Start with acknowledging the fact that you cannot possibly know everything there is about running a business. Even if you are an exceptional all-rounder, individuals always have blind spots, such as areas which you are not familiar with. A fresh pair of eyes, usually looking in from the outside, can quickly spot the gaps in business practices and can also assist with strategies which the business has not yet considered.
It is wise not to only lean on your own understanding, and appreciate that there is wisdom in the counsel of many. “Mentoring is about empowering yourself to unleash your own, and your business’s full potential,” concludes one success coach.
Most successful people will gladly give their time and wisdom to anyone they respect, who is keen enough to want to learn. Is this you?
Did you know that business experts have rated the average importance level of a mentor as being 73% of one’s success? If you are looking for a business that provides wonderful mentorship as part of its program, contact us now.
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Imagine that all the cars in your neighbourhood run poorly because nobody bothers to tune-up their vehicles. I show you all how to tune your car and, lo and behold, 80% of the cars now run great. But 20% of cars still run poorly because their transmissions are bad.
In other words, tuning the engine works when that’s the only problem with the car; if something else is wrong, then you car will not run properly. There are simple regular steps that you an take to look after it and ensure it runs optimally, and some of them you know, some you may not. Just as with your car, so it is with you and your body. Continue reading 'Do You Service Your Body Like You Do Your Car?'»
The complexity of the current business landscape, combined with ever increasing expectations of performance, and the speed at which decisions must be made, are a potential recipe for disaster for today’s executive unless a defined methodology for decisioning is put into place.
The one thing everyone on the planet has in common is the undeniable fact we’ve all made our fair share of regrettable decisions. Show me someone who hasn’t made a bad decision and I’ll show you someone who is either not being honest, or someone who avoids decisioning at all costs.
The best decision makers let the situation guide them. The more experience you have with a particular type of decision, the safer it is to go with your intuition, since your subconscious has a wealth of reliable information from which to draw. A professional decorator would have a good instinctive sense of which colours work best for a room, for instance, but if you’re a novice like me, it’s good to think more analytically.
Anyone who has stood paralyzed in the cereal aisle of the supermarket knows that even if some level of choice is crucial for happiness, too much can feel overwhelming. Continue reading 'Making The Right Decision'»
We are all experiencing a data deluge. With so much data, so much information easily available, knowing which is relevant for a particular project, or for a particular issue is a highly valuable skill. Focus on the wrong data sets and your ‘big data’ experience will be big failure. As one business expert points out: “Data does not provide business insights unless appropriately questioned.” The problem often is how to know what questions to ask.
Likewise, information does not help anyone make changes in their life unless it is easily understood and easy to implement. When people are overwhelmed with information, when they try to understand what they think is a complicated or difficult subject (take their health, for instance), it just becomes too hard and they prefer to turn to ‘the expert’.
There is a well-know axiom; “Simplify for duplication, complicate for profit.” Think about the information your accountant, your doctor, your lawyer provides . . . do they want you to keep coming back, to depend on them for support? Of course they do, that’s how they get paid. Continue reading 'Keeping Life Simple In A Complex World'»
Different people can have quite different motivators, for example, by more money, more recognition, time off from work, promotions, opportunities for learning, or opportunities for socialising and relationships. Therefore, when attempting to help motivate people, it’s important to identify what motivates each of them. Ultimately, though, long-term motivation comes from people motivating themselves.
Often the biggest problem people have with achieving their goals – new resolution‘s included – is getting started. It seems that Sir Isaac Newton got it right with his First Law of Motion: Bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. Many people just can’t seem to get underway and as a result they simply don’t take action.
So, what does it take to get started? One easy way is to have someone light a fire under you—“if you don’t do X, by such and such a time, you’re fired”—or you light one under yourself. (“I am not going to sleep tonight until I have taken a first step toward finding a new job.”)
The problem with lighting a fire under yourself (or having it lit for you) is that eventually your backside gets burned. Continue reading 'How Successful People Motivate Themselves (And Stay Motivated)'»
British study finds two-month extreme diet can cure type 2 diabetes and overturns assumptions about ‘lifelong’ condition.
Have you heard? People who have had obesity-related type 2 diabetes for years have been cured by keeping to an extreme, low-calorie, diet for two months, scientists report.
The discovery, reported by scientists at Newcastle University, overturns previous assumptions about type 2 diabetes, which was thought to be a lifelong illness. The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years. They cut their food intake drastically for two months, eating only whole-food proteins or drinks and non-starchy vegetables.
Did you know? Researchers found that blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal in one week, however experts still believe more research is needed to see whether the reversal is permanent, and keep quiet about what they found.
Continue reading 'Low-Calorie Diet Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes'»
The word epigenetics means things imposed “on top of genetics”. But what sort of things? Imagine a white mouse breeds with a black mouse – say you get three white babies and three black babies. That’s genetics. We can explain that. The black babies inherited a gene encoding the ability to make the pigment melanin, the others got a defective gene, so they are white.
But what if you get some stripey mice like zebras? How do you explain that? All parts of the mouse have the gene that can make black fur but the blackness only occurs in some places. Think of dalmatian dogs, or of giraffes or leopards. Genetics can explain a black or white cat in a litter, but what about a stripey cat?
Epigenetics is about turning genes on or off. It’s also about doing this stably; a leopard doesn’t change its spots even if it sheds its fur each year. So epigenetics is about stable cellular memory that persists after cell division and, in some cases, even through sexual reproduction. Continue reading 'What Is Epigenetics?'»
Reframing is based on the concept that your original perception of an event serves as a frame. As it is with a piece of art, if you change the frame, the same picture can take on a whole new look. Discussion an issue is capable of changing the quality of a memory all on its own, but reframing the new picture can provide the perfect finishing touch.
Let’s say you have a picture in your mind of a scene on the playground, and at the time, you reacted with anger. As you carry that picture with you, the anger serves as a frame. You can however take that picture off the wall, address a few aspects, and eventually the ‘anger’ frame no longer matches the picture.
You might consider a forgiveness frame, or a “so what” frame, or a “that must have been pretty funny to everyone else” frame, but just as the anger frame highlighted the darker parts of that memory, a good Reframe will bring out the lighter, more cheerful colours, just as in a piece of art. Continue reading 'The Importance of Re-Framing'»
There is never just one way to view a situation or solve a problem. In our daily lives, we share common experiences with friends, coworkers, lovers, and the complete strangers we meet on the street. But these experiences are rarely as similar as we expect them to be.
This elephant picture here serves as a reminder that if you place 6 blind men at different places on an elephant, they will all give you different accounts of what they experience.
We are a bit like this when we examine our perspectives on life experiences. Remember this as you make categoric statements about your beliefs in life. Continue reading 'Learn To See Things Differently'»
We all know that weight gain is an increasingly disturbing problem in the western world. Have you ever wondered why this may be? If you were to read anything about diet prior to 1977, the dietary recommendation would be simple … eat three meals daily, period. Eating between meals was considered either rude or glutinous. Or it was a sign that the prior meal was inadequate. It is only over the last 35 years or so, and predominantly in America, that eating between meals is socially tolerated. And as far as we can ascertain, this experiment is having the expected result, we are getting bigger and lead the world in non-infectious gastrointestinal illness.
What happens when you eat simple carbohydrate foods at or between meals every day? You get hungry in between!
What happens when you only eat low-fat foods, and only at meals three times per day? You get hungry in between!
So where did the recommendations for eating 4-5 meals per day come from? Continue reading 'What Happens When You Reduce Fats And Increase Carbs'»