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The problem with ‘Never Give Up!’

Most of us, at some point, have been encouraged to not give up no matter what. In face of adversity, we remind ourselves (and are reminded) to keep on going. Persistence is obviously a strength with many benefits – including better chances of success in our goals – and some do need to bring more…
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Panic attacks: 11 questions to better understand your situation

Panic attacks are admittedly intense, scary and remembered long after they are over. I prefer the term ‘panic episodes’ over ‘panic attacks’ as the word ‘attack’ conjures up images and emotions that are far from being calming. A panic episode has: a) physical manifestations, such as palpitations- pounding heart, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, choking…
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Manipulation, Influence and Propaganda Tactics

12 manipulation and propaganda tactics: So you won’t fall prey to them!

Although mass manipulation strategies go back a long time, they have been blatantly overused lately. The only way to be immune to these tactics and render them powerless over you is to be able to detect them while they are in use. So, what are some of the most common manipulation and propaganda tactics? 1.…
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how our reactions determine how we live

How our reactions determine the life we live.

It is important that our life choices are based on our desires. More often than not, our choices are reactive. Intense emotional reactions may lead to decisions that do not truly resonate with us and we may end up in a path that deviates from what we truly desire. How many of us, have at…
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All conversations influence and you can’t avoid it!

Influence is inherent in every communication. Suggestions, both intended and unintended, are present in all our discussions. We send out messages, suggest ideas, intentions, feelings, behaviours and interpretations by various means; by our choice of words or silences, by our voice tone, our speech manner and speed, by our facial and body expressions. We also…
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Why your success can get in the way of success!

I remember when I first started my professional journey more than two decades ago, I had no clients of my own, no reputation and no ongoing contracts. I didn’t have much to lose which made decision making feel much simpler and safer. Among the many barriers to success, there’s one which rarely leaves traces and…
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9 Questions to Ask Yourself About Goal Success

Goals energize us. They direct us and help us get going when the going gets tough. They represent our efforts to achieve personal change and gain an enhanced sense of meaning. They influence how we behave and experience our lives and they are linked to our well-being. It makes sense that they are often placed…
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Robbery Response Training: Training employees to respond to armed robbery at work

Of all crimes that businesses face, robbery puts employees in most physical danger. When I receive calls from HR personnel and employers after a robbery incident, a series of questions beckon answering. Should there be an immediate on-site intervention and what is it supposed to entail? Should we immediately offer counselling services or exercise watchful…
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