Archive Monthly Archives: July 2011

Finding Common Ground

During a recent training course Gina experienced a bit of an incident. Even though there was a little disagreement initialLy Gina was able to find a common ground that completely changed the dynamics of their relationship.

Finding common ground with someone can build instant rapport and allow you to connect with people and a much better level. Learning to find the common ground with someone is a skill that anyone can learn to incorporate into their daily lives.

The course Gina mentions is with http://www.darreneden.com

Reserve Your Judgement

I love starting work with a new company. One of the things I enjoy most about a new job is meeting and getting to know new people. It’s very much in my character to thrive in these types of situations.

One of the things that never ceases to intrigue me is that sooner or later, some people take it upon themselves to give me additional background information on their colleagues I’ve met, or am about to meet. They have a feeling that I need to have my expectations set about certain people. Sadly, for the most part, this tends to be a negative opinion. So I listen to their opinions about their workmates’ work ethics, or social capability, and try to understand how they came to this impression.

Then I do my very best to forget everything they have just told me. When I do meet or work with the person in question, Continue reading

The Illusion of Freedom

What is freedom to you? Financial, emotional, occupational?

Often we hear people say that if they had more money they would be able to do something else; something more exciting or interesting. Or they blame their current circumstances, having to look after the kids, an elderly relative or some other kind of commitment.

All too often we find ourselves holding on to this wishful thought that if we had the freedom, things would be different. Well Paul and Gina are here to tell you that vision of freedom is, in fact, just an illusion. It’s your own way of stopping you from actually fulfilling your dreams.

By sustaining this illusion, people even feel somewhat satisfied that they have already attained their goal, even though it’s just in their mind. This has the added benefit of them never having to go through the hard work and change that might be required to achieve this dream.

So if you often find yourself lost in wishful thinking, it’s time to shatter that illusion and start working towards making it a reality instead.

 

Credits roll on Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2

We were the last to leave the still darkened cinema of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last night, after everyone else bailed out as soon as the credits started rolling. We’d been alone for a while before Cam asked why I always insisted on staying until the end of the credits.

My reply was that it was a ritual – almost a tradition – that I upheld, but it got me thinking about why it was so important.

I love a great movie or a gripping book for the immersive experience it gives me; that sense of having stood in the shadow of the characters and shared their journey. Getting so caught up in a story like the deep-sea diver who lives for a time as part of the underwater universe that he is visiting.Continue reading

Information Diet

Do you get the feeling of being a bit overloaded with all the information that is available to you daily? Maybe you have even felt it stifles your own creativity? During this episode Paul and Sam talk about the benefits of going on an information diet.

Also at the end of the podcast Paul and Sam put out a request for listeners own personal stories of success so keep . Please get in touch if you’d like to tell us and the other listeners how you managed to overcome your own challenges!

 

The Key to a Rapid Boost in Your Performance

How often do you start your day by getting all the little things ‘out of the way’ first – clearing email, cleaning your desk, catching up on niggly out-of-date to do’s that are stressing you out since they still haven’t been done?

All done in an attempt to get the smaller, mundane (or urgent) things off your plate so you can settle down into your day and finally get to the important stuff.

It’s a strategy most of us use on a regular basis – but for most of us, it’s flawed. And usually painfully so.

While this approach often feels like the best thing to do, how often do you actually get to the most important items? Chances are, it’s rare and often at a cost. Continue reading

Getting Feedback Without Fear

There’s nothing better than getting great feedback.

There’s nothing worse than getting bad feedback.

There’s nothing more helpful than getting constructive feedback.

So how on earth do you make sure you get the right feedback? Paul and Sam love getting feedback just as much as anyone and during this podcast they discuss some great suggestions on how to ask for feedback so that you get the right information at the right time to help you improve instead of sending you off in the wrong and often depressing spiral caused by poorly given feedback.

 

It’s July already! Review time…

If you run your own company – perhaps it’s even listed – then you will know all about half-year financial reviews. Not exactly an audit but a review of the balance sheet, discussions with staff, total income, cash flow and changes in equity. Essentially a mechanism by which accountants can see that the company is being managed correctly and can therefore provide good returns to shareholders.Continue reading

Get More Energy From Your Relationships

Is that possible? To get energised from your relationships? In this podcast Gina and Chris provide a practical strategy and steps to evaluate your current relationships. With this awareness you can make better decisions on how and who you spend your time with to improve your energy levels.

After this you’ll now have more energy to put towards the most important things in your life.

Leave a comment and let us know what you discovered by following this exercise and putting the strategy in place.