When I look at my schedule and it is full of meetings, other people are wasting my time! When I am queueing in a shop and I am in a hurry I am cursing the people in front of me When I come back from a holiday to a mountain of emails, how can theseContinue reading “You are not in traffic, you are traffic”
I failed several times at writing a blog over the last 10 years. I struggled searching for regular writing motivation. This year that changed, I realised that motivation is an excuse. I no longer wait for motivation to arrive, I just sit down in a space and write. Most of what I write is awful,Continue reading “Looking for motivation”
You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes or the most emotionally aware person to know who your fans are, those people who will give you positive feedback, that think you are great – Your colleagues, family and friends are hardwired to say nice things about you. Are you as good as they might say youContinue reading “Asking for feedback”
I learned a lot from my colleagues in sales and wanted to apply that when I worked in sales a couple of years ago. It was the time in my life when I was meeting so many new people on a regular basis. I kept finding myself in need of a workflow. Needing a repeatableContinue reading “The art of the follow up”
There is a quote: “if you want to lead the orchestra you must turn your back on the crowd”. It is often used by people as a justification for ignoring the criticisms of the many to focus on a task or mission. The quote is about leadership and the lone figure of a conductor standingContinue reading “Lead like a conductor”
When you aspire to excellence you must aspire to a level of effort which goes unnoticed consciously by most people, you should accept that excellence disappears easily into the background when its done properly. An example I can easily explain is in the movies. There is a lot of thought that goes into every detail,Continue reading “Put the work in”
I am reading several books on the history of the USA at the moment and I just realised that George Washington’s cabinet makes every other cabinet look pathetic! His cabinet had Knox, Hamilton and Jefferson! If you have not read ‘team of rivals’ I would recommend it. To fill a team of smart challenging individualsContinue reading “Team of rivals”
On my Home office desk I have a wonderfully inspiring quote/excerpt of text. Its not a quote by Twain, or some rhetoric by Lincoln, its not even a folksy inspiration by my hero Ben Franklin. The most inspiring text I have on my desk is below and it simply says: Poor BuildSkinnyLacks great physical statureContinue reading “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something”
I was enjoying a zoom lunch with a colleague the other day and they asked. “What do you get out of posting a two minute read everyday? Is it worth it?” I like this colleague, I consider them a friend so I gave this question some serious thought. I told them I would write itContinue reading “Who cares?”
As my son is a school teacher now and I am a very proud father I have started to collect or notice teacher stories. This one below is one of my favourites, enjoy: A school teacher ran a test that had several sections, each of which contained three questions. He told the students to chooseContinue reading “My favourite teacher story”
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