Tag Archives: Focus

Don’t Feed The Birds

Don’t Feed The Birds

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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Tweet As a kid I remember being pestered by aggressive seagulls at the beach. I thought if I threw them a few hot chips they’d be appeased and go away. How wrong I was. Suddenly there were more, and bolder still, with endless appetites! The Mayor of London recently reduced soaring pigeon numbers simply by […]

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The Most Crowded Marketplace Of All

Posted on 27. Oct, 2011 by .

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Tweet I have always pursued the ideal that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. As I’ve worked with leaders around the world, I have discovered that mindset is not only a more satisfying way to live but it’s also a hallmark of those who rise above their competition. The most crowded marketplace […]

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Work Horses And Show Ponies

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by .

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Tweet I’ve come to realize that being gifted and being productive aren’t always the same thing. Every leader makes a largely unconscious choice to encourage either show ponies or work horses in their leadership stable. Show ponies remind me of those team members that are gifted to the eyeballs, look the part and parade around […]

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Developing A Rest Ethic

Developing A Rest Ethic

Posted on 23. Oct, 2010 by .

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Tweet If you’re anything like me you might find that working sometimes comes more naturally than resting does. If you’re not, then someone on your team probably needs you to read this so you can understand them better. In high school I was such a gifted sleeper than my friends nicknamed me “sloth”. I’d roll […]

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Bottleneck

Bottleneck

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 by .

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Tweet What if one person, one department, or one process was seriously limiting the impact of your whole organisation? What if growth wasn’t so much about turning up the water, as it was about getting the kink out of the hose? What if the pressure you felt was largely created by the significant difference between […]

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Burn Your Boats

Burn Your Boats

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 by .

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Tweet When Alexander the Great arrived on the shores of Persia his army was overwhelmingly outnumbered. Yet he gave the orders to his men to burn the boats. As their only means of retreat went up in flames, legend has it that Alexander turned to his men and said, “We go home in Persian ships, […]

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Spring Clean Your Leadership

Spring Clean Your Leadership

Posted on 29. Mar, 2010 by .

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Tweet We moved homes this week and became acutely aware of the amount of stuff we have accumulated as a family over the years. We’re not hoarders. In fact we’re not even especially sentimental. Yet quietly, in boxes and cupboards, in drawers and dark corners of the garage, “stuff” had been slowly multiplying. Not quite […]

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