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
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
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.
The literature is crammed full of ideas on team leadership - but is sparse on ideas for team membership. Here are 6 thoughts to help you be an outstanding "I" in team. #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
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
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.
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.
In those crucial moments that define a career, there's one response - above all others - that will undo you. Know the trap - and choose a different response.
We spend a lifetime in meetings. And so they'd better be productive. Here's one simple thought - for you and your attendees - to make for a better meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The better we get at our jobs, the more our development focus becomes behavioural. Improve your behaviours by focusing on your "To Stop" list.
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.
Our values drive us throughout our entire day and underpin all our major decisions. But do we really know what our core values are? And what would we change if we did?
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.
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.
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.
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.