Getting ahead of the field

August 20, 2017

Horses in a field

 

As much as we can believe life is not a competition, a contest against others, getting ahead of the field is perhaps a natural instinct we give in to from time to time.

How we attempt to push ourselves in front will depend on many factors. If we are referring to a question in which the outcome is linked to a ‘first come, first served’ basis, the way we operate might indeed take on a competitive feel.

Alternatively, there will occasions when collaboration is the order of the day and getting ahead of the field becomes a question of giving our all to assist the team in achieving a positive and possibly winning result for all concerned.

The nature of an endeavour impacts on the style and manner of our input. When getting ahead of the field is truly important to us we are invariably able to find hidden stores of energy within ourselves.

For issues related to our personal and professional development, getting ahead of the field may involve us struggling with material not especially to our liking. In these cases, we need to ensure our full attention is given to the undertaking, in any case, to at least give ourselves the chance to acquire additional knowledge.

To share your input or thoughts on the ideas expressed here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Getting ahead of the field’ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Building today for many tomorrows

August 17, 2017

Building site today

 

Building today for many tomorrows is a way of trusting what we undertake right now will last beyond the immediate moment. Whether this turns out to be so is a question of ‘wait and see’. Creating our future today is an important activity in terms of employing our skills and intelligence.

In an ideal world all our initiatives embrace our potential and in the right circumstances, these activities are indeed examples of us building today for many tomorrows. The optimum scenario, unfortunately, is not always what we have to face, however.

Making every effort to capture our best efforts in the present for the sake of permitting future generations to enjoy them might be our intention. When reality turns out differently we may at least rest peacefully knowing we gave our all and did our best in building today for many tomorrows.

Thinking about buildings dating back to past centuries we admire nowadays, it is likely the constructors then followed best practices to ensure their work survived for us to appreciate. Whether they were aware of the lasting impact their behaviour was going to have we cannot say. In any case, thankfully they did their best.

For us to go about building today for many tomorrows we can learn from the past masters and employ attention to details and take care to live up to the stunning benchmarks they set for us.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Being ready for daily challenges

July 27, 2017

 

Being ready for daily challenges might involve any number of crucial steps. Some of these, by the nature of the challenges themselves, will be specific. Others may take on a more generic feel. We can explore three of these general steps now.

1. Being ready for daily challenges
Rather than diving straight into the day, mentally reviewing with a positive outcome clearly in mind the planned events and commitments of the upcoming twenty-four hours, gives guidance to the day.

2. Being ready for daily challenges
Cultivating a ‘winning mentality’ over the course of time helps us manage daily challenges. We nurture this mentality by reminding ourselves of our past achievements and moments in which we demonstrated, even if only to ourselves, our potential to handle successfully various issues.

3. Being ready for daily challenges
Accepting in advance whatever the day offers us, and holding onto the intention to face things as they are rather than spending time and energy fighting against the reality, keeps us focused on our objectives.

Regardless of how well we prepare ourselves, however, there are going to be occasions we ‘lose’. That said, we ‘win’ also then when we take learning from those instances and use the lessons to perform better next time.

To share your input on the matter of ‘Being ready for daily challenges’, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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What small changes would make big improvements for you?

July 23, 2017

I might be wrong, but I believe you know in your heart what small changes would make big improvements for you and how you experience life.

Each of us goes through the day accomplishing this and that, ticking off all the items on our To Do lists. However, many times whilst achieving much it is not unusual to feel there is something more we could or should be doing or giving.

This nagging feeling holds the key to understanding what small changes would make big improvements for you, me and all our stakeholders. Possibly we are setting our sights too low and so need to stretch ourselves. Then again, we may be staying in a role or situation just because it is easy and we feel in control.

Whilst such thinking is valid, when we really listen to our heart it can become a wake-up call for us. If not, today quickly becomes ‘five years later’ and although the enthusiasm to ‘be our best’ remains, commitments will have increased in proportion to a decrease of energy and courage to undertake any small changes.

There is no need to upset the proverbial apple cart just for the sake of doing so. Nevertheless, an amendment here and a change of habits there are doable, especially so when you have decided what small changes would make big improvements for you.

Thanks for reading this ‘What small changes would make big improvements for you?’ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Moving up by taking the necessary steps

July 9, 2017

Steps going up

 

Though it is rarely an automatic route, moving up by taking the necessary steps is an achievable objective for many.

Moving up might imply not only the actual increase in experience and ability but also a deepening of knowledge to consolidate earlier endeavours and efforts. Becoming a master may actually mean knowing when to let go of certain issues as opposed to attempting to embrace everything.

‘Taking’ within the context of the title ‘Moving up by taking the necessary steps’ refers to the proactive activity of ‘doing something’. It is not enough to want to move up. We have to back our intention with action. This is especially so when exploring the notion of bettering ourselves.

The necessary steps, quite rightly, will include a mix of general development activities and specific task-orientated learning projects. Without these fundamental stages of the ongoing learning cycle, it is unfair to expect any upward progression within our chosen field of study, work or leisure.

Finding within our heart the force to do whatever is needed to get ourselves off the sofa is crucial to making progress. Your input on the subject of ‘Moving up by taking the necessary steps’ can add to these ideas. Accordingly, please feel free to share by leaving a comment below.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Moving up by taking the necessary steps’ post.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


Are weaknesses really strengths in disguise?

July 2, 2017

Weakesses and Strengths signpost

 

As humans, we all have weaknesses and strengths. Whilst encountering opportunities and threats as we go about the business of living, these weaknesses and strengths often struggle with each other to dominate the moment. Yet let’s turn perceived wisdom around and ask “Are weaknesses really strengths in disguise?

Certain so-called negative traits could easily be seen from a positive perspective to answer the question “Are weaknesses really strengths in disguise?

The habit of trusting everybody may be considered as a weakness, especially if it leads us into difficulty on a regular basis. However, the opposite position of not trusting anyone would most likely create a cold, isolated world for us. We each need to find the best way of handling the supposed weakness in a beneficial manner.

In a similar fashion, the ‘weakness’ of wanting to live according to a personal set of values, philosophical outlook or religious code takes us away from the common ground. Even so, it adds to who we are and is perhaps a strength. And provided we respect the rights of others, we are free to implement such a choice.

So are weaknesses really strengths in disguise? Two examples offered here are, of course, insufficient to help us draw a concrete conclusion. We all know our own situation and how we form our vision of life is an individual issue.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Are weaknesses really strengths in disguise?‘ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
Coach – Trainer – Adjunct Professor – Author

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

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Blog: https://bgdtcoaching.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/BrianGroves

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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 trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely

June 25, 2017

Beach

 

The reference to dreams in the title ‘How trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely’ should not be mistaken for those night-time experiences in which the mind wanders freely. Here the intention is to look at the longed for goals we hold in our heart.

It might be we have been brought up to operate only with so-called ‘realistic’ objectives. “Dreams are for those who are unable to plan” could be the tune to which we have marched to for so long. If this is the case, the ideas associated with ‘How trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely’ are possibly strange.

Nevertheless, with just a small effort it may be we discover how trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely. The dreams in a sense encapsulate our true self – the best version of ourselves aligned to our potential – and deserve an opportunity to be brought into being.

As we all surely know, dreams without action cannot be realized. Dreams coupled with action, on the contrary, set into motion the chance for them to become a new reality. Many folk are indeed able to achieve their dreams, so why not us too? The results would more than repay the trust we gave to our dreams.

Exploring options around dreams and clarifying choices are often elements of a coaching conversation. To arrange a complimentary coaching session, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in touch. For now, thanks for reading this ‘How trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely’ post today.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
Coach – Trainer – Adjunct Professor – Author

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

Amazon: amazon.com/author/briangroves

Blog: https://bgdtcoaching.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/BrianGroves

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bgdtcoaching

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/today/author/bgdtcoaching

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

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.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


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