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Stories by Trevor Smith

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Some people have many years of the same experience, while others use time to benefit from different experiences.Some are deemed to be a spent force despite their years in the workforce.Then there are those that do...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

The SituationInformation trickled out from someone who spoke to an agent that there would be a third gate change for our delayed flight. Passengers grew frustrated and testy. I finally made my way to the agent in charge and asked...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

"Wow! I used to think that you were...."This is a phrase frequently used, as we grapple with the question of the impact of our socialisation on inter-personal relations. Does it enhance or impede it? Is our...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Social media is abuzz with accusations of the dreaded disease - 'bad mind'. For me, bad mind is not wanting the best for others; the opposite of loving your neighbour as yourself. Bad mind tears down instead of build...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

A question that arises consistently in leadership and team development discussions, is whether some behavioural styles are condemned to be followers while others naturally fall into leadership roles.The 'S'...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Listening is often passed over as a topic. Yet, even the most intelligent among us fail to master it resulting in costly misunderstandings and conflict.Two Examples#1 Really?Disturbed by what was being claimed that I had promised,...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

If you share space and time with people, disagreements will arise. Differences of opinion are unavoidable.Relationships - work, home, friends, and significant others - may be defined by the pace and level of...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Relationships are like driving on the road. We have to pay attention or we run the risk of getting into a crash and wrecking our car.However, paying attention is not a guarantee that problems will...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

I was well into my article on '7 Ps of fatherhood', when I decided that another interesting piece was not the answer this year.I will not recount the problems that absentee and irresponsible fathers are...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

In the decades that I have worked with the DISC Framework providing coaching and solutions to individuals and organisations, problems relating to dominance is one constant among the issues to be resolved.I have...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

A reader of my Bible In A Year posts likened King Jeroboam's decision to increase hardship on his people, in response to their plea to lighten the load, to 'disruptive leadership'.'Disruptive leadership' is being advocated as a...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

The impact of footprintsIn our daily lives, we are constantly faced with the footprints of those who have gone ahead of us - be it parents, siblings, previous job holders, or team representatives.Those footsteps have implications for our choices. We...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

As the author of 7 Keys To Lasting Relationships, I was struck by the fact the Massy Group CEO listed 'enduring relationships' as one of their core values.I am not aware of Massy's strategy or approach to...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Are you in the wrong job?Not much has changed since the shocking Deloitte study that indicated that two out of every three members of the United States workforce were not engaged. I don't know what the situation is within your organisation, or even...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

If you're driving a vehicle that's experiencing serious mechanical problems, blindly stepping on the accelerator is probably not a good idea. Yet that is the kind of thing taking place at many organisations....

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Here is a different strategy for relating to difficult people.First, appreciate that many difficult situational challenges are really DISCerning Communication issues. The difficulties are...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

It is amazing to listen to responses to the question of how much more you get done after normal working hours against what you achieve during the work day.Many equate as little as one or two hours after...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Does your mobile phone have dominion over you? Years ago, my friend, David, conscientiously answered all incoming calls rather than having them go to voicemail. He felt that having to return calls often led to time-...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMTrevor Smith

Where did the time go?'Where did the time go?'That expression is usually rhetorical. But do you really know where your time is going?If you are a normal human, you can identify with that question. Sometimes we check the time and are struck by how...

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