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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.

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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