Connecting with others

March 1, 2015

 

Connecting with others

Connecting with others, being sociable, is a way of acknowledging the presence of those around us.” #bgdtcoaching.

Connecting with others, of course, begins by connecting with the moment. We cannot expect to come across as being interested in others if we are clearly loaded down with thoughts about yesterday and worries for tomorrow.

As we move through our agenda, there will surely be many occasions in which sociability can ease the day forward. Connecting with others in a way suggests we have taken the time and effort to not only see them, but also wish to know more about them. Remembering people like to be valued as people rather than as mere numbers or robots, it seems right to let them be themselves.

How we go about connecting with others will most likely be a question related to our way of being. Possibly we are outgoing, gregarious folk, and never even stop to ponder the notion of interaction. We do it and that’s that.

Alternatively, we might be the type of people who let our actions speak for us. If this is the case, connecting with others occurs in a more subtle manner, one that is different although neither more nor less effective.

Regardless of the form, connecting with others, being sociable, is a way of acknowledging the presence of those around us.

Connecting with others, or more specifically with you, let me close this post by thanking you for being here today.

Kindest regards.

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).


Crossing bridges

February 26, 2015

Crossing a bridge

Crossing bridges today gets us to where we want to be tomorrow.” #bgdtcoaching.

Let’s think about some of the transformations making up our world to date.

Perhaps we are no longer living in the hometown of our youth, maybe not even in the same country. Loved ones could possibly have entered and, in some cases, left our life. In terms of work, our role might have changed more than a few times before we reached where we are now.

All of these things have, in one way or another, compelled us to go about crossing bridges for the sake of reaching a new moment in our life. Yet leaving a situation in which we have grown comfortable to arrive at a new phase of life is rarely easy.

That said, crossing bridges is a key part of our development as our life evolves. Without crossing bridges yesterday we would not be where we are today. And likewise by crossing bridges we move from what is today to what we hope will be tomorrow.

However you view the idea of crossing bridges, thanks for connecting here.

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).


A stitch in time

February 22, 2015

Sewing machine

A stitch in time might not save nine, but an action today is better than two thought about tomorrow.” #bgdtcoaching.

Resorting to proverbs such as ‘A stitch in time‘ could be considered as lazy writing by some folk. Indeed in a sense falling back on such phrases certainly doesn’t enrich the literary field very much. But then that is not the purpose of the blog posts here.

Thinking about how our timely interventions can impact on the flow of our day and as a consequence our life as it unfolds, ‘a stitch in time‘ is perhaps ideal as an expression to remind ourselves of this.

We may have set out clear objectives to reach for the sake of designing a desired life. Stitching together many pieces of the material called ‘daily life’ produces the cloth from which we eventually create our existence. Timing is crucial to the process to ensure the results reflect our dreams.

Last minute actions and ad hoc activities naturally have their place in the run of things, yet rarely take us forward in an orderly fashion as well as planned interventions. “Time management it seems is as much about managing ourselves as managing time”, to quote a previous post (click here to read).

A stitch in time connects what is now with what can be tomorrow. But with the clock striking a certain hour and the rest of the day still before us, let me stop this ‘a stitch in time‘ post.

Thanks for reading this 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).


Better days

February 19, 2015

 

Old building

Making a comparison between the past and now, deciding which are better days, is unfair if we fail to include the opinions of everyone involved in those and these days.

A healthy appreciation of the past is a way to show respect for past efforts. Some people may have a strong connection with particular moments in time, as individuals or members of communities, and feel the better days really were then. In any case, it is a question of perspective.

Our experience grows daily regardless of our consideration for previous moments in our life. The better days might not actually be linked to a question of time, but rather one associated with good health, a sense of freedom, aliveness or indeed any other criteria we wish to choose.

Connecting with the better days, regardless of the definition we use for them, sets our focus on fulfilling our potential and being our true self. This may in turn create a desire within us to relive right now the sensation of being our best. And no days are better than those of today for us to do it.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the ideas put forward here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Better days‘ 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).


The right direction

February 15, 2015

 

Directions

“Small steps in the right direction are always bettter than giant strides the wrong way.” #bgdtcoaching.

Regardless of where you are physically located now, to what extent are you sure your life is moving in the right direction? The answer can be as unique and individual to each of us as we are to the rest of the world.

However, what is fundamental to all of us though is the alignment of our thoughts and actions with our values, dreams and goals. The right direction is found in the heart and reached by consciously choosing the road best suited to who we are and what we best contribute to life.

Yet even the right direction potentially has setbacks and delays waiting for us. And how we handle these inconveniences oftentimes determines how we experience the rest of the journey to our destination. Nobody, it seems, can guarantee the right direction will be easier than any other.

Even so, small steps in the right direction are always better than giant strides the wrong way. And as we move ideally in the right direction, let me just thank you for spending a few minutes here today.

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).


Strange encounter

February 12, 2015

Strange structure

Just when we feel everything is organized, under control and aligned to how we wish it to be, life has a way of setting up a strange encounter for us.

You might be able to bring to mind an unexpected meeting with a person who, though perhaps unknown at the time, turned out to be a source of information for a subsequent matter. The strange encounter was after all not so strange, just life providing answers.

Maybe we have experienced a strange encounter with an idea that fails to leave our mind. Irrespective of the circumstances, if we are attuned to our intuition the opportunity to take maximum advantage from a strange encounter will arrive. Learning truly can be found in everything it seems.

Alternatively we could float through life unaware of whatever is occurring around us. Free from strange encounters in as much as they never enter our consciousness, we let life be the protagonist as we take the role of its passive spectators. The choice remains ours.

Thanks for reading this ‘Strange encounter‘ 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).


Choices

February 8, 2015

Choices

“Life is made up of choices, yet whether we choose to see them is another thing.” #bgdtcoaching.

One of the best, most important and potentially crucial areas of life in which choices abound, is that of our attitude towards life itself. This might include not only our approach to daily endeavours, but also our behaviour towards other living beings.

I imagine few reading this are indifferent towards environmental wellbeing and universal suffering. These things touch us all and choices made over the course of the years to date have surely shaped our life today. Problems begin when choices create conflict between ‘the common good’ and individual values.

For example, whilst I can acknowledge the supposed economic arguments for fracking, I am unable to understand why alternative energy choices deriving from the wind, the sun and the waves are not developed ahead of this controversial method, reportedly linked to earth tremors.

Choices on a more personal level are, on the other hand, something we all have to take responsibility for. Life is made up of choices, yet whether we choose to see them is another thing.

Choices about how we invest our time, energy and personal resources sit next to choices related to dietary, personal development and other questions forming our existence.

I could go on and on but as you most likely have other options available as to how to use your time I will stop now. However, if you’d like to share your input on the issue of choices, please leave 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).


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