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Would You Pick Up Someone Else’s Rubbish?

A guy was walking along the street on a hot day a couple of weeks ago drinking a bottle of water. Thinking he was highly skilled in basketball, the aimed the bottle at the bin, threw and missed. No score. The bottle fell to the ground and he kept walking. Noticing this was a father and his child. The father walked towards the bottle on the ground and picked it up. His son asked him why he was doing that, as he didn’t drop it. And his father responded ‘because it matters. It matters to the world you will live in in the future and it matters to people living around here now. You don’t litter streets, its impact is felt way beyond seeing a bottle on the ground.” He placed the bottle in the bin. This mattered to him enough to stop and pick up someone else’s...

Looking Back to Get Ahead.

I’m sitting in disbelief (and a little bit of relief if I am honest) that I am writing my final blog of the year! This year has flown past and now with the Christmas tree up and parties in full swing I get to take a little break from writing. Well, at least to my loyal readers! Last week I wrote about the power of reflection. So over the past 2 weeks I have taken some of my own medicine. Last week, I dedicated a whole day to learning and reflection, getting clarity on what has worked, what needs to improve and what my key areas of focus will be for next year. The following day saw a couple of hours with my accountability partner working out the nitty gritty of what that meant and the actions I needed to take and then today I spent a couple of hours with my...

Why Reflection is Now a Success Strategy.

To literally stop and think when things are chaotic and going at a thousand miles an hour, can seem counterintuitive and even ridiculous! Who has time to do that? The more relevant question is “who can afford not to”? Reflection time is either accepted or not by people. Some see it as a waste of time and yet it’s one of the most powerful tools you can adopt in a busy world to slow down and reflect on what we are doing and importantly why we are doing it. It’s so easy now to get caught up in the doing, the reacting and the running to keep up rather than being conscious of what we’re doing and the impact it has. This of course is dangerous, as we are at risk of continuing to do the same things regardless of the level of success. As Albert Einstein says, this is...

Expert Interview – How to Stay Relevant and Engage Our Four Generations.

There are many incredibly powerful leaders in our world and Adam Rowse, of Barclay’s Bank, UK, is one of them. Adam is a dynamic leader who has climbed the success ladder quickly through his natural ability to engage and communicate with people of all walks of life. He is incredibly intelligent and well credentialed, but something I believe attribute to Adam’s success is also his ‘street smarts’. Adam is Head of Business Banking. He leads over three thousand people who are part of the distribution platforms for the company, including the contact and digital teams. I had the pleasure of working with Adam in my corporate days and have experienced his leadership first hand. He generously provided his time to be interviewed for my book Busy? and below are some of...

The Value of Your Circle of Influence.

A boy and his father were walking through the woods together. They came across a large log, blocking their path. The boy turned to his father and said, ‘Do you think I can lift this log?’ The father replied, ‘If you use all your strength, absolutely you can.’ The boy rolled up his sleeves, bent his knees, and got his hands under the log. He heaved with every ounce of strength he had. But the log wouldn’t budge. He tried over and over until at last, exhausted and breathless, he gave up. He looked at his dad in frustration. ‘You said I could lift it!’ His dad smiled. ‘I told you, you could lift it if you used all your strength. You didn’t ask me for help.’ So the boy asked for help and together they lifted the log out of their path. It is hard to be a leader...

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