Read versus Study

May 18, 2018

I don't know about you but I have had a habit of reading a book once and then believing that I knew the content - sound familiar?

Just before Christmas, 2017, I was re-introduced to Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich. I joined a study group that was going to run for 8 weeks and before we started the mentor told us to read one chapter every day for 14 days. At the time I remember thinking this was ridiculous and struggled. The instructions were clear, if you miss a day you start back at day 1 so you have to complete 14 days straight.

This is when I made a conscious decision to get up an hour earlier every day, including weekends, to read. By doing this I created a habit that I still maintain today. It allows me quiet time where I can learn every day - the equivalent of over 9 working weeks per year!

What I discovered is that by reading the book every day I am actually studying the content and find deeper meaning the more I do so. I am now applying the principals in my daily...

Kids are the future

May 17, 2018

The kids of today are the future. This may sound like an obvious statement, but what are we doing to prepare them for this?

I have become increasingly frustrated by the fact that we do not teach the young how to think or help them to understand their "why" before asking them to make decisions about their future, such as college. Think about it for a minute - were you taught this?

Is it any wonder that so many people are in positions that they do not want to be in but they feel trapped? The danger of this is a society that accepts mediocrity and when this happens what message does that send to our young?

Our creative imagination is what changes the world but it needs to be stimulated and worked. If we are sending out a subliminal message that it is OK to settle for less than you really want, creative imagination will become extinct!

What are you going to do about this? You can make a difference, we can make a difference, help me to do so and change the world for the better.

 

Free equals no commitment

May 16, 2018

"Free equals no commitment" may sound like a strange statement but as I have been setting up my business I see this all of the time. If I am honest I see it in myself and after reading this blog maybe you will in yourself too?

We all like something for free don't we. However, I think this has become too much of an expectation, so much so that we will sign up for something that is free and usually never pay it any more attention. Because it sisn't cost anything we don't see it as a loss. While it is true that there is no financial loss, we could still be losing something by not following through with the content.

As someone who started using no cost offers to promote my new business, I see this from the other side. The feeling when I got through people signing up for my offers that I had worked hard to create was good. I thought that this meant people would read the content, join the call to learn, and maybe decide to sign up for additional workshops or coaching programs. You see I...

Sowing seeds

May 15, 2018

There is a process for sowing seeds. First you fill a pot with soil and then you place the seed in it. You may add some fertilizer and every day you water the pot. For the longest time there is no evidence that anything is happening but we trust the process and eventually a shoot is visible above the soil. We continue to nurture it and the shoot grows until eventually it becomes a plant. It is also true that the resulting plant will be determined by the seed that is sown.

You reap what you sow!

Life is the same. When you have an idea it needs to have the right environment and support in order to grow. It may be a while before you see any progress but eventually, like the seed, it will flourish and produce the result that you are looking for. Be patient and do not look for quick results. Nothing worth achieving comes easily and everything worthwhile is uphill.

Feedback is a gift

May 14, 2018

Feedback is a gift that keeps on giving. While it is not always easy to give or receive feedback it is an essential element of sustained success. A good definition of feedback is: Information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement.

I deliberately highlighted the words "used as a basis for improvement" because this is the essence of feedback - being constructive. Feedback should be a positive experience, even when it is highlighting something that needs changing, as it usually does. Feedback should have an element of solution, not just be a vehicle for criticism.

Feedback should be welcomed by everyone, no matter what position they hold. Granted, it is not easy to give feedback to your up-line but they should be encouraging this if they are seeking continual improvement for themselves and the organization. Does this happen consistently? No, it does not. This is another example of why you should align yourself with an...

Limitations

May 13, 2018

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes: Man's only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination.

As I study this statement the two contributions that Hill uses are development and use. Developing an imagination is a good thing because it is expanding the thought process and promoting creative thinking. It is true that creative thinking occurs when we move out of our comfort zones so this is definitely good as the last place we should be when increasing limits is our comfort zone.

The interesting contribution to me is the word "use". This has several meanings and for me the intention in this statement is what do we use our imagination for? This is not referring to whether we use our imagination but what we use it for. I believe that this ties back to our purpose, or our why, and our what we develop from our imagination should then be used to help fulfill our purpose.

If you haven't already done so I suggest that you define your own "why...

Orchestra

May 12, 2018

You may be asking yourself what I am going to talk about today with the title of "Orchestra"? That is a valid question so let me explain my thought process with this subject.

An orchestra is made up of a group of musicians who play a variety of instruments. For each instrument there are several sections and each section has a slightly different part to play. At the head of the orchestra is a conductor. He or she has the score for all of the parts and it is their responsibility to bring everyone together.

If the conductor works without the orchestra nothing happens. They can stand and wave their "baton" but without the orchestra there is silence. If the percussion section plays their part it may be very good, but it won't make sense on it's own - The same can be said for all of the sections.

The magic happens when the conductor calls everyone to attention and starts to conduct. Each section follows the lead of the conductor and plays their part as written by the composer. All...

Past or Future

May 11, 2018

Here is a question for you, and when you answer it be honest with yourself!

Do you tend to dwell on what has happened in the past (good or bad) or do you look forward to the challenge of your unknown future?

On the face of it this may see like a straight forward question but think about it for a few minutes before deciding on an answer. I may even suggest that you take a note pad joy down throughout the day what you are thinking about. When you reflect back on the day, week, and month, what trends do you see?

When I did this for the first time I realized that I was dwelling on the past too much. I was feeling sorry for myself and using that as a crutch and excuse for why things weren't going well in my life.

It is a fact that you cannot change what has already happened - try it and prove me wrong if you can! The only day you can make a difference is today. I hear people who say they are working to influence the future and yes, while what you do today will affect tomorrow the action...

Leading through Influennce

May 10, 2018

My good friend, Jay Goff, and myself held our first Facebook live session last night entitled: Leading through Influence. We has intended to broadcast for 30 minutes as an introduction and then follow up with shows every week of a similar length. We are so passionate about this subject, the material flowed, people were interacting with us and we ended up with an 80 minute show!

So why are we so passionate about leading through influence?

Jay is a 26 year veteran and in his business, Goff Impact Consulting, he is developing a program around 3 spheres of influence. I have over 20 years leadership experience in the UK and also with the Walt Disney Company so I live and breath this topic every day.

We believe that leaders influence followers to improve results. We also believe that everyone is a potential leader, whether they have it in their title or not. Asking for input and then empowering people to do the right thing will encourage ownership and responsibility which, in turn,...

Being a great leader

May 09, 2018

What does it take to be a great leader?

Yes, I know that this is a big open ended question! Have you taken time to think about this in the past? If not, you should because if you want to become a great leader yourself it is important to understand what it takes in your own mind.

There are certain words that stand out to me when I think of a great leader:

  • Trust
  • Integrity
  • Honest
  • Motivational
  • Role model
  • Open
  • Approachable
  • Good listener

I could go on but I want you to think of words that demonstrate a great leader to you. Next, think about who you know that demonstrates these traits and are they a great leader? How do you think that you measure up, and more importantly what do your direct reports and peers think about you?

Tough questions, but ones that you need to answer if you want to rise to the top. One caveat - don't cheat, you need to be honest and true to yourself as you are unique and wonderful because of that.

Join my friend Jay Goff and myself as we discuss leadership and...