It's amazing how our state of mind impacts us so this blog is all about optimism and pessimism. Yes, we have a natural tendency but we can shift that. A fabulous book about purpose and hope - 'Man's search for meaning’ by Viktor Frankl.
A few weeks before Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, passed away, there was a fabulous piece in Forbes. The article focussed on the wisdom Steve had imparted throughout his life and how these would become even more important after his passing. I’ve pulled out those lessons that resonated most for me. It felt important to mark his passing, as I think he will be remembered like Edison, Einstein, Henry Ford.... He has left an indelible mark on our society in the last 35 years, and for many more to come.
One of the highlights of the last two weeks here in the UK has been the magnificent London 2012 Olympics. The general consensus was that the London 2012 Opening Ceremony "Isle of Wonder" orchestrated by director, Danny Boyle, was an amazing spectacle. What are the leadership lessons in there?
As authors on leadership development have noted through the years, listening is not just a nice thing to do, it's essential! A focus on listening can lead to more effective teamwork, higher productivity, fewer conflicts and errors, enhanced innovation and problem-solving, improved recruiting and retention, superior customer relations and more. Loads! Here are some tips for sharpening your listening skills.
Whilst its great to stretch ourselves, it still makes sense to play to our strengths. Know when we're spending time doing things we just don't enjoy and then being able to adjust and focus on those activities we love. So 'Do what you do best and outsource the rest'.
Relaxing, Restoring, Clarifying Retreat in the beautiful Andalucía hills in Southern Spain. Time to just 'be'. Time to have a complete rest, refocus, re-balance, explore 'what's next?' for yourself. Will include daily yoga, mindfulness, coaching, fabulous healthy food. Molino del Rey has been featured by the BBC, Vogue and rated one of the best yoga retreats by The Times. It's truly magical!
“Supervision” has been a hot topic for the Coaching Profession here in the UK for a few years. There’s been confusion as some organisations eg global ICF (International Coach Federation) often talks about “mentor” coaching—being coached on your coaching skills whilst the coaching market in the UK often speaks about “supervision” — reflective practise. Coaches are confused! Do they need a mentor or a supervisor? Do they need both? Are the two the same? Which coaches do both?
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Claire has enabled a lot of my career growth and aspirations. She is very good at listening and asking the right question at the right time which just makes you pause and go think...the power of this is huge.