Applying the lessons

July 30, 2015

Smart whiteboard

“Life teaches us much, but our heart knows how best to go about applying the lessons.” #bgdtcoaching.

Applying the lessons life has offered us to date is a personal matter. Regardless of who we are, what we do or even where we live, we have surely been the recipient of many life lessons in a variety of forms and perspectives.

Of course it is natural at times for us to want to merely get through such experiences in the present moment as we crave the future. Yet if we stop and think about all we have ever encountered and listen to our heart as we do so, we might discover any number of ways of applying the lessons.

So, rather than me taking up your time with endless words, what about if you use the next few minutes to connect with your heart as you reflect on the lessons life has offered to you until now? How could you set about applying the lessons? What will be different in your life if you do?

Thanks for reading this and, if you wish, please feel free to let me know how the exercise of applying the lessons goes.

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

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Empathy at work

July 26, 2015

Pasta sauce

“Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

Oxford Dictionary of English.

Using empathy at work to connect with those around us creates a pleasant atmosphere similar to that found near to a slow-bubbling pasta sauce in winter.

As much as we need not necessarily agree with all the sentiments of the people, with empathy at work we can understand their feelings. Placing ourselves as it were in their shoes, we are able to see things from their perspective for the sake of being open to the diversity of ideas and opinions.

It could be our familiar viewpoint has become too restrictive for us to appreciate the large picture. Using empathy at work we gain a renewed vision of the wider issues concerning us and others. We are opening our heart as well as our eyes to our surroundings.

Creating a non-judgemental environment in which folk are free to be themselves is a way of treating them as individuals instead of as robots. Irrespective of our role, employing empathy at work is our interactions establishes a convivial workplace for everybody.

The opposite need not be contemplated here. Suffice to say maybe we are aware, either directly or through friends, of what it is like to be in situation in which collaboration, kindness and empathy at work are unknown elements.

Many thanks for reading this post today. If you’d like to share your thoughts on the subject of empathy at work, please leave a comment below.

Warmest regards.

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

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Over my head

July 23, 2015

Gaming table

Affirming something is over my head can be the summary of a recent conversation with a gaming enthusiast. Details regarding the world of gaming might seem adventurous, exciting and even quite daring to some. In my case they went mainly over my head.

That most of the ideas managed to go over my head says more about my limitations perhaps than those of gaming. The art, science maybe, of tabletop battles, miniature re-enactments, or whatever the correct terms are, is something I have never felt inclined to delve into.

As a hobby I appreciate it has many millions of fans, one of which could be you. In any case, these words today are not meant as a criticism or slur against either the activity or its participants.

Thinking about things going over my head, I could have chosen to write about car engines or cake decorating, to list two of many possible candidates. Like everyone, I choose interests based on curiosity, a specific external input or a necessity.

With spare time limited, it is not strange to allocate any free time with attention. Letting certain things go over my head is a conscious choice.

That said, circumstances change and the need to develop further knowledge could lead me to re-evaluate what I am letting go over my head, also in areas of life previously ignored.

And you? If you’d like to share what goes over your head, please feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading about what is over my head at present.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

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

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Finding peace

July 19, 2015

Finding peace

Let me say right away this post is centred on the idea of finding peace and is not likely to please those who think to profit from the continuation of conflict. However, even these people are welcome here as I respect your right to hold your ideas, without agreeing with them.

Finding peace with ourselves seems the best place to begin. The search could take us along an unknown path if we are unaccustomed to inner reflection. Maybe we need to make peace with the past: stop clinging to what was or wasn’t, let go of yesterday to embrace today.

Accepting we are here now as the result of our experiences and efforts, plus various influences, gives us the freedom, and yes, peace, to view this moment as the beginning of the rest of our life. Dramatic? Possibly. Worth pondering? You can decide for yourself.

Finding peace outside of ourselves is no less difficult, complicated by the fact our voice is only one among six billion. Yet that should not stop us making an effort in the desired direction.

Knowing certain folk/countries will continue to produce/sell and buy/use arms, perhaps a Peace Tax could be applied to them. It may not stop all acts of violence, but the revenue raised might be spent on peaceful projects, akin to the promotion of love to compensate for the marketing of hate.

With this undoubtedly silly suggestion let me bring this post to a close. Thanks for connecting here and good luck with your efforts in the area of finding peace.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

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

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Lined up

July 15, 2015

 

 

 

Scooters lined up

“To what extent have you lined up activities for the rest of today?” #bgdtcoaching.

With everything prepared, items lined up, the day has a structure and our labours will, ideally, lead us nearer to our chosen objectives.

How we have lined up our tasks may be linked to our tactical priorities, or to those of a more strategic nature. Of course it is possible things don’t turn out as we have planned. This is a risk we face each day and is part of the richness of life, called experience in some quarters.

Irrespective of the outcome, the work required to get things lined up in the first place deserves recognition. It is rarely easy to a) free up quality time and b) use it fruitfully for the sake of preparing our efforts.

Many times challenges arise and we are forced to deal with them on the spot, putting aside whatever we have lined up for now. Yet just because this ‘fire fighting’ approach is considered normal does not mean it should continue, especially if the results obtained from it are less than our best.

Widening the scope here a little, to what extent have you lined up activities for the rest of today? What percentage of your time have you set aside for your goals, personal development, wellbeing?

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts on the ideas lined up here.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

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

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


From the heart

July 12, 2015

From the heart image

“A smile from the heart speaks a universal language.” #bgdtcoaching.

Choosing to write a post entitled ‘From the heart‘ might seem strange. If you are a regular reader here – I appreciate you from the heart – you’ll be aware that the heart is at the centre (no pun intended) of all these posts.

That said, spending a few words here today specifically about the issues of undertaking anything from the heart allows me to share three considerations.

Firstly, we always have the option to either embrace thoughts and sensations coming from the heart or decide to ignore them. Within the choice lies the roots of our days. Opting to follow our heart gives structure to our life by allowing heartfelt values to guide actions.

Secondly, it is no secret our most fulfilling performances are obtained when we are closely aligned with the undertaking itself. Things from the heart have a higher probability of capturing our attention and consequently stimulating us to perform at our best, live our potential so to speak.

Although there will be some, possibly many, occasions in which we are obliged to undertake activities not from the heart – and hopefully we engage also in these things to the best of our ability – that something extra will most likely be missing.

And finally, a smile from the heart speaks a universal language, one of love.

Thanks, from the heart, for choosing to read this today.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

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).


Healthy choices

July 9, 2015

 

Healthy choices

All sorts of things might come to mind if we spend time pondering healthy choices. Straightaway it could be useful to clarify what we mean by healthy choices. For the sake of this post, let me suggest it refers to those decisions we make to promote our best interests.

Respecting the uniqueness of all, it seems fair to assume we each know what is right for us and so it is not necessary for me, or anyone else, to liberally throw out suggestions concerning specific healthy choices.

That we may choose to consult specialists in matters such as fitness, nutritional questions and so on, is another thing of course.

Healthy choices in the area of habits and daily behaviour can also be viewed from the perspective of undertakings. Provided what we do brings what we want today, it would be fair to take this as confirmation regarding the relevance of our healthy choices made yesterday.

On the contrary, to achieve something different for tomorrow we would need to review our healthy choices today. Being responsible for our healthy choices gives us the freedom to investigate all manner of options and lifestyle issues.

Instead of viewing these things just from a position of trepidation, let’s remember we can view them with curiosity and use the exercise to discover previously unexplored input. Healthy choices, we will find, are numerous and some are surely appropriate for each of us.

To join the conversation about healthy choices, please leave a comment below.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

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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