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  2. Reflecting on 2007?

    Thursday, December 20th, 2007

    The end of the year is always a time for reflection, especially if you are on holiday and are spending time catching up with your family and friends.

    Its often when we have to answer the question ’so what have you been up to?’ that we start to think about what we have achieved for the past year.

    Thinking back or reflection is an important component of learning and many universities regard it as an essential study skill.  It’s also an important life skill.

    In a brochure about reflection, the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh says:  "the more we reflect consciously, and make time to do it, the more reflection can become a useful habit that guides and informs what we do next."

    The University says reflection or deep thinking involves a mixture of elements such as:

    1. Making sense of experience
    2. ‘Standing back’
    3. Repetition
    4. Deeper honesty
    5. ‘Weighing up’
    6. Clarity
    7. Understanding
    8. Making judgements

    So how are you going to reflect on your past year? Look at the advice from the Queen Margaret University brochure and your answer to ’so what have you been up to?’ may help you plot your course for 2008!

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  3. Keeping an even keel

    Monday, December 3rd, 2007

    We’ve had some thought-provoking comments about the value of self-belief and the reality of self-doubt in the comments following the ‘believe in yourself’" post.  In Brett Lee’s exclusive ‘achievers’ video interview, Australia’s #1 bowler says career lows are inevitable and the key is to stay positive.   

    "There’s times when you’re down and there’s times when you’re up and that’s what sport is all about and that’s why we love it," he says.  "If you are continually at a high all the time you wouldn’t be challenging yourself, and it wouldn’t be a great game."

    Brett’s strategy is to stay as ‘even’ as possible, not rising too high with the highs, and not falling too far with the lows … I guess that’s what makes him so consistent when he is playing cricket and in his line of work consistency brings success.

    If you want to watch Brett’s interview in full (and download it to play later), go to Brett’s achievers page and select the video extra file.

    And tell our achiever’s community what you think about Brett’s ‘even keel’ strategy, would it work for you?

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  4. The power of patience

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Patience is not the first quality or attribute you’d associate with top-level performance especially when it comes to sport, but Australia Network Achiever Brett Lee says patience is what underpinned his man of the match performance in this week’s Australia vs Sri Lanka cricket test match in Brisbane.

    Knowing that he’d done the hard work in training and being patient enough to stick to his game plan paid on-field dividends for Brett and in this need it now can’t wait for tomorrow world perhaps we can all take a lesson from that. 

    When has patience paid off for you?

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  5. Talking to yourself?

    Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

    If you find yourself having a conversation with yourself in your head then it may be time to find a mentor. Why would you need one in the first place though? Well, in my experience there is one very good reason - they provide support and stimulate and encourage your ideas. It’s a well known fact that even Albert Einstein had mentors - friends like mathematician, Michelangelo Besso and his wife, Mileva Maric offered stimulation and critique that led to his theory of relativity. 

    When Brett Lee is asked about his mentors he lists his older brother and his father.  Brett like most of us looks to those close to him for guidance and advice, but mentors can also be people you’ve just met.  I’ve had a mentor for the past 6 months and she’s been great at kicking me out of my comfort zone when I’m procrastinating about something.

    See if your workplace offers any formal mentoring programs, if not, ask your local industry organisation or search the internet in your area to see what you can find.  Above all ask others around you, ‘who is your mentor?’ the answers may be surprising!

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  6. The art of influencing people

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

    Powers of persuasion are invaluable assets for humanitarian Geraldine Cox. She thrives on making the impossible possible, and her success is partly due to her ability to influence key decision makers. Methods of persuasion include appeals to reason such as logical argument, rhetoric, scientific method and proof. Aids to successful persuasion include body language, communication skill and sales techniques.

    Researcher Robert Cialdini describes the ‘Six Weapons of Influence,’ as he calls them, in his book, Influence, Science and Practice (Allyn & Cacon, 2000):

    1. RECIPROCATION - "The Old Give and Take–and Take"
    We are all taught to repay others for what they do for us. Building a sense of reciprocal giving can be a useful tool of persuasion.

    2. COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENCY - "Hobgoblins of the Mind"
    Once people have made a choice, they put themselves under pressure to behave consistently with that commitment. Getting people to commit to an action will increase the chances of them actually doing it.

    3. SOCIAL PROOF - "Truths Are Us"
    We decide what is correct by noticing what other people think is correct. If you want someone to do something for you, be sure to let them see that many other people are already doing it.

    4. LIKING: "The Friendly Thief"
    People love to say ‘yes’ to requests from people they know and like. Most people are also phenomenal suckers for flattery, even when they know it isn’t true.

    5. AUTHORITY: "Directed Deference"
    Most of us are raised with a respect for authority. You can put this general principle to use by citing authoritative sources to support your ideas. Be sure others know that your education and experience supports your ideas.

    6. SCARCITY: "The Rule of the Few"
    Opportunities seem more valuable when they are less available. The possibility of losing something is a more powerful motivator than of gaining something.

    Robert Cialdini’s ‘Six weapon’s of influence’ have certainly got me thinking. I’m going to be referring back to this post before my next pay review!

    How do you get people to say ‘yes’?

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