The start of something big!

October 29, 2013


Today I am starting to blog a series of reflections about confidence because over the last couple of years I’ve formed the opinion that its probably the single biggest factor in how much of what we are capable of achieving, we actually do go on and accomplish.
Whether you agree with this or not, I hope you find my musings helpful.
I’ve watched my kids doing homework and noticed that the same tasks can either drag for seemingly hours of hard, slow, painful effort, or be whizzed through in no time…and largely this has been down not to their ability to do the tasks, but their confidence in their ability to do the tasks.
I’ve watched people in business not achieve due to massive lack of confidence in their ability to go out and make the right things happen. I’ve then watched others with less obvious talent and ability, but with much higher confidence levels, set about massively outperforming their less confident counterparts.
I also notice this in myself too. I notice it in sport, in TV talent shows and in social situations.
It’s huge, and I thought I’d write about it! More tomorrow.

The problem with productivity

June 6, 2012

I do a lot of work helping people become more productive – getting more of the right things done, in less time, to produce more of the results they are looking for.

There is, however, one potentially critical problem with a drive towards improving productivity. The problem is this: if you’re not careful, everything is reduced to being a thing to do, a tick off on a list, an outcome to be achieved. 

There are some things you do that must be done with feeling – your work is an art, an expression of your creative best. It needs to be paused over, enjoyed. The people involved – customers, team members, friends – need to be appreciated, engaged, earnestly listened to. The satisfaction of the work itself must not be missed in those things that you do where you feel like “I do this well”, “This is what I was born for!”

Be productive; strive for improvement; deal with the stuff, of course…in order to really enjoy the heart of your work. That’s when what you do will make the greatest impact – and you’ll feel great!