Entries by Steve Riddle

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Finding Your Ikigai Or Purpose In life

Ikigai, translating to “a reason for being,” is a concept that encapsulates the essence of living a fulfilled and balanced life. It offers an approach to living, blending joy, purpose, and balance into every day. Ikigai encourages us to live with a clear sense of direction and with gratitude. If you’re searching for meaning or wishing to deepen understanding of yourself, Ikigai provides a framework for improvement.

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Conversations With Leaders: Wes Davis

Different industries require subtle differences in style and how leaders impact their teams and results. As part of our occasional series chatting with industry leaders, we recently spoke with engineer and senior leader, Wes Davis. His story is an interesting one, with Wes focusing much of his time and development on the topic of leadership within engineering, rather than simply learning and applying the technical aspects.

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Mastering the Art of Effective Email Communication

In today’s fast-paced business world, effective prioritisation and time management skills are crucial for success. One area where these skills play a significant role is email management. With the sheer volume of emails we receive daily, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose precious time. The good news is that there are many things you can do to write effective emails.

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Do you fear that you will eventually be discovered as a fraud and you might get found out at any minute? Then you are experiencing something often referred to as imposter syndrome which stems from a sense of inadequacy, despite objectively being competent. You may never fully overcome these feelings, however, there are opportunities to better balance your thinking and self-perception.

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What To Focus On When Starting a New Job: Role Integration

Starting a new job can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. You want to make a good impression and set yourself up for success in your new role. There are many unknowns and even fears leading up to your first day. Your success and satisfaction depends on numerous factors, many of which you can influence and control to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities.

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Finding Joy In Our Lives

In the last few years we’ve recognised that we probably haven’t had the opportunity to feel the benefit of many of the things that we take joy from. Covid has really challenged our opportunity to find joy in our life. We’re really talking about those things that are present in our life already…and the opportunities exist. But, if we’re not actively looking for them, and we’re not seeking them, sometimes they can pass us by.

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Engagement and Motivating Employees

Engagement at work matters. Employee discretionary effort and focus are being challenged for many reasons, including the labour market and working from home. People are finding it easy to find jobs and unemployment is at a record low. It won’t always be like this, however. As a leader you are obligated to develop your skills to influence and support each and every team member.

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Your Roles, Your Time, Your Choices

We all have multiple roles, responsibilities and relationships, both in and out of the workplace. Understanding how your various roles interact and affect each other can make a genuine difference in your life. It is now even more evident how important this concept is to almost all of us. Attitude, prioritisation and self-awareness are always critical attributes and skills, even more so at the moment.

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Listen up! Listening Matters at Work and Home

Listening effectively is a key cog in effective leadership and building trusted relationships. We have all been exposed to those people and managers who do not listen well. In each case this distracted, disrespectful moment of poor communication is frustrating and does little to develop trust, respect and a willingness to open up and share your real thoughts.

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Self-Esteem and Confidence

Self-esteem can be a challenge for many. These difficulties have been heightened over the last year or so as we deal with the impacts and effects of Covid-19 and related restrictions. It has challenged how many of us see ourselves. However, it is possible to manage and build your self-esteem and subsequently, genuine confidence.