LA 032: How to Handle Tall Poppy Syndrome and Madras Crabs in the workplace

“True heroism is remarkably sober,  very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever the cost, but the urge to serve others whatever the cost.”Arthur Ashe I’ve been working with a client this past week who’s something of a maverick. A rebel. A person who has a different opinion and ideas […]

LA 031: How to be at Cause for your Life and Creative Success

Are you at Cause or Effect? One of the most common issues faced by people in their lives and leadership is: life happening. John Lennon’s famously said “Life happens whilst you’re making other plans.” Some of you are going to like this, others won’t like this one little bit. Essentially, you have a choice. A […]

LA 030: How Well Do You Influence Yourself?

When we ask this question in our workshops, we are usually met with blank  stares at first. I call them ‘blank stares’ because to be looked at as if you  are completely off your trolley isn’t something I choose to reinforce. The first response from that first brave soul suggests that there is no need to  […]

How Your Mindset Hinders or Liberates Your Success (and How to Change it Today)

Carol Dweck’s excellent book on Mindset shows us that there are two dominant mindsets that people choose to believe of themselves and about learning and growth. Anyone, who is involved in any learning and growth, will recognise these two mindsets. The diagram here represents the two types of mindsets, and I’ll sure you’ll recognise the attitudes of […]

LA 029: Do you Want to Impress People or Make an Impact?

Size Doesn’t Matter; Impact Does When you think about thought leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or even Oprah, it’s tempting to conclude that YOU couldn’t make very much of an impact in the world like they have. After all, they are special. They are “big”. I couldn’t possibly do what they have done! And […]

What;s the Source of Your Power?

I watched a movie recently about a Michelin Star chef, it’s called Burnt and the movie is quite good and somewhat realistic, certainly in the way the chefs behave under pressure. It reminded me of my early career in the kitchens and some of the Chef’s I had worked with. Superstar Chefs are renowned for […]

LA 025: The Three Step Secret to Your Success

Let me start by telling you that I have found the secret to success is not a 20 step process. It’s not even a ten-step journey. No, not even seven steps to success. It’s three steps. Seriously. After all this time and experience I’ve stumbled upon the secret to success, and it is a three […]

LA 024: How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatness

It was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness. It was my first day on my […]

LA 026: The Two Enemies to Your Success-and How to Defeat Them

FEAR is the number one reason that people never achieve their breakthrough to success. Yes, we can blame other people for not giving us the chance. We can lament that we took the wrong course. We can express concern about the uncertainty of obtaining that success, and maybe, just maybe I’ll look stupid. In short, […]

LA 023: How to Hack Motivation and Be Happy

Motivation is chemistry. That feeling you call motivation is to do with the dopamine in your brain, specifically the increase in dopamine in your “nucleus accumbens” is the brain’s feedback for predicting rewards. Dopamine is known as a neurochemical of pleasure, and sure, dopamine makes you feel good, so why can we also get a […]