Focus in Business

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” (Venus Williams)

The see-saw effect of distractions from mobile phones, to clients and the news is common to most of us who live in an increasingly distracted world. Technology and noise fill the crevices of every moment of our lives and everything seems important and worthy of our attention. However, to succeed in business and indeed in life, one does need to have a razor sharp focus. Continue reading

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Whose Voices?

“Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.” (William Shakespeare)

We have all experienced that moment in a conversation where an awkward silence fills the spaces between us. In some contexts, for example, when I am with my wife (someone who knows me well), this silence is a place of safety. In other contexts, the silence is deafening and we quickly do our best to fill the void. We live in a society of noise pollution. We fill our ears with the radio, music or just the noise of life happening around us.

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The Art of Wisely Dealing with Conflict

“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” (Sun Tzu) Continue reading

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Going? Where?

“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” (Steve Goodler)

I was reminiscing to when my own children were younger. One of our holiday activities was to steer a paddle boat on a small lake. This involved two or even four people on a plastic boat with two sets of paddles and a rudder. The two people on the boat could peddle as hard as they wanted and their combined peddle power would move the boat forward. Continue reading

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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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