Understanding our strengths and weaknesses

December 8, 2019

Understanding our strengths and weaknesses is often the starting point for many development sessions. This basic exploration shows us what we should be consolidating, improving and so forth.

The process of understanding our strengths and weaknesses may require a full-scale appraisal involving a 360-degree evaluation, personal SWOT analysis or indeed any number of other tools. The important point, however, is for us to be honest with ourselves as the results can provide key input for our growth.

Regardless of how we go about understanding our strength and weaknesses, remembering a couple of key points is crucial.

Firstly, we are making this inquiry for the sake of obtaining information to better ourselves. Judging ourselves unfairly or too harshly offers no advantages.

Secondly, when going about understanding our strengths and weaknesses, the investigation is personal. Any comparison we choose to make should be between where we are and where we could or would like to be, instead of with others who have their own skill sets.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?

December 5, 2019

Without any preamble, to what extent is average an acceptable way of being for you?

Yes, this is a tough one. Perhaps there are no easy ways to answer it. After all, what do we mean by ‘average’? And in the question ‘To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?’, ‘acceptable’ according to what standards?

Setting aside the above-mentioned difficulties, by asking ourselves ‘To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?’ we highlight the issue of having control over the level of effort we give to tasks and so forth. Going through the motions as opposed to fully engaging is an option we may choose to adopt occasionally.

However, if we decide to ‘be average’, we cannot complain when people dismiss our input as, yes, ‘average’. After all, if we don’t demonstrate our potential and appear indifferent towards our results, why should we expect others to be satisfied with our work?

Knowing that we have to undertake certain assignments and the like, whether we want to or not, might be enough of a reason to dive into the projects sooner rather than later. Making the most of each moment in this manner gives us the chance to shine or, at least, gain experience for future opportunities.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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Building on what we already have

December 1, 2019

When undertaking a task, awareness of where we are and how we reached this position may be viewed as a starting point for development. Rather than automatically beginning from scratch, we should not overlook the option of building on what we already have.

Building on what we already have ensures we learn from past efforts for the benefit of fulfilling future objectives. In this manner, we are using yesterday’s work as momentum for our ongoing efforts.

Building on what we already have is, additionally, a way to acknowledge the presence in our toolbox of several crucial items such as experience, skills, competencies and learning acquired from previous activities.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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Disturbances designed to derail our efforts

November 28, 2019

To be fair, disturbances designed to derail our efforts are only doing their job when they upset our schedules.

We all have any number of means available to us to disrupt our good intentions. Procrastination, an unwillingness to commit to actions or indeed a lack of connection with the task before us, could be at the heart of eventual disturbances designed to derail our efforts.

These ‘internal’ issues are, in theory, under our control and need to be managed sooner rather than later if we are to move forward with our agenda.

Some other disturbances designed to derail our efforts might relate to the ‘external’ environment we find ourselves in. In these instances, we will need to demonstrate our ability to limit their negative impact on us.

But, without wishing to become a disturbance to you, let me stop now. Thanks for being here and please feel free to like/share this ‘Disturbances designed to derail our efforts’ post.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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What benefits do we gain by working with a plan?

November 24, 2019

How we answer the question ‘What benefits do we gain by working with a plan?’ may depend to a great extent on our situation.

Nevertheless, a more generic response to the inquiry ‘What benefits do we gain by working with a plan?’ could involve some or all of the following items.

a) Seeing our desired result on paper motivates us to bring it into being.
b) Actions are designed to achieve specific results.
c) Each step takes us nearer to our key objective.
d) We don’t lose time wondering what to do next.
e) We eliminate the stress associated with having to decide what to do next.
f) We know where we are with the project at any moment.
g) We have a valid reason to refuse additional tasks if they are not part of the plan.

Probably you can think of more ways to respond when asked ‘What benefits do we gain by working with a plan?’ To share your input, please leave a comment below.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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Gaining from unexpected opportunities

November 21, 2019

Gaining from unexpected opportunities is possible when we are flexible enough to embrace each situation as it is.

There will always be changes to deal with and projects invariably produce a surprise or two before their completion. Gaining from unexpected opportunities reflects a) our open approach to life and b) our desire to move towards goals despite the presence of extraordinary issues arising.

On the other hand, if we are so fixated on how we attempt to fulfil certain assignments, we might find it difficult to accept changes to our plans. In such instances, we would be unable to engage in gaining from unexpected opportunities even if they were advantageous to us.

As ever, how we view the moment, coupled with our ability to find a balance between how we perform this or that and the achievement of objectives, will impact on our eventual success.

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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Not being taken for granted

November 17, 2019

How to approach each moment of the day is under our control. Not being taken for granted, however, is at best a collaboration. Others will treat us as they wish and it falls on our shoulders to ignore them or allow their behaviour to get to us.

Yet there are certain actions we can take to limit the possibility of people treating us badly. For instance, not being taken for granted could begin by ensuring our input is aligned to values and given to the best of our abilities. Moreover, how we deal with folk invariably influences how they consider us.

However, by focusing on our goals instead of worrying about others’ reaction towards our actions, we leave no time to become upset when, instead of not being taken for granted, we are indeed treated in such a manner.

More ideas are surely valid concerning this issue. To join the conversation here, please leave a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this ‘Not being taken for granted’ post and don’t hesitate to like and share it.

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About Brian

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

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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

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