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Starting any new venture might feel daunting. However, sometimes you just know you must take the first step. You might not even appreciate what is driving you.

Even so, your conviction tells you with some clarity and certainty that your new project is what you must do. So, take the first step; it might only be a small move, but it will start you on your journey. Good luck!

Job loss

By McDonnell-Hockley / 16/01/2020 /

How do I cope with job loss? Step one:  Talk to someone outside your circle of impact.  Friends and family have a vested interest; they love you; they know you; they mean well. However, someone outside your immediate circle might enable you to seek a wider range of solutions. This gives you three levels of…

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By McDonnell-Hockley / 10/01/2020 /

If you know of anyone living with Parkinson’s  Please check out Dr Mark Hyman’s podcast The Doctors Farmacy (Yes that is the spelling).  Episode 71. Death is Inevitable, but Aging is Not. In this episode Dr Hyman is taking to Dr. David Sinclair author of Lifespan. The specific Parkinson’s part of the discussion starts approximately 33…

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Leading with soft skills

By McDonnell-Hockley / 09/01/2020 /

I started the week noting that great leaders admit when they make mistakes.  One of the easiest mistakes to make is thinking you can do it all. Those of us with a clear vision of what is possible write reports, create plans or courses and generate change. We don’t wait for someone to hand us…

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Great leaders admit when they make mistakes

By McDonnell-Hockley / 06/01/2020 /

Losing of 44,000 British, French, ANZAC and Indian troops in 1915 at Gallipoli, (a campaign that lasted nine months) occurred because of a mistake of judgement by Winston Churchill. At the time he was serving as First Lord of the Admirality. “I am the victim of a political intrigue,” he lamented to a friend. “I…

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Holistic Leadership

By McDonnell-Hockley / 02/01/2020 /

No crystals, no yoga mats and no airy-fairy music… Holistic leadership uses long-term strategy. It values contribution, is diligent about reaching goals and avoids exploitation.  Holistic leaders have an EQ that matches their IQ. They develop trust and assure consistency. Holistic leaders keep and attract employees. They live by a set of values others can…

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Are you a great advert for you?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 27/12/2019 /

One of L’Oreal’s taglines on their campaigns has been, “Because you’re worth it”. You might be great at your job, but are you adding value? Adding value can be a stepping-stone to reaping greater financial rewards. If you are adding value are you getting the rewards? If, ‘no’ then it is time to explore two…

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Hallucinations of older people

By McDonnell-Hockley / 20/12/2019 /

If older members of your family are experiencing hallucinations please view this Ted Talk. Oliver Sacks explains a type of hallucinations common to older people, it known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. His explanation is both reassuring and clear.

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Embrace rejection

By McDonnell-Hockley / 19/12/2019 /

The great thing about social media is that it is social. You can find about what interests you and you may be of interest to other people. You like and can be liked—you can friend and unfriend. When you are on the receiving end of a negative comment, it can be hurtful. But it does…

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The productivity of sleep

By McDonnell-Hockley / 12/12/2019 /

There is more to sleep then counting sheep. In his introduction to Sleep, Nick Littlehales references the research on poor sleep and its subsequent impact on psychological issues and health, ‘…from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity through to anxiety and burnout.’  We know that during sleep the mind processes thoughts, and the body repairs itself:…

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Is your brain over stimulated?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 05/12/2019 /

If you are having trouble sleeping, it is. Success leaves clues. However, with those who burn out, a successful career can also leave debris in terms of physical and mental health, relationships and finances.  Stimulants Stimulants hijack healthy thinking and decision making, and they deny the brain’s processing time. The brain needs and deserves time…

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