The Change Files

Ideas, Insights and Inspiration from Simon Phillips, aka The Change Man

Why Is A Growth Mindset Important?

Ever since Carol Dweck published her influential book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, in 2007, it is impossible to talk about success, in any field, without the word "mindset" coming up at some point. In particular, Dweck highlights the value of a Growth...

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Pivot To A New Career

Pivot To A New Career was inspired by the use of the word pivot everywhere we turned in 2020. It has become the new word for "change". We heard about big businesses "pivoting" to deliver their services digitally, we observed traditional office-based businesses embracing the concept of...

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Before You Set A Goal

goal thriving Dec 31, 2020

Before you set a goal - a small blog based on some uncommon sense!

I got up early this morning because I know many of you reading this are ahead of the UK time zone and are probably well on your way to enjoying the New Year festivities. Tomorrow morning you may wake up feeling a bit jaded and...

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Integrity = Leadership

In one of the best books on Leadership, John Maxwell identifies The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. These are the 21:

  1. Character
  2. Charisma
  3. Commitment
  4. Communication
  5. Competence
  6. Courage
  7. Discernment
  8. Focus
  9. Generosity
  10. Initiative
  11. Listening
  12. Passion
  13. Positive Attitude
  14. Problem Solving
  15. Relationships
  16. ...
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Let's Talk Wellbeing - 5 ways to help yourself

"Let's Talk Wellbeing" is a phrase by many NHS organisations to engage us all in the conversation about mental health. It's a serious topic.

  • 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year;

  • 792 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide;

  • For several years now,...
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Pay It Forward

Pay it forward is a simple concept. If someone helps you, instead of repaying them directly, you pass the generosity on to someone else. Most recently it was the subject of a 1999 book and a 2000 film. However, I love this quote from an earlier book by Lily Hardy Hammond, in which...

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CPD - Thriving Through Continuous Professional Development

CPD (Continuous Personal or Professional Development) is a rarely discussed and critical ingredient to the success almost everyone achieves - in any field. In my last Blog I discussed how we can switch gears and go from Coping to Thriving. This time, we're looking at how we can make that...

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From Coping To Thriving

When we have been struggling for a while it is easy to forget how wonderful it feels when everything is going well. We begin to settle for the new normal. However, if that new normal doesn't feel great, it's time to shake it off and start to imagine how good life could be if we changed...

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Don’t Just Find A Job – Find A Passion

Uncategorized Nov 19, 2020

Very often the pressure is on when we lose our current job. We may have cashflow issues. Maybe we fear long-term unemployment. Or possibly, we have a crisis of confidence. Nevertheless, don’t just find a job…it may be the worst thing you can do.

Instead, take some time to check if...

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Persistence – How’s Your Stickabilty?

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2020

Persistence (or “Stickability” as I prefer to call it) is, in my opinion, the number 1 attribute of the Change Leader. Someone who sticks to the task, even when the results are not showing up, is someone that inspires others and makes change happen!

Stickability is a mindset more than...

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