Podcasts and Articles

LA 084: How Strong Leaders Handle Rejection and Criticism (And Keep On Keeping On)

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rejection cover.jpgI just returned from a long and exciting trip to Israel where I was reminded that even the very best of us are rejected and criticised.

It seems that it does not matter whether your intentions are to help and serve others. It doesn't matter if you are the kindest, gentlest, most loving and caring person the world has ever seen. You will face rejection. And you will probably face rejection by those you truly would think should be the tribe you can most trust, your own family, your...

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How Well Do You Influence Yourself?

How well do you influence yourself

When we ask this question in our workshops, we are usually met with blank stares at first. I call them ‘blank stares’ because to be looked at as if you are completely off your trolley isn’t something I choose to reinforce. The first response from that first brave soul suggests that there is no need to influence oneself.

Basically, it runs like this: I decide to do something, I  tell myself to do it, and I do it. No influence is required. I don’t have to ask...

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How to hack motivation to make you happier

How to Hack MotivationMotivation is chemistry.

That feeling you call motivation is to do with the dopamine in your brain, specifically the increase in dopamine in your “nucleus accumbens” is the brain’s feedback for predicting rewards. Dopamine is known as a neurochemical of pleasure, and sure, dopamine makes you feel good, so why can we also get a spike of motivation in times of great stress? Indeed, why are some people motivated to jump off suspension bridges? Dopamine is the neurochemical associated with pleasure but actually it's real role is in motivation

Dopamine is the neurochemical...

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How to Get Unstuck

How to Get UnstuckAll through life, Alex has always felt that other people, schoolmates, friends and later colleagues, seemed to have it easier. Dad was never quite satisfied. It was hard to live up to his standards. Aunts and Uncles always knew a cousin who was better, brighter, richer, faster. Alex, like you and me, would like to earn more, be recognized and respected. To enjoy life and have fun. To simply succeed.

Is it really so difficult?

falling short of the mark Is it really so difficult to achieve everything we want...

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LA 083: Fighting Disengagement - Let Your People Thrive

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monster boss running meeting.pngAre you tired of wasting time dealing with workplace drama and politiks? Perhaps you are crippled by toxic leaders and uninspired cultures and you know that there is a better way.

In this episode we're going to introduce you to the triggers of exemplary workplace behaviour at the neurological level. And we'll tap into four of these triggers that will #UnLock performance and #UnLeash Team Power. By implementing these four you'll see higher productivity, well-being, retention...

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LA 082: How to Make Your Work Meaningful or Meaningless?

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Even in the direst circumstances, people seek out their purpose in life: Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning 1

Jill superwoman shadow1.pngHuman beings have a deep, innate desire to find meaning in their lives. We want to matter. For some, it is to leave a legacy, to put a ding in the universe, or to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. For others, it is about success, reputation or recognition. For many who have found their true meaning, they know it's about others and less about self. And yet for...

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LA 081: What To Do When You Are Not Truly Appreciated (And Get Your Own Back!)

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I'm going to take a wild guess here that your work and your life has become more demanding.

Furthermore, I can be pretty certain that you feel under-valued.

I'll even dare to suggest that your pay is not the main issue in feeling under-valued, rather it's because it seems that no-one truly appreciates the value you deliver.

Something deep inside our pysche screams out to be appreciated. When we're not appreciated, then our satisfaction with life, with our job, with ourselves, is...

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LA 080: Leading Difficult People

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We've all had to deal with them. Perhaps you still are dealing with them? Difficult People.

They come in all shapes and sizes. All races, all genders, and all backgrounds. They only share two things in common, but I'll come back to that in a little while.

As a professional executive coach I occasionally get asked by organisation leaders if I can help them "fix" one of their more "difficult" or "problematic" team members. They see potential in this person but there's a problem in...

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How to Be an Effective Buddy Coach

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Coaching a colleague, a team member or anyone you know well is a challenging situation. For example, a manager usually conducts the performance review for their staff focusing on their performance in the job and team which may lead to a recommendation about salary or promotions. A coach is focussed on developing the person in their job and life but does not normally, recommend salary or promotions.

As a friend, you would be interested in the other persons well-being and their feelings. You...

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How Your Mindset Hinders or Liberates Your Success (and How to Change it Today)

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When I first started training and coaching more than 30 years ago I found that there were two distinct types of client or participant:

  • Those who were motivated and eager to learn, did so and enjoyed great results, and became more successful, and
  • Those who believed that they didn't need to be there. They knew everything they needed and were pretty much brilliant at everything. They were unmotivated to learn and gained little, if anything, from their limited interaction and went off...

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