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September Restart 2020 Style

September Restart 2020 Style

The beginning of September is one of my favourite times of the year... and for me has always held a particular significance. Isn’t it something deep in our psyche about this time of year that makes us ready for a “new start”, a new term, perhaps a new harvest... with...

Having a Half-Time Team Talk

Having a Half-Time Team Talk

In the challenging game of 2020, as we reach the mid-year point, how is yours going so far? • a stretching soaring success? • an incremental increase on last year? • a so-so, normal, not bad, life/business-as-usual kind of year? Nothing worse, I hope! Whether you are...

The Procrastination Pandemic

The Procrastination Pandemic

I’m declaring it official. It’s a pandemic. It cripples lives and businesses. Most people are susceptible to it. So how do you recognise the signs of Procrastination, and what’s the antidote? Symptoms: • An increase in waiting: Wait Watching • And increase in...

Creating Significance

Creating Significance

One of the main drivers for you, and any person, is a sense that you are making a difference, a sense that what you are doing and being, on a moment by moment basis, is significant. Significance can be a huge motive for action (Motivation) and will ensure that you can...

All Change…?

All Change…?

It's probably the time of year. A time when people want to make changes... sometimes huge changes. Sometimes changes in life, sometimes changes in career, sometimes changes of habits. Having had time to think about 'our lot' over the festive period, many people turn...

The Extra Hour

The Extra Hour

Many people in business wish they had an extra hour (or more) every day! Well, here in the UK we recently gained an “extra” hour by virtue of the clocks going back. Now, although the extra hour happened on a Sunday, I imagine most people’s day did not alter one bit,...

Trafalgar Day – so, what do you expect?

Trafalgar Day – so, what do you expect?

Most are familiar, I am sure, with Nelson’s signal hoisted by flags in his ship to the assembled fleet on the day of the battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805): “England Expects that every man shall do his duty.” What do you expect of yourself? Do you expect yourself...

The Value of Simplicity

The Value of Simplicity

One of the things that struck me over these past couple of weeks whilst chatting with people before and after my engagements, is the amount of clutter and business treacle which seems to envelop businesses, and teams, and individuals. It is so easy to lose sight of...

Repairing the Time Drains

Repairing the Time Drains

Time is most people’s most precious resource, and the one which is most scarce. Yet, time is so frequently wasted by many people… it just slides by. Imagine your time is like water and is flowing through your life carried by a network of pipes that ensure your time...

On a Massive Mission

On a Massive Mission

All the fancy marketing tools, all the great products, all the great service, must flow from having the foundations in place. Decision-making, strategic direction, marketing strategy, branding, day-to-day operational decisions, become easier once you have the...

The Procrastination Pandemic

The Procrastination Pandemic

From Distraction to Action I’m declaring it official. It’s a pandemic. The Procrastination Pandemic cripples lives and businesses. We are all susceptible to it. So how do you recognise the signs of Procrastination, and what’s the antidote? Symptoms: • An increase in...

A New Term..?

A New Term..?

The beginning of September is one of my favourite times of the year... and for me has always held a particular significance. Isn’t it something deep in our psyche about this time of year that makes us ready for a “new start”, a new term, perhaps a new harvest? There's...

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...