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Learning from Fergie

“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.” – Alex Ferguson, outgoing manager of Man Utd.,…

Poking Life The Apple Way

Someone sent me in this extract from an interview with Steve Jobs in 1994, and I thought I’d share it with you. In it he explains his rationale for the famous ‘Think Different’ campaign, which started the seeds of the Apple the world knows today: “When you grow up you tend to get told the…

Adversity, Failure and Heartache…

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill, Author of ‘Think & Grow Rich’ I remember a mentor of mine asking me what I considered to be a silly question in my early 20’s. “When do you learn most Shane – when you’re…

An Inspiring Talk From An Unexpected Source

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost It isn’t easy taking the road less travelled. But when you’re looking to create something new or live/work in an authentic way, it’s usually the right road to take. Below…

What’s the Real Problem?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Someone remarked to me recently that life is a series of problems to be overcome.  And that you keep going until one of the problems (death) beats you… Einstein’s quote is one that’s often bandied…

Mental Health: For The Vulnerable Or For The Strong?

“I’ve lost my mojo, and I don’t know how to get it back.” This comment was from the mouth of the CEO of a large Irish company.  Smart, ambitious and decent, on the surface this person would be seen by most as probably having it all. Yet underneath, there was a problem.  And it was…

Wisdom from A President

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt Very often when you’re trying to create, achieve or change it can seem that you just don’t have the means, know-how or contacts to make it so. Yet time and time again, I encounter people who succeed with what they have…

Inspire Me: Who Has The Oxygen Mask? – Randy Pausch

“Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture I don’t believe this quote was created by Randy Pausch, but in searching for the creator his name came up against it a few times. I picked it this week because it’s a lesson learned for myself and for clients…

Lessons Learned – Week Ending 7th October 2012

Here are some interesting lessons and insights taken from myself and also clients over the past week: If your vision is cloudy it’s important to stop overthinking it. Clarity of vision comes out of clarity of mind. So the key is first of all to clear your mind in the absence of any vision.  Turbulence…

The 50% Rule & Other Thoughts On Moon Goals…

My last weekly e-mail was about the benefits of setting a big ‘moon’ type goal I.e. one that will take years to accomplish, is not guaranteed but is very very exciting to the person/team pursuing it. I often get asked from my experience, how do you know if you’re delusional? i.e. how big do you go…