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Thought Provoking Lessons In Business And Life

Last Friday (23rd January) I was facilitating my annual planning workshop, BluePrint in the Glenview Hotel, Wicklow. As usual the event attracted a diverse mix of people and I’m always interested to see who comes.
For this particular workshop it turned out that everyone in the room was working for themselves

The Problem – Opportunity Choice

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are problems and there are opportunities.

Life and business has endless problems and endless opportunities.

Should I Bother Setting Goals This Year?

“I need the article within the next hour”.
The call was from my PR advisor Valerie. She’d asked me to prepare an article for a paper and the goal-posts had just shifted.
The journalist was going on holidays the following week and he wanted it ahead of time. He wanted it today. He wanted it in an hour!

Sunday Times Article

Below is the content of an article in The Sunday Times on Sunday 26th October 2014, featuring myself and a client, Morgan Browne from Intelligent Information Systems. ————————————————————————- More than a half-time team talk Coaches provide important advice and new focus for the bosses of SMEs After a year of deal-making and negotiation, Morgan Browne…

To CC me OR not to CC me…

“To CC me or not to CC me, that is the question. The answer is to NOT cc me.”  – Shane Cradock How much time do you spend daily reading emails? The bigger the team, the more time is wasted reading completely irrelevant emails… It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of your emails…

Does Anyone Really Change?

“What gets measured, gets done.” The question in the subject line was the focus of a group of top leadership trainers in North America. They had being running workshops for years without checking on results. So they went back to all of their participants (over 86,000) to find out if people had ‘stuck with the…

Robbery, Response and Bruce Lee

I think it was John Lennon who said ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” I awoke a few days ago to discover our home had been broken into, every piece of technology stolen and my car gone! This only shortly after the high of exceeding the target for my play’s crowd-funding target….

Mandela’s Trait To Copy

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela Sad to hear that Nelson Mandela is very ill at the moment. A great hero of mine, he’s a great example of what it means to be a genuine human being. Single…

Are you enjoying life?

“It’s tough to fully live when you’re not enjoying life.” – Shane Cradock I don’t often put my name against a quote but this is one of those life lessons that has smacked me in the face. What I’ve discovered is that enjoyment is really more to do with attitude than your circumstances. I’ve worked…

A Lesson From Gone With The Wind

“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sydney Howard Syndey Howard was an Amercian playwright and screenwriter. He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1925 and a posthumous Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Gone With The Wind. His quote above I…