledge those small steps that will take you there. One really fun way of doing this is by building a collage. It is simple and easy and costs very little. All you need is a poster-sized (or larger) piece of cardboard, a stack of magazines, glue and scissors. First you set your intention: eg “I want to make...

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