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So far Oge Austin-Chukwu has created 51 blog entries.

Choosing the right career path

By |February 3rd, 2017|

I recently spoke to a young doctor who was having some difficulty deciding what was next after his hospital rotations. In a panic he had applied to about five different job opportunities that had nothing in common except that they were all medical posts. They were in different specialities and each of the job opportunities […]

What they didn’t tell you about goal setting

By |January 29th, 2017|

It is four weeks into the New Year and hopefully the so-called ‘January blues’ has not affected you.  Whether it’s the dismal winter weather or the anti climax after the Christmas holidays, it is customary for people to get to the end of January and feel deflated and lacking in enthusiasm.

On the other hand you […]

Get ready, set, go!

By |December 4th, 2016|

It’s that time of year again! Whether you love Christmas or hate it or are ambivalent towards it, it is one season that you cannot help but notice one way or the other. From the Christmas adverts on television that get more and more outlandish every year, the shop arrangements that are decidedly festive and perhaps over the top, the presents that you inevitably have to think about (giving or getting), or the relatives (welcome and unwelcome) you are going to seeing sometime during the holidays– Christmas is by far the most talked about holiday of the year. […]

Why it’s just not true

By |October 28th, 2016|

Recently I was asked to run a workshop for a group of GP trainees at a local hospital. We looked at topics like stress management, building resilience and working as part of a team. I had a blast doing this (and I think the delegates did as well) because I love investing in people and […]

Why confidence is not enough

By |October 10th, 2016|

After six years of gruelling study, countless hours of lost sleep, and more exams than I care to remember, I finally had my degree.  I stood in my smart clothes and white coat, ready to start my first day as a qualified doctor.  And I was petrified.

Yes I was.  Scared that I wouldn’t do it […]

I know this works because I have tried it

By |August 13th, 2016|

If you have ever wondered why large successful companies have a board of directors this is one of the reasons why.  The company is more likely to succeed when you bring together a group of people who have common goals or a common vision together, their combined wisdom, experience and energy leads to new ideas […]

What lies beneath

By |June 22nd, 2016|

A few weeks ago I had to face up to the fact that I still have some work to do on the issue of a fear of failure. This fear can manifest in ways that don’t often seem at first like fear. When you look at the behaviour closely though, the root of it is fear. I am talking about the fact that we sometimes shrink back from making big decisions that affect our lives. I certainly do that more often than I would like. […]

It’s not rocket science but…

By |June 15th, 2016|

I recently had to ring Apple customer service because I had a problem with my phone. The gentleman I spoke to was very polite and did his best to help me. He was able to sort the problem out but that was not the thing about our interaction that left the most lasing effect.

It was […]

If it ain’t broke perhaps its time to break it

By |May 27th, 2016|

A couple of years ago, I came across a book with a title just like the one I have used for this blog and being the kind of person that likes a bit of controversy every now and again, I couldn’t resist buying it so that I could see what it was all about.   It was a good read and more importantly, gave me plenty to think about. Change is inevitable, but the best types of change are the ones that we initiate. […]

My greatest challenge

By |May 9th, 2016|

It may come as a surprise to you, but my greatest challenge as a business owner is staying motivated. When you are your own boss, the responsibility of keeping your enthusiasm (and that of your team) at an all time high rests solely upon you. And sometimes, it just isn’t an easy thing to do. […]