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In anything that you do in public, there will be cynics who look down their noses at your efforts and those who are cheering you on and hoping that you do well.

There may be 98 people who are fully engaged with your presentation and two in the audience who have their arms crossed and a scowl across their face, but invariably it’s the two that we work hardest to please.

We think about them, ask them questions, argue with them, try to convince them and try to cater to their needs, to the detriment of the remaining masses who are really enjoying your work.

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Most of us have topics that we talk about with others with great passion.

We can’t help ourselves and will corner people at every opportunity to talk about our favourite subject.

The modern marketing term for this is “sneezing” and it invokes a picture of people infecting those around them with their ideas.

Unfortunately, most of the time, we are sneezing trivial things.

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David Attenborough and the ARKive

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Sir David Attenborough is a living treasure and his contribution to wildlife conservation through his famous documentaries is legendary.

I have received many hours of great joy from watching his work and my oldest son now joins me on the couch as we watch some of the marvels of the animal world.

The scope of Attenborough’s work now spans many decades, so what can we learn from this inspirational person?

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Paulo Coelho tells the story of the painter Henri Matisse who used to visit the great Renoir regularly.

As Renoir became more ravaged by arthritis, Matisse arrived on a daily basis, taking brushes, paint and food for the ailing artist.

Matisse would watch Renoir paint and every time the brush touched the canvas the master painter would wince in pain.

“Master, you have already created a vast and important body of work, why continue torturing yourself in this way?”

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Beige is a very popular colour for carpets, walls and curtains.

It makes sense when you’re designing as beige blends in and is inconspicuous.

Unfortunately, beige is also the colour that could describe a lot of people as they try to go through life.

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I realise that this title doesn’t look good, so please bear with me.

Hopefully it’s obvious that I don’t mean be a fire-lighter literally.  I’m talking here about the fire or passion that people need to achieve a particular task or goal.  The inspiration that drives great performance, the dreams that great people pursue with enthusiasm and vigour.

No matter who you are, you are surrounded by people who influence you, and you in turn influence others.

Unfortunately, some of us are fire-fighters, dousing the flames of enthusiasm through well-meaning, or sometimes just mean-spirited words of discouragement.

Thankfully, we also have the opportunity to help to light flames in the hearts of others and there are a few ways in which we can do that.

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Do you want the bad news or the good news?

The bad news is that over the course of your career you will work for approximately 100,000 hours.

The good news is that over the course of your career you will work for approximately 100,000 hours.

What’s the difference?

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One of the exciting challenges of people leadership is to maximise the performance of your workforce.  One of the keys to this is increasing the discretionary effort that your people give you.

What do I mean by discretionary effort?  It’s the work and ideas that people give you without you needing to ask for it.  It’s when people go above and beyond their job description.  If you can consistently extract this, you will be well on your way to leading a winning team.

People who lead great teams of volunteers understand this concept and do this well and there are a few leadership principles that we can learn from them.

How can you treat your staff like volunteers?

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Sometimes life is hard… be passionate anyway

Sometimes people will criticise your enthusiasm… be passionate anyway

Sometimes your energy levels are low… be passionate anyway

Sometimes you lose sight of your goal… be passionate anyway

Sometimes you’ll have lots of excuses… be passionate anyway

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In the many career workshops and coaching discussions I have held over the years, one of the common issues that comes up is that many people have no idea what they want to do with their careers. 

The reality is that you can’t have a flourishing career if you have no idea what you want to do, so it’s an important issue to resolve.

So, how can you find your career path?  Here’s a simple acronym that I have found helpful over the years.  To make it easy to remember, I use the word PATH:

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