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Strengths – the Recipe for Success?

Strengths – the Recipe for Success?

How often have you been advised – or advised others – to “play to your strengths”? It sounds like common sense, but is it actually a recipe for success? Well, there is certainly research evidence to support the value of identifying and playing to them. Benefits for...

How to Enter the Flow State

How to Enter the Flow State

Before lockdown one sunny Friday afternoon I hit the ball so cleanly and precisely I won the match. It was the tennis match of my life. A tough opponent; two leagues above me. But the matched seemed to be a blur. It flew by so quickly. I realised I had been in a state...

Having purpose can save lives

Having purpose can save lives

Having a sense of purpose in life is associated with a lower risk of death, according to a study published on May 24, 2019, in JAMA Network Open. The research concluded that “stronger purpose in life was associated with decreased mortality. Purposeful living may have...

The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose

The need for purpose is one the defining characteristics of human beings – the Power of Purpose is immense. Human beings crave purpose and suffer serious psychological difficulties when we don’t have it. Purpose is a fundamental component of a fulfilling life. My dad...

What Lives Within Us?

What Lives Within Us?

Chocolate or strawberry? Life or death? Life is an unending flow of choices and decisions. Everything we do or don’t do is inherently connected to a choice we make. It’s what lives within us. Some people make choices quickly and easily.  Others agonize over every...

What Kind of Future are we Creating?

What Kind of Future are we Creating?

Wow, it is fascinating to watch us respond to challenging circumstances. I have witnessed first-hand and in the media some things that make me ask what kind of future are we creating today? “The present,” according to the historian and philosopher David Carr, “gets...

Turning Your Story into Meaning and Power

Turning Your Story into Meaning and Power

We all have had our own life-challenging events. Some of the most impactful talks I’ve heard on the TED stage and beyond have focused on overcoming adversity wiht meaning and power. But this is one topic that lots of people (and particularly leaders) seem to shy away...

Your Truth as a Leader Lies Within You!

Your Truth as a Leader Lies Within You!

Your truth as a leader lies within you. Allow yourself the freedom to mine it and just let it happen. The easiest way to start exploring your truth is by completing your River of Life. On one level, the purpose of this exercise is to find more stories and build a...

Power of Body Language

Power of Body Language

Before the meeting, decide on an intent. Answer the question: how do I want to show up? People notice when there’s an air of confidence and presence, but they also notice when it’s the opposite. The latter is when I am not present. I am thinking about either the past,...

Self-Improvement to Generate Ideas

Self-Improvement to Generate Ideas

How to cultivate self-improvement, generate ideas and take on new ways of being. I’ve always been a chatterbox, but not anymore. The other day I was looking through the boxes in the roof-space. I was moving house, needing to get rid of stuff. And I came across my...

Embrace Purpose and Intent for Leadership

Embrace Purpose and Intent for Leadership

Intent for Leadership is clearly show in a case study by Sam Smith, global vice president of life sciences & healthcare, Kelly Services I’ve worked with Emma and Deon at Truth.Works for some time now. Working with Truth.Works and reading Deon’s material has helped...

Impermanence is the Only Permanent

Impermanence is the Only Permanent

Impermanence shows itself in many ways. I have noticed something interesting over the years. I have helped thousands of CEO’s to find, speak and live their true life’s purpose. I’ve noticed a commonality amongst them. They believe that once they’ve found their...

Intention, Intuition and Gratitude

Intention, Intuition and Gratitude

Intention.... All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts. I am a dad, brother, cousin, lover, actor, executive coach, speaker, business owner, writer and many...

Let Go of the Struggle

Let Go of the Struggle

In the past I've struggled with self-judgement that has inhibited good decision-making. I struggle to let go. Often I criticize myself for not being good enough. I have wasted energy comparing myself to others. I spent time disproving my nearly every thought and deed....

Be in Your Body – Belly-Breathing

Be in Your Body – Belly-Breathing

Belly-breathing is a brilliant, simple and effective exercise to deal with nerves and tension when speaking, leading and living. And it is the cornerstone for becoming more present, and cultivating an inner peace. Practice: The goal of this exercise is to train the...

How to Truthfully Connect with an Audience

How to Truthfully Connect with an Audience

Last week we were exploring what it means to truly connect with an audience. How to use appropriate and relevant "positive" and "negative" emotion to get an audience to experience something. Although I don’t believe emotion is that binary. Brene Brown calls this being...

How Do We Focus On What Matters?

How Do We Focus On What Matters?

How do we focus on what matters? When was the last time you did something fully? Not thinking about the next thing to do, nor wondering who you might be meeting next. Maybe not thinking through the next steps. When did you focus on what matters, wholly, with...

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