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Murray Wright

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Welcome to Murray's thoughts & insights around personal development. You’ll find pieces about leadership, self reflection, recommended reading and various exercises and resources to assist with growing your awareness.

From Grumble to Gratitude – Four steps to align with life’s agenda

A wonderful reminder from Professor Peter Hawkins on the power of changing our thinking – from dwelling on the problems […]

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Conflict – What's Mine?

Individuals and teams often struggle to agree and can get stuck in a cycle of blame and conflict. Within that […]

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Setting priorities with your team

Team and groups are often busy working away, but it is not always so clear what people’s individual priorities are […]

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Getting stakeholder feedback – 4 questions

When last did your team engage with its internal and external stakeholders and seek their feedback? Teams can often get […]

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Adopting a coaching mindset

Adopting a coaching mindset will develop, engage and empower your team and in the long run allow you to do […]

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Mapping your Relationships and Influence

Download the Worksheet Relationships are key to our success and as we advance our career they become increasingly important. So […]

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Getting different perspectives – the empty chair

A key to teams making successful decisions is gathering different perspectives on the different issues at play. Naturally the people […]

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What does your team need to work on?

Struggling to work out what the team needs to work on? Ask your stakeholders. I was working with a team […]

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Why we Need Coaches and Mentors – Forbes Article

Of course I agree! This Forbes article (by Rebecca Newton), Why We Need Coaches And Mentors In Business Today More […]

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Leave Agenda and Process at the Door

Try leaving the agenda and process at the door and see what emerges. I did a check in session with […]

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How to Make a Cultural Transformation – Video by Simon Sinek

Love this from Simon Sinek – a great story and a great point. 'How to Make a Cultural Transformation' is […]

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Making sense of Complexity – Video by Jennifer Garvey Berger

‘For every complex problem there is a simple solution that is elegant, easy to understand and wrong’  H.L.Mencke. It is […]

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The Biggest Leadership Challenge of our Time – Audrey McGibbon Blog Post

Resilience and wellbeing are top of the list for many of my clients I talk with. They also recognise that […]

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Creating Team Charter – Knowledge Project Podcast

Creating the team charter and agreeing the behaviours and ways of working is relatively easy - the hard part is […]

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Find hidden resources and unleash potential at every level

Some thoughts about unleashing leadership at every level inspired after talking with Peter Webb on Leadership Moments and hearing future […]

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Understanding the emotional brain

Understanding the emotional brain to make more considered responses. They better we understand our emotional responses and how to manage […]

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The simplest answer is the right one

The simplest answer is the right one I came across Occam's Razor recently, it says " that when given two […]

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Pause and Think

Practical tips to build pause into your day and make better decisions We are living in a very busy world […]

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Why everyone needs a coach

When I started out on my leadership journey in my early 20’s, I moved fast, had fun and was going […]

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Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston

When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, […]

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50 Tips for Terrific Teams by Dr. Jacqueline Peters and Dr. Catherine Carr

"There is so much good research and writing on high performing teams now... but few CEOs have the time to […]

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Coaching A-Z by Haesun Moon

Your indispensable guide for coaching mastery. Language is a powerful tool that can unite, engage, and move people to action. […]

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The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

A ground-breaking exploration of how successful groups operate – whether in sport, business or society as a whole – and […]

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Your Brain at Work

Learn about how your brain works – develop strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focus and working smarter all day long

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The Dip - The Extraordinary Benefits of Knowing When to Quit (and When to Stick)

A great read on resilience. In Godin’s uniquely clear and succinct way he talks about how successful people know which […]

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The Coaching Habit Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way Your Lead Forever

This is a great read that makes a compelling case for the benefits of coaching and gives you seven questions […]

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The Checklist Manifesto; How to get things right

Gawande plots the development of check lists in aviation, shows how check lists save lives in the operating theatre, and […]

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Take Back Your Life

A great manual on how to set up Outlook and use it to full effect. Like any system it is […]

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Switch off, breathe and switch on

Switch off from all those “urgent” e-mails, appointment reminders, to do lists, reports Switch off from those “important” calls to […]

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Step into the other’s shoes

By putting yourself in the other person’s shoes you can often give yourself a whole new perspective of a situation that […]

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Some thoughts

Covey has influenced scores of people from all walks of life with his famous book. I hope you find something that […]

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Self reflection exercise

Most of our lives we interact and react to the world based on our belief system formed by past experiences. […]

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Reinventing the body, Resurrecting the soul

Chopra looks at out body and mind and shows us how to recreate a whole new self – the self […]

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Recognising the forgotten ones and what they bring

We have our stars. We are always on the look out for them and make sure that when we find them […]

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Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of A Team

A look at why teams don’t function and ways to over cone the obstacles. The five reason identified are lack […]

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The Five Minute Journal

Literally a journal that takes you five minutes first thing in the morning and five minutes at the end of […]

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The importance of sleep

We often spend our time looking for new ways to help us be more productive at work. There are a myriad […]

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Why our brains are wired to connect

Murray's personal message … Here is an extract from an article I read about Matthew Lieberman’s book Social: Why Our […]

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Want things to change? Change your thinking

We work to change the people who we lead. We set up systems and processes, we instigate training and we […]

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Viktor Frankl

I came across this 4 minute TED video of Viktor Frankl talking to a group of students in 1972 explaining that our […]

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Urgent vs Important

Urgent vs Important Gary Hamel is an academic and author who was ranked as the world's most influential business thinker by […]

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Two questions to increase awareness and learning

What did you learn this week? What did you see this week? These are questions that trainees in the Taj Hotel […]

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The Way We’re working isn’t Working

Highlights 4 areas that we have to take care off in our lives to be effective – mind, body, emotions […]

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

If you were to pick just one book to read, this would be it. A powerful guide to personal change […]

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The Leadership Challenge How to make extraordinary things happen in organisations

First published over 25 years ago it is still as relevant today as it was then. It provides practical and […]

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The Inner Game of Work

Gallwey started as a tennis coach and learned that we all know what to do; it is a matter of […]

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One final question before that difficult decision

There are many questions we ask when making difficult decisions: we think through all that go wrong and we second guess people’s […]

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Mindfulness

I wanted to share with you the material that was the preparation work for a Mindfulness workshop that I did […]

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Did I do my best as a leader yesterday and what will I do differently today?

I heard a senior leader talking about a daily reflection he has each day over his morning coffee: he asks […]

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Developing leadership at all levels

Problems with finding and keeping staff with the right level of skill occur throughout the industry, and particularly in regional […]

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Crucial Conversations

A great read to help you have those difficult conversations. It explains what happens to the mind and body during […]

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Create Space, Listen and Trust Yourself

You will be surprised at the problems you can solve. I am always amazed that, when talking with people faced […]

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Check the facts and turn up the volume on the positive thinking

We can all experience situations when our mind can take on a life of its own allowing negative thoughts whether […]

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Changing the dynamic

Lift energy and build true synergy by shifting the focus to what you want away from what the problems are. I […]

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Bringing values to life – look in the mirror

Leadership wanting to bring the values of the organisation alive have to look in the mirror and be honest with […]

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Balance in life – 4 key things

The whole question of work life balance is something that many of us struggle with. Nigel Marsh had enough of […]

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Awakening the Buddha Within

A good exploration of Buddhism and its main tenants with exercises on mindfulness. Written by an American Jew who is […]

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A reflection at day’s end

Tomorrow is another day full of opportunity. I will value and enjoy every moment it brings and not get lost […]

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Don’t be the frog – Stress Less

You have probably heard people use the analogy about the frog being slowly cooked to illustrate various situations. The premise […]

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Drive

Pink pulls together historical and contemporary research to explain what really does motivate us whilst showing why much of how […]

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Mind your body language

Verbal communication, the words we use, makes up 35% of how we communicate. Much more significant is our tone; facial […]

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Maverick

Story of a son inheriting his fathers business and turning it on its head and doing things very differently

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Looking for the perfect leader?

Leaders are not perfect, we need to support them and show more leadership ourselves. We often look for leadership and […]

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Looking for the answer? Trust yourself

How often do we spend time and energy looking for the better answer, when if we trusted ourselves we would find […]

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How balanced is your life?

Work is an important part of our lives, but it is just that, only part of it. So instead of […]

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Help yourself and others – ask for help

We all need help at some point, yet we often don’t ask for it. Why? Each person has their reasons; […]

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Getting back into the swing of things

After the festive break, or any another holiday for that matter, it can be a challenge to get back into the […]

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Get clear about purpose – a one week challenge

What is your purpose? Yes, your life purpose but also your purpose right now? How often are we or the […]

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Finding the Quiet

Simple to understand methods for meditating.

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Fierce Leadership

Susan Scott wrote about changing the world one conversation at a time in her book Fierce Conversations - we all […]

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Fierce Conversations

Similar to 'Crucial Conversations' but taken much more from the personal perspective and challenges you to have the fierce conversations […]

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Expectations – don’t forget the important question

It makes it easier if we sit with people and clearly explain what we want and expect from them, but […]

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End of Year Reflection

I have to admit that I did not create this, I have copied it from somewhere and saved it for […]

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