The Resilient Peter Greste

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 16, 2015 |

I’ve just watched – again – a video of the arrival back in Australia of Peter Greste, Australian journalist and foreign correspondent, imprisoned in Egypt for 400 days on trumped up charges finally released on February 5. 2015.

The strongest impression I had was of how well he looked physically and how good he sounded psychologically. How did he emerge from that experience so together?
Peter Greste said that he made a decision to keep himself fit physically, mentally and spiritually. That was how he came through the experience.
That is called RESILIENCE.
It is one of the most important Soft Skills we need to develop in these unpredictable times.

In 2010, Accenture surveyed more than 500 senior executives of mid to large companies in 20 countries across Europe, Asia, Nth America and Latin America. 71% cited resilience as “very to extremely important” when determining who to retain in their organisations.
Resilience is an inner psychological strength that you can grow and develop. Peter Greste had that.
It is this same inner psychological strength that leaders and managers need to meet the challenges, uncertainties and unpredictabilities they face as they guide our organisations in these changing times.

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Are You A Learner or One of The Learned?

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 13, 2015 |

My 4 year old grand-daughter’s sea horse, Gill, died this week. Her mum, Anna, was explaining to Eden about death and dying. She listened carefully, asked some questions and then said: “Now I know everything”. She thought for a moment and then she said to her mum: “Mum, sometimes I know everything and sometimes I don’t know anything.”

I am a whole lot older than Eden, but I thought to myself: “That’s just what I feel. Sometimes I know everything and sometimes I feel I don’t know anything.” In spite of a rich life-time of study, all the university courses I have done, all the information I have in my head, in my library, in my filing cabinet and at my disposal on the internet, I have come to realise that the more I know, the more I become aware how much I don’t know.

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Don’t Take Risks. Bullet-proof Your Small Business.

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 4, 2015 |

One of the strong motivators for starting a business is that we want to be our own boss because we believe we can be more financially successful that way. What happens, in fact, is that most small business owners do little more than generate a wage for themselves.

While being very good at doing the work of the business, they lack the skills, knowledge and expertise to build the business, to make it financially successful. They do not know how to work ON the business, only how to work IN it.

They want to build a secure future for themselves and their families with their business, but instead what happens is that they place that future at great risk because they do not understand how to protect their business from the many challenges to its success. They do not know how to bullet-proof it.

This is the very reason why every small business owner needs this book by Daryl La’Brooy. How I wish I had had this book in my hands when I started my business more than 25 years ago. Wealthy small business owners have the resources to pay for this kind of advice but those who have not yet reached that level are not aware of the steps they need to take to protect this important asset.

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5 Steps to Gain the Professional Edge

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 2, 2015 |

Does it look a long road ahead?Very straight and even boring? You can’t even see where it will take you, but you have been told this is the road you need to be on if you want to gain the professional edge!

You are highly motivated. You really want to make a difference in people’s lives. You want to give what you have learned to your clients, to change and improve their lives. After all the hard work you’ve put in to get yourself the qualifications you now have and the last 2 years working under someone else’s guidance, you now want to break out a bit, plot your own course. You don’t know where to start. Everyone around you seems to be doing what everyone else is doing. There has to be more, you think.

There is and here are 5 steps you can take that will help you stand out from the crowd and gain that professional edge.

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Stretch Yourself To Your Limit – What Coaches Do For You!

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 22, 2015 |

If you’ve ever worked out with a personal trainer, you’ll know what it’s like to stretch yourself to the limit. A business or leadership development coach can help you do that for your career, stretch you to where you discover untapped potential that you never knew you had. They believe in you more than you believe in yourself. Every time I have pushed my VIP coaching clients to the edge of the precipice, in spite of their protests and fear, they have always flown! No one yet has crashed into the valley below, because I, their coach, believed in them, believed they could fly. You can also stretch yourself beyond where you are now and achieve more than you ever thought possible.

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Empowerment is About Lighting Your Fuse!

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 19, 2015 |

Empowerment is about lighting your fuse. I really believe that we all have something special and unique inside us. The reason why some are able to develop it and show it to the world is because they light the fuse. That’s what it means to empower ourselves. No one else can empower us. We have to do it ourselves. Others can encourage, support, motivate and inspire us, but only we can take that final step and light the fuse. When we do that, we take off. All those talents and all that potential we have inside us is activated and released.

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Expect More From 2015 – A Gift For You.

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 13, 2015 |

This is for all you empowered, pro-active and glass-half-full people as you move into 2015. You are the people who have a mindset that automatically gears you up to EXPECT MORE FROM 2015. After all, why would you want to stay where you were in 2014 and be a photocopy of your 2014 self?

I have an e-book here to help you on your way, called Expect More From 2015.

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Cancel Doubt in 2015

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 8, 2015 |

Cancel doubt in 2015. Be a Can Do person, a glass half full person. This is what this blog is about, challenging you to let go of fear – and doubts – and take hold of your world. Empower yourself. Just Do It!

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A Gift For You – Expect More From 2016

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 4, 2015 |

A few days ago I asked you: What Change Have You Made In Your Life This Year?

Today I want to give you some further inspiration for 2016 – the latest edition of the e-book Expect More From 2016 – Strategies for Success from 22 Leading Experts in Personal and Professional Development.

Every year Gihan Perera brings together a group of experts and invites them to write an article that may inspire people in the new year. It has been my privilege to be involved now over many years.

This year my article is : Be An Empowered Leader – Even If You Are Not The Boss.

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Creating Your Personal Brand Is A Top Priority

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 3, 2015 |

We are recognising today that who we are is becoming as important as what we do or what we sell. Building a personal brand, what Tom Peters called “the brand called You”, needs to be a priority for all of us who want to make a difference and influence for good. When our name is mentioned, what do we want people to say about us? What do we want our name to trigger in their consciousness?

Is it clear what we stand for? Have we become a key person of influence in our industry or professional sector?

How well-developed is our personal brand? Make it a top priority to build your personal brand this year.

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