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Learning cycle: Break out of your Groundhog Day

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 16th, 2016|Coaching, Learning, Models, Personal Mastery|

In the movie “Groundhog Day” Phil get’s stuck in a time loop and gets to relive the same day over and over. He tries different ways to fill his time. Eventually, tired of the repetition, he finds that not even suicide can get him out of the loop. it’s a very old movie, a classic, [...]

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A Productive Day in these Four Acts

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00September 3rd, 2015|Empowerment, Personal Mastery, Uncategorized|

You have your Strategy, your business model in strategy map format and your plan or Balanced Scorecard. You have your execution engine. You have even oiled the gearbox translating the daily work of individuals into relevant effort. Now all you need is fuel for your strategy engine. How do you get each person to do [...]

Beat procrastination with these willpower boosters

By |2016-11-18T10:04:02+00:00April 1st, 2015|Empowerment, Personal Mastery, Uncategorized|

End your struggle with procrastination   This is pathos.  Though couched in humour, so much of Calvin’s experience cuts to the heart.  We can all relate to this message.  Procrastination is one of our besetting problems.  The search for ‘Procrastination Jokes’ returns 527,000 results in 0.31 seconds in Google.  This is a big deal in [...]

Learn from success to increase growth

By |2016-11-18T10:04:04+00:00June 16th, 2012|Learning, Personal Mastery|

Ducati Corse entered the Grand Prix motorcycle circuit for the first time in 2003. As newcomers on the circuit their strategy was to acquire knowledge in order to develop a better bike for future seasons.   They fitted their bikes with sensors to capture data and the riders were debriefed after every race to get input [...]

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Are you structuring your interactions to destroy relationships?

By |2016-11-18T10:04:04+00:00May 2nd, 2012|Communication, Models, Personal Mastery|

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.” ― Truman Capote While I would hesitate to argue with a writer of the stature of Truman Capote, good conversation is rich and complex and is based on more than intelligence, [...]

Build relationship by embracing emotions

By |2016-11-18T10:04:05+00:00February 20th, 2012|Communication, Conflict, Conversation models, Negotiation, Personal Mastery|

Build relationship in negotiation: a parable You meet with your boss to discuss an increase in pay. You have decided to stick to the facts; to avoid all emotion in negotiation.  As you present your case you remember those who rely on you to do the work but earn more than you. Your voice takes [...]


By |2016-11-18T10:04:05+00:00February 15th, 2012|Coaching, Conflict, Conversation models, Personal Mastery|

Learning to say NO might seem a selfish thing to do. BUT! By learning to say NO without feeling guilty, you will find time you never dreamed you had. You will quite literally claim back your life.  This post is based on material from my friend Arthur Gobey. Because NO is such powerful word, it [...]

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By |2016-11-18T10:04:05+00:00February 15th, 2012|Life Law, Personal Mastery, What Matters|

Last week as I parked at the gym a woman in a smart German 4x4 pulled up next to me. I glanced up to see how close she parked. She fixed me with sullen stare. Each time I looked up, I caught the baleful gaze. It was like something out of a gangster movie. Then [...]


By |2016-11-18T10:04:06+00:00December 29th, 2011|Coaching, Empowerment, Personal Mastery|

I love the innovation and persistence illustrated in the story of Soichiro Honda.   As a young mechanic he had a dream of developing piston rings for Toyota.   He worked long hours, sometimes sleeping in his workshop.   But his designs were repeatedly turned down by Toyota and ridiculed by other engineers.   He [...]

Perception is different from reality – Perception is reality

By |2016-11-18T10:04:06+00:00December 29th, 2011|Coaching, Learning, Life Law, Personal Mastery, Perspective|

Who drives the better car?  The other day I saw some reading an article comparing the 4x4 performance of Landrover and Landcruiser.   He finished the article, nodded knowingly and handed it to his mate.   When he had finished he said “Well that is conclusive then, Landcruiser is a better 4x4 than Landrover”.   [...]