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NPW Self Curious: Improve your battery life

We are woke to time management. Skimming is the new reading. Everything is optimised to the one measure of our work that is truly objective: time. Consciously or subconsciously we make assumptions about how much time things will take on a daily basis. When weighing up how to respond to requests for help, delegating tasks or arranging meet-ups, we have a sense of how that will sit alongside other commitments of time. We measure what we ask of others in...
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Maya Dibley: What Northern Power Futures means to me…

My favourite thing on the internet at the moment is a twitter exchange where a news outlet has tweeted an article with the title ‘Should we elect more millennials to congress?’ and someone has replied, ‘Given my understanding of linear time, I’m fascinated to hear what the alternative is.’ I believe we have to invest in and encourage our future leaders now. They’re already our senior managers, department heads or new entrepreneurs. But they don’t always get heard where the...
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NPW Self Curious: Why your success doesn’t need to go viral

Are you having a productive week? I really hope so. I’ve been writing this blog for nearly two months now, and it’s been a productive endeavour. On the face of it, there are reasons to say it’s not doing that well. That it isn’t producing great results. I don’t get that many retweets when I post about it. I’m not convinced my posts on insta result in that many clicks through to the articles. Metricswise, you could say that it...
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NPW Self Curious: Have a nice day (wherever you are)

Love it or hate it, travelling for work can take up quite a chunk of the diary. I love the technology that can remove the need for travel, saving time and money and leaving carbon in the environment where it belongs. But sometimes there is no substitute for being in the room – wherever the room is. When anything is taking up precious diary space you need to be on your guard, as two important things are at stake: your...
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PodBlog: by Athena Livesey

Where you are from should not be a barrier to your prospects £12M is all that is being invested in Northern Schools when we have double the national average of 16-18 years olds not in education or employment and are subsequently falling behind their peers in the south. How can this be when we are surrounded by ancestral legacy’s such as the Industrial Revolution with viaducts crashing through our landscapes and chimneys poking through our skies? Not forgetting the struggles...
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NPW Self Curious: Three Steps to a Beach-Ready Inbox

The most productive day of my whole year is the day before I go on holiday. I know I’m not alone in this, but I’d never given it much thought before. It turns out there are things that we do when we are up against a hard deadline that could make the daily grind more of a joyful zhuzh if we did them more often. Here are my top three, with a ‘daily fix’ – an idea about how you...
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NPW Self Curious: Rediscover your superhero pants

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I have learned a thing or two about unleashing awesomeness which I wanted to share with others. This doesn’t mean I think I’m more awesome than you (LOUD AWKWARD LAUGH). It’s just that each of us is born with our own unique stuff that equals our own flavour of awesome, and so few of us are letting it out. In other words: we all own a pair of superhero pants....
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NPW Self Curious: Feel the fear and mingle anyway

“I’m rubbish at networking.” “Networking fills me with dread.” “I’d rather eat my own arm than go to a networking event on my own.” “When it gets to the part of the agenda that says ‘networking’ I just go and sit on the loo and read Twitter.” I have literally said all of these things. I’d also love to say that I’ve never gone to the loo when the ‘networking’ session started, even when I didn’t need a wee… But...
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NPW Self Curious: Start where you are

Hello world! First things first, have you got your cuppa ready? This is the first instalment of Self Curious, a brand spanking new weekly NPW blog. It’s designed to be a snappy personal development download that doesn’t take longer to enjoy than a morning brew. Get the latest on how to get more done, forge fantastic relationships, and generally unleash more of your most awesome self at work and play. If you always wait for the perfect moment to start,...
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Northern Powerhouse Business Summit – in NEWCASTLE!

I was blown away by the amazing innovation, opportunities and excellence in the North showcased at the outstanding three-day Northern Powerhouse Business Summit event, as part of the wider Great Exhibition of the North, which is taking place in Newcastle right now. I didn’t get to attend every session but what I did see left me inspired and motivated. Day one was themed Great Innovators which was extra fitting given the whole event was being held at Boiler Shop, former...
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