The Happiness Paradox: Rethinking Success and Your Well-Being

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.” – Unknown “Don’t look for happiness in outcomes.” A mentor of mine said this to me many years ago, and I’ll be honest, it didn’t make sense to me. ‘But when I get ‘x’, I will be happier’, was my thought. I […]

Imitate The Daring To Cultivate Courage

“If you can’t be a genius, imitate the daring.” Eudora Welty I was chatting with someone recently and they remarked that they wished they could be more like a mutual friend we have in common, because they were fearless and brave. They were surprised to hear me tell them that that same person had told […]

Oppenheimer Inspiration: The Art of Patience In Service To Quality

“It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.” – John Wooden Yesterday marked the 2024 Oscars in Hollywood, and my attention was particularly piqued, courtesy of fellow Irishman Cillian Murphy, who clinched the Best Actor award for his role in the movie “Oppenheimer.” While the film […]

Unlock Your Competitive Advantage

“Each of us gets the same amount of attention to spend each day. It’s a competitive advantage to figure out how to focus it to get something done.” – Seth Godin I did an audit of myself recently, in terms of use of technology, and was surprised to notice how much it had crept in […]

Better Clarity And Productivity By Tasting The Coffee

“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” – Thich Nhat Hanh “Before I met you, I never tasted my morning coffee.” So said a client, a busy leader who was very focused on squeeing the maximum out of each hour in a day. “When […]

Lessons From Wanting To Punch A Book

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffet At the end of a day, everyone has their own way of finding moments to unwind. For me, diving into a thrilling action-packed novel is the perfect way to switch […]

Challenging The Inner Enemy

“The enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance.” Steven Pressfield “Whatever you resist, persists.” These profound words echoed through a recent conversation I had and they struck a chord. It reminded me […]

An Opportunity To Embrace Light, Hope, and Renewal

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu Today, the 5th of February, is a relatively new national holiday in Ireland and it was chosen to coincide with the celebration of Lá Fhéile Bríde (Irish/gaelic), otherwise known as St. Brigid’s Day. This day, the only holiday […]

Eyes On The Right Ball: Exceeding Expectations in 2024

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha “I won’t hit target in Q1 but the rest of the year should be fine.” This surprising statement came from two unexpected sources last week. Curiosity led me to ask, “Why do you say that?” Their responses were similar and echoed a common sentiment in […]

Are You Setting Yourself The ‘Right’ Goals?

“Success is not in what you have, but who you are.” Bo Bennett “I’m just not feeling what I thought I’d feel.” I’ve heard versions of this line from clients over the years. It usually comes AFTER they’ve achieved some significant goal like a major contract, a big promotion or the sale of a business. […]