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We've all had to deal with them. Perhaps you still are dealing with them? Difficult People.
They come in all shapes and sizes. All races, all genders, and all backgrounds. They only share two things in common, but I'll come back to that in a little while.
As a professional executive coach I occasionally get asked by organisation leaders if I can help them "fix" one of their more "difficult" or "problematic" team members. They see potential in this person but there's a problem in...
Coaching a colleague, a team member or anyone you know well is a challenging situation. For example, a manager usually conducts the performance review for their staff focusing on their performance in the job and team which may lead to a recommendation about salary or promotions. A coach is focussed on developing the person in their job and life but does not normally, recommend salary or promotions.
As a friend, you would be interested in the other persons well-being and their feelings. You...
When I first started training and coaching more than 30 years ago I found that there were two distinct types of client or participant:
- Those who were motivated and eager to learn, did so and enjoyed great results, and became more successful, and
- Those who believed that they didn't need to be there. They knew everything they needed and were pretty much brilliant at everything. They were unmotivated to learn and gained little, if anything, from their limited interaction and went off...
I've always been fascinated why some people seem to achieve incredible goals seemingly effortlessly, while others give up along the way, and others may as well have not set any goals because they have achieved very little.
Have you set yourself a SMART goal and still not achieved it?
Goal setting, we know is a powerful tool in helping us focus on a specific objective and put our energy and resources towards achieving it. But did you know that human beings align themselves to achieving their...
In this week's episode, I'm asking you a tough question: Are you using your talent? If before that I asked you what you want from your life? It's possible that you would be just like the majority of my clients and tell me that you want to be happy and fulfilled. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And if you are using your talent, everyday, then that it going to be true. You will be happy and fulfilled. By the end of this podcast and article, you can honestly answer the...
Your aptitude (your "natural" ability to do something) is thought by many people to be the main driver of their success.
We raise people with those noticeable talents onto pedestals in a form of worship. Imagine yourself as a star soccer player, or the lead singer in your favourite band, an actor in an awesome movie. There are even some people who are simply famous at being famous.
But everyday life for the vast majority of people isn't a movie. Our giftedness is a little less...
One thing that separates the calm and joyful person from the stressed and depressed is a useful balance something known as the locus of control.
Someone with an internal locus of control believes that he or she can influence events and their outcomes, while someone with an external locus of control blames outside forces for everything.
In general terms, if you believe that everything is beyond or outside your control, then you are likely to be more anxious, highly stressed and quick...
If you think that you are too small to have an impact, try going to be with a mosquito in the room. - Anita Roddick
Size Doesn’t Matter; Impact Does
When you think about thought leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or even Oprah, it’s tempting to conclude that YOU couldn’t make very much of an impact in the world like they have. After all, they are special. They are “big”. I couldn't possibly do what they have done! And while you may not be...
Every day you are busy.
Emails fill your inbox, some of them might even matter. Your todo list gets ticked off... or not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chat with the boss, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, handle problems, worry about tomorrow, think about yesterday, fret over a sick child ... and the list goes on.
If you are disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least 3 times a week and keep a wary eye on your diet, and make sure that you get enough...
“Leadership is influence”
according to John C. Maxwell (Maxwell, 2010), and you can raise your level of influence with others.
The Five Levels of Influence
The higher your level of influence with someone, the easier it is to lead them.
The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organise your leadership growth.
Each of the levels build on the previous one and you can only progress to the next level once you have mastered the previous level. As you go higher it is easier to lead...