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Month: January 2011

Overcome

Change your thoughts and change your life, it is better to have thought differently than to have died inside. Our fears are there to help us grow, it is better for you to grow rather than your fears.

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Reactions –why don’t you just say something nice today

How do you feel when someone pays you a compliment?  Sometimes you might not pay any attention to it or you may feel a little embarrassed say nothing and shyly blush.  Most of the time when someone says something nice about us we will feel good within ourselves. When someone pays me a compliment, I feel that the best way is to say thank you very much and accept it and to accept the good feeling it gives me. But don’t wait for someone to pay you a compliment – you pay someone a compliment today and notice their reaction. By the way you have a great smile.

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Mel Clifford | Stories of the Day | e-book to download

At the beginning of February, my blog will be a year old. I hope that in that time you have enjoyed reading my Stories of the Day. I have taken great pleasure sharing them with you, and am encouraged by all of your kind comments. To mark the first year of Stories of the Day, I have compiled an e-book of all my articles to the end of 2010 which I encourage you all to download from the link at the end of this post. For those of you familiar with my stories, you can catch up on your favourite bits. For those visiting for the first time, this e-book will give you a flavour of these stories, ranging from my daily life, to some more personal quips on the state of the world as it was at the time of writing. Click on the image to the right to download my e-book. I hope you enjoy.

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Message from a Hostel – Metric or Imperial

The world has created standard forms of measurement to assist us in working out lengths and weights commonly known as Weights and Measures.  Although Yankee Doodle Land and Auntie Lizy Land have not caught up with the rest of the world and still operate in gallons, miles, yards and pints etc, the old imperial way.  Nora has her own system for the measurement of distances, it’s very simple it only has three measurements.  They are – Not too Far, Far and Very Far. Travelling along on the Yellow Brick Road when Nora asked Alastair what is the distance between the wicked witches house in the West to the Kingdom of Oz.  Alastair replied hold on Nora till I consult the map and the GPS, to which Nora responded listen Alastair its either not too far, far or very far, which is it.  Well Nora let me check the distance in Kilometres or Miles, Ah Alastair just tell me what you think, well Nora I would say it’s far.  Not very Far, Alastair no Nora it is far away. Nora what would be far far far away in your measurement system?  Ah Alastair that would be f**Kin miles away, right Nora we will not go there then said Alastair. The world of music has only 7 different notes and think of all the beautiful songs that have been written.  So in Nora’s world it has 3 simple measurements of distance so think of all the beautiful places that they can take you. What is stopping you from going to where you know you should go?

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Be what you are now don’t wait till then

Be what you are now don’t wait till then When will I ever know the way in life to go When will I ever know if this is right for me When will the rain come we never know Let life live itself from within Let life live and grow from within As a child I wondered and had curiosity in my world Play time was all part of my day and life Never ending, no worries no tears of sorrow Why does our world have to change to be new Why does man kill and instil greed Power and judgement is not for us but only for the one we know Life is what you want the devil is who you know Greed will kill you and take you to your hell When will the rain come we will never know Don’t wait around be what you are now don’t wait till then By Mel Clifford

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Message from a Hostel –Lets plays I spy

I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter A, I’m sleeping Alastair just keep driving.  Nora is this the way to Amarillo, yes Alastair why – because very night I have been hugging my pillow dreaming dreams of Amarillo and sweet Marie who waits for me.  Who the f**K is Marie that you are dreaming about is it some x from the past.  No not at all Nora, there is no Marie it’s a song by Tony Christie.  Oh OK then just keep your eyes on the road and watch your speed. What’s your song about Albuquerque then Alastair its only 288 miles, how about this line I have left that girl so many times before by the time I get to Albuquerque she will be working she will probably stop for lunch and give me a call.  I hope you don’t have a song for all the way home.  Let’s follow the signs Nora and see what songs come up.  Pull over Alastair I am driving, look over there Nora more cows – nothing like a little distraction from the old routine.

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WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY?

Everyone has some story to be told or something they want to say, even get off their chest.  I know from my own experience that I have from time to time.  Only who do I talk too or who do I tell or will I tell anyone.  These are all choices that are up to YOU.  So often we just want to say what is on our mind and that’s the end of it.  Often we want to say that we have our own story but how do I get it out there?  Maybe it is just about writing it down and keeping it to yourself and sometimes it’s about writing it down and sharing it with others. If some of the great writers, singers, artists and musicians did not share their work with the world just think of what we would be missing in our lives. But who is listening to YOU? – Well I am If you want to tell a story or just get something off your chest, or just tell somebody something that’s on your mind, well here is your chance.  Here is the opportunity to use my site to publish what you want to say – read more  Click here YOUR  LISTENING ROOM

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Influencing – is it a position or a skill?

People are influenced by many things, in business it is often by a great vision or how others behave and act towards you.  How the leadership behave and encourage you to develop and grow within your role.  One can also be influenced by treats, fear and the use of authority or by the position someone holds. If you hold a senior position in business my advice is to use your skills of personal influence rather than using positional power.  One day your position will be gone and so will the power you think it might hold. If you have the skill and ability to influence by your vision and good treatment of others this can never be lost. If you can only influence others by using your positional power – stop now and learn how to influence through better methods.  You will see that results will be more effective with greater impact for all.

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So What Has Changed –Bankers Bonus?

Not even a year in and have they lost the bottle to do what is right? You might remember that on 14/5/2010 I wrote the post entitled Then There Were Two You will see that both David Cameron and Nick Clegg used words like “in the National Interest” I asked at that time will both David and Nick have the strength to ensure that as the days pass and the infighting starts can they  demonstrate strong leadership and hold it together?  Will they both together deliver what is expected or what could be amazing? They communicated that their relationship is built on the following three aspects Freedom Fairness Responsibility I now ask three questions of you both Where is the fairness with the bankers going to pay out large bonuses to themselves? Where is your responsibility in informing them how wrong this is and its not to be actioned? Where now is your “grown up behaviours” and “strong leadership? Same old, same old, to me and I thought that you two would make the difference?

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Organisational Culture

What gets honoured in a country gets created –Plato Never a truer word, what gets honoured in a Company also gets created.  Organisational culture is created by those in leadership roles.  Their behaviours and attitude reflects on what will happen in a business and how employees, clients and suppliers are treated.  Sometimes well meaning but often driven by individuals egos and then replicated by those whom believe the only way to survive in the Company is by following those behaviours of those in charge. To justify their action they use words like “if you can’t stand the heat” “this is business so toughen up or ship out” and so on.  The reality is most senior managers/Directors dislike the culture they operate within but stay in their position because of the financial aspects or because of their long term conditioning would not find a job elsewhere as their behaviour would not be accepted.  Often they don’t have the courage to say this is wrong and individuals should not be treated in such a fashion. So if you hold a leadership position – watch your ego

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