The year is nearly over and that provides us all with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year just passed and even more importantly to start to set goals and plans for the year to come.
Personally I do this exercise every year and every year that I set some smart goals it seems I inevitably blast straight through those goals.
Read more … Now is the time.
There is a plaque on my office wall that reads “Happiness comes from progress. Progress shows up in the form of growth and a sense of contribution”
It is a saying that I hold dear. I have always found that I am at my happiest, my most content, my best when I have that sense of making progress, of being, in some way, more than I was yesterday. The way I measure that isn’t in pound notes or financial ways but by reflecting on whether I have learned anything, whether I am wiser than I was yesterday and whether I can use that wisdom in the service of others.
One of the reasons that I use the spiral as Team Massive Result’s symbol is that it represents growth over time; of becoming more; of spiralling upwards towards whatever it is that you class as success.
Read more … Invest in yourself part 3
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about how I almost chose not to go to a conference and how I almost chose not to invest in my own development and learning.
Someone who had read the blog asked me a really incisive question. “What was the payback from having invested in yourself?”. What a great question! I love it when the coachee becomes the coach, and it always happens.
Well a great question deserves a well considered and honest answer. I can only answer for myself and others will have their own answers.
Read more … Invest in yourself part 2
Businesses are mostly about people. People work in our businesses and people are our customers so the greatest skills an entrepreneur, of any size, can possess are bound to be people skills.
I have often quoted a passage from Daniel Goleman’s essential book “Emotional Intelligence” which states “CEO’s are hired for their intellect and business expertise- and fired for a lack of Emotional Intelligence”
Read more … Three Core Competencies Of The Boss
There are many reasons why I use the spiral as the logo for Team Massive Results. I believe that in life, and in business, we are either growing or dying, spiralling up or spiralling down, and we have a choice as to which it is.
The fact is that spiralling upwards takes effort. If we are not making that effort then the direction of travel will not be in an upward direction. If we are not deliberately moving upwards you can be sure that natural forces (gravity) will ensure that we are spiralling downwards. As human beings, like all other life forms, we are either growing or dying.
So how do we make sure that we are growing?
Read more … The Ratchet Effect
Many of the clients I work with can be described as accidental leaders.
They know it and have a coach to help them learn what they need to learn.
I was married to a teacher and it always struck me as a cruel irony that as her career grew and she became a better and better teacher she moved father and father away from the classroom, the teaching, and the profession she had fallen in love with. Every promotion or rise in status saw her less and less involved with doing what she had initially set out to do.
Read more … Are You an Accidental Leader
This week I had to take myself outside and give my head a shake!
I found that I almost made the same mistake as I find so many other people do.
You see for the last ten years I have happily and consciously invested heavily in my own education and my own development.
I buy books constantly; there are now over a thousand of them in the library. I read every day, in a wide range of subjects.
Read more … Invest in yourself
And I don’t mean the World Wide Web.
I have written about the importance of setting up a rhythm of regular, structured focused and brief meetings to allow your business to pulse at an effective level, which will facilitate your growth.
None of this will be as effective as it might be without the three letters WWW.
Read more … WWW Three Very Important Letters
Regular, structured, focused and brief.
These are the four words that are key to promoting an effective meeting rhythm. If the rhythm of meetings in your business defines the heartbeat pulse of your business, then the effectiveness of those meetings determines the strength of the pulse.
Read more … Regular, structured, focused and brief.
“Do you have a schedule of regular meetings?” is the question that is most predictive of a business’s ability to perform and grow at a high and consistent level.
Read more … Do you have a pulse?