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Federer’s and Djokovic’s Secret

This time of the year is always a bonanza for sport.
And yesterday, tennis delivered an incredible match at Wimbledon between two of the greatest ever to have graced the game, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Wisdom From The USA Women’s Soccer Head Coach

“Part of what I will do is make this journey uncomfortable for you,
because the greatest teacher is adversity.”
The above words were what Jill Ellis said at her first meeting with the USA players after she had been hired as head coach.
Yesterday, five years after that meeting, the USA won the World Cup in women’s soccer for a record fourth time by beating The Netherlands, 2-0.

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.

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…

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%).

How To Add 30 Days Of Real Value To Your Year

“Nothing is so dear and precious as time.” – French Proverb. I was working with a client when they pointed out that one of the changes our work had made to her working life was that it had added 30 days of ‘Strategic Rock Time’(Important/Non-Urgent Time) to her career and life.
How?

Success Analogy: Being Busy In The Gym Doesn’t Mean Results

Over the past year, I’ve used the facilities of a local gym/leisure centre close to me. As you’d expect you start to notice people who train regularly at the same time as you. There’s one guy who seems to be there all of the time. He is pretty consistent and dedicated. But what I find fascinating is that he has put on a lot of weight (fat) since he’s been going to the gym.

How To Dramatically Enhance Your Business And Life

“If a ship does not know which port it’s sailing to,
then no wind is favourable.”

In 2008, Dr. Gail Matthews of the Dominican University of California recruited 149 participants for a study on assessing the power of writing goals versus not.

The participants ranged in age from 23 to 72, with 37 males and 112 females.

Participants came from the United States, Belgium, England, India, Australia and Japan and included a variety of entrepreneurs, educators, healthcare professionals, artists, lawyers, bankers, marketers, human services providers, managers, vice presidents, directors of non-profits, etc.

The research confirmed the power of three things:

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!