Category Archives: Human Performance

Human performance consulting

Year-end hoves into view – time to create an 80 Day Plan

I don’t wish to create any undue panic but year-end is approaching and approaching fast. You have c80 working days left to deliver whatever you promised back in January before you and your colleagues will be winding down and getting tied up in festivities. So the time to act is now! I am a fan of short term 80 –…

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Comfort Zone Discomfort – Finding the edge and taking a step beyond

What makes some of us comfortable experiencing the dis-comfort of stepping outside our comfort zone and others who see this zone as a definitive boundary beyond which lies stupidity and foolishness? This question has continued to intrigue me as I seek in my coaching work to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. I have the good fortune to coach…

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Strategy & Culture – The 2 main levers leaders can pull to make their mark

Strategy provides clarity, direction and focus for collective change work and I have written a lot about this topic in previous blogs. Check out ‘Strategy as a little black dress‘ and ‘Visions, missions and all that jazz’ as two examples. Culture by contrast is far more elusive and esoteric, made up as it is of unspoken ‘truths’, embedded rituals, incumbent…

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View from the Coach Window – what value do the passengers get?

Much has been written about the value of having a coach, mainly by people like myself who offer coaching as a professional service and who are looking to encourage more people to consider having a coach! Obviously I see no harm in this noble aim, however in this article I wanted to reflect on this topic through the eyes of…

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August in the Office – Some time to think and some things to do….

Late July and August is a strange time in the business world. A quiet few weeks loom large as your colleagues take their holidays and the usual round of ‘regular’ meetings are interrupted and welcome gaps appear in your hectic schedule. This can be a discombobulating time for busy leaders used to rushing from one ‘important’ meeting to another, what…

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Need to build Personal Resilience? Got a pile of manure? Then look for the donkey!

I very frequently apply the insight from my donkey story to whatever life experiences I am currently facing. This is a story about research conducted with two boys. One was placed in a room full of toys and the other was placed in a room full of manure and they were left alone for the day. When the researchers returned,…

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