Behind the problems that routinely plague teams and organisations are individuals who either can’t or won’t deal with failed promises, broken rules, missed deadlines or just plain bad behaviour. If anyone addresses the issue, he or she often does a lousy job and creates a whole new set of problems…


“If the deck is stacked against you, reshuffle the cards” (Anon)

There’s a part of me that wishes that the above quote could represent life and that managing everything that life throws at you was that easy. It’s not! Life is not a board or card game where, if you…


“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach” (Benjamin Mays)

Whomever I speak to of late, people seem to be tired and overwhelmed at best or have lost hope at worst. This listlessness, indifference or lethargy in part…


“The purpose of pruning is to improve the quality of the roses, not to hurt the bush” (Florence Littauer)

Pruning involves the selective removal of “diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound or otherwise unwanted plant material from crop and landscape plants” (Wikipedia). Some horticulturalists call the categories “The 4 D’s…


“Occasionally the world witnesses a heroic feat or discovers a person with rare talent…but most people know there is another type of greatness that tends to be more quiet by nature, one that generally escapes the headlines. Yet, it is a greatness that, in my opinion, is deserving of higher…


“It is unhealthy to marinate in your own press clippings” (Sam Walton)

Humility is the hallmark of true leadership. Those in leadership who display humility recognise that they have been put in a position to serve others, create opportunity for others and bring out the best in others. Humility empowers…


“Success is never owned. It’s rented and rent is due every day” (Anon)

In 1947, the transistor was invented by Bell Laboratories, the research arm of AT&T. Almost immediately, it could be seen that the transistor would replace the bulkier, more expensive and less reliable vacuum tubes that, at that…


“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own” (Benjamin Disraeli)

When we treat people with respect, we help them gain confidence and reveal inner potential that otherwise might go untapped. Few things help an individual more…


“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” (Paulo Coelho)

While meaningful words do have positive impact and can indeed encourage, persuade and influence, actions speak louder than words. …


“The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious” (Ted Levitt)

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing or engineering drawing using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets. Introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842, the process allowed rapid and accurate production of an…

Jonathan Mills

Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.

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