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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Song of the day: 70's






1) Watch the music video 

2) Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics  

3) Read the song lyrics  

4) Read the song lyrics whilst listening to the music video at the same time




Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind
People think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify
Can you help me, occupy my brain?

Oh yeah
I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind
Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it's too late




Harvard says these leadership skills are crucial. How many do you possess?





Harvard recently tweeted their answers to the question: “What leadership skills do you need most?”

The most important were:

  1. Inspires and motivates others
  2. Displays high integrity and honesty
  3. Solves problems and analyses issues
  4. Drives for results
  5. Communicates powerfully and prolifically
  6. Collaborates and promotes team work
  7. Builds relationships
  8. Displays technical or professional expertise
  9. Displays a strategic perspective
  10. Develops others

So here’s my tip for the week: “There you go. That’s the list. Just be better at all of them.”

Ok, not too helpful. So how about this instead?

I imagine that, as you read the list, you were thinking ‘do I do all these?’

And, assuming you don’t do all of them, the approach here is to either:

  • choose 1-2 from the list and work on those; or
  • identify 1-2 underlying skills which, if you improved them, would make you better at lots of the above list

Being the communication-obsessed geek that I am, it jumped out at me how communication underpins the vast majority of the list. The better you are at inspiring, leading, motivating, up-skilling and working with others, the more impactful a leader you will be.

So here’s a useful question to ask:

“What communication area would my team like me to improve on, so I become a better leader?”

You could ask yourself this question, of course.

Or you could ask your team.

And, since one way to judge a leader is to look at how impressive their team is, improving your communications to them will make a huge difference – to both them and you.

Action point


Identify the one area from the list where an improvement would have a big impact (the ideal: the improvement’s relatively easy to make. You want maximum benefit for manageable input).

Then, bust guts to improve at it. If it’s communication-based, let me know and I’ll give you some pointers. If it’s something else, identify the best, easiest and quickest way to become better at it – coaching, training, mentoring, ask the Office Superstar for advice, and so on.

Then of course help yourself remember to do it – peer support and recurring diary reminders are always a useful start.


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Song of the day: 60's


1) Watch the music video 

2) Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics  

3) Read the song lyrics  

4) Read the song lyrics whilst listening to the music video at the same time



Ben. E. King - Stand by me

 When The Night Has Come
And The Land Is Dark
And The Moon Is The Only Light We See
No I Won´t Be Afraid
No I Won´t Be Afraid
Just As Long As You Stand, Stand By Me

And Darling, Darling Stand By Me
Oh, Now, Now, Stand By Me
Stand By Me, Stand By Me

If The Sky That We Look Upon
Should Tumble And Fall
And The Mountain Should Crumble To The Sea
I Won´t Cry, I Won´t Cry
No I Won´t Shed A Tear
Just As Long As You Stand, Stand By Me

And Darling, Darling Stand By Me
Oh, Stand By Me
Stand By Me, Stand By Me, Stand By Me

Whenever You´re In Trouble Won´t You Stand By Me
Oh, Now, Now, Stand By Me
Oh, Stand By Me, Stand By Me, Stand By Me

Darling, Darling Stand By Me
Stand By Me
Oh Stand By Me, Stand By Me, Stand By Me

Monday, 20 October 2014

Song of the day: 50's



1) Watch the music video 

2) Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics  

3) Read the song lyrics  

4) Read the song lyrics whilst listening to the music video at the same time



Hoochi Coochie Man - Muddy Waters

The gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
I got a boy child's comin'
He's gonna be a son of a gun
He gonna make pretty women's
Jump and shout
Then the world wanna know
What this all about
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Well you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

I got a black cat bone
I got a mojo too
I got the Johnny Concheroo
I'm gonna mess with you
I'm gonna make you girls
Lead me by my hand
Then the world will know
The hoochie coochie man
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Oh you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

On the seventh hours
On the seventh day
On the seventh month
The seven doctors say
He was born for good luck
And that you'll see
I got seven hundred dollars
Don't you mess with me
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Well you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

Friday, 17 October 2014

Song of the day: 90's




1) Watch the music video 

2) Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics  

3) Read the song lyrics  

4) Read the song lyrics whilst listening to the music video at the same time



Glory box - Portishead

 I'm so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I've been a temptress too long
Just

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
I just want to be a woman
From this time, unchained
We're all looking at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over, and give us some room

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
I just want to be a woman

So don't you stop, being a man
Just take a little look from our side when you can
Sow a little tenderness
No matter if you cry
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be, a woman
It's all I want to be is all woman
For this is the beginning of forever and ever
It's time to move over

I'm so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I've been a temptress too long
Just

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be

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