The Change Files

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

Lead Change: 5 Steps to Transform Your Change Management

"Lead Change: Remember, it starts and ends with you."

Let's shatter some Myths!

  • Change is hard! Nope. Change can be the simplest thing in the world. Truth: People never resist what they conclude for themselves.
  • Change takes forever! Not always. I've worked with people...
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The Time Of Your Life - thoughts for inspired living

I love inspirational quotes. Quotes can provide a quick energy boost. They can give you something to ponder while you take a walk, or soak in the bath. Inspirational quotes can also stop you in your tracks with a new perspective. A few words of ancient wisdom can also boot you up the...

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Imposter Syndrome - 4 Steps to Overcome It

"Imposter Syndrome is something to be eliminated as soon as possible."

There are always opportunities in chaos. Right now, all the rules are changing. If you are lucky enough to have either the skills (or the deep desire to build some fast), there are some opportunities you'll be...

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Is The Pomodoro Technique Effective?

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

First the facts:

  • According to Wikipedia "The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s."
  • Cirillo discovered it as a student when he came upon a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato.
  • Pomodoro...
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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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