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Are you motivated by Pain or motivated by Gain?

Pain or Gain? There are two fundamental drives to human action: Avoidance of Pain Seeking of Gain. This is how we work. There are no other external causes of action. We take action when we truly believe: It will avoid a Pain, or We truly believe it will deliver a Gain. If I am not […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Idris: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Haha…  what?  me…  I think I’m a little too old for that” Idris: “You do realise that you are still growing?” “Hmmm…  you mean…  The Dream?” Idris: “Yes, The Dream?” “I don’t think people have enough time to dream.  Real life gets in the […]

Making Improvements: The Path to Mastery

The Path to Mastery The path to mastery is steady, small, incremental improvements repeated over and over again. There is no shortcut to mastery. There is a mode of operating that allows mastery. This mode is the 1% improvement mode. Do you focus on the 1% improvements? What small change will you make today? Please […]

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Mission: It should fit on a t-shirt

An effective statement of mission should be short, sharp and direct. It should fit on a t-shirt. Not a font 8 squeeze, but a legible font. Every person who is involved should be able to articulate how their contribution adds to that mission. If not, then you don’t have a mission. You have a hopeful […]

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This is a great summary video of a book that had a great impact on me back when I was 23 years old.  I was working for Accenture (in those days, Andersen Consulting) and the organisation shared this book with all employees.  There’s a photo there of me there on the right with my leather […]

Engagement – Is it really the employer’s responsibility?

I have sat through many presentations over the last 3 years listening to experts telling company leaders how they can make their company an engaging workplace; how they can increase employee engagement. Is it really the employer’s responsibility? Engagement is a Choice Surely a basic requirement when you accept a job is that you engage […]

How Self-Discipline will make you a Better Leader

Self-discipline is the foundational habit that makes all other good habits possible. Self Discipline What is self discipline? It is the ability to do a chosen action even when you don’t feel like it. Anyone can do the action when they feel like it.  It is the ability to do it when you don’t feel like […]

Ryan Avery. At age 25, Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Special Olympics Oregon.

“What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?”

This is a request for your experience.  I want your help. Yesterday, I came across an interview with Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking on the blog of Paul Sohn: How to Speak Like a World Champion of Public Speaking. The question that really struck me and has left me deep in thought […]

A Good Life: Be Real, Be Whole, Be Innovative

How to achieve Work/Life Balance? Have you ever wondered if “work/life balance” exists?  How do some of the world’s most successful professionals find harmony in work and with the rest of “life”? This post is based on a conversation with Dr. Stew Friedman.  He is the author of Leading the Life You Want. What is a good life? […]

[Infographic] Habits that Separate Successful People from Unsuccessful People

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle Show me your daily habits and I can describe your future. Discover the habits of successful people as opposed to the habits of unsuccessful people in the infographic created by SuccessStory.com. Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People How’s your […]

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