Podcasts and Articles

LA 020 How to align yourself to getting things done—and enjoy success

LA Headers 960x640 (11)I've always been fascinated why some people seem to achieve incredible goals seemingly effortlessly, while others give up along the way, and others may as well have not set any goals because they have achieved very little.

Have you set yourself a SMART goal and still not achieved it?

Goal setting, we know is a powerful tool in helping us focus on a specific objective and put our energy and resources towards achieving it. But did you know that human beings align themselves to achieving their...

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LA 037 Are You Using Your Talent?

Are you using your talent In this week's episode, I'm asking you a tough question: Are you using your talent? If before that I asked you what you want from your life? It's possible that you would be just like the majority of my clients and tell me that you want to be happy and fulfilled. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And if you are using your talent, everyday, then that it going to be true. You will be happy and fulfilled. By the end of this podcast and article, you can honestly answer the...

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LA 078: You Got the Power

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Your aptitude (your "natural" ability to do something) is thought by many people to be the main driver of their success.

We raise people with those noticeable talents onto pedestals in a form of worship. Imagine yourself as a star soccer player, or the lead singer in your favourite band, an actor in an awesome movie. There are even some people who are simply famous at being famous.

But everyday life for the vast majority of people isn't a movie. Our giftedness is a little less...

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LA 077: Let Go and Gain Control

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One thing that separates the calm and joyful person from the stressed and depressed is a useful balance something known as the locus of control.

Let Go and Gain Control podcast cover.jpgSomeone with an internal locus of control believes that he or she can influence events and their outcomes, while someone with an external locus of control blames outside forces for everything.

In general terms, if you believe that everything is beyond or outside your control, then you are likely to be more anxious, highly stressed and quick...

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LA 029: Do you Want to Impress People or Make an Impact?

If you think that you are too small to have an impact, try going to be with a mosquito in the room. - Anita Roddick

Size Doesn’t Matter; Impact Does

When you think about thought leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or even Oprah, it’s tempting to conclude that YOU couldn’t make very much of an impact in the world like they have. After all, they are special. They are “big”. I couldn't possibly do what they have done! And while you may not be...

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LA 077: Selah!

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Every day you are busy.

Emails fill your inbox, some of them might even matter. Your todo list gets ticked off... or not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chat with the boss, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, handle problems, worry about tomorrow, think about yesterday, fret over a sick child ... and the list goes on.

If you are disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least 3 times a week and keep a wary eye on your diet, and make sure that you get enough...

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How to Raise your Level of Influence

“Leadership is influence”

according to John C. Maxwell (Maxwell, 2010), and you can raise your level of influence with others.

The Five Levels of Influence

The higher your level of influence with someone, the easier it is to lead them.

The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organise your leadership growth.

Each of the levels build on the previous one and you can only progress to the next level once you have mastered the previous level. As you go higher it is easier to lead...

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LA 076: Are Your Succeeding or Merely Surviving?

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When you ask someone what they want from life, most people will tell you that they want to be happy.

Push a little bit more and they will tell you they want to do something useful or meaningful, make a difference, leave a legacy, or fulfil a calling.

We call that succeeding.

That is, the activities we undertake every day provide us with personal happiness or satisfaction and have long term benefits for yourself and/or other people.

Some people are happy because they do something...

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LA 076: Where Is That Buck When you Need One? How to be an Accountable and Good Leader

President Harry S. Truman had a famous sign on his desk that read: "The Buck Stops Here." A clear indicator that he accepted accountability for all the decisions of his administration. There are leaders like Truman in politics and organisations today, though not many.

Accountable Leadership Onesize (1).jpgAccountability starts with honesty. Being able to set aside personal pride and admit your own mistakes and being honest first with yourself, and then to all of those you serve as a leader.

It shows that you can be trusted as a...

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LA 075: Why Joy @ Work Matters

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Imagine that someone created a red pill that adds years to your life; it reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke; cuts your risk of Alzheimer's disease by more than fifty percent; helps you relax during the day and sleep better at night; it doubles your chances of staying drug and alcohol free after treatment; activates your natural killer cells; diminishes your inflammatory cells; increase your good cholesterol (HDL); and it repairs your DNA.

What if this imaginary red...

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