Category: Goals and Planning

The Blind Side

One of the peculiarities in sport is how so much of it is based around tactics involving disrupting your opponents flow or concentration. A fielding team  will chat to the batter at the crease(aka sledging) to impact concentration.  That one moment could affect 6 or 7 hours of effort with a few choice words. Tennis players […]

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Planning is underrated

Last week I got to give a talk on the lessons I learned from my, now not so recent, surgery. I explained beforehand there was nothing new in there, but perhaps hearing something within a different context might spur some action for one or two people. That, for me would be a big win. Toward […]

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Carpe Diem

I know what it’s like. Your brain is buzzing. Full, overflowing. Things to do, emails to react to, people to call and meet.  Opportunities to follow up on, sales proposals to get out and when are you going to find the time to get those 1:1’s done with the team? “How was your day?”  you’re asked… “Busy […]

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Good Performances Bring Results

It’s never been easy being a QPR fan. I’ve seen it all.  Since 2000 I’ve experienced three promotions, three relegations, two play-off finals, an injury time winner at Wembley, 15 managers and 5 owners (I think!). A rollercoaster of emotions and frustrations interspersed with moments of joy. Ask any QPR fan and one of the […]

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Frozen in Time

My sister would have celebrated her 50th birthday today.   I say celebrated ‘today’ but she would have found a way to make it last at least a week.  Seema had an incredibly ability to enjoy life to the full and infecting others around her with that vitality and spark.   She made everyone smile. […]

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The Secret to My Success

I suffer with an ongoing back condition.  Years of abuse and misuse have caused various weaknesses and discs that are degenerating. A back spasm is agonising.   It can leave me on the floor gasping in pain.  And after 30 years of hurt (not quite England football hurt) you’d think I’d be used to it by now. No. Before […]

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Lessons from the ice

A couple of weeks ago today I was standing on a cliff edge looking over yet another incredible view that makes up the Icelandic landscape. It’s the sort of place that inspires you to quickly run out of superlatives when describing it. The experience was organised by The Bucket List Company who take people all […]

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Trust Yourself

I spent some time recently with a young person who’s been offered a second opportunity to apply for a medical apprenticeship. The standards are high and there are far fewer places than applicants. He really wants this place. You can tell it’s a burning desire – it’s all consuming. He did a great interview first […]

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Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action I’m sure you’ve come across this phrase before.  I’m always intrigued by it as there’s an underlying piece in those three words when it comes to business that is equally frustrating, and sometimes inspiring. I prefer to be inspired. I see too many business owners focussed on the first two of the above […]

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Groundhog Year

Insanity was described by Einstein as: “Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results”. It’s easy to do. You’ve probably set plans for this year, prepared a budget, perhaps even thought about some BHAG’s (ask me what that is if you don’t know). But it’s YOU that needs to change if […]

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