Desired destination

August 21, 2014

Train indicator board

Walk, cycle, drive, catch a train, hop on a bus, travel by tram, flag down a cab, find a flight, our desired destination awaits.

Our desired destination need not, of course, be an actual location. We may have a certain goal regarding our level of competency or skill concerning an ability we wish to develop.

Then again, we could be looking to reach a new point in our career with a promotion or change of job. Having a desired destination provides us with an objective, a point of reference against which actions, efforts and undertakings can be benchmarked.

The consultant Brian Tracy noted: “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it is moving you away from your goals.”

And right now, what is your desired destination? To what extent are you taking the steps that will lead you there?

As mentioned in the ‘Moving forward‘ vlog post of June 2011 (click here to view), “By keeping our objective in sight, knowing where we want to get to, and indeed why, we fuel our determination to avoid getting distracted along the way.”

Though the desired destination may seem either near to hand or far off in the distance, today offers the opportunity to close the remaining gap if we so wish. Intentions, as ever, play an important part in the reaching of any desired destination.

Or at least that’s how it seems. Please feel free to share your input on the issue of a desired destination by leaving a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).

 


That time of the day

August 17, 2014

Clock

That time of the day is just right when …” #bgdtcoaching.

With the clock striking the hour and the day laid out before us, ‘that time of the day‘ is just perfect if such considerations matter to us. For others, ‘that time of the day’ could refer to the first light of dawn or possibly dusk holds magic as the day draws to a close.

Regardless of the time we choose to associate with ‘that time of the day‘, we may most likely relate to a part of the day in which we feel its full majestic presence. When we match our schedule with ‘that time of the day’ we are giving ourselves a chance to get things done with relative ease.

By recognizing when we are most attuned to the day and working accordingly we are making use of a guidance system within us. On the other hand, efforts undertaken when we are sleepy, distracted or tired rarely bring us desired results, unless we are lucky.

Time management it seems is as much about managing ourselves as managing time. Working to our strengths, using moments of limited concentration for tasks of minor importance and generally being aware of the day’s flow can be beneficial to us as we move through the day.

Well, right now it’s that time of the day to say goodbye. Thanks for being here and reading this ‘That time of the day‘ post.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


20 leadership questions

August 14, 2014

20

“Asking 20 leadership questions of ourselves presupposes we will listen to the answers.” #bgdtcoaching.

20 leadership questions: an opportunity to ponder various issues without the stress of having to justify your answers to anyone but perhaps yourself.

01. To what extent are you following your heart right now?
02. What does your answer to question 01 tell you?
03. To date, what has been your biggest success, at work and elsewhere?
04. What else do you what to achieve in your personal/professional life?
05. What would you gain from reaching your desired objectives?
06. What steps have you already taken to reach your goals?
07. What steps have you been putting off taking?
08. Why?
09. What are you gaining from not taking these steps?
10. What is your greatest leadership strength?
11. And your weakest point?
12. How would it be if the items in questions 10 and 11 were reversed?
13. To what extent are the folk in your ‘circle of influence’ being themselves rather than copies of you?
14. If you were to stop all your activities, who would continue with them?
15. What does your answer to question 14 tell you?
16. How would you define fulfillment?
17. How fulfilled do you feel at present?
18. What more are you willing to do to expand your fulfillment by 10%?
19. What would change if you achieved this increase?
20. How willing are you to undertake the action noted in question 18?

Thanks for looking at these 20 leadership questions. If you feel it could be beneficial to discuss your answers during a coaching session via Skype, please get in touch.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


In the shade

August 10, 2014

Chairs in the shade

“The sunshine of life comes complete with moments in the shade.” #bgdtcoaching.

Just as we may choose on a sunny day to sit in the shade, life – and with it also work – puts forward for us moments figuratively in the shade.

For whatever reasons, at times we might wish to step back from stepping forward. Being in the shade gives us a chance to gather our thoughts, rebalance our senses and just let ourselves catch our breath for a while.

Life is fantastic in the proverbial sunshine, yet the warning of too much sunshine from the perspective of a full-on existence is worth recalling. Giving ourselves a moment or two in the shade as life flows without our input provides balance to our days.

In the shade, in the sunshine, sitting quietly, rushing ahead, we can choose to enjoy it all. Life truly offers us a variety of moments. Regardless of where you are right now, in the shade or in the sunshine, thanks for reading this today.

To join the conversation about being in the shade, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

For now, thanks again.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Limited options

August 7, 2014

Tunnel

Limited options are nonetheless options all the same.” #bgdtcoaching.

That even limited options require a decision, or at least an element of selection, on our part is evident. After all, to some extent or other we are always faced with choices and our progress depends heavily on what we select each step of the way.

Recalling moments in our past when indeed our options were limited, I wonder now if we can bring to mind how we coped then. That we coped is clear as we are here to tell the tale today. We may have decided no option is perfect so plumped for the path of least resistance.

Alternatively the moment could have caused us anguish and upset. At a certain point the limited options possibly transformed into no options and so we figuratively crossed our fingers and pushed forward into the unknown.

Whatever our strategy for dealing with limited options then, today is a new day as the saying goes. We face challenges now with the benefit of our experiences and so although limited options might still be unsettling, they need not stop us from striding onwards towards our goals.

And so yes, limited options are nonetheless options all the same, hence we should not feel completely deprived of choices especially if confronting a testing situation right now.

Thanks for connecting here.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Being creative

August 3, 2014

Blank paper and a pencil

Being creative can begin with a piece of blank paper, a pencil and five free minutes.” #bgdtcoaching.

The idea of ‘being creative‘ can bring a sense of trepidation to some folk. Perhaps it is the image of nothing staring up from an empty page.

So often life, and indeed work, is a case of shuffling existing things around, moving them into different positions, formats or the like. When the need to be creative arises it may catch us unprepared if we have gotten out of the habit of thinking original thoughts, being creative rather than repetitive with our time.

We could choose to see the idea of being creative as a merging of creating and being active. Whether this is etymologically sound is not important here. What does stand out though is the idea that we need to do something if we are to enter the process of being creative.

After perhaps a moment of day-dreaming, action is required. We might choose to doodle, write random words or images, letting the pencil wander. Stepping back from conscious thinking, we allow thoughts to flow freely. And whatever it is we set down whilst ‘being creative‘, we can always enhance, improve or delete in a second moment.

But how do you connect with the concept of being creative? To join the conversation, please leave a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this Being creative post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


A step at a time

July 31, 2014

Steps

“Reaching objectives is often as simple as taking a step at a time in the right direction.” #bgdtcoaching.

That we cannot grow by staying within our comfort zone is evident. Indeed the idea of development beyond our actual situation has cropped up in these posts on numerous occasions.

Back in May 2011, in the Step by step vlog post (click here to view), I noted: “Regardless of how we view life, any personal or professional development will undoubtedly involve us taking a series of steps towards our objectives.” The idea still holds true.

Each of us has a unique way of being our true self. Just as we invested days, months, and maybe even years to get us to this point today, our next level too deserves the same dedication. Whether by making a giant leap or taking a step at a time, we will need to leave the presumed safety of where we are if we wish to get to where we want to be.

With each new moment, we can choose to live the reality based on our values and aligned to our goals rather than on fears and doubts. And being conscious of the efforts others are making to live up to their potential, might inspire us to take a step at a time to fulfil our potential.

Indeed, reaching objectives is often as simple as taking a step at a time in the right direction. Thanks for connecting here and reading this A step at a time post today.

Best wishes to you.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


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