Category: coaching

  • The Art of Effective Authentic Communication for the 21st Century

    The Art of Effective Authentic Communication for the 21st Century

    So to get on with your career, must you choose between being a fake or a failure? Professor Ibarra says absolutely not!

  • Beliefs and Propositions

    Beliefs and Propositions

    To make matters worse, a ‘truth’ or ‘fact’ can change often over time. For example, when my mother went to high school in the 1930’s, it was a ‘fact’ or ‘truth’ that the atom could not be split, end point.

  • Have some fun…

    A more productive approach might be to take ourselves less seriously. This could be achieved through the more positive aspects of irresponsibility – i.e. having some old-fashioned, light-hearted fun.

  • Keep on Trucking (or not) – Part 2

    If you enjoyed yesterday’s post about things suggested by Connie Podesta that you ought to quit doing in order to increase your well-being and material worldly success, here’s five more: Quit depending on others to make you happy– as noted in the previous post, there is no such thing as the perfect partner or for […]

  • Keep on trucking (or not)…

    As Connie points out, it’s easier to stop doing something that you’re already doing than to start doing something completely new, or at least we usually believe that’s the case.

  • The Art of Working to a Common Goal

    ‘Strike while the iron is hot.’ Traditional Proverb Case study: Staples, the office supplies retailer, had fallen from being a market leader to only 1/3 of the new market leader’s size. In comes the new guy, John Wilson, who had a fantastic reputation for fixing organisational ills. In no time, Wilson ramrodded through much needed […]

  • Two heads better than one?

    Yet when we make decisions for others, we are more creative and adventurous. We brainstorm on a multiplicity of possible scenarios and outcomes.

  • The Art of Persuasion

    For success in any meeting or information exchange, the following four steps are essential: Build trust and rapport with your audience and thus set the scene to your advantage. The quickest and easiest way to build rapport is to assume that you already have it. Simply imagine that the persons with whom you’re speaking are […]

  • The Art of Calm

    Imagine that you’re about to commence a difficult conversation with a colleague or friend. Are your shoulders starting to tense? Is your stomach knotting up? Do you feel like you’re bracing for a fight? Instead of being at the mercy of your emotions in a stressful situation, why not choose to feel calm? Not only […]

  • The Art of Communication

    we can each process only 5-9 chunks or nuggets of information at a time and so we use ‘metaprograms’, or unconscious filters, to ‘select’ them from the shower of stimuli we receive. These patterns run behind the scenes in our brains, so automatic that we usually don’t even realise they’re there