Years ago, I remember working on a client project that I thought was going really well. Then a colleague asked to have a chat with me – when he revealed that a client had given him a list of things that I had got wrong. First of all, it was a big shock. Secondly, I felt really dejected. But after a while, I realised that there were important lessons to … Read more
Not long ago, a friend kept saying that she didn’t like her job and wanted to find a new one. But every time we met up, she said she was too busy (with work and also moving home) to look for a new job. For months, she talked about how frustrated she was with work but she didn’t actually do anything about it.
Sneakily, I applied a psychological technique to … Read more
Whether I’m running a leadership development programme for managers, running a workshop on confidence for employees or lecturing to students, I often talk about the mind-set associated with success.
Researchers such as Carol Dweck at Stanford University have spotted that people’s beliefs – their mind-set – about themselves and their ability to learn and grow can either help them to make progress or hamper their development. So what’s your mind-set?… Read more
What are your goals for the next 12 months? Maybe you want to lose weight, eat more healthily or quit a bad habit. Perhaps you want to socialise more – or socialise less and study more.
A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests a new way of setting goals. Suppose you want to lose weight. You could either set yourself a specific goal (e.g. “lose 10 pounds”) … Read more
I was running a workshop the other day for a group of job hunters (who had all recently been made redundant). Before helping them to hone their interview skills, I presented them with the following slide:
Before you jump into your job search, how about stepping back to think about what sort of job you should be doing next?
Will you be able to use your strengths?
On the bottom … Read more
I shot this video a while ago, but I still stand by the five top tips I shared.
The book these tips came from was originally called The Extra One Per Cent but was republished with a new title as E is for Exceptional.
I hope you found the video interesting. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below!… Read more
I occasionally read (British) GQ magazine mostly when I’m on holiday for its diverting, entertaining stories.
However, one well-researched, well-written article in the May 2013 issue (on page 89) written by Tony Parsons caught my attention. It tackled the age-old question: What is it that makes people successful?
Whatever your goals and ambitions in life, do you believe that you are solely responsible for the results you get? Or do you feel that you have close friends and family who advise, support and guide you?
I recently worked on some research in conjunction with Links of London, the official jewellery company for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The research identified that many successful people have a … Read more