Dark day

December 4, 2016

 

A dark day

Just as a ‘bright day’ can occur without the necessity of fine weather, a ‘dark day‘ likewise is not tied to climatic conditions. In any case, we are able to embrace both the positive and negative elements of the moment and act accordingly.

Looking more clearly at what we may wish to label a dark day opens the way to learning. Certain lessons can appear as we delve into the testing moment. It may not turn out to be wonderful, but possibly at least beneficial to our development.

A special attitude is not particularly called for, merely one capable of seeing beyond the negative first instance. It is an ability we all surely have, and one worth exercising regularly.

Observing the day through neutral eyes reveals the moment in its fullness. What at first came across as a dark day in this situation will be assessed more carefully. Just as a tough day holds learning, the so-called ‘bright days’ hold elements of difficulty too. Within each day the whole spectrum of life can be found.

Of course, what constitutes a dark day for one person could be labelled as a bright day for another person from his or her perspective. The outlook sets the tone. To share your input on the issue put forward here, please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading this, hopefully not on a dark day for you.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Glittering bright

December 1, 2016

Disco ball glittering bright

 

When we are able, or willing, to put aside our limiting self-beliefs then our potential is able to go about glittering bright. Such moments may unfortunately be rare, yet in our life they are invariably memorable for all concerned when they occur.

We might say it is part of human nature to be cautious about glittering bright. After all, goes the thinking, “All that glitters is not gold.” Yes, this line of thinking is common. Yet lasting success incorporates substance besides the ability to dazzle. Glittering bright as a result of concentrated preparation and practice need not be considered as a bad thing.

On the other hand, glittering bright in some instances may in actual fact occur away from the spotlight in a fashion known only to the recipient of our activities. Shouting about our accomplishments is not always the best way to promote or publicize our endeavours.

At these times our words may sound empty, whereas giving space to others to speak on our behalf is a more beneficial way of communicating our achievements, identified here as moments in which we are glittering bright.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Keeping watch

November 27, 2016

 

Cat keeping watch

 

Keeping watch proactively could imply a form of action uniting an attentive ‘being’ with a static ‘doing’.

Being vigilant, keeping watch on how we invest our now is a key aspect of developing ourselves. That said, for many people the way their days are filled is left at best to the whims of others and at worst to the agenda of those attempting to manipulate them.

Underlining the value of each day, within the framework of our main objective, provides us with a structure as we go about keeping watch on our efforts towards our goals. On occasions we will need to be flexible, but perhaps not to the point of answering ‘Yes’ to every call on our time.

It is feasible some folk become offended by our supposed lack of availability. Unless our work is to be at their full disposition, however, there is no realistic reason why we should be made to feel guilty.

Paraphrasing from a book title by Primo Levi, “If not us, who?” Nobody else is likely to undertake the effort needed to achieve our goals and, even if we are carefully keeping watch, there are only twenty-four hours in the day.

Appreciating the activity requires our full presence coupled with a stillness of the moment, to close, let me just be bold and ask to what degree are you keeping watch on your efforts today?

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work

November 24, 2016

Ebook info

 

 

You are perfect as you are. However, over the course of a typical workday it is easy to forget this under the stress of meeting the needs of clients, colleagues and other stakeholders. Rather than attempting to fix you, How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work was written with the aim of sharing everyday coaching tips to help you as you go about giving your best, regardless of what the task involves or where it occurs.

Divided into bite-sized chunks, How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work brings together ideas associated with the stage for the sake of ensuring your potential is the star of the show on a daily basis. As with any assignment, the delivery of your potential represents more than what is experienced by the audience or beneficiary of your work.

What is visible once the proverbial curtain has been raised is the fruit of much effort, consisting of initial assessments, detailed preparation and precise practice, geared to offering your best possible performance. And then being able to repeat this as necessary.

From the preparatory phase of any project, to the feedback and learning opportunities deriving from post-performance reflection, the giving of your best is achieved not by luck, but through a systematic use of tried, tested and learnable skills.

Beginning with an exploration of the roles you are expected to undertake as part of your job description, to an examination of what is needed to ensure your presence ‘on stage’ represents the true you, these and other aspects of your daily performance are covered in the opening chapters.

Input concerning preparation for the delivering of your potential is then dealt with, leading to the moment of execution. To complete How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work, key points regarding the learning available post-performance in the form of feedback – uplifting when full of praise and useful if critical – are set out in the concluding chapter.

Throughout How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work questions are asked. Accordingly, it is advisable to read this self-help book with a notebook and pen or pencil to hand to capture reflections, thoughts and answers.

Similar to any form of professional and personal development material, the value of How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work is found in its adaptation and application to your specific needs on your stage of work.

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work is available now at the Amazon Kindle Store.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Reflecting the moment

November 20, 2016

Puddle reflecting the moment

Each and every thought is, in its way, reflecting the moment. Ideas cross our mind and evolve as we give them energy to develop. Though such things might indeed be reflecting the moment, there is no need for us to feel obliged to embrace them all.

Let me repeat myself. Being mindful of these things, as they go about reflecting the moment, does not mean we have to grasp onto them as if they were an integral part of who or what we are.

With conscious effort we get to choose our thinking and move forward accordingly. In addition to thoughts, another item reflecting the moment is our outlook on life. When fearful and uncertain, our vision of the present may appear filled with doom and gloom.

Reflecting the moment of this mindset could signify we give an unusual amount of attention to what is missing or not to our immediate liking. A pessimistic painting is created in this manner, capturing what is attempting to dominate this instance.

A sunny disposition, on the contrary, leads us to engaging with something more pleasant reflecting the moment. That either is actually acted upon depends, as ever, on us. So, what is reflecting the moment for you right now?

To share your input on the subject of ‘reflecting the moment‘, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Good for us

November 17, 2016

Basket of oranges

Some things are promoted as being good for us as a result of their natural qualities. Other items are merely marketed as being good for us to ensure a healthy profit margin for their manufacturers.

Somewhere in the middle of this rather simplistic picture we have a whole host of products, services and the like offering benefits potentially good for us.

Holidays spring to mind. When undertaken for a precise purpose – to have a rest, as an opportunity to explore a place of interest or as entertainment, for example – they may indeed be said to be good for us.

When, however, we put ourselves in danger, debt or inconvenience for the sake of having ‘some time away’, it is possibly not right to label them as being good for us.

As ever, our personal perception of the matter in question, plus our understanding of the context in which our decision is made, will play a major part in determining if or not something is good for us.

Mary Poppins suggested “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”.

On occasions the bitterness of the moment could, in a sense, be said to be good for us, if not now then perhaps at least later.

We might not like an experience at the time of its occurrence, but lessons learnt today invariably remain with us and so yes, can be considered as being good for us.

Thanks for connecting here. To join the ‘Good for us‘ conversation, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

The stage of work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2016)

Performance skills at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2015)

Personal performance potential at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2014)

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2013)

Reflections on performance at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2012)

Elements of theatre at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2010)

Training through drama for work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2009)


Built to last

November 13, 2016

Building built to last

 

It is regularly said ‘by those in the know’ that things today are no longer built to last. Certainly each of us is capable of finding examples, from either our own memory or from that of acquaintances, in which something was definitely not built to last.

Although occasionally objects let us down, experience acquired over the course of a development programme invariably remains with us. Built to last might perhaps be too exaggerated an expression to apply here, yet no doubt lessons learnt well stay with us.

Other items, if not actually built to last, seem to evolve over time with us. We can refer to spiritual beliefs, political thinking and feelings towards environmental issues. An expansion, or contraction, of our interest in these areas of life oftentimes leads to a change in the attention we give to them.

Taking a long-term perspective, to what extent are we sure inventions and iconic landmarks of today will withstand the proverbial ravages of time? Have they been built to last alongside the wheel and the pyramids? Possibly yes, and then again maybe no. Without the benefit of time travel to the future, it is difficult to evaluate right now whether anything has been built to last.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
Blog: https://bgdtcoaching.wordpress.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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

The stage of work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2016)

Performance skills at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2015)

Personal performance potential at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2014)

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2013)

Reflections on performance at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2012)

Elements of theatre at work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2010)

Training through drama for work (Milan: EDUCatt, 2009)


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