The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters
This book was the subject of our first ActionCOACH Solent BookCLUB in September 2017. I love this book, mainly because of its simplicity. Having done a lot of research myself in the areas of psychology and neural science, it was great to come across a book that cut through the high level, technical stuff, and brought it down to a concept that a 4 year old could understand! Continue reading “Book of the Month – The Chimp Paradox” »
Just imagine if your business was like a Formula 1 Team – how successful do you think you would be? On race day, would you be the Team Manager, completely in control of the situation and calmly orchestrating events from the safety of the pit wall? Or would you be running around, doing every job to make sure it is done properly and getting in everybody else’s way, but feeling good because you are busy helping, with the end result being that the car goes out long after all the others, and with only 3 wheels on? Continue reading “3 Steps to Kick the Busyness Habit” »
Many business owners I meet have the same wish:
“ If only I had a few more hours each day to get things done!”
The reality is that there’s only ever going to be 24 hours in a day and frankly, if you are working for more than 50 hours per week, some part of your life is going to be suffering, whether it be your health, family, fitness or enjoyment. Now, putting up with this for the first few years of your business is a must – nothing is built without some hard work to get it going. However, if after year 3 there is not an improvement and you’re working long hours because you have to and not because you want to, then something is wrong. Continue reading “How to get 12 hours of work into 5 hours per day” »
Have you ever wondered why reaching the top is not all that you hoped it would be, when you were lower down the ladder? The biggest reason that managers and directors find life at the top so hard is that the skills that got them into that position can act against them when they are there. It’s not like a sport, where you just get better at one thing. Everything changes when you get to the top of your business, and you are actually playing a completely different game. Continue reading “Why Being a Company Director is so Hard” »
Chances are, when you started your business, you were very passionate about it. It was all new and exciting, a way for you to make your mark on the world, to do things your way, to set new standards, to bring something new to the market, to help more people – in short, you were in love with your business and the opportunities it promised for you. Continue reading “How to fall in love with your business all over again” »
We’ve seen some great examples this week of people pushing themselves to the extreme – Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ bid to climb the highest mountain on all 7 continents, and the sailors completing the Vendee Globe round the world solo yacht race, to name but two. These types of endurance experiences all require the participants to be amazingly self-motivated in order to endure the loneliness and hardships that can be a part of such extreme pastimes. Continue reading “Motivation’s What You Need!” »
ActionCOACH Solent MD Kevin Stansfield was recently interviewed on local radio station 103.9 Voice FM by Xan Phillips for their business programme. In the interview, Kevin recommends 3 books that all business owners should read. Among the topics discussed are how to manage your team, making the most of your time, what it takes to be a true entrepreneur and the importance of maintaining a healthy cash flow.
To listen to the interview, just click here.
Running a successful SME is tough, and there are so many jobs that need doing that it’s a wonder that we actually get anything done at all! They say that the definition of a business owner is somebody…
“… who would rather work 16 hours a day for themselves than 8 hours a day for somebody else.”
However, just working hard does not mean you will be successful. I have seen many hard working people who never achieve their full potential, or whose businesses even go bust, including my father. So what do you need to do to overcome this barrier to success? Continue reading “Climb the Ladder to Business Success!” »
Each year, thousands of individuals are overcome by the desire to start their own businesses. So what on earth possesses somebody to give up a steady monthly income, guaranteed holiday and sick pay, a risk free working environment and a team of people to support and help them, in order to work on their own, twice as hard, for much less money, no guarantees and loads more risk? Well, the answer is not as simple as you might first think.
Here is the million dollar question: why are you in business, and what do you want to achieve from your business? In effect, what is the ultimate goal for you and your business? Many business owners I come across have either forgotten what their big goal is, had no idea in the first place, or the goal is so vague and woolly that they find it hard to actually tell me, let alone write it down! Continue reading “Dreaming of the BIG GOAL!” »