Mindsets and fishing nets

Mindsets and fishing nets

Sometimes businesses are under extreme pressure to survive. When things are not working or the results that we want are not appearing fast enough, people and businesses have different ways of reacting and responding.

Some stick their heads in the sand hoping food/sales will appear. Most opt for working harder at the same task, in the hope that will engender some enormous result. But some choose to behave differently, to find an alternative solution.

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Are you operating outside of your values?

Are you operating outside of your values?

Uncovering values is probably one of the simplest and most foundational exercises I use as a coach. It sometimes feels too simple when I'm coaching high performing senior managers and captains of industry. But our personal values ARE what guide us, and keep us feeling 'on track' and fulfilled. We can get very stuck, and it can feel very dark without them.

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Building the stories your business needs to thrive

Building the stories your business needs to thrive

When you’re pitching your business, a compelling tale that sticks in your listener’s mind and gives them a reason to remember you is worth a fortune.  Yes, your professional credentials are important and people will want confidence in your skill set. But using stories to demonstrate drive, determination, and a belief in what you are doing… Well that makes you so much more impactful than presenting bare facts.   

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catalyst: facts vs. stories

catalyst: facts vs. stories

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Alexandra Samuel looks at a problem that's increasingly relevant to leaders, managers and business owners: how to present data-heavy information in a way that motivates and inspires – and avoids the trap of Death By Powerpoint.So when planning a presentation that's going to include a lot of rich data, there are some simple tips to follow. The most important of which is: forget the data, focus on the story.

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Is it going to be a good year?

Is it going to be a good year?

I’m really clear that excellence is never an accident. It’s the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.

Excellence leads to extraordinary things – but excellence needs attention. You have to foster excellence, nurture it, and bring it to life.

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The carrot, the funnel, and the saxophone mouthpiece…

The carrot, the funnel, and the saxophone mouthpiece…

We can all be guilty of over complicating things, in all manner of contexts; and that tendency can squash the creativity out of business. Often, we even seek out complexity to keep the adrenaline going and make sure we feel challenged enough. I've seen it in the clients I coach – senior, smart-thinking people, who nonetheless get overwhelmed and end up feeling they're lacking in creativity when everything is complex.

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Parenthood + business = Guilt?

Parenthood + business = Guilt?

As entrepreneurs, we're no strangers to working within constraints, whether time, money or other resources. Restrictions like this can actually be an asset if they drive us forward and force us to think creatively. But When you're splitting your precious time between a business you love and your family, what tends to get thrown into the mix is a big helping of guilt.

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How To Make It Home For Bathtime

How To Make It Home For Bathtime

Working hours are a major problem where family life is concerned, whatever your profession. But parents who run their own business have an advantage; we get to design the way our business generates its income. We have the power to change business models, and make the way we create revenue fit around more of the demands of family life.

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Catalyst: Buddha leaves the Boardroom

Catalyst: Buddha leaves the Boardroom

Jackie's interest was pricked by today's catalyst, which looks at whether the pursuit of mindfulness can go too far. In it, there are some surprising findings about the benefits of letting the mind wander. In fact, the research quoted here indicates that there are situations in which not focusing on the task at hand might be the very best way of encouraging creative epiphanies and new approaches to problem solving. In one study, researchers found that:

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Catalyst: Pay it forward, profitably

Catalyst: Pay it forward, profitably

Sure, it's possible to make a healthy profit from your business and then support the causes you're passionate about through donations. But more and more, we're seeing socially-conscious entrepreneurs show that making a positive impact in the world, and running a profitable business, don't have to be two separate strands.

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Captain of Moonshots

Captain of Moonshots

Back in April, I was searching for something. Trawling back through notebooks from past years, sifting through articles in well-thumbed business journals; it was the kind of 'creative idling' time that I don't always make space for in my working day. I didn't know exactly what I needed; I just felt sure I'd know it when I found it. Then I stumbled across a Fast Company video, lasting just 1 minute and 38 seconds.

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