One winter’s morning Johnny was delighted to find that it had snowed overnight. As he walked downstairs the onslaught began. “Mum, Mum can I go and play in the snow?” His mum tried to curb his enthusiasm. “Johnny it will be freezing out there. Stay inside with me where it is warm. You can see the snow just as well from in here.” Johnny was determined. “Mum, Mum can I go and play in the snow?” Johnny was not only determined but relentless and eventually he wore his mother down until she eventually said ‘OK Johnny if you must go and play in the snow you can, but lets get you ready first” and with those words she got little Johnny dressed in is wellies, thick socks, warmest clothes, waterproofs and hat scarf and gloves and so Johnny went to play in the snow in the garden.
Read more … The Fable of Johnny and Jimmy
Things I have learned about change (again) this week.
As a professional coach I deal with change all the time and I never cease to be surprised by people’s reaction to change, including my own reaction. This week our country democratically voted for significant and momentous change. Whatever I may have voted my reaction to the result of the referendum was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. I was excited at the prospect of change, largely because improvement always involves change. I was nervous because change doesn’t necessarily lead to improvement.
Read more … Change
I find I am, by the nature of my mission, constantly thinking about how businesses and business leaders grow from start up to scale up. I think about what holds them back and what propels them forward; about what smooths the way and what gets in the way.
Read more … Doing People and Thinking People
So I have been thinking a lot about passion and its place in our lives and our businesses and that got me to think about the cost that lack of passion has associated with it.
Read more … The Power of Passion
It isn’t just a flippant question or the sign of a neg-head. So what can be a great question when asked with the right intention and at the right time.
Read more … So What?
On August the 5th this year, as they do every 4 years, the absolute cream of the planet’s athletes and sportspeople will gather in an unsurpassed festival of sporting excellence. This year it will be in Rio and I have little doubt that the spectacle will be every bit as impressive as it was 4 years ago in London and 4 years before that in Beijing.
Read more … Best of the Best
This week I heard an assertion that the term manager no longer has a place in the lexicon of business and that as such the term was finally dead.
Read more … The Role of the Manager
Following from last week’s blog on joy and work which was prompted by this definition of coaching from Myles Downey when he said “Coaching is the series of conversations that help a person perform closer to his potential, understand his role or task, learn what he needs to learn in order to complete his role or task successfully, develop the skills required for the next role, and, on a good day, achieve fulfilment- and maybe a little joy- at work” I am reminded of my teenage years. Many of my closest friends all shared the same hobby. They were water-skiers. In those days water skiing was still allowed on a number of the English Lakes and most summer weekends would see the crowd gathered around a particular lake having great fun on and in the water.
Read more … And Maybe a Little More Joy!