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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

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  • Understanding Human Behaviour

    28 November 2017

    Understanding Human Behaviour Many people have problems understanding the behaviour of others. Not only do we have trouble understanding the behaviour and the minds of others, we sometimes have trouble understanding ourselves. The mind is difficult to understand because it is an invisible, non-material thing. Your mind is immaterial. By contrast... Continue Reading >

    Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Putting Things Into Perspective

    11 August 2017

    Putting Things Into Perspective It is important to distinguish between two types of things: important things and trivial things. It would be a big mistake to get these two mixed up, wouldn't it? It would be a big mistake to treat an important thing as if it were trivial. And it... Continue Reading >

    Putting Things Into Perspective
  • How to be More Confident

    01 March 2017

    How to be More Confident Confidence is important because how you feel in any situation will affect how you act. If you are feeling confident, then you are more likely to take effective action. If you are lacking confidence, then you are much less likely to take effective action. Confident people... Continue Reading >

    How to be More Confident
  • A Christmas Tale

    23 December 2016

    A Christmas Tale When I was a boy I loved Christmas, for the same reason every little kid loves Christmas. Presents! I grew up in a poor part of town. My parents didn't have much, so we kids didn't get much. Having new toys was a rare event. I remember when... Continue Reading >

    A Christmas Tale
  • Goodbye 2016

    20 December 2016

    Goodbye 2016 Wow, we made it! I thought for a moment we would not make it to the end of 2016 in one piece. It certainly has been a bumpy ride. I don't know how you feel about 2016. I don't know what you think about all the things that have... Continue Reading >

    Goodbye 2016
  • Take Back Control

    02 December 2016

    Take Back Control It is an interesting fact that the ideas you have in your mind, affect what you see, how you feel, and how you respond to situations. For example: Imagine a person commits a crime. How would you explain that? If you believed in determinism, you would say... Continue Reading >

    Take Back Control
  • How to Make More Money

    27 September 2016

    How to Make More Money If you want more money there are three things you need to do: Produce. Trade. Save. The financially successful, develop their ability to produce, trade and save. 1. Produce. If you want to earn more money, you need to have something to trade in exchange for... Continue Reading >

    How to Make More Money
  • After Brexit Vote: What is the Plan Now?

    24 June 2016

    After Brexit Vote: What is the plan now? One of the most common comments of the Remain camp during the referendum was: "If we leave Europe, what's the plan for the economy?" and "What is the economic plan from the Brexit camp?" The answer is simple: Free markets don't have plans... Continue Reading >

    After Brexit Vote: What is the Plan Now?
  • How to Make This Year your Best Year Ever

    04 January 2016

    How to make 2016, your best year ever You may have noticed two things: 1. That Christmas and New Year are both fast approaching AND 2. There is a lot of pessimistic talk about next year being a bad one The first statement is a certainty: Christmas and New Year will... Continue Reading >

    How to Make This Year your Best Year Ever
  • Natural Law: Use It Or Lose It

    27 November 2015

    A wise person would always try to live in accordance with the Laws of Nature. A fool is a man who thinks he can break the laws of nature. The laws of nature are the laws that describe the way that the natural world operates. If you align yourself, and your... Continue Reading >

    Natural Law: Use It Or Lose It
  • I Have Made an Amazing Discovery

    30 October 2015

    I have made an amazing discovery If you will learn and apply this discovery, you will be better able to persuade people to accept your proposal, buy your products, and accept your ideas. You may use this discovery to improve your results. The idea is this: People are more influenced by... Continue Reading >

    I Have Made an Amazing Discovery
  • Onus of Proof Principle

    11 September 2015

    There is a principle of logic that says that the onus of proof is on the prosecution. The onus of proof is not on the accused. The accused does not need to prove his/her innocence. The person who is making (or implying) an accusation, is the one who must prove their... Continue Reading >

    Onus of Proof Principle
  • Aristotle Blog

    17 March 2015

    Aristotle Blog This is the third blog in a series. We are covering the three biggest names in philosophy; Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Everyone knows the names Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. These are the three lions of philosophy. Their names are known the world over. But, unless you have made them... Continue Reading >

    Aristotle Blog
  • Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!

    13 March 2015

    Make today, Friday 13th, a great day! Many people think that Friday 13th is unlucky. Why is that? Many people think Friday 13th is unlucky because many people still believe in numerology. Numerology is the mystic belief that your life is governed by Fate; in the form of lucky and... Continue Reading >

    Make Friday Thirteenth a Great Day!
  • Plato's Blog

    03 March 2015

    Previously: Socrates In our last newsletter we looked at Socrates. We learned how Socrates' great contribution to philosophy was to challenge us all to think more deeply about what we mean when we use moral words; what does it MEAN to say, Justice, Fairness, Equality and Friend. Socrates said that if... Continue Reading >

    Plato's Blog
  • What Could you Learn From Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?

    03 February 2015

    What Could You Learn from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? I am guessing that you have heard the names Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. You probably know that they are the three most famous philosophers in history. But unless you have made it a special study, you may not know much about what... Continue Reading >

    What Could you Learn From Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?
  • Management Training: Delegation

    31 October 2014

    Management Training: Delegation Delegation is an important management skill. Delegation is the act of entrusting a task to another person. Many managers need training on how to delegate properly. Why don't many managers delegate properly? Because they don't know HOW to delegate; or because they are AFRAID to delegate; or BOTH... Continue Reading >

    Management Training: Delegation
  • New Skills for New Managers

    14 October 2014

    New Skills for New Managers New managers often need some support to learn new skills. The new skills they need are certain PEOPLE SKILLS relating to managing the performance of people. New managers are often promoted primarily on the strength of their technical ability and knowledge. The new manager is usually... Continue Reading >

    New Skills for New Managers
  • Praise and Appreciation

    29 August 2014

    Praise and appreciation Management skills: motivation: social motivators: Praise and appreciation At work, have you ever heard people say, "The bosses soon tell us when things have gone wrong, but they never appreciate us when things have gone right"? And have you ever heard anyone complain that their family "does not... Continue Reading >

    Praise and Appreciation
  • 6 Fundamental Management Skills

    23 June 2014

    6 Fundamental management skills There is a set of six fundamental management skills: These are skills that are needed by everyone who wants to succeed in their role as a manager or team leader. Many managers and team leaders evolve into their role over time. For example: Sam joined the organisation... Continue Reading >

    6 Fundamental Management Skills
  • Training for New Managers

    06 June 2014

    Training for new managers Training for new managers is important, because many new managers are promoted into their new role, mostly by virtue of their superior technical knowledge, or by the fact that they have been there, in your organisation, for such a long time. Since they know the systems, they... Continue Reading >

    Training for New Managers
  • ‚ÄčTraining to Improve Management Skills

    29 August 2013

    Training to improve management skills Management skills are important. And, for most people, management skills are not a part of their natural instincts. It is not easy to be a great manager. Management is not a single act. Management is a complex set of actions guided by a complex set of... Continue Reading >

    ‚ÄčTraining to Improve Management Skills
  • How can I Improve My Leadership Skills

    15 August 2013

    How can I improve my leadership skills? Are you looking for ways to improve your leadership skills? The good news is that Leadership skills can be learned, practiced and improved. How can you learn and practice leadership skills? You can start by recognising that leaders MUST be different from non-leaders. There... Continue Reading >

    How can I Improve My Leadership Skills
  • New Manager Training - Where can I Find a Good Manager Training Course?

    17 May 2013

    New manager training: Where can I find a good manager training course? Where can you find good new manager training? Let us assume that you have a manager who is in charge of a team of people. The person has been with your company for a few years and knows the... Continue Reading >

    New Manager Training - Where can I Find a Good Manager Training Course?
  • How to Gain More Confidence as a New Manager

    07 January 2013

    How to gain more confidence as a manager Are you just starting out in the role of leader or manager? If yes, then you would probably agree that it is sometimes difficult to feel as confident as you would like to feel. You may lack confidence because your situation is new... Continue Reading >

    How to Gain More Confidence as a New Manager
  • Don't you Trust Me?

    14 June 2012

    Handling difficult people: "Don't you trust me?" Trust Last week a female delegate on my course asked me a good question relating to the issue of trust. She said, "Can I ask you a question related to trust? I don't know how to handle the situation when my daughter, or anyone... Continue Reading >

    Don't you Trust Me?
  • Soft Skills Training for Team Leaders and Managers

    30 April 2012

    Soft skills training for team leaders and managers Soft skills training is a whole range of specific communication skills one must have if you wish to operate well in an organisation made up of many different personalities. Soft skills' training is contrasted to "hard skills" which are more technical in nature... Continue Reading >

    Soft Skills Training for Team Leaders and Managers
  • How can you Gain Respect as a New Manager Or Team Leader?

    27 February 2012

    Learn how to gain respect as a new manager or team leader? Everyone wants respect. Nobody wants to be disrespected. There are two ways to gain respect: You can try to demand respect from others. You can earn respect from others. Only method 2 will work. You cannot simply demand respect... Continue Reading >

    How can you Gain Respect as a New Manager Or Team Leader?
  • What are the Psychological Differences Between Men and Women

    09 February 2012

    What are the psychological differences between men and women? This week, during a management training course, I was making the point that conflict management should be a rational, not an emotional transaction. That an emotionalised conflict situation is dangerous for all parties concerned; That a "rational conflict" may prove to be... Continue Reading >

    What are the Psychological Differences Between Men and Women
  • Managing your Stress

    19 October 2011

    Managing your stress - Stress management In these days; many people say they feel stressed - which they consider to be a bad thing. Being stressed is not necessarily a bad thing, because stress is the trigger for adaptation, and as any good scientist knows, adaptation is good. BUT stressful circumstances... Continue Reading >

    Managing your Stress
  • Sales Training With Nlp

    08 August 2011

    Sales training with NLP How sales people mess up too many sales opportunities that they should have won We have noticed a common error committed by too many sales people, especially those operating in the service sector. We want to tell you what the sales error is, so that you don... Continue Reading >

    Sales Training With Nlp
  • Management Training: How to Have Better Meetings

    27 July 2011

    How to have better meetings Do you ever attend non-productive meetings? DO you ever sit in meetings and think "This is NOT the best use of my time"? Many people do. Every day, badly run meetings cost organisations dearly, in terms of: Time wasted in poorly run meetings Meetings that overrun... Continue Reading >

    Management Training: How to Have Better Meetings
  • How to be an Effective Leader Manager

    11 November 2008

    How to be an Effective Leader Manager All effective leader-managers share certain characteristics It is these characteristics that allow them to qualify as an effective leader manager. In order to improve your abilities as a better leader and manager, we suggest that you should focus on developing six specific characteristics: 1... Continue Reading >

    How to be an Effective Leader Manager