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
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
Throughout our careers, the people we work directly for have not just a huge influence on our success at work – they very often have a profound effect on us as a person. Here are 9 behaviours to achieve the kind of relationship with your boss that sets you both up for ongoing success. #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
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
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
High Performers are conscious self-leaders. And they exercise their awareness to know what to focus on - and what traps to avoid. Here are 4 to add to your list.
High Performing Leaders are not just interested in success. They're interested in consistent, sustainable, career-long success. Achieving that requires a High Performance Life - which itself requires a few fundamental practices. Incorporate these to elevate your own performance.
The most impactful model of leadership we can follow is one of our own authentic design. This is the gold standard for the high-performing leader.
High Performance Leaders aren't born. They're made. How do they do it? By committing to small but impactful practices, consistently and over time. And by fuelling those practices with some golden rules.
Leadership is about the future. But there is a way of thinking, doing and being that makes a different use of the future - and gives us access to the type of conscious leadership today's world requires and demands.
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.
Whether it's career shift or career acceleration, what it really takes to make - or break - a career is not just action. It's not even 10/10 action. It's off the scale action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annual reviews still dominate for most of us. And the stellar annual review we all want to receive takes a year to create. It's never too early to start laying the groundwork. Kick-off your plans with these 12 steps.
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.
A career driver is more than a tendency. It's an impassioned inner voice full of motivation, inspiration and clarity. Get clear on your career drivers and accelerate your perfect career design.
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.
Careers are defined in the pivotal moments. To maximise our potential for success, we must be crystal clear on what matters most to us and our career. Here are 12 powerfully inspirational values - and how to get clear on their meaning for you.
Many of us shy away from developing our assertiveness as if it's somehow a negative. But in today's world, assertiveness is a very necessary skill. Learn how to enjoy the process of standing-up for what you deserve.
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.
We feel euphoria at getting the job - and then dread when it comes to negotiating the details of the offer. Here are 10 tips to help you ask for what you're really worth.
Negotiation is everywhere. And developing the ability to confer with another party for compromise and agreement is an important skill for your arsenal. Here are 3 simple rules for more effective negotiation.
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.
It can be all-too-easy to let our self-talk slip into negative language with costly consequences for our career. Learn to limit the impact by practising mindful awareness of these negative self-talk patterns.
When unfulfilling days at work turn in to unfulfilling weeks, months and years, it’s already well past the time to move on. Watch for the signs and take action before your career gets to that point.
When it comes to career, negative compromises can all-too-easily emerge and develop over time. And can all-too-quickly add-up to significant cost. Learn to take a fresh look at the compromises your career has you making.
Our careers should be our own agenda. Should excite and fulfil us. And should facilitate our life's design. Help yourself to achieve that goal with these 21 great self-coaching questions for the Pivotal Career Moments.
There are many ingredients that go into building a successful career. And you’ve no doubt got plenty. But if you’re attitude’s not right, none of that is going to matter. Avoid these 8 career-damaging attitudes.
For the results you're creating. For the place in which you find yourself. Your career strategy is working perfectly. And new results are going to require a new strategy. Find the counterbalance by learning to notice the pivotal moments.
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.
We are all influencers. For better or worse. For richer or poorer. So what stands successful individuals apart is they have mastered the influences they are already creating.
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.
We're adept at making a connection with another person. So what happens to that skill when we step in front of a larger audience? How do we make the same powerful connections when speaking in public?
You’ve done the hard work and landed your new role. Now it’s time not just to make a good impression. But to blow them away as you set the foundation for a stellar reputation.
When it comes to our career, much of our success is shaped not just in the “big” career moments. But in the consistent behaviours we demonstrate, day-to-day. Make sure your behaviours add-up to career success, not career suicide.
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.
Promotion is two journeys: doing great work; and being the most promotable. You’re already doing great work. Now make yourself the most promotable.
The better we get at our jobs, the more our development focus becomes behavioural. Improve your behaviours by focusing on your "To Stop" list.
Successful goal pursuit is determined by what happens immediately after you set your goal. Amplify your success by delaying action and instead promoting your goals to well-formed outcomes.
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.
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.
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.
Feedback is a gift. An opportunity for insight, learning, development and improvement. Become an expert giver with these three simple rules.
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.
Feedback is a gift. An opportunity for insight, learning, development and improvement. Become an expert receiver with these two words.
There are 5 levels of thinking, some helpful, some not. Improve the quality of your thinking by applying this simple model.
Extrinsic motivation is not best-suited to the more complex, challenging and interesting work of today. So when we do need that extra impetus to get us moving in the New Year, look to intrinsic motivation.
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.
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.
All-too-often, the balance in our life and work is not according to our intentional design. Promote awareness and responsibility with these 5 steps.
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.
The 4 stand-out truths about promotion that successful professionals just get. And how you can use them to win your next promotion
The coaching leadership style is one of the most effective in the long term. Improve your coaching leadership style with these 12 simple practices.
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.
Effective leaders transform performance with well-delivered feedback. Here are 7 steps from the coach's playbook so you too can give feedback that transforms performance.
6 techniques translated from the coaching toolkit to amplify personal effectiveness in meetings and increase overall meeting productivity.
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.
What is Brain-based Coaching? How does it differ from other forms of coaching? What makes it so beneficial? And why might you choose brain-based coaching over other personal development options?