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.
Read more … Lessons from Rio
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.
Read more … Countersteering
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.
Read more … The Wisdom of Teams
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.
Read more … Pavlov's Dog
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.
Read more … Cultivated Laziness
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