May 2016

26
May

Best of the Best

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.

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19
May

The Role of the Manager

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.

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12
May

And Maybe a Little More Joy!

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.

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05
May

And Maybe A Little Joy

One of my coaches and author of a number of books including the recently released ‘Enabling Genius’, Myles Downey defined coaching in another book ‘Effective Modern Coaching’ as “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”. Which started me thinking about Joy and specifically joy at work.

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