The Ability to Pay Attention

Whats the most important human capability for the next thirty years? The Ability to Pay Attention To hold your attention on what you decide is important. to stay focused as it becomes boring… and to stick with something through boredom to the insights that only emerge on the other side of boredom. Today I am … Continue reading “The Ability to Pay Attention”

Stand in the Traffic

The title of this blog comes from a session in a course that Professor Paris de l’Etraz teaches about Life. I met Paris at a dinner in Madrid 4 years ago hosted by another inspiring teacher. Stand in the Traffic: I love the simplicity of this life strategy. Whatever you want in life, there are … Continue reading “Stand in the Traffic”

Reps vs Hours

What matters most in the gym? The hours you spend or the reps on the weights? In the areas where you must be highly competent to succeed in your role: are you accumulating hours or reps? Do you just do your job or do you spend time practicing the important skills that make you effective? … Continue reading “Reps vs Hours”

The 4 Levels of Listening

One of the most important aspects of good listening is learning to ask great questions. One of the most powerful questions I have learnt comes from business coach Dan Sullivan. He asks “3 years from today, what needs to change for you to be personally and professionally fulfilled?” This is not an easy question for … Continue reading “The 4 Levels of Listening”

The Importance of Being Clear on your Personal Purpose and Values

There is a study from Kouzes and Pozner from 2008 that looks at employee engagement in organisations. What are the factors that influence employee engagement? Kouzes and Pozner looked at the impact of clarifying organisational values and the impact of clarifying personal values. Where an organisation helps each individual clarify their personal purpose and how … Continue reading “The Importance of Being Clear on your Personal Purpose and Values”

How to Give & Receive Feedback

This approach to effective communications is not just about learning to deliver one specific speech, it is about learning to identify what makes a speaker effective and what specific changes would improve the impact of their communications. If you are not receiving feedback each day that hurts, you are not receiving what you need to … Continue reading “How to Give & Receive Feedback”