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My 2012 Prep – Best Ever by Miles

I did an interesting exercise the other day. I wrote a list of all my accomplishments. I was thoughtful. I focused on what really matters. I started way back when I was a schoolboy. I wrote them all down. I was surprised by how many there were. It took a wee while. I don’t say […]

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What I Learned in 2011

That’s my fourth year of self-employment chalked up. I have had ups and downs but I am more confident today about the future than I have ever been. The potential is massive and fortune favours the brave. As always, I ask myself what I have learned. I never did this in corporate life. But I’m […]

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9/11, Resilience and You

It’s 9/11 and I’m sitting in the foyer of the Marriott in San Jose. It’s 6-45 in the morning and the Starbucks is doing a brisk trade. I’m sitting here with a large Americano with an extra shot I really don’t need. The sky is grey, as it has been every morning. The sun will […]

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Mindset Matters

I might be a bit behind the curve here, but I’ve just realised something. When getting stuff done, having the greatest tools and processes is fine but if you don’t use them you might as well not have them. And to use them you need to be in control of your mind. The mental game […]

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My Observations of Successful People

There are a lot of trees sacrificed in the production of books by high profile successful people purporting to tell you how they achieved it all. I find the problem with a lot of this genre is that the authors assume that EVERYTHING they did contributed to their success. So you end up with people […]

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How To Do Anything

I was talking a few weeks ago about the power of routines. I’ve had some good feedback. So I’m going a bit deeper this week. I’m talking about taking something you don’t particularly like doing and doing it the same way, every day (or so), until it becomes a routine. This works because routines become […]

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DIY 360⁰ Feedback

A short Pearl this week as I’m off hitting some golf balls in the gorgeous Ayrshire countryside. Ah Ayrshire…birthplace of Robert Burns. “Oh wad some power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!” He’s clearly talking about 360⁰ FEEDBACK. This is the process whereby your leadership skills are assessed by all […]

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The First 60 Minutes Really Matter

I’ve been playing around with a morning routine, or ritual, for a few weeks now. Why? Well, I know of some people who swear by their morning routine. So I thought I’d give it a go. Plus, I know from observing myself that when I’ve had some form of routine in the morning that kick-starts […]

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What’s Your Big Skill? – 3 Tests

I used to watch a man with an impressive title work a room full of clients. He could get round the room of fifty or so people in considerably less than an hour. He would approach a small group of people and stick out his hand, identify himself and say “what do you do?” Great […]

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How To Be Like Richard Branson

I was watching something the other day about Richard Branson and his private retreat in the Caribbean – Necker Island. Apparently he really does live in this paradise. It’s thousands of miles from anywhere so I guess Richard’s work doesn’t require him to turn up to get paid. It made me think of my own […]

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