Strategic Thinking is a much desired and sought-after skill, but increasingly difficult to attend to, given the pace of change and the competing distractions of work and business. Here are 8 atomic habits that we can install to help counter the noise and create a valuable reputation for being a "Strategic Thinker". #BrainBasedCoaching
The shortcuts taken by our unconscious mind often serve us well – but are fallible, too. And those shortcomings can have real-world consequences for us all. Here are 6 strategies to help navigate the biases implicit in the world of work. #BrainBasedCoaching
As a leader, I don't want to avoid the tough feedback. I want to ask for it – and get better and better at working with it. Here are 6 secrets to help work with the tough leadership feedback. #BrainBasedCoaching
Conversation is a key leadership skill – and that includes the pep talk! But easier said than done. Try the A-GAME technique to bring genuine connection and motivation to your pep talk conversations. #BrainBasedCoaching
A first association with the word "Satisfaction" is good and positive. But here's the thing: is satisfaction really good enough when it comes to your career? Here are 6 ideas to move from Career Satisfaction to something far more fulfilling. #BrainBasedCoaching
2019 is here. And now ask yourself: Do you want 2019 to be the same and similar as 2018? Or are you willing to commit to making 2019 your most transformative year, yet? Here are 4 powerful mind shifts to set you on your way. #BrainBasedCoaching
We can do so much better than set vague and uncommitted resolutions. Take this new year anniversary as an opportunity to reinvent yourself towards your most elevated self-concept. #BrainBasedCoaching
Deep and powerful listening is a skill that takes focus and concentration. And when practised, is a gift for the person being listened to. But there are challenges. So, here are 8 fresh perspectives for deeper listening. #BrainBasedCoaching
It can be a rarity to get open and honest feedback from your team on your performance as their boss. And so, in the absence of that valuable input, it's useful to have a few go-to places to look, as you conduct your own self-leadership check. Here are 3 complaint areas to start your self-review. #BrainBasedCoaching
We all want to be better leaders. And one of the best and most reliable ways to create that shift is by installing performance habits that are just part of the DNA. Try these 7 disciplines which are a little different from the normal advice! #BrainBasedCoaching
A procrastinating mindset is a powerful and attractive perspective. But we can use that idea of perspective to overcome procrastination. Here's how. #BrainBasedCoaching
Alongside "ambition for the organisation" and "exemplary people skills", "powerful decision-making habits" is the other must-have for any leader. Here are 7 powerful habits to install alongside any major decision point. #BrainBasedCoaching
In our eagerness to hit the ground running in our new leadership role, we can often misstep. So, it pays to reflect on some of the common pitfalls – and install the performance habits that ensure your next leadership role is a success from the outset. #BrainBasedCoaching
The "focused leadership" we're looking for from our leaders - and from ourselves - is not the intense and hardcore rush, rush, rush that most choose in reaction to a demanding workplace. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Here’s how we can return to leadership serenity. #BrainBasedCoaching
We think focusing on outcomes shouldn't get us stuck - but it can. When that happens, shift your focus from Outcome Goals to Process Goals. #BrainBasedCoaching
Whenever events don't quite go according to plan, our potential for learning goes way up. So, take time now to learn these 8 lessons from 20 years' worth of injuries. #BrainBasedCoaching
Even high-achieving peak-performers lose their mojo from time to time. So where to look, when we suffer those occasional lapses in performance? Start with these 7 sources. #BrainBasedCoaching
Whether your focus is career acceleration or career shift, there is one ingredient that is always the difference between success and continued stuckness. That ingredient is AGENCY. Use these 4 practices to instil a powerful sense of personal agency for your next career move. #BrainBasedCoaching
No style of leadership is neutral. The very way we come at a situation has a fundamental impact on its outcomes. So, here's one simple formula to help us lean towards more helpful leadership behaviours for our people. #BrainBasedCoaching
There are many crucial leadership competencies. But in the end: unless you're delivering results, the rest aren’t going to get talked about or recognised. Here are 5 cornerstone thoughts to your results-delivering leadership strategy. #BrainBasedCoaching
Shifting a culture starts with ourselves and our own little corner of the world – and a series of small but impactful behaviours that, incrementally, add-up to positive change. Here are 4 leadership habits to inspire that stimulating and empowering culture within your team. #BrainBasedCoaching
Leadership is about leaning into the status quo - and so, challenges are inevitable. Open and honest communication at those times of challenge and crisis is a core leadership competency. Here are 5 behaviours to help you achieve mastery. #BrainBasedCoaching
Strategy is not something to be feared or shied-away from - but many up-and-comers do. Here is a simple question-set to get us thinking and behaving more strategically. #BrainBasedCoaching
Our focus for performance is most often for outstanding delivery in the moment. But what would happen if we adjusted that view and chose instead to focus on "good enough" performance over the longer term? #BrainBasedCoaching
We all know the frustration of having our thoughts backed-up by an unmade decision. Here's a process to sidestep two of the thinking traps most likely to get in the way of powerful decision making. #BrainBasedCoaching
It's in our nature to carry around with us distracting thoughts and preoccupations - and that limits the time, attention and focus we can dedicate to our priority. Here's a simple but powerful daily practice to reclaim some of that headspace. #BrainBasedCoaching
Resilience is an essential leadership quality. And it's hard. Enhance your resilience by coming to know your always-available sources of greater resilience - and the 5 simple disciplines to embed that knowing.
75 books. 44 audiobooks. 15 kindle books. One very powerful idea. #BrainBasedCoaching
Here’s hoping that 2018 is everything you want it to be. And to fuel the journey, here are 9 of my favourite posts to set yourself up for career success this year. #BrainBasedCoaching
If you're anything like me, on this first day of the New Year you won't be setting resolutions. Here's what to do with your day instead. #BrainBasedCoaching
How good could the year ahead look to you? Use the "Power of 3" to amplify your intentionality when it comes to your hand-created future. #BrainBasedCoaching
What we choose to believe - about career in general and our own career specifically - has a deep and lasting impact on the ways in which our careers play out. Take some time to challenge your beliefs and find perspective and energy to bring to your career journey.
Along with goals and beliefs, knowing and aligning with our values is one of the most powerful self-development steps we can take. And not least because they don't always play out in positive ways.
Many find themselves stuck in a career that doesn't work for them. If this is happening for you, here's a thought: before getting trapped - and comfortable - in unhelpfully-circular, outward-looking thinking patterns, get honest about your part in what's really keeping you stuck.
At any given moment, there are (only ever always!) 1, 2 3 wildly important steps you need to take. And you know what they are. Step out of autopilot and create a project around those career-accelerating initiatives.
Sometimes "hate" is the only word that'll do to describe our feelings towards the current job. But even in those circumstances (especially in those circumstances!) , it pays to find things to be grateful for. And to get real about the things that need to change now.
Have you noticed just how frequently, easily and without resistance we can be knocked-off our agenda? When our plans were so otherwise set! Here are a few distractions to look out for. And a few thoughts to keep you to your agenda.
We love to give advice. But rarely accept it. We expect the world to follow our advice. But rarely listen to our own. Enjoy the benefit of your own wisdom by choosing to follow your own advice.
When we align with our passions, we're at our best. But what if we just don't know what our passion is? Or how to find its expression in what we do? Here's a strategy to find your passion and move you forward.
Whatever your definition of work/life balance and harmony, they're only achieved when we get out of autopilot and into intentional focus. Try these 12 mini challenges to rediscover your balance.
We all love to connect. And the first basis for genuine and meaningful rapport is physiology. Use these 4 quick body language checks to minimise the differences between you and so increase rapport.
Imagine what you might achieve, if you removed all obstacles. Whatever your feelings about coaching, there's much to be learnt from the way coaches unlock potential. Here are 20 ideas to help you stretch yourself for new levels of performance.
"I'll be happy when … " signs us up for a deferred life. And such thinking can limiting our otherwise-well-intentioned goal-setting. Find ways to be happy now, starting with these simple but impactful ideas.
Work can be draining - especially when working on the next career move. Learn to look after the driving force behind the change - yourself.
Pitching is a fundamental skill. And our pitch is a fundamental asset. Amplify your message with these brain-based insights: to architect a pitch that really lands with your audience's brain.
What adds-up to job satisfaction? If you find your work lacking for pure satisfaction, check yourself against this list. And see if you can find new areas to re-discover fulfilment at work.
Don't waste valuable effort with all the external reasoning. Take responsibility when your career is not where you want it to be, starting with these 9 career management mistakes that are holding you back.
We might not like the idea of quitting. But our brains love the idea of finishing and feeling complete. Use this phrase to challenge yourself in the moment and choose the satisfying feeling of completion.
Decisions only become impactful when we accompany them with action. Make it your habit to take action at the scene of your decision making.
The New Year comes with usefully motivating ceremony. Don't waste it on a "resolution".
A key defining quality of those successful in their careers is that ability to handle the pressure, keep the thinking brain online and manage situations to successful outcomes. Here are 3 neuroscience-backed techniques to help.
The world is always changing. And so must your personal brand if you want to stay authentic, consistent and wholly relevant. Reinvigorate your brand with a revisit of these 7 winning brand-defining characteristics.
We don't need yet more advice on what to put in our profiles. What we need is a brain-based approach to put all that other advice to work. Take a brain-based approach for your best profile, ever.
Redefine your elevator pitch as your professional promise. And never again feel uncomfortable talking about who you are, what you do and how you do it.
Of all the behaviours we might choose to develop, confidence is most people's Number One. And with good reason. Get to grips with a simple formula for confidence, and let you most authentic, resourceful self shine through.
Charisma is a quality often included in our descriptions of leaders we admire. It's also a quality many feel they either have - or don't. But like any behaviour, it can be learned and developed. Here're some brain-based thoughts on how.
Great leadership is nowhere better marked than by the ability to improve another person's thinking. In this series, get the brain-based approach to 3 key leadership traits, starting here with: INFLUENCE.
Today's challenge of leadership is plagued with obstacles we'd do well to acknowledge. Drawn from hundreds of exec coaching hours, here are 16 inspiring thoughts to meet that challenge.
There are useful analogies to be drawn between personal development and keeping fit. Here are 5 lessons from the gym to make your personal development less of an effort and more of a habit.
We always get a result. But not always the result we want. Learn to master these 4 key thinking strategies to take back your agenda and achieve the transformative results you’re looking for.
The world doesn't need another time management system. It needs a shift in the thinking. 5 thoughts to inspire a different view, reduce the overwhelm, and leave us feeling good, getting things done.
Habits are powerful, dependable processes. But in the pursuit of success, not all habits are created equal. Here are 5 transformational habits that have the potential to change your life for the better.
Time away from work is crucial to our in-work performance and outside-work wellbeing. Try these 8 brain-based tips to make sure you don't short-change your precious vacation time.
Managing crises is part of the job - and a great opportunity to stand-out in the crowd. Learn to get your people thinking clearly and bring all your team's resources and resourcefulness to the table when it's needed most.
Our ability to keep our heads at work improves helps us make better decisions, have more influence and impact with others and improve performance – in ourselves and in those around us. Use these simple but effective strategies to help you keep your cool.
Procrastination comes in many forms; and acts-out many of our deep-seated motivations. To break-free of these self-imposed patterns of behaviour is hugely beneficial. Here are 2 coaching questions to help.
Only we can determine our perfect sense of balance. How we vote “yes” and “no” can reveal much about where our balance is right now, where we’d like it to be – and what we need to do to move it to where we want.
Whether we believe leaders are born or made, coaching remains the very best form of learning and development to get us there. And in today's world of work, is more relevant than ever.
When we expand our world, transformation happens. But more often than not, we avoid thinking big. Learn how to expand your world, reduce the overwhelm and get things moving again.
Productivity is about the efficient achievement of outcomes. And to do more of that, more of the time, a different approach is required. A brain-based approach.
We don't often think of work, business and career as creative pursuits. Yet our professional environments are crying-out for more creative thinking. Here are 5 steps to switch-off the regular thinking patterns to generate new ideas.
Aren't we all very-often guilty of making all sorts of things too big? And isn’t that what’s getting in our way?
To manage the vast amount of information in the external world, your brain constructs its own working model. And that model doesn't always serve us best. Learn how to usefully challenge our perspective.
Without our own clearly-defined purpose, we live and work according to the agenda of others. Reclaim direction, set more meaningful goals and make better decisions by defining your purpose statement.
What is Brain-based Coaching? What makes it so beneficial? And why might you choose brain-based coaching over other options? My challenge: to write the best article available to answer the question: What is Brain-based Coaching?
A robust quality of thought has never been more important than right now. Ask these 4 questions to develop the habit for a quality of thought.
Given the competition for our attention, it's no wonder our brains are so-easily overwhelmed. Limit the impact on your performance by rethinking how you value and use your brain.
The brain is a social animal. Accelerate and deepen rapport with these 3 brain-based ingredients.
Questions are not only how we gain insight into another person's thinking; they are also how that other person gains insight into their own thinking. If we ask the right questions.
Our intuition is a powerful ally to our more "rational" decision-making tactics - if we can learn to listen to it.
The more you prioritise the other person, the more you will shine in that person's eyes. An interpersonal skill for great success.
Know the difference between output and outcome, activity and action. One simple question to move you forward.
Our brains are hardwired for survival - and that bias can leak into moments when pure survival is not our only goal. Learn to prioritise your success over your fear with these brain-based strategies.
Beliefs are the rules we live by. And we can choose them. Ask this one great question to challenge your limiting beliefs and unlock empowering beliefs in their place.
Our deeper thinking can frequently get stuck. And what do we ordinarily do? Think harder! But to overcome a mental impasse quickly and efficiently takes a different approach.
Knowing where we are and where we're headed is crucial to goal pursuit. But we can only achieve true perspective if we acknowledge where and what we've come from.
Successful people bring out the best in the high-calibre teams they surround themselves with. But it can be all-too-easy to become the obstacle. Instead: become a master of supporting others' thinking.
There are 5 levels of thinking, some helpful, some not. Improve the quality of your thinking by applying this simple model.
Thinking is the source. Introduce a brain-based resolution to your list for 2016: to have your thinking serve you better as you work towards success.
Take a different approach to New Year and use its ceremony to celebrate what has been and what's to come. And save the resolutions for tomorrow.
Competition for our brain’s attention is fierce. Every minute of every day. To really zero-in on a topic, we need to employ the right thinking skills.
It's never just one thing competing for our attention. Try this ultra-simple brain-friendly trick for keeping you and your brain on track.
Noticing the patterns and relationships between our flawed thinking and the circumstance can provide an early warning system to combat future thinking errors.
With limited time, energy and willpower, career success can depend on identifying and cultivating not just any habits, but impactful keystone habits.
A number of ingredients are necessary for performance at the high-pressure moments. Here are 5 traits of high performers. And 3 rules to help prevent choking.
With practised self-awareness, we can learn to make conscious choices about which versions of our self show-up in the pivotal moments.
Stress is an issue at work. But in the right dosage, stress can also be an ally. Here are 7 tips to help achieve the right balance.
Goal-setting can be overwhelming. The 3 Cs of Great Goal Setting provide a simple but effective strategy for setting a goal of direction, purpose and ownership.
An effective thinking model around the 6 areas of learning and Change. To get unstuck and start aligning yourself with your goals.
A closer look at our thinking reveals faulty beliefs and irrational thoughts keeping us from our success. Learn to spot and combat your 6 most common thinking errors.
For the big decisions, we must expand our conscious awareness and acknowledge the other side of the decision-making story - if we're serious about change.
Take a brain-based approach to deepen your communication skills and bring lasting value to those you are communicating with.
The ability to quieten our minds and tap into our innate creativity with a few brain-friendly techniques can set us apart in a corporate world otherwise set in its ways.
How successful leaders increase staff engagement by understanding the 5 social domains that drive behaviour.
The biggest challenge for leaders who want to adopt more of a coaching mentality: turning-off the burning need to add value. Learn to do that and watch the performance of your team soar.
Overcome the limitations of your brain by employing these thinking strategies to work smarter, improve focus, minimise distraction and improve performance.
By learning to internalise accomplishments, challenge limiting beliefs and cultivate helpful patterns of thinking, Impostor Syndrome need not derail you.
Setting an End Goal is just the beginning. Unleash goal-achieving potential with complementary Performance, Process and Learning Goals.
The 9 crucial domains of a high-performing state of mind. And the simple self-coaching questions to cultivate each.
10 minutes. 10 steps. Get crystal-clear on your goals and start making transformative changes driven by powerful action.
Brain-based insights that show us just how different our brains are - and what that means for performance.
Brain-based insights to help meet the challenge of work and business, amplify our impact and improve our performance.