Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! Part 1

Mistakes: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! Part 1

You know how when you’ve just had a heart-breaking argument with your significant other and you turn on the radio only to find the song blasting from it perfectly describe how you feel? The other day the same thing happened to me after a member of my team made a blundering mistake that had serious monetary repercussions for the company. It wasn’t a song, but rather an article that I came across published by Forbes…

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

Creating Calm, Confident Kids

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce a new member to our Switchseven team. Welcome Fiona. She is a qualified Relax Kids Coach and is also experienced in Mindfulness. What is Relax Kids? Relax Kids aims to give children access to a variety of simple, yet effective techniques for relaxation, mindfulness and stress management that are developed in a fun and creative way. It gives children and young people the tools they need…

New Year – Time for a Change!

New Year – Time for a Change!

First of all let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.  I hope 2018 brings you all the very best. At this time of year we often start to think of New Years’ resolutions, things we’d like to achieve or change in the coming 12 months.  It’s a great opportunity to set some short-term targets for things we’ve maybe been putting off for a while. For me, I’d like to de-clutter a bit,…

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting” – Part 2

Last week we gave you 5 tips to ensure your meetings at work are a success – every time.  Hopefully you’ve managed to put a few of these tips into practice and started reaping the benefits.  Wasting time in unproductive meetings is not something any of us enjoys. This week we’ve got 5 top tips to help you discuss topics constructively, reach agreement and close out effectively.  Most meetings will typically have a number of…

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting”

“I’ve just been to a fantastic meeting”

Not a phrase you hear every day in the office – if ever!  In fact you often hear the opposite.  “What a complete waste of time that was”, or “I can’t believe that took 2 hours!” If you think about it, a meeting is a golden opportunity to get something done.  You get the right people together, for the right amount of time, get their undivided attention, listen carefully to all the opinions, move carefully…

I Want to Break Free – Part 3

I Want to Break Free – Part 3

In our final blog on breaking out of your comfort zone we look at how to make change permanent and how to project forward to help create movement and sustain momentum.  Our last 2 blogs focused on how to build a change habit, initiate change and make that first step.  Hopefully you’ve been practicing that with some small changes of your own.  The current Dubai 30×30 fitness challenge has certainly got me making some small…

I Want To Break Free – Part 2

I Want To Break Free – Part 2

Last week we started to look at our comfort zones and how to break out of them.  One of the key reasons we resist moving out our own comfort zone is that we don’t like uncertainty.  Just like the financial markets, we like to know what’s going to happen, we like predictability and certainty.  We are often bound to the safety, security and certainty that our comfort zone provides.  The risk of losing any of…

I Want To Break Free – Part 1

I Want To Break Free – Part 1

If there’s one thing that holds us back from being the best we can be, it’s the fear of breaking out of our comfort zone.  It’s comfortable in here – why on earth would I want to leave?  It’s taken me years to get here and get good at the stuff I do, so I’m fine right here!  In fact I can do most of this stuff with my eyes shut. Comfort Zone Paralysis And…

Building Trust – The Formula

Building Trust – The Formula

As we’re often told, trust takes a long time to build, but only a moment to lose.  And when you’ve lost it, you can sometimes never get it back.  Trust is a key component of any relationship – whether it be with your partner, friends or work colleagues.  The level of trust in business relationships, whether internal with employees or colleagues or external with clients and partners, is the greatest determinant of success. So how…

Lessons from Le Tour

Lessons from Le Tour

As a keen cyclist I love to watch the big tour races each summer, particularly the Tour de France.  So much so that I’ve even taken my family on “Tour” holidays where we time a holiday in France with a few stages of the race so we can see the riders close up.  One of my favourite professional cyclists is Jens Voight. Now retired from the professional scene, Jens can now be heard from the…