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Back in the late seventies and early eighties teenage crime in the USA was starting to become a real concern.  A famous (or now infamous) campaign was initiated to Scare Straight the teenagers who were considered the most likely to follow a life of crime.  They were taken in small groups to the most notorious…

Thriving for the Holidays. Not Just Surviving. The incredible energy of the holiday season is upon us. For some this might mean a short respite from the many hours per week giving extra effort to make sure clients, customers and employees feel engaged and valued For others, the holidays are a time where family comes…

Adapt your vocabulary using self-talk to neutralize debilitating negative thoughts. Let’s take a step back to your last successful moment. A time when you accomplished what you set out to achieve. Where did you attribute your success? Did you consider yourself Lucky? Or did you recognize the hard work you did? What about the last…

Parallels between the world of Business and Sport are often drawn and lessons learned on the field are often highly relevant when you are working in the field. This should not come as any surprise, it is a widely held belief that sport is an ideal arena to enhance the values of leadership, determination, focus,…

Training is a large part of professional development, creating a residual impact of training may enhance this development. Training is one way workplace skills are built and new competencies create new opportunities. Many training programs start with a list of goals or learning outcomes; everything you should know when you finish the training. Depending on the…

This is the first in a series of blog posts which aim to unpack how to develop a cohesive team within your performance domain. Around the world, cohesion amongst team members is highly sought. The value of a cohesive team is viewed as greater than the sum of its parts and is often thought to be…

“The Corporate Athlete” In 2001 Jim Loehr, a performance psychologist and Tony Schwartz the CEO of The Energy Project, published The Making of a Corporate Athlete in the Harvard Business Review. In this article they suggest theories of sport performance can be applied in the business setting through four capacities: Emotional, Mental, Physical and Spiritual….

Creating systems can help you save some of your most important knowledge. Recently I was told a story about a department head at a university who suddenly passed away. She didn’t leave her predecessor any notes or slides. With her died a wealth of knowledge that will never be recovered. This challenge is common. Instead…

Over the summer I’ve had the time to talk with people from varied backgrounds across different working environments who are passionate about achieving excellence in their respective fields.  The conversation always comes round to how best they can influence or change a key behaviour or habit that will then translate into maximised performance. Often, we…

All you leaders out there….Imagine if people in your organisation could do things exactly the way you wanted them to, automatically, without the need for you to constantly check on them or even issue orders. Sound good? This cracking little animated film is all about leadership and how to communicate your “intent” rather than having…

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