Do you know what other people think of you? Perhaps the more important question is: do you understand why it’s important that you know how other people think of you? Our friend and colleague, Fiona Fenwick offers some advice on how to manage that most elusive of things …. your personal brand. It has been… Read more
This week we are delighted to share a blog from Fiona Fenwick, one of our colleagues who advises elite sportsmen and women and corporate clients on the importance of their personal brand and the significant difference it can make to their success on a personal and professional level. **** Living your values is fundamental in building and… Read more
Mindfulness is not new. It is about cultivating a state of mind towards being present and experiencing the fullness of a situation / event, despite how aversive it may be. It means not getting bogged down in one’s own feelings and emotions and being able to see things clearly, so one can respond rather than react.
We say ‘cultivate’ since it takes time. All of our thoughts are habits and we are gardeners in their cultivation. It’s up to us to tend well. Suffering is optional.
Recently I was privileged to listen to the wisdom of David Slyfield, one of the most sought-after athletic trainers in New Zealand. He had just finished training the world-renowned Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team. There are some strong links between the athlete trainer and the organisational leader. Having also trained some of the New Zealand… Read more
As leaders, we invest time and energy in learning and applying new skills, but do we ever ask how those receivers could help us? For example, if I want to be a great leader-as-coach, I need to become really clear on the specific behaviours that I want to put into action, for what kind of situations, what reinforcement I need, as well as the benefits staff can expect. And then, I don’t keep it a best kept secret. I make all of this transparent with my staff. Anecdotal evidence for the benefits of this approach are refreshing and help make the learning, stick further.