Stephen Covey once said that “Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift”. We should never forget it.
As people, as humans, as mankind, we get to choose. We get to choose our attitude; we get to choose our reaction. We get to choose whether to speak, or to hold our peace. We get to choose how we are going to spend our time. We get to choose so much, every minute of every day.
Read more … Our Greatest Gift
As the saying goes “To know and not to do is not yet to know”. We live in a world where knowledge no longer has the value that it once had. Every one of us has the ability to look like and sound like a world expert. Every one of us could dominate the pub quiz, stun our children into open mouthed amazement as we watch University Challenge or Mastermind if we had the time and dexterity to access the right search engine quickly enough. As knowing has become easier is has become ever more devalued. We all have access to as much knowledge as we can use.
Read more … To know and not to do....
I had an amazingly insightful and privileged experience recently. An organisation, of which I am a part, hired an external consultant to survey the members of the organisation in order to be able to communicate the thoughts and feelings of the members back to the organisation.
Read more … What a gift
As an avid reader I get to read all sorts of things and for some strange reason I found myself reading an article by a golf coach this week about the ‘Two Box Method’.
Read more … The Two Box Method
At this time of the year lots and lots of people will already have abandoned their good intentions (New Years Resolutions) and I was pondering why that happens. I am no exception. I have a tendency to do the same thing and I wondered why that should be.
Read more … Specificity
I saw a recent TV report about how traditional bricks and mortar stores had had a difficult Christmas for sales. It said that online businesses had significantly outperformed their more traditional counterparts. The report featured the obligatory retail analyst to shed expert light on the problem and she spoke knowledgeably about the changes that were taking place in our shopping habits. I also learned a new word, ‘showrooming’ to describe what can’t possibly be a new phenomenon: - the act of going to a traditional store to see, touch, feel, and often try on the item before ordering it online, often from the customer’s smart phone before they left the showroom.
Read more … Keep It Simple
One of my learnings from the year just closed is about brands. Now there are hundreds of books and theories about brands that I don’t intend to go into here. My thoughts are based as much on my role as a consumer as they are as a leading business coach.
Read more … Disappointing Brands
I often talk about the journey, of life, of growing a business. I praise clients and their businesses for moving forward. The symbol for my business is a spiral, and I talk about how important it is to constantly spiral upwards and how if we stop driving forward then inevitably gravity will cause us to spiral downwards. We cannot stand still. We must strive to be better today than we were yesterday in whatever way we feel is important for us. Most of us can ride a bike, but riding a bike that is stationary is impossible for most of us.
Read more … The Law of Motion
Here we are again. Steaming relentlessly towards the end of yet another year. Of course the same thing happens at the end of every year and it seems that every year, as we get older, the years pass more quickly.
Read more … Was it good for you
Business leaders and business owners often struggle with managing others and I understand that. It is difficult. It is a challenge. It is a constantly shifting scene, which takes energy and empathy to do effectively. Typically we either over-manage or undermanage, whatever our underlying style may be.
Read more … Never Not Manage