Category Archives: Implementation & Control

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…Long Live the New Year’s Resolution! You might have heard the phrase: The King is Dead! Long Live the King! This means that the (previous) king is dead and we wish the (new) king a long life. It also indicates that there is never a time without a king. Enter the ye olde new year’s resolution. It’s been a trend in recent years for people to publicly declare that they don’t do new year’s resolutions. Are you one of them? I’m of the opinion that while the first of January resolution might not be fashionable anymore – goal setting, planning and working towards personal and career growth is a big deal to individuals who live consciously. On one level it makes sense to ditch the idea of making resolutions if the past has taught you that you are more likely to fail than succeed. But there is a big difference…

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You might not pay much heed to your thesis studying environment. A desk. A laptop / computer. A chair. That’s all you need, right? Wrong. One of the first areas I believe you should pay attention to when embarking on the thesis writing component of your degree is your study space. After all, it’s the starting block of this marathon you are running. Your physical environment needs to be conducive to thinking and writing. Your thesis writing work space should motivate you to take action and get things done. Author Roald Dahl had a strict daily writing routine, but what is most interesting is the workspace he created for himself. He physically removed himself from his home and took refuge to a small garden shed at the back of his property which he called his writing hut. It was a tiny room with little more than an armchair  and a…

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Research suggests that many postgraduate candidates fail to earn their degree because they do not submit their thesis.  And, many more suffer prolonged periods of serious stress related to years of delay in completing their research.  Would a Thesis Coach help?  In my view, a Thesis Coach focusses specifically on postgraduate students, specifically those navigating the thesis phase of their qualification.  A Thesis Coach provides the following services through individual one-on-one coaching sessions: Coaching to evaluate the client’s highest priority values to understand and determine the level of commitment to their topic choice.  Usually, a specific highest value drives the topic choice, which in turn, drives and motivates the process towards thesis completion. Coaching to incorporate proven and practical project management techniques for goal setting and planning.  This will support the client to establish control over their own process and to manage work/life/thesis balance. Coaching to ascertain the most effective routine/s…

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My own evolving dictionary has a new update: each time I come across some interesting new words of which I don’t know the meaning, I will list them first in this dictionary.  So, as new words crop up, they will appear first and the old words will drop down into the alphabetical list. I trust this will be as informative for you as it is for me. Callow – inexperience and immature – a young person. E.g. “I was still of the callow – and fundamentally lazy – youthful opinion that ….”. Bower – a pleasant and shady place under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood.  E.g. ” … a tiny plot of land that was like a bower.” Enigmatic – difficult to interpret or understand / mysterious.  E.g. ” … with an enigmatic grin as she slipped my ring into her pocket …” Sanguine – an…

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Academic writing can lead to some headaches when it comes to hyphenation.   It makes sense for you to check on them before using them but here are a few hectic hyphens that I have encountered: General Ongoing is one word. It has never been hyphenated.  This was news to me as I’ve always hyphenated it and never been corrected? Counterproductive is one word. Expression before noun Well established OR well-established? The approach is well established OR it is a well-established approach.  Use the hyphen when the expression occurs before the noun it modifies.       2. Work related OR work-related? “Work related” is a compound adjective and whether or not you should use a hyphen depends on where it is located in the sentence.  Once again, if it appears before the word it modifies, include a hyphen.   Read more about grammar gremlins and you may find my own…

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Before you start, it’s very useful to choose your preferred (or your educator’s recommended) dictionary.  Using the UK English dictionary, I experienced some interesting grammar gremlins that caused me some confusion, but I came up with the following which may prove useful for you: UK English Dictionary When referring to a specific degree you would capitalise Master e.g. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Management Coaching OR she is a Master of Philosophy. However, when referencing a general master’s degree – there is no capitalisation and an apostrophe is used. As far as I can see, in UK English, there is no use of the letter “z” except in the case of “cognizant”. You may find my blog post on hectic hyphens and my own evolving dictionary useful additions to this content.   This is just the start, I will keep adding to this list as I find more…

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