Daria Williamson

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If you want to be good at something, first you’ve got to be bad

Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s a simple truth in life that I have encountered too many times to count… If I want to be any good at anything, first of all, I have to be willing to be bad at it. Learning and skill development are processes, not instant-gratification. So, instead of giving up on something if I don’t …

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Recognition – how to turbo-charge success

Reading Time: 6 minutes There are many factors that go into creating success, from talent to resources to committed action. One-off successes can be achieved relatively effortlessly – but ongoing, sustained success takes thoughtful leadership and careful management. And recognition is a golden opportunity to turbo-charge success and make it sustainable over the long-term. The sad thing is that …

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Work-life balance or work-life harmony?

Reading Time: 8 minutes So much has been written about work-life balance, but there are a number of problems with the concept. Work-life harmony offers a framework that acknowledges there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Definitions Before we go any further, let’s look at some definitions: Balance Balance requires us to know the relative “weight” or value of each item. …

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Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses

Reading Time: 6 minutes If you’re like me, you have sat in countless training sessions or performance reviews being told to identify your weaknesses and develop strategies to compensate for or overcome them. Did anyone ever tell you to focus on your strengths? It seems to be a totally foreign concept in most workplaces. But focusing on strengths will …

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Seven steps to turn your “to-do” list into an “achieved” list

Reading Time: 7 minutes It starts with that familiar sinking feeling, as we scurry around trying to do the million things on our mental “to-do” list, and instantly think of another twenty tasks to add. Or we stare at a blank page, too stressed to know where to start writing a list of everything we have to do. Either …

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Respect – a foundational value

Reading Time: 2 minutes Respect for all people is foundational to my personal values and my business philosophy. I believe that every human being is worthy of respect. And I have seen time and time again that respect produces results.

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Success – what matters more, talent or hard work?

Reading Time: 6 minutes We live in a culture that worships talent as the path to success. Have you heard people describe someone at the top of their game as a “freak”, a “genius”, or a “natural”? Or heard their performance described as “effortless” or “magical”? We come unstuck when we believe that natural talent is the key to …

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Welcome!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome to my website. My goal is to provide useful and interesting information, to help you with your change and development journey. I’ll be sharing my own thoughts, knowledge and experience, and linking to great resources written by others. I’d love to find out what topics you are interested in and hear about your experiences …

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