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The Joys of a Nomadic Life

2014-09-29 — Les Hayman

We have sold Chateau Renon, our home in France. Chateau Renon[https://leshayman.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/chateau_renon.jpg] Over the next 3 months we need to pack up our 130+ combined years of memorabilia and hoarding, move out, and also find new homes in both France and UK. As a result of my need to focus on these priorities, I am afraid that over... mehr lesen »
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HUMILITY IS THE HALLMARK OF GREAT LEADERSHIP

2014-09-22 — Les Hayman

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” Irish writer C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) *It is very rare for a great leader to be arrogant.* This is usually the style of the weak and insecure rather than those who have a real understanding of who they are and what they want to achieve... mehr lesen »
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100 BITS OF RANDOM ADVICE FOR MANAGERS

2014-09-15 — Les Hayman

A Facebook friend recently posted 50 pieces of advice on life from an 80 year old. I liked it so much that I decided to follow suit, so here are my 100 pieces of random advice to managers, from a 70 year old. – Don’t beat around the bush … be specific … vagueness is... mehr lesen »
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GREAT LEADERS TELL STORIES

2014-09-08 — Les Hayman

… and so do great speakers. *I am seriously sick of PowerPoint* no matter how many pretty pictures are included, and I am also dismayed at the way it is overused by many managers in the invalid belief that it is the best way to deliver a strong message and to manage behaviour. Author: Gareth Saunders;... mehr lesen »
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GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH

2014-09-01 — Les Hayman

I have taken the above quotation from American founding father, politician and orator Patrick Henry (1736-1799) from a speech that he made to the Virginia Convention in 1775. He was obviously referring to personal, political and national freedom as he was a champion of the American Revolution and the fight for independence, but I believe that... mehr lesen »
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REMOVING MANAGEMENT CLUTTER

2014-08-25 — Les Hayman

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house burn down.” American author and farmer Wendell Berry After 13 years of ownership we have recently sold our home near Bordeaux … with mixed emotions. There is an expression here that the happiest day in your life is when you buy your... mehr lesen »
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SMART PHONES AND DUMB PEOPLE

2014-08-18 — Les Hayman

I do like a good lyric poem, which the dictionary defines as “a poem expressing personal (often emotional) feelings and are traditionally spoken in the present tense. Modern examples often have specific rhyming schemes and are sometimes also set to music or to a beat.” I recently came across a modern version which comes complete with... mehr lesen »
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A summer holiday break in another wine region

2014-08-11 — Les Hayman

Having a 10 day break in Champagne in North East France, having rented a cottage in the countryside near Epernay … luckily I like the Chardonnay grape. There are over 5000 Champagne houses and another 14,000 growers who only sell their grapes, so there is a reasonable selection to choose from. Champagne[https://leshayman.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/img-20140808-01201.jpg] Champagne_2[https://leshayman.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/img-20140808-01203.jpg] Stunning Chateaux everywhere as well... mehr lesen »

WHY PERFORMANCE REVIEWS DON’T WORK

2014-08-04 — Les Hayman

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” American actress and sex symbol Mae West (1893-1980) I was recently involved in sitting in with a Regional Head while he reviewed his direct reports, just so I could get an understanding of how he interacted with his people. As I had just embarked on an... mehr lesen »
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25 YEARS of SURVIVING CANCER

2014-07-28 — Les Hayman

“Time is shortening, but every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” Three time academy-award winning Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) I am coming up to the 25th year anniversary of my initial diagnosis with colon cancer, and my entering of the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney for a... mehr lesen »
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