Being our best whilst taking on new skills

June 15, 2017

Bubbles as skills

 

It can be somewhat testing to go about being our best whilst taking on new skills. After all, we might find ourselves way out of our comfort zone when taking on the role of a student.

We surely have invested much time and effort to reach where we are. To find ourselves without all the answers during the learning process, even as we go about being our best whilst taking on new skills is no easy thing.

Being our best possibly involves being fully present in whatever we are doing at any specific moment. It is additionally related to bringing authenticity to the situation. In terms of taking on new skills, this would perhaps lead to an acceptance of ‘steps back’ or ‘stumbles forward’, prior to us mastering the material.

Being our best whilst taking on new skills is ideally a way of being no different from how we are at all times. Instead of making a distinction between this moment and that, a goal we may have is to be our best at all times irrespective of what we are doing or attempting to achieve. If this is so then it becomes easier to shift energy towards development activities as how we are is, so to speak, already sorted.

Thanks for reading this ‘Being our best whilst taking on new skills’ post today, ideally it has provided some food for thought.

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, 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.

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)


Falling down

December 18, 2016

 

Snow falling down

 

No connection should be made to this post entitled ‘Falling down‘ and the previous one with the title ‘On the edge’. Although it can appear to be a message of some sort, that is not the intention.

Ideally progress is linear and directly related to preparation and effort. The reality is not always so. We might engage fully in a project with the aim of bettering ourselves only to discover for whatever reasons we are falling down on the standards required by our assessors.

From the perspective of our ongoing development, there could easily be times in which we seem to be struggling, yet make progress. Provided we are open enough to taking learning from the experience, the adversity of falling down will at least bring us something positive.

Falling down is human and part of the journey to being our best. Remaining on the ground and wallowing in our discomfort is maybe human too, but not an attractive option likely to be beneficial to anyone. Likewise, blaming ourselves or others involved in the endeavour does little good.

Other perspectives regarding the issue of falling down are surely valid. If you’d like to join the conversation here about falling down, please leave a comment below.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
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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

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)


What is your current reading material giving you?

July 12, 2016

Current reading material

 

What is your current reading material giving you? It is a question only you can answer. I have no idea whether you are a prolific reader, a person who likes to dabble in and out of books or any other type of book connoisseur. That you are here suggests a curiosity towards the written word.

Your response to the enquiry ‘What is your current reading material giving you?‘ is surely one closely connected to the intention you have with regard to the object itself. Maybe the purpose is one of enjoyment and leisure. The activity therefore hopefully provides a moment of relaxation.

If the reply to ‘What is your current reading material giving you?‘ is related to the area of study, ideally specific knowledge is being obtained by spending time in the company of books, papers, journals and the like.

There might be some people who are obliged to read something for work, plough through the proverbial minutes of a meeting or review reports drafted by colleagues. What is your current reading material giving you in this case? Possibly the retort is: “A big headache”.

As ever the input here is offered for exploration. If you would like to share your thoughts on the query ‘What is your current reading material giving you?‘, please leave a comment below.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
Blog: https://bgdtcoaching.wordpress.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).

 


Topping this or that

June 16, 2016

Building topping another one

No matter what we have achieved to date, topping this or that is an activity we invariably indulge in as we go about developing ourselves further. Remaining static whilst life moves on is an option rarely worth exercising.

However, the idea of topping this or that need not suggest we are unhappy with our current situation. Perhaps it merely indicates our desire to constantly improve ourselves. Each and every experience provides an element of learning within it. Tapping into this source to go about topping this or that begins with us acknowledging to ourselves our unlimited potential to grow.

Once we are comfortable with the notion of being capable of getting better in any area of work or life we choose to focus on, we are setting the stage for our ongoing growth. And topping this or that becomes a way of being, instead of a one-off action.

It could be argued by topping this or that in actual fact we are merely adding the proverbial ‘cherry to the icing’. This is, no doubt, a point of view some may wish to hold. Yet we need not limit ourselves by taking on board negative input from people who possibly see any attempt at self-improvement as a ‘waste of time’.

Thanks for reading this ‘Topping this or that‘ post today.

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).

 


Dining out

May 19, 2016

Table set for dining out

Having invested time, energy and possibly even financial resources in developing ourselves to where we are, perhaps now is the time to engage in the traditional habit of celebrating success by dining out with colleagues, friends and/or family.

Dining out, it should be said, could actually be substituted with any number of alternative ways of marking the moment. We might choose to acknowledge the effort made in a quiet fashion, especially if the process is not yet over.

Indeed in the areas of personal and professional development, it is invariably better for us to be open to ongoing learning opportunities surrounding us, rather than fall into the trap of thinking we know everything then discovering at an inopportune time it is not so.

Returning to the staring idea of dining out, our choice of venue for the occasion can also be insightful to us. Is our preferred location one associated with fine food, a pleasant environment or something else impacting on our selection? Are we looking to impress our guests or merely aiming to enjoy the meal?

Pondering the answers to these questions will undoubtedly make the eventual experience of dining out more satisfying for all concerned.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the issues set out here regarding dining out, please leave a comment below.

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).

 


Reflections – Work in progress

June 30, 2011

Some could find the presence of building sites in the city a nuisance as traffic gets diverted and walkways blocked. Others may choose to see such work in progress as a sign of prosperity.

In many ways our own personal and professional development is a work in progress. We construct our abilities through learning, building up experience and skills over the course of our career.

At times the efforts can be tiring especially in the early stages as the foundations need to be laid. Evidence of our input only begins to show after we have done much hard work and preparation.

And there are always new endeavours to challenge us, indeed fortunately we might say. An aspect of our prosperity is perhaps the ongoing development we engage in. Certainly the impermanent nature of everything seems to render life itself one big building site, a work in progress.

Thanks for connecting here today. If you’d like to contact me, as ever I can be reached by e-mail, through my website, blog or via Twitter.

Thanks again and goodbye for now.

Brian.

www.bgdtcoaching.com


Reflections

July 12, 2010

Valuing Time

A new day. A new week, time for a new beginning possibly. Time, the measurement of our days. The expression ‘spend time’ captures the essence of modern thinking. Time is a limited commodity and we can deplete or maximize our supply by ‘spending’ or ‘investing’ it in a variety of ways.

On the whole, we get to choose the usage of our time. Yes, some blocks of time are established by others. Employers, family members and organizations, institutions and voluntary outfits to which we belong, might make claims on our time. The rest belongs to us.

Whilst teaching English some years ago I encountered three broad groups of people – professionals including lawyers, financial analysts, computer engineers, and suchlike -whose attitude to sixty minutes of weekly homework summed up their relationship with time in many ways.

One group of people didn’t need to find the time, they already had it under their control and invested it in their ongoing learning as part of a strategic plan to advance their positions.

A second group openly decided to ‘enjoy life’ without worrying about the future. Being relaxed, they didn’t need excuses to explain away their lack of effort. Learning English wasn’t a priority for them. As to why they were included in the courses, I never really understood but never mind.

The third group would react to time, without goals, ideas or long-term plans. Inevitably it was these people who felt compelled to invent all manner of excuses. Yes, they would say they wanted to learn, perhaps needed to learn, but never quite found the time away from the lesson to study.

Just thinking about those times makes me appreciate once again the first two groups of students and my coaching clients of today. They have made choices about their lives and whether through study, immediate enjoyment or personal development, are living as they choose to, without excuses.

To close, let me quote the words of M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of “The Road Less Traveled:” “until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

Thanks for spending a few minutes of your time in reading this. Your input on the question of time would be most appreciated so please do free feel to get in contact.

Brian.

www.bgdtcoaching.com


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