Writing on the wall

October 2, 2016

Writing on the wall

“The limits of others need not be ours” says the writing on the wall. #bgdtcoaching.

Some things are apparently so obvious it would seem the writing on the wall is spelling it out to all and sundry.

That the actual writing on the wall is there in the first place need not distract us right now. Various people choose to communicate in this format. It is a choice we could say and leave it at that. The rights and/or wrongs of writing on the wall can be left to another day, perhaps.

Transmitting a message to either a single individual or society at large is possibly the objective of those writing on the wall. The impact is surely immediate for folk in the vicinity of the wall. Appreciation, however, may not always be so forthcoming.

That said, as with most issues related to human behaviour, generalities should not be held up as hard and fast rules or gilt-edged certainties. The writing on the wall need not necessary be taken at face value. A moment of verification is wise to avoid upset or delusion later on.

So yes, the limits of others need not be ours. Rather than writing on the wall, to share your input on the points raised here, please leave a comment below.

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

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).

 

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Facing fears

June 2, 2016

Cat facing fears

Facing fears is as much about looking inwards as turning our eyes to what is before us.” #bgdtcoaching.

At some point along the path of progress we will most likely encounter one or two difficulties. Perhaps they arrive ‘out of the blue’. Maybe, however, we have been aware of potential hiccups for a while and preferred to pretend all is well. In either case, facing fears is going to be the order of the day sooner or later.

Each of us surely has our own way of handling tough situations, be it in terms of facing fears, overcoming obstacles or any number of other challenges. We know what works best for us and, provided we are honest with ourselves, can take the required steps to ensure forward momentum is not disrupted for too long.

Facing fears is as much about looking inwards as turning our eyes to what is before us. Within our heart lies the key to getting back on track. Recalling the motivation behind our initial efforts, for instance, oftentimes reconnects us with the energy required to move ahead.

In a similar way, being clear about the benefits we expect to gain by achieving a goal might provide us with a renewed sense of enthusiasm to ‘complete the project’. Letting things drift as we go about facing fears, on the contrary, is probably a quick method to destroy the fine work undertaken to date.

Thanks for reading this ‘Facing fears‘ post today and please feel free to leave a comment below if you’d like to join the conversation here.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
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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

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).

 


Similar but different

April 14, 2016

Similar but different houses

Similar but different is perhaps a way to define the uniqueness of us all.” #bgdtcoaching.

Progress in any field of work is without doubt a question of personal development put into practice to achieve maximum potential. Our individuality gives each input a twist as we interpret, amend and embrace the learning for the sake of moving forward in our desired career endeavour.

Similar but different‘ may be the informal title we apply to the offering covered by the general heading of ‘Customer facing service’. On each interaction with stakeholders we have the opportunity to employ our best efforts to get the task done well.

From a wider perspective, the variety of life experiences ensures each of us has similar but different interactions throughout the week. Our attitudes and outlook also influence how we live the moment, regardless of the setting or situation.

Our reactions to events likewise can be similar but different, depending again on our approach to things as well as our attachment to the matters in question, although this is not always easy to put into words for others.

Furthermore, ‘similar but different‘ is a catch-all summary to explain our preferences in the various areas of work and life, particularly when dealing with non-essential matters. A blue or a black pen? This sandwich bar or that one? To be fair, it doesn’t really change anything under most circumstances.

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

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).

 


Without letting go

March 17, 2016

Animal not letting go of coins

Without letting go of yesterday’s successes it can be difficult to reach out to new opportunities before us today.” #bgdtcoaching.

It seems natural to hold onto all we have worked hard to obtain over the course of time. Our efforts have brought us to where we are today and few could deny us the moment to enjoy our actual position.

That said, without letting go of the feelings of victory and the like, we are invariably unable to move beyond the limits such sensations provide us. Resting on our laurels to catch our breath is one thing, staying there is another.

Yet what exactly are we grasping onto so rigorously? Is it the sense of achievement? The glory associated with winning? Possibly being in the spotlight connected to our accomplishments? In reality all of these are short-lived. Time moves on and brings with it new challenges.

Without letting go of yesterday’s successes it can be difficult to reach out to new opportunities today. Right now we may be facing any number of situations requiring our input. Whether related to work, health, home life or whatever, without letting go of what has been we might find it tough to focus our attention.

To share your input on the questions raised here, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for reading this ‘Without letting go‘ post.

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

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).

 


The basics

January 21, 2016

Basic fruit

“With the basics in place, the performance can flow.” #bgdtcoaching.

Each endeavour usually consists of a couple of parts: the basics and the details. Getting the basics sorted gives us the opportunity to move onto the details in a smooth and measured manner.

The basics might be initial training and practice at the start of an assignment. These items have their own timetable. Though we could be tempted to jump straight into a project, it is invariably a false time-saver. Without the basics being in place, our performance cannot flow as desired.

In terms of personal development, the basics may be the answers we give to a number of key questions about our objectives and how we wish to implement our potential.

To what extent are we happy with our current situation? What do we gain by being where we are? In which way would life be different if we were to listen more to our heart? How prepared are we to ensure our true self is, or remains, at the centre of our existence?

The basics are not always easy items to work with, yet they do indeed provide a foundation for further growth.

As each of us defines the basics according to our personal situation, there is little reason for me to labour the concept here any longer. Let me end by thanking you for reading ‘The basics‘ post today.

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

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).

 


Embracing this instance

December 17, 2015

Seasonal scene

Embracing this instance is all about being present.” #bgdtcoaching.

Though it is easy to think today is just a copy of yesterday, by embracing this instance we can appreciate the richness and uniqueness of the moment.

Of course, society likes to underline notable events throughout the year. Partly this is driven by commercial interests, and partly by the desire to maintain or promote our cultural heritage.

Individually, how we go about embracing this instance is oftentimes conditioned by how we feel towards the matter in question, as well as our current sentiments. Feeling indifferent or disinterested in what is going on around us, we could easily choose to ignore external goings-on.

Embracing this instance, on the other hand, could be a way of acknowledging we are part of this reality. Liking or not liking everything here is not the issue. We may appreciate events around us, participating in the moment if we wish, without getting wrapped up in things too much.

Letting go of yesterday and setting aside tomorrow, we give ourselves the opportunity to live fully right now. So yes, embracing this instance is all about being present.

Other perspectives are surely worth exploring with regards to embracing this instance. To share your input, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this ‘Embracing this instance‘ post.

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, 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

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).

 


Making music

December 3, 2015

Musical instruments

“By being our best right here, right now, we are making music.” #bgdtcoaching.

Thinking about the idea of making music, we could look at various aspects related to scores, instruments and the like.

However, taking the theme of making music from a personal development perspective, a few thoughts can be set out now. Looking back at the challenges overcome to reach where we are, we might be pleasantly surprised at the progress achieved.

Yet as we have been busy getting to our objectives, hitting targets and reaching goals, we have also been making music. If you were to transfer these steps into a soundtrack to accompany the journey to now, what would it sound like? Soft and gentle? Rousing and awe-inspiring?

Similarly in the present, when we are living our potential, being and doing our best in every endeavour we are called upon to perform as part of our work, we may consider it as making music.

On another note, there are occasions we are making music by being silent. A gift freely available is that of giving people, and indeed ourselves, the space to just be with the moment. In such a way we are again engaging in making music, albeit without making a sound.

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, 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

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).

 


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