Asking the ‘WHY’ in Business

We all want to live lives filled with colour and life. We want to be interesting, to leave a legacy. As leaders, we want to inspire our teams to build great things and to create incredible companies.

Simon Sinek in his book, ‘Start With Why’, reminded us of an important secret in having such an impact. He wrote that: “There are only two ways to influence human behaviour: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it … People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” Continue reading

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The Correct Use of Words

“A word is dead, when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” (Emily Dickinson)

Words have incredible power. Imagine walking into an empty room. Standing alone in that room, if you say one word (for example, “Hello”), then that word echoes back to you from the edges of the room, bouncing back and forth across the room until silence once more settles into place. Now that word had the power to change the atmosphere of an empty room. Now imagine yourself walking into a room where someone else was standing, the word “Hello” has an ability to connect you into the life and story of that person. Words have tremendous power. Continue reading

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Walk in His Shoes

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” (Abraham Lincoln)

In 1973 an accredited research project took place at Princeton Theological Seminary. A group of students were selected and had to prepare a talk on the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. This story reflected in Luke 10:25-37 described how someone had been attacked, robbed and left for dead next to the road. Religious leaders of the day hurried past the person, but a Samaritan seeing the young man beaten and bruised, picked him up and cared for his needs. Continue reading

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Seeing Your Shadow

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see your shadow” (Helen Keller)

As we walk through life we are constantly followed by our shadow. As the seasons change in our lives the nature and look of that shadow alters, but we cannot escape it. Continue reading

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Who is Your Family?

“You can’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” (Desmond Tutu) Continue reading

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Distracted in Business?

“At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door and say,—’Come out unto us.’ But keep thy state; come not into their confusion. The power men possess to annoy me I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Continue reading

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Soul Food in the Marketplace

“If you are trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion” (Elon Musk) Continue reading

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How are You?

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.” (W.B. Yeats) Continue reading

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Stop

“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” he said.

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” “All of them at once,” said Bilbo. “And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.” (JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit) Continue reading

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The Art of Silence

In 1965 when I was born (sorry), the popular Simon & Garfunkel song, the Sound of Silence, was released with the catchy words repeated throughout calling for “the sound of silence”.

This song seemed to be a commentary on the world of the day which was becoming more and more focused on flashing lights and loud noises, rather than upon moments of silence. One telling phrase is the one that reads: “People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening”. Continue reading

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