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Resolute for 2018?

Another new year, another resolution? Did you make one? Do you know people who have? Allow me to make a prediction, and it’s this: that very few resolutions made will become a reality. I’m confident about this because for over 20 years I have coached and trained people who want personal change but had failed to do so, especially at New Year.

 The New Year is supposed to hold some special magic that success will come with a new start to a calendar year. Yet resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, start a business, write a book, etc, etc, fail for a number of reasons, but they all boil down to a lack of self-control. This means being more consciously aware of your thoughts and actions, and changing them to create and bring about the new version of yourself.

 Many people lack enough self-control to achieve the things they really want. This is because the act of personal change requires effort. It may also require a change of beliefs about what you think is possible, and about your view of the world and other people. It may require a shift in values that often means breaking away from societal norms. You will be acting and speaking differently, and this can sometimes cause others to treat you with caution or suspicion. So your relationships will change. You will also need to beak some habits that have not been serving you well.

 Self-control is driven by determination. What sometimes triggers people into personal change is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, somewhere inside a voice says ‘enough is enough’, or it can be that something suddenly becomes really important, and achieving it will bring a better/happier life for self or for others.

 There’s also the ‘I’m a failure’ syndrome, where a person attempts change and because they tried before and failed, each new failure becomes a barrier to change as you don’t want to feel a failure yet again.

 When a person is resolute about making a change, and they are ready for the change, they won’t wait for New Year – the time is now. Change happens when all the ingredients are there – an important reason, a worthwhile outcome, aligned beliefs, determination and self-control.

 So do you think that overnight, when the calendar turns to 2018, there is enough magic to make it happen? Maybe, if you are ready for the change you seek at this time.

 You will know when it’s time to improve and develop yourself. You will know when enough is enough. You will know when the future you desire is far more exciting and compelling than the present. The question is – will you act?

 Happy New Year!

Leadership Is About Making It Happen

There is an ocean that lies between those with ideas, and those who know how to turn them into reality. Success is based on one’s ability to make it happen, separating change-makers from dreamers. As billionaire entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga puts it, “some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen”.

Strong leaders are those who manage to translate ideas into strategy, and of course execution. They possess a higher ability to execute, the charisma to inspire others into helping them achieve their vision, and the courage to make tough decisions when needed.

These are 5 ways in which leaders make things happen:

  • Leaders have a vision of where they wish to be, and manage to gather a team that is inspired and willing to work hard to achieve that vision. Getting others on board may not be enough however, for commitment must be converted into action. A leader knows how to persuade and mobilize people as well as resources, and has a talent for handling conflicts, challenges, and adaptation.
  • A leader speaks the action language. They look at how to make things happen, how to keep the pace, and how to avoid hurdles that may slow further growth. They know how to set up implementation plans and may start by setting small goals, and work their way towards bigger ones.
  • A leader knows how to give their team the necessary help and confidence to step ahead. When one knows how to effectively lead implementation, set up strategy, inspire action, and divide the work according to capabilities, one can deliver great results. Leaders have a talent for growing greatness in others. They have strong coaching and mentoring skills, helping shift mind-sets, behaviors, and performance, all the while pushing people to find their own answers. They help others with insights that are based on their own experience.
  • A leader knows how to create a sense of urgency, how to push others in such a way as to bring the best out of them. They bring out an inner desire to race with oneself and the motivation to keep going. This helps create a certain flow that pushes mind and emotions into higher functionality states, which in turn push forward performance and productivity. Successful people are those who manage to achieve such a state of “flow” more often than not.
  • A leader is an excellent communicator who manages to transmit their goals effectively with utmost passion. Leadership is about making things happen, a process of getting people together to work towards one goal, one vision – and nothing is more important than to be able to communicate one’s ideas in such a way as to inspire others to follow.

Leadership can transform intention into action, vision into reality, and individuals into a community with a purpose. To capture people’s attention and make them into autonomous beings who wish to fulfill their tasks, is an art.

Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower others” – John Maxwell.

3 Ways Coaching Improves Creativity & Performance

In today’s hyperactive world, organizations face the challenge of sustaining employee creativity and performance. The work environment is increasingly stressful, and though some may perceive stress as a kick starter for productivity, studies have shown quite the opposite; stress may heighten our motor functions, but it decreases perception, cognition and creativity.

So how do we foster creativity?

Dr. Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State, describes creativity as a set of skills that anyone can improve; that all that is required is an open mind, the determination to succeed, and a creative toolkit to develop and hone skills. Which is where coaching comes in, a tool to influence creativity and performance in the workplace by helping make the most of an organization´s most valuable resource, people.

1.Collaboration Is Key
Coaching is a process of collaboration and co-creation designed to help achieve goals. The coach works with employees to identify and set the ground for clearer goals, while establishing management strategies to ensure they are met; all the while encouraging employees to partake in fulfilling the organization’s vision. Employees do not need to be pushed to perform, rather shown how their contributions help solve problems.

Apart from encouraging creativity and productivity by making employees feel significant in their organization, a coach supports them in pursuing new ideas and alternative solutions; collaborative brainstorming encourages fresh perspectives and provides the space for ideas to flow; “the best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauling

Creativity is not a requirement of the creative department, it encompasses the organization as a whole.

2.Creativity Thrives with Leadership Support
According to a study by Adobe, companies that embrace creativity outperform peers and competitors. High performance is seen in environments where leaders provide processes and funding to back creative initiatives. Employees are tired of being told what to do, but eager to learn and remain relevant; they want continuous coaching and leaders who pay attention.

Coaches are trained to help inspire employees to fulfill their personal and professional potential, and activate their natural talents. They help develop communication skills, and a fresh perspective on personal challenges and opportunities – which increases confidence, thinking, and decision-making. A coach encourages employees to think creatively and motivates them based on an understanding of their tendencies as individuals, all the while providing the space necessary for inclusive and creative sharing of ideas.

3.The Art of Releasing Potential
If you have trouble keeping/finding great employees, investing in coaching is an ideal way to develop employees and show them you care about their growth; individuals who feel cared for tend to give their best. They also tend to take ownership for their work once they trust the intentions of their organization.

Coaching also brings work-life balance that is indispensable to the creative process. From an organization’s perspective, mental and emotional stability are key components of a healthy and productive workspace; happy employees tend to be creative, productive employees.


No matter the type of business or industry, leaders should nurture and promote programs that develop creative capability. Creativity does not belong to anyone nor is it a competition. The ideal creative team encompasses various types of intelligence, from analytical to artistic, relational and operational, and a good coach knows how to manage these differences in such a way as to bring the best out of people, and push them further.

A manager tries to change people; a coach knows to grow them.”

Hacking The Brain of a Management Consultant

Strategy is about choices and decisions.
It’s first about the choice of battles to fight. And then about the choice of options to adopt, in the aim of winning each one of those battles.Hence, our paradoxical approach to strategy which follows a systematic perspective at one end, and allows, at the same time, creativity to seek potential and alternatives.
It is a science that we are glad to share with others.

The Negotiator

Judo is as much an art as it is a science, as much a dance as it is a fight. That’s how we like to think of our negotiation capacity-building workshop. It goes from preparation, to training for ambiguity and chaos, to style agility, and to learning from popular mistakes and best practices.
If you’re looking for a workshop that is fast-paced and highly practical, where every concept learned is immediately put to practice through case studies, where participants have the opportunity to prepare, perform, get coached and assess themselves in different negotiation scenarios, you’re there and this is the one.

Fierce Conversations

This modular workshop is at the core of our people management and leadership development programs. Besides refocusing mindsets around the vital role that real, unmasked, and in-time conversations play in building accountability and a winning culture, it digs deep into the 4 most used skills (or conversations) by a leader: team conversations, coaching conversations, delegation conversations and confrontation conversations.

The Speaker

The wisdom and practicality of the best of what neuroscience, the theater, media studies, and modeling techniques have to offer, are all gathered in this workshop to bring you the best and most immediately impactful experience you’ll ever engage in. 
It doesn’t matter how many presentations you’ve done, we’ll get you in a much better shape on your way out.

Real Presentations

An international workshop by Q1 Int’l (UK) that teaches the way the top speakers of the world do what they do. Suitable for you if you’re presenting numbers, telling stories, or selling an or your ideas and products. From stage freight to language structures, to audience engagement, it’s all in there. Whether you’ve done it plenty of times before, or whether this is among your first and you’re looking for a sign, this is it.

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