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Wednesday
Apr232014

Learn to be present

By Jim Henderson, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

Koh Samui Thailand, 35 degrees, sunny, 75% humidity. New Year’s day.

“I’m on island time. The changes are subtle, but I am slowly purging my system of the frenetic habits of modern life. My movements are slower, my thoughts uncluttered, my goals non-existant. I’m living for today and casting an occassional lazy eye at tomorrow. I’m not the least bit annoyed or anxious”.

Thank you to Mr John Grisham for describing how I feel here kicking back by the pool in beautiful Koh Samui, reading his latest novel.

I’m aware of the sounds of the lapping of the ocean waves, the chatter of the wildlife – cecadas and birds – the smells of sunscreen, jasmine, exotic flowers, the feel of the sun’s warmth and the comfort of the beach towel, a very occassional and welcome gentle breeze.

Amazing how much more information you can take in when your senses become fine tuned when just “being”.

Made me think about how much I might be missing with clients, by not being fully present.

How much more value could I bring to the client if I chose to simply “be” with thoughts uncluterred.

 

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

 

Tuesday
Apr222014

Stop settling for ordinary

By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

The people you coach or lead have extraordinary in them.

When they agreed to follow you or be coached by you, their expectation is that you will bring out the brilliance in them.

Your expectation was that they would be fabulous, not average or ordinary.

Are you both colluding to keep safe and comfortable?

Or do you both dare to walk the edges of brilliance.

Coach, if you are keeping your client safe, would it be fair to suggest that you are betraying their brilliance?

Holding them to their light is way more exciting, don’t you think?

So stop settling for them being ordinary.

 

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

 

Tuesday
Apr222014

In conversation with Mike Hollingbery, BozBoz Ltd

Mike Hollingbery of BozBoz Ltd talks about how Shirlaws has helped him to grow and expand his business to the level it is at now.

Client Case Study: Mike Hollingbery, BozBoz Ltd from Emma Perry on Vimeo.

Tuesday
Apr152014

Attracting more followers - part 2

By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

Having just completed “Tribes” by Seth Godin, I am compelled to add to my earlier thoughts on attraction.

Gathering followers the old way would have been met with resistance.

Some leaders would put out the change they are planning first. That gets met with resistance.

So they send out version 2 of the change proposal.

That also gets resisted, so they modify it further.

And so on.

The smarter leader asks of her people = “What if… we did this?”

The resistance comes back, naturally.

The leader processes the resistance and the first communication then handles the resistance and lands much more smoothly, with much more likelihood of being accepted.

Godin offers additional leverage.

Find people in the group who are already behaving in the way you want to see throughout. Shine the spotlight on them.

They become the microleaders of the new cause.

They attract the tribe the leader is aiming to build.

It can happen without ego.

The best leaders have their people say” look what we achieved”

Obama has used this device in his speeches – click here to download a free audiobook that describes some more of his patterns .

 

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

 

Friday
Apr112014

Transforming business conversations

By Ed Percival, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

We notice and listen to conversations in business organisations and are frustrated that the quality and productivity of some is at the same levels of ineptitude that we both experienced as young managers – a long time ago.

So we compose this letter to you to disrupt your thinking, or at least take you to the edge of your present model of the world.

Begin with the single biggest waste of time in many organisations – the meeting.

Some thoughts to make your meetings even more productive.

  • Have an agenda before the meeting
  • Add specific points from the participants before beginning
  • Set a Context for the meeting to serve as a compass heading. Our Context today is Efficiency/ Responsibility/ capability development/ insert your Context. Then when someone wants to veer away, gently bring them back to the direction and level of the Context.  
  • Engage every participant early on, for example, with small group conversations. “What  do we currently mean by “ Efficiency?”” Then agree a common definition – that way you won’t have a conversation using divergent meanings of a high level word.
  • Have the meeting timed so that each person can deal with the fall out that is produced. If the meeting used to be an hour, set it for 45 minutes. Then I have time to deal with the actions assigned to me before I go to my next meeting.
  • Occasionally pause for reflection on what has happened so far – “ what have you learned/realized so far?” Good for people who need to process what has happened before they can move on. Makes meetings valuable for learning and insights.
  • Get the notes out immediately. List responsibilities for actions agreed.

 

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