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Man V Woman – A Coach’s Perspective

A client and I were chatting about the topic of ‘women in business’ recently and she asked me if in my experience I thought that there were any glaring differences between my male and female clients. The reason the question came up was because I’d mentioned the significant shift I’d observed in my own coaching business over the past 4 years in relation to the % of female business leaders that I deal with. (It’s grown to 50%).

Ireland’s Changing Story

“The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story.”
-Anthony de Mello

Last Friday, I was fortunate to spend a day in the company
of probably the world’s leading expert in story.

The day was focused on how to use story to enhance your business
through 2 ways:

1. Through more meaningful marketing

and

2. Through leadership – with your teams.

It was very powerful and thought-provoking.

At the same time, around Ireland a record number of people were turning
out to vote in the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage.

Are You On Energy Saving Mode?

“I’m not lazy. I’m on energy saving mode.”
– Anonymous

Here’s a thought..

Your energy is worth money and fulfilment.

Think about it. When your energy is good the following usually result:

– Your outlook is positive
– Your communication is better
– You see solutions to problems
– You brush negativity off quicker
– You look to the bigger future
– You’re happier and more enthusiastic

All of the above affect your ability to earn, to make profit and to be fulfilled.

Ever notice how you see a problem differently after a good nights sleep?
Better energy affects your outlook.

Is It Them Or Is It Me?

“If you want things to be different,
perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

It’s so easy to blame my customers, my boss, my investors, my business partner,
my team, my wife, my husband, my kids… (not necessarily in that order!)Maybe you’re looking to change things by changing one
or all of the above.And your plan just might work.

Or maybe your plan needs you to look more at yourself – from the inside out.
I’m not saying nothing needs to change around you. But it usually
happens quicker and more effectively when you change first.

In my experience, this is usually where the real pay-off is.

Being Beach Ready Vs. Life Ready

“Your body has to be in top condition. Your chess deteriorates
as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind.”
-Bobby Fischer

This is the season when advertisers try to ‘guilt’ us into
buying their products and services for being ‘beach ready’.
And in the UK and Ireland there has been a backlash
to some of the new ads.

Maybe we should be looking more at being ‘Life-Ready’?

I find it fascinating that someone like Bobby Fischer would
say something like the above quote. In case you don’t know, he
was an American chess prodigy and many consider him the
greatest chess player of all time.

Chess at the highest levels demands huge mental capacity.

Yet here he emphasises the critical importance of the physical,
because you ‘can’t separate body from mind.’