Why Leah Won

I’m no Claude, but here are a few suggestions why I think Leah triumphed over Luisa. Leah Totton was cast as the quiet, even cold, one during The Apprentice 2013. It’s true that we’re not known for our effective assertiveness skills in NI. But, cold!? First, let me explain why Leah may have been artlessly pegged as the quiet, cold one. Allen‘s granny used to say...

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Bill of Assertive Rights

Today, we’re running Assertiveness & Workplace Confidence workshop at Stranmillis, for QUB. Manuel Smyth, author of When I Say No I Feel Guilty (Affiliate link), devised the Bill of Assertive Rights. It’s a bit like the American Constitution, inalienable. It provides an excellent introduction to the topic. Manuel Smyth’s Bill of Assertive Rights You have the right to judge...

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Narcissism is Good for Business

Love, love me do.  You know I love…me! I love taking things to the extremes, adding a bit of spice to an otherwise bland, mediocre, middle-of -the road mindset.  Yes, I know that everyone else says this, but I mean it.  That’s why, for example, at BizCamp Newry 2012 I advised entrepreneurs to develop their narcissistic tendencies.  Then I read a BBC article  in defence of...

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Find a Way or Make One

Hannibal, a 3BC military leader, when faced with an apparently insurmountable problem – the Alps – said: I will either find a way or make one. In his mind, the answer to an obstacle in the path and the lack of means to overcome it was not to retreat, surrender, or wail.  How can we imbibe some of his grit? Quit moaning and do something productive toward your goal instead. Stop...

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