Author Dene Stuart

Avoiding the Abilene Paradox

Avoiding the Abilene Paradox

The Abilene Paradox was first put forward by JB Harvey in the mid-70’s. It says that a group of people can end up taking a course of action that none of them individually wants to take. It’s a paradox because it happens when people try and be nice to each other. It starts when someone…

Is your self-talk holding back your ability to innovate?

Is your self-talk holding back your ability to innovate?

We are taught from an early age to mind our language and be careful about the way we talk to other people but do you ever stop to think about how you talk to yourself? As children we become accustomed to phrases such as: Don’t talk to me like that. Don’t do that. Be careful………

Personal or Professional Development

Personal or Professional Development

In my last post I talked about the Business Owner Blind Spot and argued that personal development had to be an integral part of being a business owner. But the term personal development doesn’t sit well with many business people; to them it sits with the self-help books in Waterstones and WHSmith. Professional development is…

5 signs that you are in the Business Owner Blind-spot

5 signs that you are in the Business Owner Blind-spot

There are many reasons why people start their own business: The entrepreneurial spirit, the desire to make a difference, the dislike of working for someone else. There are probably as many reasons as there are business owners. As business owners there are common traits that you all possess. Some, but not all, are self-belief, determination,…

15 years of revolution

15 years of revolution

I was talking with some friends last week and we were asking; just how long is it since the internet started to really impact on our professional lives? After a bit of toing and froing we decided about 15 years, most of us pinpointed 1998 as the year we started to notice it. As none…

Why positive thinking is not enough

Why positive thinking is not enough

I have always had an issue with those who proclaim positive thinking to be the answer to all problems. My point is this. It is not enough to think “positive” it actually has to be a way of being. To illustrate this unfortunately I am going to use a personal, real life example. This is…

Mastery and Commitment

Mastery and Commitment

Last Sunday English golfer Justin Rose lifted the US Open golf trophy after an enthralling show of skill under pressure. His story is worth spending a little time to get to know. He came to prominence in 1998 when as an amateur, 18yr old he came 4th in the British Open. Because of this high…

Horizon Scanning – Have you heard of it?

Horizon Scanning – Have you heard of it?

In a meeting last week the person I was talking used the term “Horizon Scanning”, I hadn’t come across this before. It has a military derivation, coming from the necessity to scan the horizon for possible threats. SWOT analysis is one of the oldest and most well known and frequently used planning tools; for anyone…

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

“What you have to ask yourself is, do I feel lucky. Well do you?” This is one of the most famous lines in cinema history but it has a real relevance when it comes to running a business. There are two attitudes towards the idea of luck; those who believe in it and those who…

The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto

Last Saturday I had a fantastic day running a workshop on personal effectiveness with some software developers at BSkyB. The theme was Personal Effectiveness within an Agile environment. For the uninitiated Agile is a method of working developed in the software industry. The objective is to enable software developments to be created and delivered quickly…

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