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Being Frank – Simple Measures

Being Frank – Simple Measures

I like simplicity. I like things to be straightforward. I like stuff that really works. And we all know that in business it’s often the simple things that do work best. And over the years, I have been fascinated by the fact that those who succeed in business have an...

Keeping It Significantly Simple

Keeping It Significantly Simple

I have never liked the phrase KISS (“Keep it Simple Stupid… after all, I don’t think any of us should be thinking of ourselves as stupid!) I much prefer: Keep it Significantly Simple. Remember, Simple, not easy. In business terms, this means devoting time, energy,...

Who’s Watching?

Who’s Watching?

A research study a number of years ago revealed that people are more honest when they think they are being watched! Note: when they think they’re being watched. What was amazing was what this “thinking we’re being watched” meant. The study involved an experiment where...

HOW to Tackle Yourself

HOW to Tackle Yourself

Women’s Football World Cup fever has taken hold in many households around the nation, so on a football theme, it’s time to tackle yourself and your business. HOW to tackle yourself and your business: Begin with: Honesty, Open mindedness Willingness to improve. And...

Happy Go Lucky … at Waterloo

Happy Go Lucky … at Waterloo

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, at which Napoleon’s dream was finally ended. When appointing his senior Generals, it is reputed that Napoleon always asked “Est-il hereux?” The translation is, “Is he Lucky”. This, for him, was the difference between...

The Yes/No Game

The Yes/No Game

I’m sure at some point, like me, you will have played the Yes/ No game. One person thinks of an item or a person, and the others ask questions to which the answers can only be Yes/ No in order to derive clues so they can guess what the item is or who the person is....

Creating Significance

Creating Significance

Over the years of coaching people in all walks of life, I've noticed that the most successful people, personally and professionally, have a heightened sense of purpose, a clear direction, a feeling that their life is in some way significant. Here are some simple tips...

The essence of a Special Mission

The essence of a Special Mission

Today is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. And every year, at this time, I think of the final message sent out from Allied Command to all troops involved in that Special Mission (Operation Overlord): “It is advisable to proceed in an orderly fashion. But it...

Where there’s a Why…

Where there’s a Why…

It’s a common enough saying: "Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way." But I prefer: "Where there’s a Why, there’s a Will, and a Way." Your Purpose must be so BIG you can’t achieve it… until you become the Best You possible; the person who can and who will. Your greatest...

Moments of Magic – Rhythm and Habits

Moments of Magic – Rhythm and Habits

The Wonderful Life and Brilliant Business can only be achieved by having Great Days. Not “fine” or “ok” or “not bad” or “fair-to-middling” days. Great days. And Great Days can only be achieved by having Moments of Magic. Moments of Magic are not what people may think....

The Yes/No Game

The 7 Steps to Overcoming a Setback.

It’s a frequent situation, and one you may be familiar with. You’re clear about where you want to get to… you have a purpose, goals, and a real desire to get there. But something happens… something that derails you, or puts you further back than you were, or flattens...

Focus, Balance, and Getting to the ‘Top’

Focus, Balance, and Getting to the ‘Top’

People say, “You’ve got to be Balanced.” Particularly when offering advice to people who are setting big goals, who are making waves, who look like they might be actually making things happen. “You’ve got to be Balanced” sets off my BS buzzer every time. Balance...

Is it a Deadline or a Lifeline?

Is it a Deadline or a Lifeline?

Deadlines happen when a job, a task, just has to be done. There’s a set timescale, and it’s looming. It’s often someone else’s agenda, although it can be yours too. Lifelines are saviours… they’re the ropes that keep us from sinking into deep water, from drowning in a...

Are You Fully In Tune?

Are You Fully In Tune?

Have you ever walked into a room where there’s a radio on, and you immediately think, ‘that’s not quite tuned in’? There’s a sort of crackling, or a whistling to it. And yet, those people who have been in the room a while are oblivious to the interference. In business...

The Yes/No Game

Accelerating or Cruising to Success?

Sometimes, it can be easy to get into the habit of ‘cruising’. We’ve all done it. Even if you’re doing the right things, in the right order, occasionally it becomes apparent that a ‘too comfortable’ pace has set in. Is it time to ‘zap up’ the intensity, turn up the...

The Power of De-selection

The Power of De-selection

Advice for someone this week who was clinging to something that was not only no longer working, but that was now dragging them back. And I’m sure many will know what I mean about this… “sometimes you have to let go of something lower down, in order to reach for the...

Being Frank – Simple Measures

Your Daily Action Plan: How much..?

It’s not the amount of “stuff” you get done, it’s what you choose to do that makes the difference. It’s not your efficiency, it’s your effectiveness that makes the difference. It’s not how fast you’re going, it’s the direction you are going that makes the difference....

Creating Significance

What if…?

Have you noticed, “If” is the middle word in “Life”. Life is about satisfying your BIG “If”. Having a big purpose, a mission, in fact any goal, comes with an “If”. The achievement is dependent on an “if”. If x can be put in place or made to happen, then y will come to...

Building a Break

Building a Break

It was a terrific display of the highest professionalism. It was a phenomenal display of composure, and skilful execution. It was a formidable display of snooker at the highest level. But more than that, for you and I, the World Snooker Championship Final over the...

The Yes/No Game

The Infinite Boundary

Sometimes I meet people who know “all this stuff” about believing you can achieve great things, they know “all this stuff” about there being no limits to human potential, and they know “all this stuff” about planning, being focused, taking action… But they still don’t...