Preparing as best as we can

September 1, 2019

Preparing as best as we can is a motto we might choose to live by in all areas of life. Possibly it is a way of being so embedded in our mindset we don’t even realise we are engaging in it on a daily basis.

Without getting into the question of whether our best is ‘good enough’ – according to whose criteria we could ask – a couple of general points are worth considering.

1) Preparing as best as we can gives us the reassurance of knowing we have done all we are capable of doing to bring about success in the task before us. Appreciating this is surely better than holding onto the thought we should have, and could have, done more.

2) Preparing as best as we can does not guarantee success but it is more probable when we are in top condition. If something is important to us why, in any case, wouldn’t we want to give ourselves the maximum chance of obtaining the desired result?

So, having read this ‘Preparing as best as we can’ post, let me ask you this question: Are you preparing as best as you can for all that you wish to achieve?

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and performance matters.

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.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?

July 16, 2017

Sunrise on tomorrow

 

Let’s be clear from the start by asking to what extent are we ready for tomorrow? we are assuming there will be a tomorrow. Usually I prefer to avoid assumptions, but in this case, I have made an exception. So, with fingers crossed and touching wood, I’ll let the supposition about tomorrow stand.

Two points spring to mind concerning ‘To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?

Firstly, the extent is important. Giving ourselves the maximum chance of obtaining a successful tomorrow depends on what we do today. Secondly, the matter is under our control and hence we will also be partly responsible for the resulting outcome too.

Preparing for an assignment or undertaking is a key element to being ready. Ideally, we set aside time to investigate what is required of us and then take the appropriate actions to acquire the relevant skills. Of course, this may mean a bringing together of existing items if the event is one we are pretty familiar with.

Should it be this inquiry about to what extent are we ready for tomorrow has stirred you to action today for tomorrow, and you’d like to explore options as part of a complimentary coaching session via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?’ 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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Setting the stall

May 5, 2016

Man setting the stall

A key element of our eventual work is implemented at the preliminary stage, here entitled ‘setting the stage‘.

Once the basics are in place – specific to each task we are required to undertake – we will need to possibly arrange props, test electrical equipment and generally go about setting the stall as it were. To feel comfortable and confident with our surroundings, when we have the opportunity to do it, it is worth taking the time to complete this performance phase.

Setting the stage ourselves is a moment for us to renew our acquaintance with material as we prepare ourselves and the location for the raising of the proverbial curtain. Showtime invariably puts us in the spotlight and brings with it its own momentum.

Once our work is under way the effort we gave to setting the stall will hopefully be repaid with a seamless performance.

A small, but not necessarily insignificant, point concerning setting the stall is associated with the question of when to stop preparing. Appreciating perfection is rather tough to achieve, we are obliged through time restraints and other such factors to at some point ‘get started’.

Indeed, no amount of setting the stall will compensate for us not putting the preparation into practice sooner or later.

To join the conversation here about ‘Setting the stall‘, please leave a comment below.

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).

 


Preparation

September 10, 2015

Preparation

“Scratching beneath the surface on any successful endeavour invariably we find preparation is present.” #bgdtcoaching.

Leaving aside elements of chance and questions regarding destiny, preparation is that factor capable of making a difference to each and every one of our activities.

With preparation comes the possibility to test our work to ensure each aspect meets required standards before delivery. We get to feel comfortable with the objective, resolve potential tangles and generally refine the offering in line with what is expected from us.

Preparation is also that time ahead of a performance in which the material comes alive to us and we place it in the context of an overall project or assignment.

Without preparation we can, of course, try our hand at producing a winning effort. If we are lucky we will be successful, yet without preparation the probability of this is greatly reduced. Having time to engage in preparation, but deciding not to use it, is a choice we may also have.

Those on the receiving end of our eventual undertaking would surely not be happy to learn of our decision not to prepare. If the activity results in a poor delivery of our work, frustration will be even more marked.

Right now, rather than looking at preparation from a multitude of other perspectives, let me stop now.

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).


Ready for business

August 23, 2015

Workplace ready for business

“Preparing ourselves, getting ready for business, is a crucial part of living our potential.” #bgdtcoaching.

Regardless of our role and irrespective of the work we will have to perform, ensuring we are ready for business is a personal responsibility each of us has to accept if we are to give our all in the workplace.

We might find yesterday’s endeavours laid solid foundations for our work today. If so, we are certainly ready for business. Alternatively, we need to start the development process today to be ready for business tomorrow. In either case, preparing ourselves to be ready for business is a crucial part of living our potential.

Having everything in place, being confident all equipment has been tested and is working well, ensures all is ready for business in the opinion of some folk. Others may prefer a more relaxed approach. For these people the idea of being ready for business is irrelevant. They are never ready, although able quite comfortably to muddle through each and every moment.

Walking a middle path could be the norm for many of us. Sometimes preparing, other times taking a chance and trusting our instincts, now and then merging the two actions and creating a more rounded approach. We know what works best for us in terms of getting ready for business.

Being curious to learn your thoughts about being ready for business, please feel free to share your ideas by leaving a comment below.

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 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

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).


Windows of opportunity

July 30, 2012

Buildings overlooking a square

Though we might know what we want to achieve, circumstances don’t always fall into place as we wish. Windows of opportunity sometimes seem to open according to their own schedule rather than ours.

The idea of being prepared is clearly appropriate to windows of opportunity. Taking our chances when they occur, even if we may feel a little perplexed by their sudden arrival, is made easier if we are, in any case, prepared.

Possibly Abraham Lincoln had this in mind when he offered this observation: “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

That each window of opportunity brings its own challenges is probably to be expected. Were all things easy maybe we are setting our goals too low. Stretching ourselves, reaching beyond the mundane to fulfill our potential habitually requires some effort on our part.

So, before this window of opportunity to connect with you closes, let me just thank you for reading this today. If you wish to share your thoughts on windows of opportunity or related issues, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards to you.

Brian.

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