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The Fine Art of Not Having it All

“Do few things but do them well.” -Donovan I overestimate myself. Turns out, I am not the only one. Early on in my career, I learned that if I expected everything to go according to an ideal estimate, I would often end up with a mess. The “Pick Any Two” model of project management explains

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Doing Isn’t Everything

Most of us are back at work now after the summer break. Hands up now – anyone struggling to stay busy? Didn’t think so. Staying busy isn’t a problem. There are always things to be getting on with, in both our personal and professional lives. But just being busy at the coalface can be unsatisfying.

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Invincible Summer

What a lovely warm summer we have had here in the UK. Too bad it seems to be over in August. As crisper weather returns, I recognise winter on the horizon. The cold, bleary days make me want to hibernate, and the lack of sun can start to get me down. Yet thanks to my

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Surviving the Post-Holiday Email Tax

    Nothing can undo the relaxed, happy glow of a nice long holiday like coming back to an email inbox overflowing with hundreds (thousands?) of unread messages. Now comes the time when you must disable that guardian angel, your out-of-office message, and get down to it. But processing a big email inbox post-holiday need

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Next Action Associates: A new suit of digital clothes

    Those of you who have visited our website, www.next-action.eu, since Friday last week will have noticed that we’ve changed, well, pretty much everything.  New branding, new navigation, the lot.  Now such a dramatic change wasn’t undertaken lightly, and this week I’ll use my blog spot to talk about the top ten reasons behind

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Throwback Post: “Who is throwing your ball?”

  I’m a big fan of dogs. Love ‘em. I’m not convinced that there is anything of unconditional love in the response of “Man’s Best Friend” (there is the small matter of MBF having identified a light touch for free food…), but they are an absolute delight to watch at play. My dog for instance,

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Leading the Band without Losing Your Rhythm

My best friend in high school was an excellent French horn player. He was so good, in fact, that he was promoted to drum major of the school band. From this point on, his job was no longer to play the French horn, but to instead beat time with a baton and lead the march

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Spearmint on the Brain?

I’m just back from the States, having spent a week visiting family and friends on the west coast. In addition to the challenge of dealing with 8-hour jet lag, now that I’m back in Europe I find myself reflecting on trans-Atlantic cultural differences. This has happened to me on every trip back to my native

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Frequently Asked Questions…

This week, a dive into some of the detail with a round-up of answers to frequently asked questions we are seeing on the web: Question: Can you have more than one next action going at any one time for a project, or do you suggest focusing solely on doing one thing only? While it is

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