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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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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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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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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 074: How to Thrive When the Robots Rise

Rise of the robtos central1.pngThere's a lot of excitement about artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential for robots to autonomously make decisions about what gets done, how it gets done, and who does it.

As the technology fast approaches the dreams of science fiction, many professionals, blue and white colour workers are beginning to fear a future where their own jobs are no more.

Will you be one who is replaced, or will you be one of those who thrives?

The new Luddism

In a fit of rage against the machines, Ned Ludd...

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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 027: 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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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.

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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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