Leadership – Instinctive or Learned
Leadership – Instinctive or Learned

Observable characteristics of individuals with well-developed leadership traits, like being a good communicator, motivator, mentor or coach are and can be developed. Being decisive, determined and effective are qualities and skills that can be learned. Everyone is born with the same potential for achievement, leadership and success; how we develop…

Goals Are More Important Than You May Think
Goals Are More Important Than You May Think

In the book 48 Days To The Work You Love, author Dan Miller gives advice on setting goals. He suggests setting goals because, quoting Miller, “If you don’t have a written plan for your life, it may feel like you’re driving a car without having your hands on the wheel.”…

Be Careful When You Set Goals
Be Careful When You Set Goals

Common sense and research show that setting goals, targets, outputs or key performance areas is a necessary and effective way of focussing people’s attention and driving their performance and motivation. We put our trust in stretch objectives, challenging KPAs and BHAGS – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. But like all prescribed…

Breaking Free From an Addiction – Part Two
Breaking Free From an Addiction – Part Two

One of the hardest (and most recurring) obstacles to breaking free from an addiction is cravings. Learning how to successfully deal with cravings is an essential part of the Maintenance phase of the Transtheoretical Model of change. In this phase, we have implemented our plan to change our behaviour (action…

Prescription Drug Addiction is a Growing Concern
Prescription Drug Addiction is a Growing Concern

These days it seems that we are constantly hearing about someone else either in rehab, or dead from prescription drug addiction or abuse. It has gotten so bad that over the last few years we have lost several up and coming, young Hollywood stars. It seems that prescription drugs such…

Effective Goal Setting in 5 Easy Steps
Effective Goal Setting in 5 Easy Steps

Goal setting is one of the most powerful tools you can use when you want to make changes in your life or when you want to get something accomplished. Effective goal setting is essential to make the whole process work. I am going to give you a step-by-step approach you…

Practicality Can Help in the Recovery of Addiction
Practicality Can Help in the Recovery of Addiction

As a licensed clinical social worker trained in psychology and addictions, I have treated many clients over the past 17 years using various techniques. I have found that hard, dedicated work yields good results. While relapse is often a reality in recovery of any addiction, keeping oneself engaged in continued…

Success Is A Result, Not A Goal
Success Is A Result, Not A Goal

In the course of conducting leadership training for over three decades, I have often asked potential leaders to identify and elucidate their goal for their tenure or term of office. One of the interesting revelations to me was how many people stated their goal as being “successful,” or “success,” or…

Strategies to Help You Stay Away From Gambling
Strategies to Help You Stay Away From Gambling

Sometimes people who are determined to stop an addiction do well for a period of time and then slip. It is important to have a number of strategies in place to prevent this. Here are a few that I recommend to my clients: 1. Figure out your pattern – Use…

Drug Treatment and Chronic Relapse
Drug Treatment and Chronic Relapse

If you have been to drug treatment two or more times you may have been tagged with the label, “chronic relapser.” Perhaps you have lost hope at ever finding a solution and your family and friends have given up on you. With each stint in drug treatment you feel more…