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Hide and Seek

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
If I wanted to hide I’d be a tree. In a forest. Straight, tall and green like all the rest. I’d be rooted, still, standing, never moving, one of thousands of trees, in thousands of forests all over the world. If I wanted to hide I’d follow the rules. Toe

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3pm

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
First rule about 3pm club is it’s not at 3pm. It’s a metaphorical 3pm and a real time in a woman’s life. A couple of weeks ago at the creative writing group I go to, our teacher Maggie asked us to write about 2 different times of the day, exactly

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Travelling

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
‘Did it change your life?’ That was the question everybody asked when I got back from travelling. Nobody really wanted to see the pictures or videos, but they all wanted to know how 7 weeks backpacking in South East Asia had affected me. I wasn’t sure how to answer them.

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The Tour Guide

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 20, 2016
The good thing about travelling to different countries it it’s taken me out of my familiar zone. It’s taken me to places I’ve never been before. I recently backpacked around South East Asia – Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Amazing, countries, fantastic food and incredible people. In

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This is me

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 12, 2016
Some days I’m not sure who I am. Maybe that’s not as important as knowing what I do though. Today, I logged onto LinkedIn to catch up with what was going with my professional connections.  Usually there’s a few interesting articles to read. I noticed a few colleagues’ ‘professional headline’

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Picking Gooseberries

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 12, 2016
The good thing about living in the countryside is I can climb a hill any day I choose. Today was one of those days. It wasn’t raining, I could see blue breaks in the sky, it wasn’t cold either; the perfect day for stomping about in nature. I set out

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What Stephen King taught me

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 01, 2016
Today I learned I’m not Stephen King. I’d like to be able to write as well as he does, and to earn the amount of money he’s earned, but that’s a different story. Over the last few months I’ve been going to a creative writing group. When people ask me

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The Leadership Catwalk

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Apr 01, 2016
Every day is a fashion show; at least when I’m working with school principals in Brunei it feels that way. When they arrive one by one in the morning, it’s like a catwalk, a parade of fabulous outfits in the most brilliant of colours. In Brunei the female ‘uniform’ is

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The well read book

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Feb 20, 2016
AQ is another measure of success – apparently. I logged on to WeChat this week (the Chinese mobile messaging app), to see what my friends in China had been up to over the Chinese New Year, only to find Sherry Chen, my trusty interpreter, had posted this link to calculating

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Thinking differently about leadership

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Feb 20, 2016
Pilates for the mind. I’d never thought of what I do as some kind of mind stretching exercise until my hairdresser called it that as she snipped away at my hair the other day. I’d been paying my usual six weekly visit to get my haircut and we were discussing

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Come to the edge

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 21, 2015
Sometimes we need a bit of a push to help us fly. We might seem outwardly confident, knowledgeable and experienced. We might even believe that ‘we’re worth it”, but many of us falter when it comes to taking the first step to realizing our dreams. My colleague Peter Smith often

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“I am the greatest”

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 18, 2015
I was 6 when I decided I wanted to be a PE teacher. A lively child, I loved taking part in any kind of sporting activity. It was 1971 when I set eyes on our new track suited next-door neighbour. I was hooked. I wanted to be like her. I

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How to cope with change; we all have to move at some point

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 16, 2015
  Write a blog about moving. That’s what my friend Helen said when I recently moved to Scotland. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t decide what to write about. Should I write about moving back to my home country after 28

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Don’t envy my job; create your own

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 16, 2015
  “I want your job”; that’s the comment I hear most frequently in schools. What is it I do? I teach teachers from other countries leadership skills, traveling all over the world to do it. Sound glamorous? Too good to be true? Exactly what you want? To be honest, I

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3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 08, 2015
  The X files hold the key; the truth is out there, especially when it comes to discovering your own strengths. Identify your strengths; it’s that what everybody needs to be able to do these days? It’s all over LinkedIn, in articles, self-help books and every leadership course you’ll ever

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