“There is one specific thing that blocks us.” These words were from the mouth of a pioneer in the field of leadership and innovation.
Without realising it we can let ourselves become victims to what we think is reality.
The New Year is a funny time. Often how you see it is very much on where you’re at in your life and how your state of mind is.
It was during that 5 minutes that I caught myself internally seeking to keep things moving. When Cubby stopped, my inner voice told me I didn’t have time for this. But in this case that wasn’t true.
It’s important to note that it has been proven that the placebo effect (the effect of believed thoughts on the body) is very much a real thing.
Every now and then I let my ‘inner lazy guy’ out.
And today is one such day. It’s a bank holiday in Ireland and I’m feeling like limiting my writing. I watch out for poems that strike a chord and this one below by Brazilian writer, Martha Medeiros, hits the mark on many levels.
A surprising amount of leaders I know enjoy poetry and for 1 minute of your time, this particular one has a high return on investment, if you’re open.
I wasn’t in the good books with TLJ (The Lovely Judy) or the kids over the weekend.
Our house alarm has been broken for several weeks and as a result, we had fallen out of the habit of setting it every night. But it was fixed recently and I decided on Saturday night to set it.
I’m usually the first up in our home, and because of the lack of habit, I walked into the kitchen without dis-arming the alarm.
It can be difficult to talk about gratitude in a business context.
I think it’s because it’s seen as a soft skill but also business is usually a lot about solving and preventing problems.
And when you’re consumed with problems it’s easy to be consumed with everything that’s ‘wrong’, which kind of makes the whole gratitude thing more difficult…
“You mean I’m doing it to myself?, the leader said.
We were in the middle of an advisory/coaching session and my client had been telling me repeatedly about the difficult situation they found themselves in – and the challenging people they had to deal with.
Yet this was a re-curring theme over the months we had worked together i.e. there was always something or someone annoying them…
“There’s a few reasons why I don’t see it happening”
These were the words spoken by a smart woman I was working with a few years ago, in response to me asking if she thought she could ever be a CEO.
She was very convincing in her argument as to why she couldn’t get to the top spot.
But it turned out that despite her comments she actually had a huge desire to get to the role.