December 30

Do you need to be more resilient?

Do you need to be more resilient?

Recently, I was asked to write a short piece for a clients start of year newsletter. They wanted something that focused on building resilience, especially given the two turbulent years the world has gone through and its impact on their organisation. I thought it would be good to share this article in my own blog post as this is the time of year people take stock on life.

May 7

IF…

IF…

What connects the famous line in Rudyard Kiplings’ poem and Taylor Swift? What happens when you are in a situation which is ostensibly outside of your control?

July 12

Are you ever too old to succeed?

Are you ever too old to succeed?

What do you do when the phone rings with an offer that almost seems too good to be true? This was the dilemma that faced 71 year old ex-musician, Mick Ware, who now works as an antique furniture repairer.

October 26

Do you need to get a life?

Do you need to get a life?

You may remember the story of Curtis Woodhouse, who was a boxer taunted by Twitter trolls in March 2013? Essentially having lost a bout (on points) he was branded a “disgrace”, amongst other things.

July 9

If you want to succeed, then learn how to bounce back

If you want to succeed, then learn how to bounce back

If you had been able to ask Steve Jobs how he felt in 1985 when he was fired from Apple, what would you have expected him to say? His friends reported that they found him curled up in a foetal position on a mattress in his unfinished house. This is far from the pervading image we have of him now, as the black turtleneck sweater clad icon to whom we might relate to now.

However there was something about Jobs that enabled him to not only found Pixar (sold to Disney) but to return to Apple and turn it into one of the most profitable companies in the world.

April 24

The first step to success…

The first step to success…

Do you know the inspirational story of Chris Gardner? His life story is the subject of a film starring Will Smith and his son Jaden – The Pursuit of Happyness (and that is the correct spelling).

Essentially, in San Francisco in 1981, Gardner loses his home, his marriage fails and he ends up homeless with his 5 year old son and only $22 in his pocket. The circumstances are immaterial, but suffice to say he embarks on a one-year internship with the aim of becoming a broker at a large brokerage house. Despite having very little money and having to sleep rough (often in homeless hostels) he manages to care for his son and secure a post. He eventually went on to found his own brokerage and secure his own personal fortune.

April 11

Do you choose Success or Regret?

Do you choose Success or Regret?

In Marshall Goldsmiths new book, Triggers, he makes a prescient observation that “even the most indestructible leader has regrets”.

For those of you unfamiliar with Marshall, he is an eminent business educator, thinker and coach who has been very influential throughout his long and distinguished career.

That leaders have cause for regret is not an idle thought, as Marshall has coached more that 150 CEO’s.

Whilst it might be a prescient observation, it is just a starting point. Regret is a powerful emotion and one that we all recognise in a way that is personal to us. Hence what might be regret for you could be disappointment for someone else – but these are just different colours of thinking about things that may not have gone so well.  So what can we learn from it?

May 11

Career Curveball

Career Curveball

As we all know, life sometimes involves twists and turns that are both unexpected and seem to shatter well laid plans. The result is that the course of your future life trajectory changes quite significantly and it may not seem as if this is either positive, or in your best interests. For some people, the change is as much physically life changing as it is mentally life changing – such as for severely wounded and handicapped servicemen coming back from active service overseas.

Something that very few people will know about me. Throughout my teen years I was very keen on joining the Army. I went to Westbury for officer selection and consequently went to Sandhurst. After 3 months, the Army decided that it was perhaps better if chose something else to do with my life… even though the experience made me even more sure that that is what I wanted to do. I was 18, it was December and the only thing I had ever wanted to do was taken away from me. Pretty much a career curveball…. (#careercurveballs).