How to learn faster and better

My mum would often tell me “all will be well in the morning.” For her, it was just experience and age-old wisdom. And things always were better in the morning.  Somehow, all the clutter and stress and worry, while, not gone altogether, was, at least more manageable. As I slept, my brain was free to […]

Most individuals, who seek coaching for themselves, are going through (or about to embark on) a transition in his or her life:

  1. Taking on a new role or responsibility, or starting in a new industry where you have little experience, but need to gain the skills and experience quickly when you are expected to hit the ground running.
  2. When needing a personal assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and consider what you should be doing in order to maximise your potential.
  3. When striving for promotion or a new position.
  4. When needing to talk through your thought processes, strategies, and plans in order to move forward.
  5. When struggling with certain skills and performance areas, and you wish to improve.
  6. When feeling you have reached a plateau in your career and wanted to explore options.

Organisations sponsored coaching tend to use external coaches for their more senior leaders and internal coaches for more junior staff. Fortunately, many organisations realise the benefits of coaching to strengthen and enhance good performance; a few still think of coaching as the last resort to “fix issues.”

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How leadership character shapes the market

So the economy is heading for the pits… again. The markets react to the slightest hint of bad news, good news, indifferent news, rumour and just occasionally, fact. I was having a conversation with a business leader yesterday over coffee and we got to wondering why so many people jump on the bandwagons of bear and bull […]

Persuasion – what is it and how do you do it?

What is persuasion? As a leader, your skills of persuasion are often the most critical determinants of your success. Or at least, that’s what many people believe. If it’s so important then, why do so few people actually develop this competency? It is a skill that (much like leadership itself) is something many think that […]

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10 Cognitive Distortions

Which of these do you do? Check the areas below that you might like to discuss with your coach.  All or Nothing Thinking: Seeing things as black-or-white, right-or-wrong wiith nothing inbetween. Essentially, if I’m not perfect then I’m a failure. I didn’t finish writing that paper so it was a complete waste of time. There’s […]

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Are you at cause for influencing yourself to greater things or are you at the effect of others, the environment and the outside world? | influence

In golf, there are only two things that affect your game. Yes, sorry, just the two things. The first is physics. The golf ball, your clubs, the course are all subject to the laws of physics. You might say that the weather changes the way the ball behaves. Yes indeed it can and does, cool […]

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Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

Technical aptitude alone is insufficient Jimmy Connors, winner of 109 professional singles tennis titles says “There’s a thin line between being #1 or #100 and mostly it’s mental.” In his well-researched book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman shows that it’s our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude. Whilst our society lauds intellectual giants […]

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The Real War for Talent

The war is not to find talent; it’s to use the talent you have already. The search for talent is ongoing. Individuals seek to develop their talents, companies seek to identify talent and retain it, succession planning requires it, politicians plan for it, and the world wants to find it. But what is it? I […]

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