A cloudy day

August 31, 2014

A cloudy day

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny heart.” #bgdtcoaching.

A cloudy day, figuratively speaking, could be the description of any day in which things appear out of kilter, contrary to the customary flow of life. Though it is not easy to put into words, I imagine each of us can connect to the idea of a cloudy day.

Nothing bad needs to be occurring, but something is just not as it usually is. Maybe we give it the same effort, energy and attention as ever. However our input is unable to clear the sky of a cloudy day.

Yet without slipping into undiluted optimism, a cloudy day is no match for a sunny heart. By holding this thought, ideally in our heart, we can stand up to the challenge before us and offer the moment our full potential.

That said, a cloudy day in its own way at least provides us with a contrast to the ‘normal’ successful day we most likely experience for the majority of the year. It keeps us conscious that everything is transient, both good things and bad things. And during a cloudy day we should never forget at worst it will only last twenty-four hours.

No matter how you are living today, as a sunny or a cloudy day, thanks for reading this.

Best wishes.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
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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).


Wrapped up

August 28, 2014

Wrapped up cases

“With everything wrapped up, all that is left to do is get going.” #bgdtcoaching.

It is important, indeed often wise, to think ahead and factor possible obstacles into our plans. Yet once we are ready, with everything wrapped up, any further ponderings may well mean we miss our window of opportunity to get underway. Regardless of our efforts, life moves at its own pace.

Nevertheless, having each aspect of life neatly wrapped up could be a goal for some folk. We might like the idea of going from one issue or project to another only after the first is successfully under our control.

That said, for many the reality probably means things overlap, begin and end without always respecting desired schedules. Pushing one thing forward, pulling another along at the same time, juggling last minute changes and attempting to keep the world and its brother happy is challenging.

In either scenario, with everything wrapped up, all that is left to do is get going.

So, without getting wrapped up in lots of words here, let me stop now. If you’d like to share your perspective on this Wrapped up post, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.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).


Variety of life

August 24, 2014

Beach huts

“The variety of life is enhanced by the uniqueness of each of us.” #bgdtcoaching.

It may seem obvious to say that the variety of life, in whatever format we wish to explore, is a richness benefitting us all. However, for most of us it is easy to take this for granted as we slash and burn our way through the day, busy being busy.

The variety of life is that element which offers us the opportunity to see things from various perspectives without being obliged to say one is better than another. Tapping into the variety of life, we are able to experience our existence in ways unique to us as our individuality, even if not understandable to other folk.

Similarities of course exist in many areas of life and this contrast with the variety of life, it could be argued, is itself a part of what makes life so special. Yet how we choose to interpret this issue concerning the variety of life is itself a personal matter.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Variety of life‘ post today.

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).


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.

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).

 


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
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).


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
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).


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).


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