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Hope Is a Strategy (Well, Sort Of)

By Delphine du Toit | July 23, 2014

As I get deeper into coaching a client about her career, increasingly we centre on her values and interests, which brought us to consider ‘hope’ as a factor. What is the taste and feel of her hope? Until we understand that hope is essential to her moving forward in her stagnated career and life, we’re fiddling.…

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If ‘career’ is a verb, then what is a ‘career plan’?

By Delphine du Toit | July 21, 2014

Instead of simply scanning the bullet points in articles on career planning discover the right questions to ask first.

Very few people have career plans that move linearly from A to Z. Most of us career from one perceived opportunity to the the next, but often the advice we get assumes we’re in control. We’re not. What we can be in control of is the basis of making career choices: what do I like and what would I like to have more of? There are some good questions to ask. Ask them. Answer them. Then act.

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Being a Leader is Hard, so WHAT (are we going to do about it)?

By Delphine du Toit | July 19, 2014

The corner has been turned on the complexity of leadership. The true skill is in achieving simplicity: Simplicity with the clarity that can come only from a depth of curiosity and reflection. It is true that it is harder to be simple with clarity. It requires regular and full attention. Being a leader surely requires constant and deep reflection to develop and maintain clarity of vision and purpose. It is hard to do that alone.
That is why leadership coaching has become such a precious and sought-after service.

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The Hard Work of Making Choices

By Delphine du Toit | July 16, 2014

<1007 words> I participated in a conversation yesterday in which it was lamented that the liberal left in North America has finally achieved Nirvana – extinction/disappearance. It was said that there is such a consciousness of the harm that we have done to each other and of the harm that’s been done to us that…

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I want to live in a good country

By Delphine du Toit | July 7, 2014

A new way of measuring and comparing countries is discussed in a TED talk by Simon Anholt, which triggers for Delphine a series of questions about the choice she made in immigrating to Canada “is Canada a good country?” from South Africa. “Good” in this context is not the opposite of “bad”. Instead, it is juxtaposed against “selfish”, but it isn’t synonymous with “generous”. The blog concludes with the realisation that there is a persona contribution to be made towards “good”. It’s not just up to politicians and big business.

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A Hurricane of Ideas

By Delphine du Toit | July 5, 2014

While walking in the high winds of the side-end of Hurricane Arthur I realise important things about life that I believe are generally applicable. Such as not to shrink from challenges, to maintain humility and to practice gratitude every day.

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