Sanity check

They say choose your battles, but how do you know which battles are worth fighting? Which battles to pick, and which ones to stand down and let pass? When you’re in the thick of it, how do you tell the difference between single-mindedness and narrow-mindedness? Between...

What do you see?

We’ve had a big weekend in the Marshall house, with the last day of school coinciding with my son entering double digits. There’s been lots of partying, lots of taxi-ing (and dodging traffic) and of course, lots of cake. As we tucked into the cake I had made...

The Happy Helpful Human approach to selling

We had our "International Ninjamboree" at Think Productive last week, where Productivity Ninjas from around the world congregated in Brighton. In one of the sessions, I was asked to share how I do ‘selling’ which was rather amusing, as in my mind, I don’t do...

5 Resilience lessons from a 9 year old’s school test

Last week was a big week for us. My son took his first grammar school entrance test, and I spoke to my largest audience so far: 300 sales professionals at a corporate conference (although my son told me he wins, because he’s performed to an...

Basic Human Needs

Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? When it comes to productivity and performance, we so often focus on the higher levels - fulfilment, achievement, purpose - but what happened to our basic human needs? Why is it that we think we can sacrifice sleep as long as we...

Reclaiming Good

A friend said to me the other day “I’m trying to stop aiming for progress.” It stumped me at first. I’ve always though of progress as a good thing - the antidote to perfection even. But what she meant was that she kept finding herself...

Unlikely leadership

I was at a leadership conference this weekend and had the privilege of being asked to be on the Q&A panel. It wasn’t until I got there that I caught myself wondering - what am I doing here? Who am I to be on this panel?...

Daily treasures

There’s a lovely old man who comes into my writing cave - the local cafe where I’m fast becoming part of the furniture. He’s a regular too - he usually visits as part of his daily routine to get out the house, pick up a couple...

What makes you smile?

Sometimes it’s the silly things.  Like blowing bubbles, and having cuddly toys in meetings. Yup, that’s actually what we had in our Ninja Away Day - our team meeting in London last week! Sometimes it’s the thoughtful things. A hug, a smile, a note of appreciation. A coffee, a...

10 Days of Rest

Are you ready for Christmas yet? This is probably the most common question I get at this time of the year. From friends, family, and complete strangers. What does that even mean? Ready for what? Ready for all those presents you’ve painstakingly picked, bought and wrapped to...

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