Personal Best

November 3, 2017

People not Meeting Expectation? Hold Yourself to Account!

Meeting expectation (or not) depends on multiple factors. It’s so much more involved than people simply doing what you ask them to do. Many highly accomplished business leaders shy away from making bold decisions when it comes to managing people. They communicate the standard and then allow people to fall […]
October 20, 2017

The art of Receiving Feedback

At some point in their career every people manager has learned the importance of giving and receiving feedback. It’s a critical skill for anyone needing to engage with and influence another to do a job for them. A coaching client once said “The boss wants me to speak up more […]
August 25, 2017

Why is Humility Such a Challenge for Business Leaders?

When I think of humility I think of people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. They are larger-than-life personalities. Their humility is surreal; a brand of leadership in its own right. I wouldn’t know where to begin emulating people like that, quite frankly. Feeling congruent comes to mind […]
August 11, 2017

The Invaluable Nature of Executive Coaching

Through Executive Coaching I understand only too well the importance of having clarity about what you want; and an evidence base for success. Armed with that knowledge I’ve still made life hard for myself, on occasion! And I’ve moved on an aspiration without having all the ingredients in place that […]
June 2, 2017

Sustainable Success and Overnight Success a Contradiction in Terms!

Reaching the top in any field is a momentous achievement. And no doubt it involves working hard over a prolonged period of time. Sustainable success, on the other hand, is an entirely different proposition. Since Novak Djokovic finally won the French Open – becoming the only man to hold all […]
November 26, 2016

Have an Emerging Coaching Style? Be Curious About People!

Business is about people. They make companies function well and they can cause them to fail spectacularly. Over the long term, successful organisations are those comprised of people-focused leaders. Those who can adopt a coaching style of management. Consider how you came to work in your industry. Did you choose […]
September 13, 2015

3 Key Things a Great Leader Should Remember

When asked what I believed to be the three key things a great leader should remember, I took a moment to think about it. Arguably, I could have answered this student’s question in several different ways. Leadership is such a broad subject. And numerous definitions abound. So, I thought about […]
December 7, 2013

Want to Make Progress? Ring the Bells of Change!

Without doubt, change is happening constantly. If you want to make progress as a business owner, then you need to be change-ready. Only then can you respond appropriately to the evolving needs of your stakeholders. And of course, the fluid environment we’re operating within. To do that you need to […]
November 16, 2013

Seeking Feedback Scary? There are Benefits too!

We have many opportunities for seeking feedback. Some present in the spur of the moment. At other times it may be the result of conscious effort. Whether we then take on board what we hear is a different matter. Our long-standing Christmas tradition is a case in point. Every family […]