Locked up

April 16, 2015

Locked up bike

“Ideas locked up, never aired, have little chance of being transformed into solutions.” #bgdtcoaching.

It is not new to suggest the more ideas we express the greater possibility we have of finding winning solutions. However, it is quite common for ideas to be locked up, perhaps for fear of being criticised even before they have had a proper opportunity to be explored.

In various encounters nowadays a lot of people appear afraid to offer anything but the ‘perfect’ answer. Many opt to remain silent rather than add to the creative melting pot for the sake of bringing into being a jointly produced solution.

Why we feel this need to be either excellent or invisible escapes me. As much as we are surely giving our best at all times, it is not fair to assume we will always have the answer to every matter. And in the same way, believing our input is never valid is likewise an unfair assumption.

Looking at the issue of meetings from another perspective, why are so many called when decisions are already locked up in the director’s briefcase? Let’s not even think about the lost time, money and energy linked to sitting in such pointless get-togethers.

The habit to hold this type of meeting seems well established. Being cynical, it could be argued so many hours get locked up in this business ritual to save vast numbers of people from actually having to do any work…

Thanks for reading this ‘Locked up‘ rant today. To join the conversation, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
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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).


What is on offer

April 12, 2015

 

Stalls showing what is on offer

What is on offer might be a question related to what we are looking for. Nowadays we are surrounded by just about all things imaginable. Asking what is on offer could be answered in one word: “Everything!”

However, just because we can have, at least in theory, all we want, does not mean we really need it. Having satisfied basic needs, quenched our thirst for long-held dream items and indulged in a few extravagancies, what else do we need?

What is on offer at times seems to be proverbial chewing gum for our minds/wallet. Consuming more and more may be a strategy for stimulating economies, setting aside questions of increasing debt. Yet to what extent does obtaining more produce additional happiness?

Each of us will know in our heart the response to this dilemma. The threshold for adding more of anything is as individual as we are, regardless of what is on offer.

As the shops are still open and the online outlets never sleep, I won’t keep you any longer. If you are off to see what is on offer, let me just thank you for stopping by here today.

Best wishes.

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).


From the rubble

April 9, 2015

Rubble

From the rubble of yesterday’s failure can arise the glory of tomorrow’s success.” #bgdtcoaching.

From the rubble of a so-called ‘learning experience’ we can extract the key element required to reach an objective. It goes without saying we don’t need a negative situation for something good to emerge. However, it does seem oftentimes success is the result of a previously failed endeavour.

Possibly at the time of the initial setback we were unable to think such a thought. We may have been upset and feeling dejected by our lack of triumph. With hindsight it becomes easy to see how our subsequent victory sprang from the rubble.

Having the courage to trust in our ability pays off over time, albeit with a timescale not always aligned to our schedule. From the rubble of past efforts many of today’s achievements surround us.

Perhaps by remembering the determination we showed in the past to reach where we are now we are strengthened to continue along our chosen way, being and living according to our heart.

Thanks for reading this ‘From the rubble‘ post.

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).


Fanning the passion

April 5, 2015

Fan

“Actions undertaken with intensity give testimony to the presence of an effort fanning the passion of a heartfelt goal.” #bgdtcoaching.

During the course of the day we may move in a seamless fashion between moments of great activity and instances of quiet reflection. Fanning the passion behind endeavours can be the desire to either reach a predetermined result or at least carry a project forward.

Fanning the passion might be the wish to see things all neatly tied up before moving onto the next assignment. Yet life doesn’t always follow our script. In such cases the outcome will be less than satisfactory for us.

Letting go of wanting to control matters out of our hands frees up energy to concentrate on objectives within our reach. Fanning the passion of attempting to live life fully could be an awareness of life’s transient nature.

Such thinking would drive us to live our potential and be our best on a daily basis. Motivation, of course, impacts on actions regardless of what is fanning the passion. And actions undertaken with intensity give testimony to the presence of an effort fanning the passion of a heartfelt goal.

Perhaps, however, you have another reason for doing what you do. To share your input on the subject of ‘Fanning the passion‘, please don’t hesitate to 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).


Stillness

April 2, 2015

Stillness

“The stillness of the moment speaks loudly to the heart.” #bgdtcoaching.

Regardless of our sentiment towards snow, personally I think it is fine provided it stays in the mountains, few can ignore the stillness usually following a snowfall.

Being an excuse to slowdown, maybe take stock of what is around us and how we take so much for granted, snow holds a certain power over most societies in this sense. And the resulting stillness encourages us in this calm analysis.

We might discover the stillness of the moment speaks loudly to the heart. Listening to the message, perhaps whilst reflecting on the scene before us, offers us a chance to connect with our inner wisdom.

Stillness deserves our attention and possibly also our concentration. We could find the stillness holds an important message for us, one otherwise lost to us unless we take the time to hear it.

Accordingly, let me pause now and suggest the next few minutes are given over to the stillness of this present time.

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).


Ray of hope

March 29, 2015

 

Ray of hope

“No matter the moment today, somehow somewhere we can find a ray of hope in tomorrow.” #bgdtcoaching.

Without slipping on rose-tinted glasses, tomorrow surely provides us with an opportunity to start again if today is not going as we wish. Letting go of negative experiences in the present frees us to embrace the ray of hope offered by tomorrow.

The ray of hope before us may not be associated with any specific change of circumstances or actual tangible object. It could, on the contrary, be related merely to an attitude or perspective coupled with an opening of our heart to what is already within us.

In any case, we can strive forward with the knowledge of its existence and close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. Without a ray of hope to guide our efforts, however, the path ahead is likely to be dark at best, supplying little incentive for us to reach out to it.

Looking at tomorrow from today with a ray of hope is an activity we might wish to engage in as we face the present as it is. The options regarding our approach to living our potential, reaching heartfelt goals and being our true self are of course endless. A ray of hope shines out among them.

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).


Following our heart

March 26, 2015

Heart-shaped light

In one form or another, most of the posts presented on this blog have either explicitly or implicitly contained a ‘following our heart‘ message. Believing in individual freedom, the idea here of following our heart is not promoted as part of a specific doctrine or way of thinking.

That said, most of us may have experienced occasions in which we have embraced the concept of following our heart, possibly despite strong opposition from our rational mind. The result, if we are honest, will most likely have underlined the validity of our choice.

Yet it is easy to ignore the strong message coming from our heart, especially if we have been conditioned by years of operating according to logical thinking. This is natural in as much as habits guide us in the decision-making process, be it for our own good or not.

Following our heart for some people, perhaps including you, could already be a way of living to the full. In this case, the advantages of listening to our inner wisdom will already be clear and no further words on the subject are needed.

However you operate, thanks for reading this ‘Following our heart‘ 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).


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