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Friday
Jun202014

In conversation with Alex Nicolson, Premium Golf Ltd

Alex Nicolson of Premium Golf Ltd discusses working with Shirlaws while at our 2013 Client Conference. He talks about what it has been like working with Shirlaws coaches and how his business has changed over the last few years.

Client Case Study: Alex Nicolson, Premium Golf Ltd from Emma Perry on Vimeo.

Tuesday
Jun102014

In conversation with Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic

Jonathan Freeman of Mosiac at our 2013 Client Conference talks about working with Shirlaws and how it has changed his business for the better.

Client Case Study: Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic from Emma Perry on Vimeo.

Monday
Jun092014

Fear appears when dilemma shows up

By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

Sometimes your client stops in their tracks because they are facing a quandary.

This sometimes happens when there is a choice of two paths to take and both seem equally unpalatable. Then the energy drains from their motivation and momentum.

It seems that when the word ”or” comes up, fear might be provoked.

  • what if choose the wrong path? [ wrong or right?]
  • what if I am a manager really and not a leader? [ manager or leader?]

I think there might be a number of ways for you to resolve the stuck state.

The first that comes to mind is to  take them into the future down both their possible paths, and have them notice what happens. The likelihood is that one will become more attractive and energising and one less so. Once they have the experience of the two futures and you have facilitated a feeling difference, their choice becomes clearer.

Another approach is to add a third element. My current favourite to add to right or wrong is “what works?”

This seems to dispel the fear in moments and has their attention going into a third direction.

You will also be conscious of the new thinking of “entrepreneur” to add to the leader or manager dilemma.

 

 

Take Stages test: burst through your brick walls

 

There are 14 key stages that each business needs to go through to get to advanced, sustainable growth - including two brick walls which many companies never break through.

Find out where you are in the lifecycle - and what to do next. Complete stages and download your 15-page action plan.

Take the Stages test

 

Thursday
May292014

In conversation with David Thompson, Moore Blatch

David Thompson of Moore Blatch talks about the growth of his business and the journey Moore Blatch has been on.

Client Case Study: David Thompson, Moore Blatch from Emma Perry on Vimeo.

Tuesday
May062014

Passing on mastery

By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

There’s a really important Skill that The Master needs to pass on to The Apprentice.

In doing so, The Apprentice’s skill increases and The Master releases time for  even more valuable work for the cause.

Rather than The Master continuing to go out alone to perform the Skill [taking up too much valuable time], he takes along The Apprentice, who first watches and makes copious notes of his observations.

On the return to the castle, The Apprentice shares his notes and explains to The Master what he experienced and noticed. The Master fills in the gaps and explains why each part is necessary in the sequence of application of The Skill.

This continues until The Apprentice can describe each part of the pattern contained in the skill to the satisfaction of The Master, and why each piece is important for its success.

The next step is for The Apprentice to be given space  during the castle practice times  to demonstrate to other Apprentices his understanding of The Skill.

The Master can observe the competence of the Apprentice in practice.

Once the demonstration has been made to the required standard in safety, then The Master can provide The Apprentice the chance to carry out components of The Skill under supervision in battle conditions.

This process is followed, possibly adding in exposure to other Masters of The Skill, until The Apprentice can be considered competent enough to go out alone to practice The Skill in battle alone, or better still by having less able Apprentices accompany the new Craftsman.

This process is likely to accelerate the learning of Apprentices and free The Master for more valuable work.

 

Take Stages test: burst through your brick walls

 

There are 14 key stages that each business needs to go through to get to advanced, sustainable growth - including two brick walls which many companies never break through.

Find out where you are in the lifecycle - and what to do next. Complete stages and download your 15-page action plan.

Take the Stages test