Our focus on impossibility

And all the reasons it won?t work! Why are so many people focused on impossibility? Why things won?t work. We talk about these amazing ideas and dreams then counter it with a myriad of reasons why it won?t work, why we shouldn?t do it and why we should just be grateful for what we have. It?s one of the many …

Surround yourself with people who inspire and elevate

And limit time with those who don?t! ? I?m sure you?re familiar with the saying that ?you are the sum average of the five closest people you spend your time with?. So how much thought have you given to the people you?re spending your time with? As an exercise, write down a list of people you?ve spent over two hours …

Happiness is part of the journey

It?s not the destination! When you?re having one on one conversations with your staff and talking about their goals for the future, do you sometimes hear them say things like ?I want to be happy? – like it?s some amazing destination that isn?t accessible all the time? If so, how do you respond? Do you delve into a discussion about …

You are capable of so much more!

Over the weekend I became a Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, which is a huge accomplishment and something I’m so very proud of. Over six months the program forced me to ?challenge myself in new ways and do things I wouldn’t?ordinarily do or didn’t think I was capable of. One of the biggest mental challenges was believing I could …

Operating rhythm

The silver bullet for business success Ok, so I have this love/hate relationship with routine. For years I?ve been bouncing between having a routine and being spontaneous. I discover a way to do a task efficiently and follow the process for a couple of months before getting irritated by the lack of variety and changing it up, delaying it, or, …

Leader engagement

Hear how Spiz engages his people! ? Often the engagement of leaders is overlooked. We assume that because they?re in a leadership position they should be able to look after themselves. And while it is important for leaders to own and direct their own development it is still the responsibility of their managers to ensure they remain engaged. And if …

From procrastination to motivation

Making the shift! A couple of weeks ago I wrote about overcoming procrastination. I shared my own, excruciating process of writing blogs and feeling frustrated by it. I offered some questions to help decide whether tasks were worth doing at all and, if so, taking a ?just do it? approach. Once I?d published the blog I discreetly slipped back into …

Overcome procrastination

And get moving! I don?t procrastinate over many things but when I do it?s exhausting. Most of my blogs, including this one, take around two weeks to complete. I spend so much time trying to work out the right topic, writing a little bit, getting distracted or finding a reason to stop, then rewriting what I?ve already written over and …

One on one conversations matter!

When they?re done right It?s a conversation I had with a friend recently that prompts the topic for this weeks blog. My friend, we?ll call him James, is on the verge of quitting his job. He?s not bored or uninterested in what he?s doing, he loves the idea that what he does genuinely makes a difference in peoples? lives. He …

Create your own chaos!

My first leadership role in a corporate environment was in a contact centre. From the minute the phone lines opened in the morning, through to closing off in the evening, it was manic. If I wasn?t really disciplined at prioritising my work I could spend the whole day fighting fires and have zero time to work on improving the business. …