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I speak a lot on the importance of finding the third space to help busy people cope with the crazy transitions life throws at you, but we seem to be missing out on the most important third space of all…sleep!

It is estimated that 60% of people in Western society have some sort of sleep problem. This is a significant issue considering that a poor night sleep can reduce your cognitive function the next day by 30%. 

However, a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep may have a bigger impact on us than simply just being tired. Research out of the US has shown that people who have reduced sleep tend to be more overweight than people with a normal sleep pattern. 

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What makes a high performer? Why do some people achieve greatness and others get left floundering behind?

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Agility - the new competitive advantage in peak performance.

As we kick off the new year the pace and ferocity of the finance industry really picks up.

Clients become more stressed and demanding and their exhaustion and frustration is pointed directly at you.

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It's that time of year again. The time of year when we, as busy professionals, are divided between countless roles on a daily basis – trying to do a million things at once.

Whether you are being a leader at a tough sales meeting or entertaining at the office Christmas party, it's important to pay attention to your emotions and how they are translating to your body language.

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We all fear the 3pm slump, that time in the day when productivity nose dives and we mentally check out.

Whether you yourself are battling this feeling, or you notice that your team experiences a slump mid-afternoon, Dr Adam Fraser, in this exclusive preview of his e-video program, gives us the tools to fight the fatigue and get everything done by sunset!

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Travel can be a stressful process, for both your colleagues in the travel industry and also your consumer. Picture this, your customer has made it to the airport by the skin of their teeth thanks some cabby’s blatant disregard for the rules of the road and now somehow they’ve survived the briskest body search of their life through security.

Whilst this may paint a rather funny picture, it's not exactly conducive to bringing your A-game to that all-important meeting.

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You only have to look at the climbing divorce rates to realise that our romantic relationships are suffering.

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You only get one chance to make a first impression! This has been the catch cry of many a self help book for, well for forever. Some even get very technical and give you clear metrics to adhere to, “People make their minds up about you in 1/10 of a second so make that time count”. But psychology shows us that there is a simple and more powerful formula to winning people over?

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One of the biggest killers of productivity is not a lack of innovation, productive systems or visionary thinking, its politics. UK studies show that the average manager wastes one and a half days a week on dealing with politics. When people focus on internal petty issues it is incredibly distracting and they spend less time executing and getting work done. Also politics results in a tremendous amount of negative emotion in the organisation leading to poorer performance.

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Innovation alone won’t be enough to succeed in business during 2013. The key to growth is a return to execution and productivity.

Dr Adam Fraser is one of Australia’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance.

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