The Four horsemen of my personal apocalypse

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been engaged in an exercise of cataloguing my life. I’ve been sifting my experiences and creating a chronology. By examining the choices made and actions taken over the course of a lifetime it is possible to root out some of the underlying beliefs and patterns that, unbeknown to us, drive us in the direction of, or away from, our goals.

Its a more in-depth version of an exercise I take people through at my ‘Where ...

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Prison Guards, labels and personality profiles

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The media was focussing on the Prison service over the weekend but something, in particular, caught my eye. The Prisons Minister outlined plans to make Prison Guards responsible for what almost sounded like mentoring and counselling of prisoners. My first reaction was a predictable one. How on earth can you have someone who one minute is locking doors and administering discipline and then a warm and fluffy counsellor, pointing hardened criminals to a better way of being? This sounded like ...

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SME Leader or Manager. Ten things you need to know about leadership

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Over the weekend I was going through an old portable disk drive from my time in the corporate world. I came across a letter I wrote to my new management team, just after the company had undergone a major restructure. I had to completely restructure my management team and this included a number of redundancies.

As you can imagine this was a challenging time. Once the decision had been made I had to deal with the exiting of three of the ...

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Is it time to sh*t or get off the pot?

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I have lost count of the number of times that I have been in discussions with clients and friends where I have used the words ‘it is time to shit or get off the pot’. I’ve had to turn them onto myself on a couple of occasions too.

It has been used to get clients to make decisions about investing money, dealing with errant employees and, in a few cases, firing a key customer. With friends it has been about ending ...

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Loving the Grey

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That new marketing strategy rolling out this week, that ‘talking to’ with a team member, the big sales meeting or the new team member joining….whatever the big thing for you this week is. I have news for you.

It may not work and it may even make things worse!!!! Hang on Dave aren’t coaches supposed to be POSITIVE!!!

Sorry but I am not a happy-clappy coach. I am a realist. But one thing I have learned is that most things do not work out ...

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Coaching Myths – Whatever the challenge, money is the answer!

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If only my business made more profit I would be happy and have the life I want. 

The idea that you somehow need to defer your happiness now to work for a great future is deeply engrained in us by our parents and the education system.

My studies of successful people whether in sport, business, conservation or any other field, reveals one simple truth that drives success. They love doing what they do. As a result all ...

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Why a kick in the balls is a good thing

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I got a rejection this week from a literary agent. Not just a casual ‘not for me’, a fully fledged ‘not funny and don’t like your literary persona’. In other words I received a metaphorical kick in the balls

My initial reaction was my standard one. I had a period where my thinking went on the full assault. “My book is rubbish, its not going to work, it’s a waste of time’ blah blah blah. This was accompanied by a sulky ...

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The Ultimate Business Leverage point

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What would be the thing you could do that would have the single biggest impact on your business – whats the ultimate leverage point?

You can probably identify several things that would propel you forward, a big marketing push, strategies to increase your sales, new products etc.

But there is one ultimate leverage point that will improve your results more decisively than any strategy or plan. If you own or run a business the results you get are a DIRECT relfection ...

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Going for Business Gold

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Olympic fever is about to reach Basingstoke with the torch passing through on 11th July. I spent some time looking into how athletes prepare to compete at world class level and here are six themes I found that are as relevant to running businesses as they are for running in the Olympics.

Clarity – An Olympic athlete has one very clear and measurable goal – GOLD. This is nice and simple and it would seem that they do little else except ...

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Hope is Not a Plan

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Can spending a day preparing a 90 day plan really change your life?  I doubt it. However the decision to start moving your business in a direction that gives you the freedom and lifestyle you really want can.

 

In spite of what some people and books may tell you creating a business that you can sell or leave running while you ...

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