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29
Sep

The Joy of Teamship

What is that you say? There is no such word as ‘teamship’ and joy is a word rarely associated with anything to do with work or business. Well you may be correct.

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22
Sep

Review No More

I have decided that I am going to ban the word review. After a lifetime spent running businesses and coaching business leaders that has been full of performance reviews, accounts reviews, personnel reviews, quarterly reviews, annual reviews and restaurant reviews why would I suddenly develop a deep aversion to the word review?

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15
Sep

Learning and Growing by Hazel Coupe

Foreword by Ian Kinnery This week Thursday’s Thoughts takes on a new format. I have been writing weekly pieces for several years now in the hope that my thoughts will provide inspiration and meaning for the readers. One of the major delights in my role is seeing others learn new things and begin to perform and think at a higher level. When Hazel, my excellent business manager and wingman (lady) had an Aha! moment last week we thought that others might benefit from her learnings. She has stretched her comfort zone to write the following. I hope you can learn from her experiences. Thank you Hazel.

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08
Sep

Satisfactorily Underperforming Companies

“Satisfactorily underperforming companies need turnarounds” argues the renowned turnaround guru Greg Brenneman. It was the first time I had come across the phrase “satisfactorily underperforming companies” and it rephrased a concept that has always fascinated me.

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01
Sep

Abraham Maslow Inspired Thoughts

Abraham Maslow was a famous psychologist best known for his “Hierarchy of Needs” theory. If you aren’t familiar with it, look it up. He purports than mankind is a wanting animal. That we have a series of needs that we seek to fulfil. As those needs begin to be fulfilled they cease to motivate us as we unconsciously try to meet the next series of needs in the hierarchy.

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25
Aug

Lessons from Rio

As a world class business coach I suppose it is only to be expected that I would be able to learn some lessons from the gathering of the world’s elite sportspeople that takes place every four years. It could provide content for months and months to come but don’t worry I am not going to milk it.

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18
Aug

Countersteering

Learning to ride a bike isn’t easy, as anyone who remembers their efforts as a child can testify but once we have mastered the tricky bit of balance, and stopping it is all pretty intuitive isn’t it? To turn right you pull the right bar towards you and to turn left you pull the left bar towards you. Simple! Well perhaps not.

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11
Aug

The Wisdom of Teams

Without a doubt the most effective and useful unit of production is an effective and efficient team. Some of us have yet to learn this fact, while others have yet to learn how to lead, how to manage and how to coach a group of individuals to become and effective and efficient team, whilst I have to be constantly reminded of the fact.

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04
Aug

Pavlov's Dog

Pavlov’s dog learnt to salivate at the sound of a bell and it is the usual and probably the first example of classical conditioning that students learn.

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28
Jul

Cultivated Laziness

Marshall Goldsmith wrote an excellent book entitled “What Got You Here Won't Get You There”. Unsurprisingly the central premise is that the attitudes, skills knowledge and behaviours that get us to one level in our lives probably won’t get us to our planned or desired goals. It is quite astounding how often what smooths the way in one part of our lives actually gets in the way in another part of our lives.

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