We've just had Labour Day in New Zealand, a day that was first celebrated in 1900 (the legislation went through in about 1935 or 1936) and represented a victory (after a long and difficult struggle over many decades) for an 8 hour working day. Samuel Parnell, in 1840, was the instigator, as he was asked to build a store and he said he would, only on the condition he worked an 8 hour day. Good for him and lucky for us all that he had the foresight to put a limit on a working day.

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It's started already. I heard it this week. "Well, it's nearly the end of the year, no point thinking about that until the New Year" and "things are winding down now for the end of the year, so we can't guarantee when decisions will be made on that". It's only October, and there are weeks until the end of the year and Christmas day, so why do people begin slowing down now in their thinking and actions,

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I received a tender document through the week that required a course on coaching to include thought leadership, amongst other things. A quick search revealed thought leadership emerged as an idea in the early 1990s and stated it was a buzz word or jargon for someone who had innovative ideas and had the ability to translate them into bite size pieces called thinklets to spread them around for general consumption. I felt decidedly under whelmed as I read the information.

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I find thinking difficult. This is particularly so when I'm searching for solutions to issues I'm mulling over or when writing documents and trying to find some lead-ins to topics or present information in an interesting way. I find the more I sit and focus on something that eludes me, the worse I get. What I now do when I can't think clearly is to: take a short break and read the newspaper or make a cup of tea;

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I've often heard managers say that in difficult financial times the first item on the organisational budget to get the chop is training and development. Strangely enough, the same stop and drop approach is often taken by busy managers when they're faced with piles of paperwork. They see it as the one area in their role that can be dropped for an indefinite period of time, until things get quieter. They can justify their decision by saying another area in their role has a priority.

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