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How To Start Strong In 2014

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire I’ve mentioned before that one of my ‘nerdy’ hobbies is to collect great questions.  A great question is like magic, because it can unlock something previously unseen and be the catalyst to significant change. To help you really clarify what matters most for you in 2014,  here’s 14…

Homer Simpson’s View Of Santa

‘Let’s just say that on this day, a million years ago, a dude was born who most of us think was magic.  But others don’t, and that’s cool. But we’re probably right. Amen.’ • Homer Simpson In our house there are 2 little people, Jane (6) and Sam(4) who have just told me there are 2 sleeps to Christmas. The…

Kissing While Driving

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. – Anonymous I was asked to go on Ireland’s national television station, RTE, last week,  for an interview on productivity and using your time better. I was laughing at myself afterwards, as I spent…

5 Zingers From Mandiba

Lots has been written about Mandela over the past few days.  Here’s 5 inspirational zingers from him: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” “If you want to make peace…

Ciao Nelson Mandela

I started these weekly emails over 4 years ago and when I had to decide what would be the first quote to use  there was really only one possibility. It’s the quote I use at the end of my daily business emails. “Vision without action is merely daydreaming. Action without vision is passing the time….

Blind Spots and Gorillas..​.

“Beliefs can easily cause us to become blind to the obvious.” – Daniel Simons, Psychologist Daniel became well known for creating the ‘Gorilla’ experiment, using basketball players – which showed that people can very easily miss the very very obvious.  (click here if you don’t know about it) Maybe like me you’ve sometimes had an ‘Aha!’ moment where…

Those Pesky All-Blacks​…

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar Yesterday the Irish rugby team came within seconds of achieving something they haven’t done in 105 years… beating the best team in the world, the New Zealand All-Blacks. Ronan O’Gara, one of Ireland’s greatest ever players, spoke before the game about mindset being…

A Few Good People

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever had.” – Margaret Mead In my work I am always humbled by the incredible things committed people working together can achieve. They may not change the world at large, but they can change their own…

Are You Listening.​..?

3 for the price of 1 this week…   “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stepehen R. Covey Someone once said to me that when it comes to communication there are 3 key variables: What I actually say What you hear What I…

Playing In MiT

“Do what you love, love what you do” – Steve Jobs               I spent the week just gone at a program run by MiT in Massachusetts, USA. The focus was on leadership, innovation and helping change to really happen in an increasingly disruptive world. It was a fantastic learning…