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Lesson #1: Don’t jump to conclusions

Lesson #1: Don’t jump to conclusions

A while ago I wrote a blog article entitled “Never Judge a Book by its Cover.” In essence, it was a story about a couple of people I met on a cross channel ferry that had a surprisingly compassionate side to their otherwise unsavoury demeanour. The episode taught me a lot about not pre-judging people […]

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Adding Value by Serving Others

Adding Value by Serving Others

John C. Maxwell’s 5th law of irrefutable leadership, The Law of Addition, states that the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. Adding Value, Changing Lives Maxwell’s four guidelines for adding value to others: Truly Value Others – effective leaders go beyond not harming others, they […]

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What are your core values?

Today I initiated a conversation with my senior team. I said that I felt we needed to have a clearer, more concise vision for the company. Having recently read Jim Collins and Jerry Porras’ Harvard Business Review paper entitled “Building Your Company’s Vision” it reminded me that too often a company’s vision statement is diluted […]

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Never judge a book by its cover.

Yesterday Annette and I drove 500 miles from our home in south-west France to catch a ferry from Calais back to Dover and onwards to home. It was a long day and, by the time we reached the ferry port, I was both bored and very tired from all the driving.  We were fortunate to […]

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Is there merit in researching a restaurant before you book? …The day after!

Yesterday I wrote a blog article because I had read a review of the restaurant at The Plough Inn, Shutlanger in South Northamptonshire and was undecided whether to go or simply cancel. I had arranged to meet five friends from the Rotary Club of Towcester for dinner and didn’t want to let them down. In […]

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Is there merit in researching a restaurant before you book?

I am booked to go to a pub/restaurant in a nearby village this evening with a group of friends from my Rotary club, The Rotary Club of Towcester. Without thinking, when asked if I would like to join the group, I quickly checked the calendar on my iPhone, saw that I was free for the […]

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You don’t go to a Rotary meeting for the food…

…and you certainly don’t go to Conference to be served cheap wine at exorbitant prices! The 2010 District 1070 Conference is over. I have driven the 150 miles home and I have had time to reflect during my journey. It would be very easy to complain about the food, the wine, the band and the […]

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