Category: Performance Development

Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

‘If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not…

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What Do You Notice?

  ‘Clarity begins with realizing what we do not notice—and don’t notice that we don’t notice’.   Sir Alex Ferguson the legendary former coach of football club Manchester United was quite clear in his leadership philosophy and approach to coaching that the ability to notice what was going on, to…

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Armistice Day – Remembrance is Not Enough

On November 19th, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, stood at the battlefield of Gettysburg at an event to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. He was not the main speaker at the event, Edward Everett a fellow politician had spoken for 2-hours before Lincoln rose to his feet.  When Lincoln finally rose…

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Do You Have The Self-Discipline To Win?

There is an implicit narrative about self-discipline in pretty much everything I’ve written about in these posts.  With the turn of the year and with at least a couple of lbs of spare Christmas pudding hanging around my midriff, now seems a good time to be thinking about discipline and…

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‘We Don’t Ask Enough Dumb Questions!’

This post is a reflection on a couple of recent conversations and experiences with clients thinking about trying to make good decisions. ‘We don’t ask enough ‘dumb’ questions’. Dumb questions rather than wasting time or being the distraction you might assume are often highly valuable. They’re great and flushing out…

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Music, Mindset & Morale

Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight As prisoned birds must find in freedom, Winging wildly across the white Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted; And beauty came like the setting sun: My heart was…

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Time For An Unreasonable Effort?

When we think about developing our personal performance we make some calculations.  We decide what is reasonable effort; a judgment about the level of effort that will be necessary and the risks associated to failure. Then we compare the effort to the potential gain. Our personal definition of reasonable effort becomes…

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