Why sad songs say so much…

By tphcmanager | Oct 24, 2017

People who are compassionate may be ‘rewarded’ by experiencing pleasure from sad music THE CONVERSATION  September 17, 2016 Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s Someone Like You frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s Requiem have moved people for centuries. Both portray and bring about a strong sense of loss and sadness. But our enjoyment of sad…

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The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance

By Felicity Neil | Sep 25, 2017

I read this article on James Clear.com. I started following James because of his tips for physical fitness; however it is his insights about motivation and success that held my interest. James describes himself as: “an author, photographer, and weightlifter. He studies successful people across a wide range of disciplines — entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and…

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The Toblerone Challenge – Providing Feedback

By Felicity Neil | Sep 4, 2017

Imagine you have a present for someone in your team; it’s appropriate and needed – it also has the potential to improve someone’s life and make their work more fulfilling.  It is not a 1 metre block of Toblerone ™, but possibly as good! It’s providing someone with something that could be as satisfying as…

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Degree or Experience – What’s more important to you?

By Felicity Neil | Aug 3, 2017

Article by Scott Timmins Something has dogged me for years and I am not sure what the answer is. So rather that continue to mull over it I thought I would ask our network of professional for their advice? Recently I was asked to assist in a recruitment process. During the initial scoping phase, a…

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How BIG is your chair?

By Felicity Neil | Aug 1, 2017

Status in the animal kingdom is usually an expression of power or dominance, it’s a ‘pecking order’ and it’s generally fairly static. The dominant matriarch in lion society is number one in the pride and she stays that way until a younger stronger lioness usurps her. For a lioness this is bad news since she…

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Making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill – Why we go there

By Felicity Neil | Jul 4, 2017

“I have called you all in to let you know that I have just met with the senior directors of the company. They have informed me that there are going to be some big changes coming up. I don’t know what they are at this moment and I don’t know what this means for the…

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What Do You Do When You’ve Been Institutionalised

By Felicity Neil | May 15, 2017

If you have ever found yourself at a cross road in life, having to change the way you view the world and how you interacted with it, then you will appreciate how difficult it is to de-institutionalise yourself when facing a career transition. Firstly let me take you back to the 16th of January 1990.…

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Luxury coach driver! – Confessions from an executive coach

By Felicity Neil | Apr 7, 2017

How many times have you been talking to a friend and one of you has felt a spring release in your mind. The next words spoken may be something along the lines of, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “Lightbulb moment!”  This is a natural reaction to the questions asked and information exchanged in…

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“The times they are a changing”

By Felicity Neil | Mar 8, 2017

My experience with change is probably no different than anyone else. Some change initiatives have achieved success, however more often than not many have had a profound negative impact on employees, customers and the company’s brand for years. When I look back at these events there was always one consistent factor in play – the…

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