We are now at the time where most of us will be gearing up for a fresh start in 2017. Some have said that with changing geopolitical landscape that 2016 was a bad year. I think this is very difficult to calibrate or judge, and is totally dependent on the “Minds Eye” or the lens […]
Staying Chilled at Xmas
We know that Xmas can be a time of festivity and fun, but it can also be stressful for some. The whole occasion creates massive expectations for those involved, and emotions can run high. If you feel getting into this zone, take a time out. I find listening to relaxing music or meditation, or going […]
Collaboration is a much used term these days, some say over used ? So what does it really mean ? I like to have my own clear definition, which is the unconditional sharing of information or giving / receiving help or support for the mutual benefit of all parties. The key word here is unconditional, […]
I mentioned in an earlier post that is important fro me to “dig deep”, as I start my new business. I have found that this is a rewarding experience. When you dig internally to different levels you have not experienced before, you discover qualities that you thought you did not have. These newer found qualities […]
Just starting “Week One” of my new totally independent career. it is a mixture of all emotions from minor fear to total excitement. Leaving a secure job was a bold move, but I believe the right one for me. I will have to dig deep and rely on my coaching skills, self awareness to stay […]
Energy Boost – Taking Time to Talk
I happened to be in London the other week, and I was walking back from a meeting at the end of the day towards Piccadilly Circus Tube Station. I find the heart of London a magical place at this time of year, particularly before Christmas and as it goes dusk. I had a moment before […]
Coaching in Hostile Environment
Times of significant organisational change can be very challenging for most. Leaders will have to make some significant and challenging decisions. This will be exactly the time when leaders will need a strong coach. It is incumbent on any coach in this situation, to stay strong, focussed on shifting energy and helping the client move […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 14
You will keep trying to see situations with different eyes.
Reconnecting & Growing
A great quote from Dr. Patrizia Collard on Mindfulness, “By reconnecting with these simple moments in life, by truly living moment by moment, it is possible to rediscover a sense of peace and enjoyment.” This really resonates with me, and I am constantly looking for positive touch points at every moment, even at times of […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 13
Your honesty with yourself will enable you to relate to others.
Freedom of Speech comes with Non-Judgement
I read an intersting article in The Times yesterday. Baroness Joan Bakewell the veteran campaigner for women’s rights, and general campaigner had been talking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about the negative effects of extreme feminism and obsessive political views. I have read a number of recent articles around the rise in “extreme views” particularly […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 12
You will come to understand that we must care for ourselves becuase no one else really can.
It costs nothing to be pleasant……..
It costs nothing to be pleasant but the rewards are great, and can trigger finge benefits. A small anecdote. I am after insurance on a new car, and I have received online quotes. I have to admit I struggle to get energised about trawling for quotations, but know that I need a reasonable price, if […]
How to stay “Ahead”
So what does staying ahead mean ? It does not necessarily mean staying ahead of your perceived competition all the time. My interpretation of this is around keeping yourself mentally and physically fit to do what you need to do. I see this as being prepared for every eventuality in the new reality which is […]
The Analogies & Metaphors in coaching
Metaphors have been used in coaching for a long time, but quite often we forget the benefits they can unleash. Making mental connections are so powerful. Like a lot of people I have struggled with weight gain / loss over the years. I have lost significant weight in the past with intensive programmes of exercise […]
That is all. Great Olympic opening ceremony, and fabulous to see it can be done on a budget and have great resonance.
The Highest Performance
I was reading a great article from the BBC about the anatomy of a two second pit-stop. This is truly high performance and in my view the ultimate example of SMED or Setup Time Reduction. It does not just take the best technology, it requires the most creative thinking, endless practice, and high end collaboration. […]
Anatomy of a Change Agent – Part 11
Your greatest joy will be what you can do for others, such that they can do that for themselves.
Not Burning Out
A very interesting article on exhaustion from the BBC. Some interesting data and perspectives from doctors and psychologists. I think it is important for people to understand, and there is hope. The more we know, the more we understand and the better placed we are to deal with potential burnout and exhaustion. This very prevelent […]
I am currently involved in some big pitches. Preparation is always important, but it is quite easy to reach the law of diminishing returns. Recognising this is key, and at this point you quickly realise, you need to trust your knowledge, skills and be authentic. Showing some confident humility always helps.