“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…

5 Leadership lessons from World Class Athletes

5 Leadership lessons from World Class Athletes

Olympic athletes are at the top of their game and the best at what they do.  Whether you are in a leadership role or not, there are leadership lessons we can all learn and apply from these world class athletes. So here are our top 5 leadership lessons from the world of world class sport. Visualise Olympic athletes have clear goals.  Whether that’s a gold medal or a personal best time they have a very…

Creating Your Own Luck! – Part 2

Creating Your Own Luck! – Part 2

Thinking optimistically and spotting opportunities are the first 2 parts of our strategy to create your own luck.  This week we focus on the last element, taking responsibility. Think optimistically Spot opportunities Take responsibility Before we move into action, let’s recap on the first 2 stages; Think optimistically Frame negative experiences as temporary and specific Frame positive experiences as permanent and universal Spot Opportunities Anticipate the positive potential in events and take advantage ·         Define…

Creating Your Own Luck!

Creating Your Own Luck!

This week we’re going to help you create your own luck by building the right mindset and your own good luck strategy.  Last week we explored how thinking optimistically can help us frame, respond to and act on events but before we go any further, let’s remind ourselves of our three part strategy; Think optimistically Spot opportunities Take responsibility Let’s look a bit deeper at how we can spot opportunities and how you can turn…