Rather than clock-watching the hours of your life at work go by, here are five simple steps you can apply, right now, to find your true passion at work!
When I think about leadership there are four key words that spring to mind;
For me, this is what I think makes a great leader, and are the four keys I focus on for my own self-growth and personal development. Lately, I have been challenged that I should really have a fifth word on this list.
There is no day more frustrating than when you have tons of work to get through, yet a complete lack of focus to get through it all. Workplace performance is intrinsically tied to focus, we all know that. So why can I be so difficult to getting focused and getting work done? The ability to focus is one of the most powerful tools we have when it comes to getting work done, no amount of technology, brains, nor brawn, can contribute what focus can to our productivity and performance.
Company culture should drive business success. That is the main factor any business should focus on when developing their business values. . .
We communicate literally hundreds of times per day, between, written, verbal and non-verbal, there is a frightening amount of ways you are consciously and subconsciously communicating. Set aside the practice part for now, what does effective communication look like, what does it mean to be an effective communicator? Below we have listed 6 key points to being an effective communicator.
Not enough time in the day? Underperforming team members? Lack of budget? Saying yes more than you should? There is a monstrous amount of reasons as to why you are feeling stressed. The reality though. It doesn’t really matter why, what matters is how you deal with it, and how you move forward.
There is no role more important to a company as a leader. Great Leadership, or lack off, can really make or break an organisation, so it’s important to understand how you can really focus in on developing yourself as a leader. One of the main realisations of being a leader is that you are never finished learning, and no one is going to do it for you! So here it is, 3 simple steps you can take to ensure you are constantly pushing yourself to be a better leader.
What is influence? Why is it important? Is influence a good attribute, or a bad one? Can you learn to be influential, or is it an attribute that cannot be learnt? Most importantly, if it can be learnt, how can you become an influencer? These are some of the questions that probably spun around your mind as you read the title of this post, but I think we have gotten it backwards for the most part! You see, I firmly believe that influence is in everybody, in diverse ways, and for varied reasons.
One of our favourite quotes, from one of our favourite innovators! Steve Jobs and Apple are one of the best modern examples of pure innovation. Apple unapologetically pursued a path of being the best in everything they did, creating products that didn’t just perform, but products that changed the way we do life today.
Change is never easy, but it is inevitable. Be it in your personal or your work life, embarking on a journey of change can be an arduous process. Whether you’re changing processes, structure, or even seating arrangements, you often come up against the same issue. Resistance!
Becoming a mentor can be an interesting journey. For most it is a natural experience, and one that is enjoyable. I would assume from the start of this blog, that you are either in a mentorship role currently, or that you one day aspire to help others to grow and develop through the lessons and experiences you have had.
“What is a team?” – A question that I was recently asked. Instantly, I jumped in to answer, “A group of people working towards a common purpose or goal.” Though when I started unpacking this answer, I came up against an obvious challenge. Whilst standing waiting on my usual train at Belfast Central Station, across the platform stood a group of 15-20 people, all waiting to get the train to Dublin.
Who, What, Where, Why, and When! Those five words, in that order! That’s how we recite them, that’s how we remember the 5 W’s! Whoever came up with that order clearly did it so they were easier to rhyme off but little did they know the damage they would cause to our businesses and industries.
Amongst the definitions you stumble across when researching the word “engage” are the following nuggets of gold;
- involve someone in.
- participate or become involved in.
- establish a meaningful contact or connection with.
Growth opportunities are different from your core business and therefore require different skills and an understanding of your customer’s needs. They also require commitment. Below are 6 things that you should consider when making new growth initiatives work within your business.
The desire and passion to succeed is only half the battle. Many people desire to succeed, but without a plan, a routine, and clear goals, the journey is mostly unproductive. Whether its in work, school, personal life, whatever, it takes planning, preparation, and a clear direction to get you going, and most importantly of all, keep going.
One aspect of business that I take very seriously with myself and my team is a continual focus on personal development. Not just for in work, but also for their personal lives, future goals and aspirations, and their own performance.
At little over 6 months ago, I made one of the most drastic decisions of my life. I shocked my boss, my colleagues, my team, and more than any other, it shocked my wife. It didn’t come easily, nor naturally to me, and it was a huge shock to the system, but after many months of deliberation, I did i...
When Elon Musk was asked about how he has learnt to build rockets. He had a simple answer: “I read books”.
On that simple point, here are 10 books you should read over the next year to drive success, and invest in your own personal growth.
Nurturing my work ethic has always been a priority to me. You see, some people believe your either born with it, or not. They think it’s clear cut, yet this very thinking has been the catalyst of many people believing they have been somehow duped in life by not being graced with the “Work ethic gene”. Understanding what a work ethic is, and is not, is essential in nurturing and developing the person you want to be.