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It’s Time To Force Yourself To Evolve

I feel absolutely honoured - and a little nervous, I have to admit - that I've been asked to do the Allen Russell Oration, the opening plenary at the Pharmaceutical Society's Annual Conference, in August. Here's an interview they did with me talking about how Pharmacists, like all businesspeople these days, need to deliberately evolve into someone who loves uncertainty.     In the 'Good Old Days' of pharmacy - the mid-70s to 80s - all you really had to do was get a good premises near a couple of GPs, treat your 'regulars' well, and know how to make Mist. Expect.…

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Why Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  As someone who speaks about change week in week out, I often get asked the question ‘Why would I even WANT to get out of my comfort zone? By definition, when I’m in there, I’m COMFORTABLE!’ There are two reasons why constantly trying new things that challenge and unsettle you is really good for you. Most people who talk about change management only focus on the first one, that life is more interesting and engaging when you try new things. Variety is the spice of life. And that’s true. But many people are very, very VERY happy sticking with…

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The One Thing We SHOULD Be Scared Of

As someone who spends his life talking about being fearless in times of change, I often get asked if there’s anything I am scared of. There is only one thing, and today I’m going to talk about the one fear that literally keeps me up at night and it’s the one thing I believe you SHOULD be scared of. 20 years ago I was a registered Pharmacist, but deep down I knew it wasn’t for me. While I did know I wanted to leave Pharmacy, but I had no idea what I actually DID want to do. Then a friend…

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How To Accept That Change Is Inevitable

When I talk on stage I ask the audience the rather obvious question ‘Would you rather be experiencing life or death? The crowd can sense it’s some kind of trick question, but they all vote for life. Then I say ‘Then you have to accept this.’ And I put up the Oxford English Dictionary definition of what life is. Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death. The key bit to notice is CONTINUAL CHANGE. THE ONLY people who are NOT continually changing are…

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When Positive Thinking Makes Change Harder

Today I’m going to talk about When Positive Thinking Makes Change Harder I believe the biggest leap forward in our understanding of how to reach our goals in recent years is the research that uncovered when to think positively, and when it can actually wreck your chance of succes. Just about every self-help book has in it somewhere that all you need to do to live the life of your dreams is to ‘Believe in yourself, go for it, just visualize yourself having already achieved your goal and it WILL HAPPEN.’ I may be a bit cynical about this, but…

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Thanks to our evolution, and our physiology, there's no way to avoid that big burst of adrenaline yo get when you try something different. But you can change how you interpret it. The first thing to do is change how you describe it because in English the only words for 'that big burst of adrenaline we all get when we're out of our comfort zone' are bad – nerves, knots in the stomach... Many years ago, a friend, John O’Connor, and I came up with a new word for 'that feeling you get when you're trying something different'. We decided…

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As you'll know by now I don't use this thing to promote stuff very often, so when I do you'll appreciate that it's got to be really good (or have some enormous financial windfall to me.) I'm going to do my regular entry later this week, but hot of the virtual presses is a great issue of a fantastic online magazine called Fear.less that comes out of New York. It was launched by Ishita Gupta, who's name you might know as the 'Head of Hoopla' for marketing giant Seth Godin. Every month it has interviews with people who have different…

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