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Is She Rolling Her Eyes At You?

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” – Jim Carrey in the movie Bruce Almighty A funny thought. But often true… Us man folk can learn a lot from women…   Upcoming Event:CREATE: Fun morning workshop in May on creative thinking and doing. Details here.

Are You Stress Testing Your Opinions?

“The difference between a fact and an opinion is,  an opinion is what you think.  A fact is what I think.” – Anonymous I think we can all be a little guilty of the above – some more than others.   But if you want to achieve your goals in business and life, the opinions of…

Awkward

“My new favorite word is ‘awkward.’  The reason we need to be in search of awkward is that awkward is the barrier between us and excellence, between where we are and the remarkable. If it were easy, everyone would have done it already, and it wouldn’t be worth the effort.” – Seth Godin (Author and…

Is The Door Really Locked?

“There are things known and things unknown, and in between are the doors.” – Jim Morrison & Ray Manzarek (legendary rock group ‘The Doors’) I popped into a busy deli-shop last week in Dublin to get a some lunch.  A sign was placed on a door inside that said “Toilets broken. Apologies for any inconvenience.”…

Are You Trying To Please People?

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby One of the insights I’ve learned from working with people over the years is how ‘approval’ works it’s way into our decision making – usually unconsciously. For example: – Looking to ‘succeed’ in my field…

Are Lego On To Something?

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw   As I’m the father to a 6 and 4 year old, I find myself seeing plenty of animation movies (not that I really need an excuse).  In…

What % Of Your Sales Will Come From Sources That Don’t Exisit Today?

“We assume that 50% of our revenue in 5 years’ time must come from sources that do not exist today.  That is why we innovate.” – Ernst & Young 2010 Connecting Innovation to Profit reportThis was a comment I found while doing some research on creativity and innovation. When you consider that 2010 was the…

Are You Ready To Begin?

After my experience over the past few days, I felt that this quote had to be the one for today: “Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.  A whole stream…

Defending Inspirational Quotes On Radio

On Saturday, I found myself defending the impact of inspirational quotes on one of the biggest business radio shows in Ireland. It ended up being quite amusing… If you’re interested, you can listen to it here. (It’s short – about 6 minutes; and is “To Quote Or Not To Quote”) To me, the right quote at the right…

Are You Waiting For The Time To Be Right?

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”– Win Borden Many people never take that leap of faith until they’re forced to do it… They lose their job.They lose their business.They lose their health.They lose their relationship.They lose a significant opportunity. Then, they’re forced into…