Category Archive: DIRECTION (Leadership)

What are you focusing on?

I was quite late to discovering Radio 4’s Desert Island Disks. There are a considerable amount of episodes that cover a plethora of interesting individuals. Some memorable discussions include Malcolm Gladwell, Sir Ken Robinson, Murray Walker and Bill Frankland MBE (a British immunologist whose achievements include the popularisation of the pollen count and he continued …

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Quality (Lunch) time

To keep things simple let us say that the average European person lives for 80 years and therefore that equates to about 4000 weeks. For some of us this my seem loads of time, while others may wonder “how am I going to achieve everything I wanted to in such a short period of time?” …

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7 Lessons to grow a Successful Business

I recently had the pleasure of attending a few one day business seminars where a number of aspects of business were discussed. I don’t know if you will agree that it is so important to be constantly absorbing intelligent, ethical and proactive advice from experts in their field. By attending events it is not just …

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7 crucial elements of effective feedback

Have you ever had a time when someone has come up to you and said I want to give you some feedback? How did you feel about it? Was it an enhancing experience or something else? When most people think about Feedback particularly in a work context, they tend to immediately think about so called …

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Uncomfortably comfortable

I have written previously about us “becoming more comfortable with being uncomfortable”. In a nut shell this is the idea of expanding our comfort zone and trying new things. Even though the wording is similar the meaning of this idea is different. You know how we sometimes hear a story or a key message a …

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“I will do it in 3 months when…”

You know how we all seem to have plans that in three months time when things are less busy, then we will get around to doing that “important project”? The project we know will make a significant difference to improving our career and relationships. The project that will enable us to have more time in …

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10 Brilliant Questions to help anyone get unstuck

I was reminded of these ten brilliant questions while attending a Frank Daniels coaching weekend course. They are described as Precision Questions and I believe they originate from the area of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). As you are a leader interested in influencing others and wanting the best for people, then I thought I would …

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We don’t need more confidence. We need to manage our fear.

Have you ever had a time when you have heard someone say “I wish I had the confidence‚Ķ“? If we had more confidence then what would we do differently? Who is the person we would become? Do we really need “more confidence” or something else? I heard Seth Godin give this analogy. Most things we …

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Self-Belief

You know how there are phrases that we either say to ourselves or have heard our team members say and most of the time we do not realise the importance of them? One such phrase is… “If only I had more self-belief then…” Following that phrase could be a plethora of different stories of things …

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When are questions more powerful than statements?

Following on from my last Article I thought I would continue with some more fascinating ideas from a keynote talk by the author and speaker Daniel Pink. As a leader you are interested in influencing the people you are responsible for, whether they are employed or voluntary. Encouraging them to buy into your vision for …

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When is FEAR Motivation useful?

In a keynote talk by the author and speaker Daniel Pink he shared a number of fascinating observations which I thought would be of value to you. How do you get people to listen to Airline safety announcements? At the JetBlue University where flight attendants are trained in a $90m simulator, they carried out an …

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Three Proposals to encourage more ethically run Boards

The basis of these three ideas came from a discussion on Radio 4’s “The bottom line” with guests: Elizabeth Corley (vice-chair of Allianz Global Investors), David Pitt-Watson (former Chair of Hermes Focus Funds) and Neil Record (Chief Executive of Record Currency Management). 1)¬†Section 172 10 years ago in 2006 the Companies Act was passed. Of …

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Three elements of a fulfilling career

I was introduced to this idea by a colleague and he attributed it to Alan Weiss. As you can see in the image above there are three lines that cross over in the middle. Like most of what I share it is relatively simple and on the face of it, rather obvious. However, as I …

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There are no straight lines in Nature

I was walking in a local arboretum and while explaining something to my 15 month old daughter the blinking obvious occurred to me. Around the edge of the park was a row of trees that must have been there for at least a generation and I was saying that the straight tree line would have …

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Just a book?

Who is John Galt? In this Article I want to write about a lady born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. The information comes from various sources. At age six, she taught herself to read. At the age of nine, she decided what her career was going to be. In 1917 she was …

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A Message from the Movies

I’m not interested in Movie celebrities, but I do like a good movie. When the finished product hits the screen it can be an incredible spectacle or an emotional ride. As with everything in life the end product that the rest of the world sees, never fully expresses all the blood, sweat and tears required …

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How Senior Leaders can quickly identify Organisational Challenges

The initial idea for this was from Alan Weiss. For most leaders and the majority of challenges in organisations, whether private, public or not-for-profit, this simple concept will be surprisingly helpful. As a busy leader in an organisation such as a CEO, Managing Director or Head of Projects, then the people you lead will daily …

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Quick, but Quality Quotes

Earl Shoaff was a millionaire that mentored the great Jim Rohn in his early career. I believe these are some of his sayings which I have divided into three areas; Wealth, Wisdom and Well-being. Can I suggest you read each one a few times until you get a new thought or a different feeling? The …

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Great Designers don’t get Great Clients

It has been said that great Designers get great Clients, but it is actually the other way around. Great Clients get great Designers. This can be applied to Professional and Financial services. Various great people that you know wouldn’t be known within their field if they hadn’t worked with great clients that enabled them to …

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Motivational Speaker “not” wanted

I noticed a typical request on social media asking for a “motivational talk on team working” for a corporate day from an academically very intelligent and talented person. As expected various people were recommending their contacts including representatives of sports personalities. It was all perfectly normal. I understand you can’t include all the details in …

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