Four Tips for Building Accountability

Accountability is a favourite word to invoke – when the lack of it has become so apparent.  Its’s also a loaded word and political football in major sectors crying out for reform, such as health care and public education. Who should get what data about doctor success rates, hospital effectiveness, student achievement or school performance? What should be measured or tested? What should be done with the data? Should doctor…

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Pick up the phone and stop emailing!

Some of my mentoring and coaching clients have significant communication challenges in their organisation. I constantly reinforce that they need to communicate more without texting, emailing, tweeting or whatever else one does on smart devices and laptops. We are losing that all-important human interaction because of the perceived ease of these ‘communication’ tools. In fact many people seem hell-bent on avoiding conversation altogther. Go to a public place and witness…

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Taking Action – Even ‘ordinary’ actions done daily can bring extraordinary results.

Most of us struggle in taking action at some stage – some of us more than others! Inaction is the primary cause of failure. The best ideas in the world lie in the top drawers or dead thoughts of dead people. Never to see the light, never to transform, never to add value to the human condition. What a shame that so many of the great ideas, thoughts and intentions…

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The Best Tool to Plan and Manage Your Career –  A Career GPS!

When we plan our career we must get better at stretching ourselves, get a bit uncomfortable and take our minds to times and places not yet considered. No career mentoring or coaching is worthy unless the Client learns to visualise the long-term, not just the short-term. So often when we think about where we’re headed in our career, we think about the possible next step or next role (at most)….

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The Real Reason We Resist Making Positive Change in our Life

Humans are strange animals. We congratulate ourselves on our many and varied achievements and unparalleled intellect. Yet we are quite possibly the only animals that don’t do the things we know we need to do to be happier and more fulfilled. We self-sabotage consciously and unconsciously.  Self-deception is a very powerful force in our lives. Other animals don’t have the same burden. They have much simpler brain hardware that is…

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Would You Enjoy Your Job More if You Didn’t Have Staff Reporting to You?

Many years ago prior to becoming a mentor and consultant, I worked in financial services. We were re-tendering for a very large contract worth tens of millions per annum over at least a four-year period. The global procurement head of the client company entered the picture as negotiations were getting serious. He was at once the most fastidious, intellectually rigorous and toughest negotiator I had encountered to that point in…

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Seven Steps to Overcome the ‘Entrepreneurial Dark Night of the Soul’

Whilst I’m not overly religious, I’ve occasionally perused various texts from several faiths and philosophies. One I came across many years ago was from a mystical writer known as St. John of the Cross. He popularized a state of emotional, spiritual despair and desolation known as ‘the dark night of the soul’ This is a state where one feels completely and utterly alone, devoid of any hope, context, relief and…

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Lose Your Illusion

Lose Your Illusion All of us are deluded in some way – in life, work, business, career or relationships.  Some delusions and illusions are harmless enough.  Some though can be debilitating and may permanently prevent us from reaching our true potential. As a business coach and executive mentor, some common delusions and illusions I see regularly (and may have been guilty of myself!) include: – Executives and Managers – believe…

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Have the wheels already fallen off your New Year’s Business or Career Goals?

Have the wheels already fallen off your New Year’s Business or Career Goals? You know the drill. The old year draws to a close.  Some good progress here and there, but perhaps some larger business or career goals not quite met or not met at all.  In our pre Holidays optimism we start thinking how we will improve our business or career in the New Year. It’s easy to make…

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Ask Yourself These Questions As 2016 Comes to A Close

Ask Yourself These Questions As 2016 Comes to A Close For 2016, write down: What worked well for you professionally…  (e.g. sales targets, promotion, product launch, business wins, staff success, other) What wins you had with your personal finances… What you were happy about in your personal life…

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