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The Journey to Wisdom

The Journey to Wisdom

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no-one can take for us or spare us” (Marcel Proust) Popular belief suggests that we gain wisdom through life experience. And yet, there are people all around us who are wise beyond their...

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Coaching is the Pathway to Wisdom

Coaching is the Pathway to Wisdom

“When we combine the Wisdom of philosophers and leaders of ancient times with what we now know from modern studies of leadership… perhaps we can improve the odds that… executives… will be better able to think, feel and act wisely” While everyone says that the world is...

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Wisdom: truth in a world overwhelmed with knowledge

Wisdom: truth in a world overwhelmed with knowledge

A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. Lao-tzu, "Tao te Ching," c. 550 B.C.E. Day-to-day we are assailed not only by information, facts, and opinions, but also by ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ that land...

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How to rate your employees

How to rate your employees

Knowing when to train and nurture, or when to fire someone who is not performing as well as they could be, is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership and management. Someone who is not performing well in their role can have a significant impact not only on...

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The role of pain in leadership

The role of pain in leadership

“"Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain."  - Max Depree Many leaders believe that their role is to offer support and coaching to their team members; to remove obstacles to goals; and to smooth the way as much as possible for easy working. And they are right....

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Reflections on Courage

Reflections on Courage

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh Bear AA Milne There is always more available within you. Much, much more than you might believe is possible or that...

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The genius of commitment

The genius of commitment

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then...

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The Power of ‘and’

The Power of ‘and’

Innocuous and common, this little word that does not even qualify for 4-letter status. Yet it has the power to change the world. Well, your world anyway! It was many years ago, when I was a consultant trying to contribute many levels above my experience that I worked...

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For want of a nail

For want of a nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. So how much would you...

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Resentment vs. reward

Resentment vs. reward

re•sent•ful/riˈzentfəl/ Adjective: Feeling or expressing bitterness or indignation at having been treated unfairly. Dictionary.com When Bill came to see me for coaching, he told me was in a mid-life crisis. This was very unsettling for him, because all his life, he...

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The givers and takers of life

The givers and takers of life

"The world is composed of givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better." -Unknown A few weeks ago, we sent out a tip about the persona of results. The idea behind this is that the persona you adopt at any one time will determine the...

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If I e-value-ate myself, I can’t manifest my true value

If I e-value-ate myself, I can’t manifest my true value

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.  ~ Jean Guitton It is the most natural thing to do… to compare yourself to other people. If you become aware of what you are doing, you might notice that you ask endless questions about how you compare to others...

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