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Stories by Trevor E. S. Smith

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Bored at work? Life-work balance out of line? Feel like you are expending energy on a treadmill? Are these and other issues putting a damper on your life? Is each new day just a change of the calendar? Have you been...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

This issue of engagement concerns both employees and employers.Here are some insights on employee engagement from HR and leadership professionals in our Certified Behavioural Coach programme:"It is necessary for senior leaders...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Career Disaster Preparedness:How shock-resistant is your income?No matter how qualified you are or how much experience you have, your career can be threatened by events outside of your control.When entire industries and occupations are being toppled...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Bookstores were blindsided by Amazon. Taxi operators endangered by Uber and Lyft. Is your business or job secure from disruption? What can be done to avoid being swept aside by some new technology or competitor? How...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Today's leaders face unique challenges, some of which threaten the very existence of their organisations.The follower group is increasingly diverse demographically, impacting demands and needs. Leaders strive to...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

The title aside, this article actually provides some useful insights into confronting challenges, mustering courage and attaining goals.The title comes from the words that I repeated over and over as I marched with bare feet to...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

The email came at the wrong time. Yet, the moment he hit 'Send', it was clear it might not be well-received.Things were not going well at work, and the unresolved issue at home had been occupying his mind. The email he had received...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Three Bible events could have changed history. They reveal the stark truth about an issue that continues to shape history and your life today.Event #1Israeli spies return with glowing reports of the land but said accessing...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Have you had days when you feel like you got up on the wrong side of the bed? Do you take the time to investigate the root causes of those offbeat days?CONFLICTThere is a tendency for us to view conflict as being a friction...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

To-do lists abound in various formats. Even those who do not formally document their plans have a mental picture of what they need to do. Our lives are ordered by what we need to do, but I want to suggest an alternative...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Is it our athleticism that fuels our love for jumping to conclusions?How does "mussi" (must be) move from random possibility to concrete fact?Where did we get the ability to thread together bits of information into skilfully...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

You are restless in bed in hopeful expectation. The big moment arrives and you are breathless in anticipation.However, your hopes are dashed and expectation turns to frustration. What went wrong?Now that time has elapsed, you...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

As another year draws to a close, what have we done with it? The inevitable stocktaking and concerns about where time has gone, is about to hit us. This happens at the personal and organisational levels...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

"I can't deal with these young people!" an exasperated friend shared in a brief parking lot encounter recently."Millennials refuse to buy into anything that is not their initiative," fumed an executive who is...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Volunteerism is on the decline. We seem to be consumed and focused on what is mine, and putting self first seems to be working out just fine.And yet, there is an increasing number of professionals who are swimming...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

What is the impact of our socialisation on interpersonal relations - supportive or destructive?The discussion is inspired by another 'The way we are' conversation with participants in a leadership...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

While change is our constant companion, some people seem to adjust to it more readily than others. How do you match up with the approaches outlined below? Get a better appreciation of how you and others...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Elon Musk is driven by a plan to colonise Mars as a safety net against mankind's extinction. According to the Washington Post, he is arguably the world's most important entrepreneur, the driving force behind PayPal (sold...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

As an advocate of DISCerning communication principles, Donald Trump is an intriguing case study. On the surface, we see dominance.On deeper analysis, another factor is at play that explains a lot about his behaviour....

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Even with the best will in the world, we sometimes end up being misunderstood. Communication goes wrong without reason. An innocent comment causes a flare-up. Or, recognising the sensitive nature of a situation,...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Lack of intimacy in a relationship is an issue that resonates with many people.Today, we go deep into the issue. We apply the body of knowledge that underpins our 'DISCerning Communication' principles, to the issue of intimacy....

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Your relationship has navigated dangerous curves, hit bumps, and fallen into a few pot holes, but the wheels are in tact, and there is a commitment to ride out the journey together.There is nothing fundamentally...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Some people struggle with being misunderstood by their peers, colleagues and even family members. It can get to the point of exasperation. The situation might not solely be the fault of the person being misunderstood,...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Many will accept that growth is desirable. However, some fail to appreciate that they need to create the space to accommodate growth. Growth requires effort.Personal growth may be stifled as aspects of our lives are so fully...

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Work-life balance and employee motivationThe issue of low employee motivation continues to challenge human resources departments and heads of organisations.We recently completed an employee satisfaction survey for a high-profile organisation, and it...

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