Podcasts and Articles

LA 073: How to Waste Your Time Writing a Career Plan (And What You Should Do Instead)

"Where do you see yourself in five years time?" This insidious little question invites the interviewee to begin a little game that finishes as a belief built on sand. You guess what your prospective employer wants to hear, and then you give it to them.

It's almost as bad as your Aunt's favourite: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The myriad branching possibilities when you are 12 or 13 years old seem to lead in opposite directions, and all equally tempting.

By the time you hit the...

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La 040: Five Ways to Let Your Courage Set You Free

Courage

Courage is the root of all freedom.

It takes courage to dream big dreams… no matter your past, circumstances, or what others tell you. It takes courage to go after what matters. And when the going gets tough and obstacles crop up (as they always will), it takes courage to press on.Any time you go after what you really want, your doubts and fears will surface. That’s just part of the experience. You must ignore the voices that say “turn back” or “give up now” or “this is too hard.”

It is...

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How to find your talent, practice it and achieve greatness

How to find your talentIt was 4.30 on a cold and wet morning and I was choking on the stench of thick layers of years old grease behind the deep fat fryer and I was ecstatically happy as I scrubbed and cleaned the once white tiles back to their original gleaming brightness.

It was my first day on my first proper job and I would soon be delegating this filthy work to some other poor sap who similarly wanted to become a chef de cuisine. In the meantime, my job was to scrub, peel, haul, carry, chop, clear and clean it...

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La 050: What's Your Influencing Style? (And Why it Matters)

Holding on tightThe Captain's voice bing-bonged into the silence and calmly informed us to assume the brace position. The stewardess asked us to sit down and brace.

Forty seconds later everyone began scrambling to their feet. An old man blocked the aisle as he opened the overhead locker seeking his carry on. The stewardess asked him nicely, to forget his bag and move to the front of the plane.

Minutes later more than half the passengers who were still on board were informed that they had just died in a...

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Diligence Means Success

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Imagine being 10 times richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined! Not possible? But it is!

There’s plenty of books on Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, to discover how they made their fortunes. All you have to do is create the next critical component of everyone’s lives, or invest in absolutely the right thing at exactly the right time. The track records and phenomenal success of these businessmen are inspiring, yet how can we apply this to our own lives? Yet, there’s...

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LA 072: Hacking Neuroscience to Re-Inspire Your Get Up and Go

We all want an inspirational leader. Someone to look up to, to give us hope and direction. A leader who engages us as individuals and treats us well, but most of all makes us want to be better.

But what if that leader is you? And today you're feeling a bit blah. Everything's sort of "meh" and you'd like to just hang in there for the time being and let Future Self take responsibility for that.

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We all go through phases in life when our mood is uplifting, positive, dynamic and we feel like we...

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Are Tech People Special?

We focus on developing tech people - that is, we work with nerds, geeks, scientists and engineers because that's our background and we speak your language. But we also speak business - and bridge the worlds of Technology and Business.

Joe nerd cublicle1.pngIn short (TL: DR)

We know that Tech people are special and that they are the future success of your business and the global economy. We also know that we can never ever teach the marketing, finance, and HR folk how to "do" the tech side of the business, but we...

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The EDGE Development Framework - How to Guarantee Business Impact and ROI from Learning and Development

The AdvantEDGE development process or framework evolved from my doctoral research into the best way to develop managerial and leadership competence.

The way we develop competence, our ability to do something effectively goes through four key stages.

And we can plot these four stages on a simple 2 x 2 matrix

The vertical axis is our competence in something, and the horizontal axis is our consciousness of being able to that thing.

Essentially, it’s about how well we know how we do...

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LA 071: How to Manage Uncertainty with Command Intent

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Mike Tyson's excellent response to a reporters questions before his fight with Evander Holyfield.

And isn't that just true about all of the best-laid plans we make?

No plan survives contact with the enemy

Attributed to Helmuth von Moltke in the 19th century.

All such quotes ring true because you know that it concurs with your own experience.

On June 6th 1944 the long-planned sea and airborne invasion of France began and the months...

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LA 030: What's the difference between coaching, mentoring, counselling, training and managing?

Coaching versus mentoring versus counselling

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who transform a yellow spot into the sun” – Pablo Picasso

Let’s, however, take a look at the main similarities and differences, as this may be helpful for you in establishing the style you would prefer someone works with you.

There is considerable overlap between these development approaches with each having a performance, direction, support or personal well-being focus in the context of theorganization, your...

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