Category: coaching

  • 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

  • The Benefits of Magical Thinking

    21 million Americans suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia or fear of Friday the 13th. Yet, according to a 2008 Dutch study, Friday the 13th is statistically safer than other Fridays because people either choose to stay at home or those that do venture out, take more care than usual.      Yesterday, I was privileged to attend a lecture at […]

  • When’s your Mid Life Crisis?

    Astrologically, the timing of your mid-life crisis is about as predictable as it gets. After all, they’re generational transits and you’ll share them with many others. But how each of you choose to handle this time differs widely. Some view it as a profound opportunity while others see it as a terrible loss and some, […]

  • Why is making constructive change in your life so hard?

    Backstory – six months ago, as the result of some coaching, you’d identified some unprofitable behaviours you’d concluded needed to be changed. To be honest, you’d not really thought much about this kind of thing before but some people’ (including your best friend, your spouse, and your boss) had been increasingly complaining that when things […]