Friday, 19 October 2012
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Thursday, 5 April 2012
So I thought were else can we learn from, and while looking up for inspiration stumbled over the cat! So here are my 5 top Leadership Lessons from the Cat.
1 - Take the pill with the cheese
If you or your team have got something unpalatable you need to do then make sure you plan in a reward for once it's done
2 - Continually paw owner in face until they get up and feed you.
While I'm not advocating any sort of violence - persistence is key. If you believe in something then keep going, you only fail if you stop - Think Edison and 1000 ways not to invent the light bulb!
3 - Stare at owner until you have eye contact then immediately stare at bowl that requires fresh food (even if what's there has only been in the bowl for 10 mins...)
Communicate your message in a way that works for the person you are working with so that it makes sense to them.
4 - Stare randomly into space
Give yourself space to think - if you're stuck with a problem then let it go from your conscious mind and you'll be surprised how easily and quickly the answer you're looking for will come to you
5 - Press random combinations of keys while walking across the laptop
You'll be amazed at what short cuts there are to your programs and what different combinations can do - then finding out how they work is a great learning process and once done not forgotten - so what are your short cut keys?
Hope you enjoyed this bit of fun before Easter and have a great few days off.
Friday, 30 March 2012
It's always great when you have an idea and other people like it! And so it was with Networking on the Move. After a conversation at a Business Beacon networking meeting with Pam Woods we both decided that getting people together for a walk and gentle easy exercises (for those that wanted) is a great way to start the day and Energise peoples bodies, brains and business.
Our muscles need oxygen rich blood to really work properly and the brain is no different. Getting outside and moving means that everyone gets to talk and really start to get to know each other in a much more powerful way than just hearing a one minute pitch! It means we can understand each other and our businesses on a completely different level and therefore it's not about what we can sell to each other but how we can help promote and build relationships with each other - and people buy from people!
What is also important to me is that people also get to find out how to keep fit and healthy in an easy way, no need for lots of expensive equipment or gym fees and feel really invigorated for the day . Good health = Good Business - but that's a blog for another day!
And so the first Networking on the move was launched on 21st March at Bedford Priory Marina. We meet every third Wednesday of the month at 8.00am for the walk, exercises and business discussions which is then followed by some light refreshment in the Beefeater, finishing about 9.30am
Remember to book on by following the link http://goo.gl/JtYi9
Graham Childs Michael Darvell, Pam Woods, John Guinn, Me
'Networking on the move is an excellent innovation. It was good to be out in the fresh air with plenty of opportunity to chat and gain useful pointers from Annie to stay fit in simple ways. The walk left me feeling energised for the day ahead but was by no means too strenuous - even for someone like me who doesn't go near the gym!'
Michael Darvell of Darvell Consultancy Ltd
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Well February is nearly at an end and this year we have an extra day! So will you spend it doing all the things you normally do in a day or are you going to do something different with it, what leap will you take that may be fun, exciting, different even frivolous.
Traditionally this was the day that If you're female you get to do the asking for your partners hand in marriage. Although beware Bachelors as in those olden days a man was expected to pay a penalty such as a gown or money if he refused.
If you're born on 29th February do you pick the day before or day after to celebrate on those 3 years in between your birthday? Astrologers have said those born on this day have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status!
The reason we have a leap year is because we need to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth 365.242199 (apparently that's approximate!) days to circle once around the sun, but our calendar has only 365 days in a year so we need to catch up with the extra quarter (approx.) each year
So back to my original question - What leap will you take this year? Is there something you've only given about a quarter of yourself to and you need to give it all of you. What have you been putting off as it feels a bit risky to do, it might be easy to do, but has been easy not to do. Take the leap, stop thinking about what part of it might not work or might go wrong and think about how much you can gain from giving all of your attention to it.
Not sure where to start then try one of these...
· Share your vision for your business with someone new
· Make different choices throughout the day have something different for breakfast, take a different route to work...
· Clear one hour to go for a walk and enjoy the space you get
Here's a few quotes you might like
'Leap and the net will appear' John Burroughs