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How Perception Shapes Your Reality

A while back two people going through the same experience in an organisation were sharing their perspectives with me, independently. What was amazing was that their experiences were the polar opposite.
Person One was positive. Person Two negative. Same situation, same circumstances – but very different perceptions of what was going on.

What % of Meetings Are Failures?

“Behaviour is what a man does. Not what he thinks, feels or believes.” – Emily Dickenson
‘Let’s have a meeting about that meeting.’ These were the words from my boss at the time, over 20 years ago when I worked in a multi-national. I started to laugh and replied: ‘So we’re having a meeting about the meeting about another meeting?’ He laughed too.

Re-Inventing What You Have

“People who cannot invent and re-invent themselves 

must be content with borrowed postures, second-hand ideas, 

fitting in, instead of standing out.” 

Putting Me On The Spot With Michael O’Leary

On Saturday, I found myself in the radio studios of RTE (Ireland’s National Broadcaster) talking with Richard Curran, the host of one of Ireland’s top business radio shows, The Business.

Begorrah Ireland: Saoirse Ronan, SNL and Aer Lingus

On Saturday night in New York, the very talented actress Saoirse Ronan, hosted the very successful comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. Ronan is an actress I hugely respect and SNL is a show I enjoy. But they got one of the sketches horribly wrong on Saturday.

Can You Attend My Online Book Launch? Nov 15th @9pm Irish Time

A few years ago, someone wrote me an email about my book ‘Inspire Me’ – maybe it was you? They told me that they had six books beside their bed – 5 by famous international authors. The other by some guy he’d never heard of i.e. me 🙂 But they went on to tell me…

Improving Your Relationship, Sex Life And Career

“With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” – William Of Occam The above statement is commonly referred to as Occam’s “Razor”. It’s a principle that cuts away and leaves aside, a host of potentially competing conclusions or arguments, leaving the simplest and most likely conclusion in place. (That’s…

Peak Performance During Peak Season (And How To Avoid Burning Out)

The Christmas rush has already set in.  You can sense the heightened levels of anxiety or noise in people’s minds. For many businesses, (retail, restaurants etc.) this is the ‘make or break’ part of the year.  A chance to catch up on lower than expected sales year to date or an opportunity to surpass targets and…