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Thursday
May012014

In conversation with Sam Duong, Ming Foods

Sam Duong of Ming Foods talks about what he has achieved for Ming Foods through working with Shirlaws.

Client Case Study: Sam Duong, Ming Foods from Emma Perry on Vimeo.

Wednesday
Apr232014

The bigger picture

By Jim Henderson, Shirlaws UK Business Coach

"Vision” is one of those words I have come across which could fit in the “totally meaningless words” category – that is, there appears to be 101 different definitions.

Did I mention that I had recently spent 2 weeks on Thailand’s fantastic island of Samui. One night, our waiter told us his story of how he was from Manila in the Philippines, and how he chose to work on Koh Samui, where he could earn double the wages compared to back home.

He then explained that it will be maybe 2 years before he will travel back to Manila. What makes this even more remarkable is that he has a wife and 4 young daughters living there.

This young man’s “Vision” is for his wife and daughters to have a comfortable, healthier life outside the busy, sultry, smoggy city of Manila. To aspire to this dream, his chosen plan is to work hard to maximise his earnings and give up being able to be with his family for perhaps 2 years.

Daily Skype sessions are a poor compromise. In our western world, this situation is almost incomprehensible – imagine not being able to hug your kids for 2 years.

To me, an aspirational Vision has to “feel” much better than today’s situation.

This young man’s Vision encapsulates a really powerful “Why” – it serves as a reminder to him that when energy is low and what seems like constant barriers are put in his way, there is a sense of perspective, an ability to see the bigger picture which makes the day to day more bareable.

In business conversations, I observe that many personal Visions are more like plans, or stepping stones, short term goals, with no real feeling attached, or real Why.

Time to re-visit my own bigger picture.

 

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

 

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.