A marvellous saying about happiness was given to me just recently – "Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do, are in harmony" – Mahatma Gandhi. It's deliciously simple yet complex and may be challenging to answer. How happy are you, in your personal and working worlds? How congruent are your thoughts, words and actions? What can you change, if you are out of alignment somewhere?

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Coaching myth number 4, that coaching is beneficial for everyone, is simply that. A myth that's mythed the mark. Coaching doesn't benefit everyone for a number of good reasons, for example: if a coach or coaching has been imposed upon someone and they don't want a bar of it, then they will resent the imposition, resist the opportunity and get little value from the encounter; if someone believes they have no need of any coaching,

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Organisational prostitution is alive and well in most organisations today. By this I mean organisational prostitutes are people don't want to be in their role anymore because their heart has gone out of it; their personal values clash with the organisation's values; they feel they have few choices open to them; they continue to stay and receive their pay cheques feeling they've sold their soul to make a living and feed their habits, such as maintaining a lifestyle,

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It's a simple system, but a good one. Take five minutes at the end of every work day to tidy your desk, put stuff away and prepare for your tomorrow, by: opening and checking your diary to see what appointments you have and where you need to be at a particular time; what important tasks you need to do and chunk and label specific time in your diary to do them (thereby making an appointment with yourself);

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