How the Words of a Dying Man Could Save You

Today I listened for more than an hour to someone who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable, terminal illness and has been given only weeks to live. To be honest, I had never heard of him before one of the marketing experts I follow sent me an email about his situation. Persuaded by a close friend to deliver one last webinar, (an online seminar in case you’re unfamiliar) I listened to it live just this Read more…

Safe is Risky

So Wimbledon is upon us once again. One of my favourite times of the year. Also, undoubtedly one of my least productive times! As I look back over the years I have watched this wonderful tournament, it has got me thinking about some of the greatest showmen in this beautiful sport.  My favourite player ever was the super cool Swede, Bjorn Borg, who won the Men’s Singles title five times in a row in the late Read more…

Weeing to Win at Work!

I arrived a tad early for a meeting in Canary Wharf, London yesterday, and needed to use the toilet. The place in question was a nice restaurant called The Pearson Room, which is part of the Reebok Sports Club. The kind of place where fast-paced, high pressure bankers go to try and relax for an hour or two. The toilets are impressive for one reason and one reason only. Directly above the urinals, the owners have installed a Read more…

You’ve Got Talent Part 2

A few years ago, I heard a fantastic speaker at a conference I was attending. The kind of speaker who one minute has you in fits of almost uncontrollable laughter, and the very next minute, pauses the way that a true professional (or total natural) instinctively knows how to. One of the many things he talked about that I have never forgotten is how he had no weaknesses. It sounded outrageously arrogant of course until Read more…

You’ve Got Talent Part 1

Okay, I admit it, I am a massive Britain’s Got Talent fan. And the reason is very simple. Despite all the dross, the time-wasters, unattractive strippers and a whole variety of other acts that I could happily live without ever seeing; I absolutely adore those moments – and there are usually at least one or two in every series – where a somewhat nervous, even trembling figure takes to the stage in the midst of Read more…

Change is Here to Stay

I recently coached a group of corporate executives on the subject of developing resilience when going through change. During my preparation, I was reminded of just how much choice we have when it comes to the nature of change. We can choose to embrace it. Or we can choose to fight it. The problem with the latter approach is it achieves nothing more than the illusion of defiance. Change happens whether we embrace it or Read more…

Passion Gets the Job!

Way back in the early 1990s, there was a superb tourism commercial for Spain. Lots of fast paced music and rapid montages with a single sentence spoken at the end…”Spain; passion for life.” I have never forgotten that forty second film and it isn’t because I absolutely love Spain. The last three words are what it is all about for me. Passion for Life. Fast forward to just the other day and I was sat Read more…

The Difference Between a Fox and an Email

The other evening, I was out with my youngest son, and our two year old dog, called Molly. Molly is a cross between a Lurcher (who are invariably made up of all sorts in themselves) and a mixed Terrier. That combination of breeds simply means that fundamentally, as a sight hound, she will seek to run like the wind after anything that moves. Anything that is, that looks remotely like a fox, squirrel, and especially Read more…

17 Ways to Live a Win/Win Lifestyle

Everyone loves the idea of Win/Win don’t they? But in order for a genuine Win/Win to take place, certain other things need to come into the equation. Things like:  compromise negotiation trust mutual respect long term perspective A brief look at each of these factors helps to provide some understanding when it comes to Living a Win/Win Lifestyle. Compromise “Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now.” Zig Ziglar Read more…

Creating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

How do you create a healthy work/life balance? What is a healthy work/life balance anyway?  I’ll answer the second question and then move on to the first. Firstly, I believe a healthy work/life balance is all about perspective. How do you see yourself? What other interests do you have outside of your work? Most of us are familiar with the “Live to Work or Work to Live” adage but how many of us are really honest Read more…