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Unusual Source Of Inspiration plus Sunday Times

“In order to improve your game,you must study the endgame before  everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame” – Jose Raul Capablanca This quote is from a Chess Grandmaster. I was fascinated to find the…

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…

Getting Paid More

“When you do more than you’re paid for eventually you’ll be paid for more than what you do.” – Zig Ziglar The best that I know in all fields have the above statement as one of their core values. It’s part of who they are.  And they are the most valued in whatever organisation they find themselves. Most people think they have…

An Insight From Jay-Z

“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” – Jay Z A very successful music artist, Jay Z has also shown himself to be a clever business person. Whatever your views of him, he has certainly shown an ability to achieve his goals. And his insight above is so simple it’s easily glossed over. When it comes…

A Vital Key To A Strong & Clear Mind

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn myself, time and time again. And I’ve watched clients and friends neglect it, until their bodies eventually decide to ‘stop’ them. It could…

Taking That Leap Of Faith

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” – Margaret Shepard Sometimes the road ahead isn’t clear. That’s one of the challenges you face when you move into new territory. Often fear enters the equation at some level and we stop. And if that happens, then nothing will happen. Every great invention, every…

Doing Something ‘Badly’

“If something is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” – John Bradhsaw (Educator) So many things can remain uncompleted or worse, unstarted because we seek perfection – waiting for the perfect time, the perfect idea, the perfect situation. Get what matters most to you done.  Then it’s about learning, adapting and continuous improvement. You…

Is It Time To Take A Chance?

“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Anonymous This anonymous guy gets around…:) I’m sure there are opportunities around you right now and perhaps you’re debating whether to take a leap of faith in an area of your business or life. You have to judge it yourself, but considering the…

The Secret Of Pixar’s Success

“Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than getting the right idea.” – Ed Catmull, Founder and CEO of Pixar Animation Ed Catmull had the dream of making the world’s first computerised animation movie.  He succeeded with Toy Story and the rest is history. In his book ‘Creativity, Inc.’ he goes…

What Others Think About You

“Care about what other people think and  you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu It’s useful to hear what others think – especially if it broadens your point of view, provides useful feedback to improve and or provides some great learning and insight.   (Indeed many are not even open to the above…)…