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Business Women’s Dinner

I was kept on my toes last week as I organised a dinner for business women in my network. Fantastic food and cocktails in Saba Dublin were mixed with plenty of interesting chat and contact sharing.

Business On The Beach

It’s great when you can merge business with play… Which is just what we managed to do at our annual Thrive Forum get together this year. A bbq on the beach with family. Plenty of fun, great food and enjoyable conversation. Life is good.

3 Ways You Can Help Your CEO/Leader And Vice Versa

“Help me… help you.
Help me, help you.”

– Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in the Movie ‘Jerry Maguire’

3 Ways You Can Help Your CEO/Leader

1. Be Visual:

Most leaders in business are visual thinkers. So lean on that.
Draw on a white-board to show a situation, get them involved.

If using slides use simple graphics. A picture tells a thousand words etc.

2. Be Concise:

Your leader wants it punchy. Do the hard work for them by being
clear on what you want them to know. Forget the 3 page report – What are the 3 things they need to know/remember from your meeting? If you make it easy for them it’s appreciated and noted.

Young Golfer Leading Like A Young Tiger

“People don’t understand that when I grew up,
I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest.
I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest.
The only thing I had was my work ethic,
and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”
– Tiger Woods

As I write this email, in a few hours time,
Paul Dunne, a young 22 year old amateur golfer from a club
a few miles from where I live in Wicklow,
will tee off as the leader of one of the most prestigious
professional golf competitions in the world, The British Open.

He has broken all sorts of records on his journey this weekend
– and it has been very inspiring to watch.

Fighting The Old Or Building The New?

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
– Socrates

If you run a business or a team, watch this one.

It’s one of the things I have to focus on the most with new clients,
because their minds are often so caught up with fighting the old.

So much time can be spent thinking about
and working on the inevitable problems we encounter
in our businesses and lives.

The problem with problems… is that they are never ending.
And they are energy sapping.
It’s vital that in your day and week you craft out some time
to focus on building the new – and that might just be time
to think about what the new might look like.

Golden Woman

esterday, the US Woman’s football team,
won the World Cup in Vancouver.

They beat the previous champions, Japan, 5-2 in
a very convincing manner.

One woman in particular led from the front.

The captain Carli Lloyd scored a hat-trick, the first-ever in a final.
And all in the first 16 minutes!

She also won the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament.

It was sweet revenge for the US team who had previously
lost the 2011 final to Japan, 3-1 in a penalty shoot out.

What’s interesting is that when they lost that final
Carli Lloyd was one of the women who missed her penalty.

She was crushed emotionally by the defeat.