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So far Oge Austin-Chukwu has created 50 blog entries.

I have failed many times…..

By |April 6th, 2016|

One of the first businesses I started failed within the first 12 months. My friend and I had this wonderful idea about a clothing range for a specific market. We were completely passionate about the concept and the customers we would be serving. We never for one moment thought we would not succeed (perhaps we were naïve). We did everything right that we could do – or so we thought.

A few months into the business, however I realised that I was going to have to make the difficult decision to shut it all down.

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Think you’re brilliant at what you do?

By |March 8th, 2016|

You probably are. Or at the very least you are good at it. Good enough for your clients to want to pay you for your products or services. But no one can succeed all by himself or herself. I have always been independent, and I love working on my own. The more I have worked with business owners, health professionals and leaders from all spheres of life, the more I have come to realise this truth – it takes more than one person for a business or other organisation to succeed. […]

What I have learned about growth

By |February 6th, 2016|

When my daughter was younger she got to a point where she felt that she had reached the height she wanted to be for the rest of her life and didn’t want to grow any taller. It was really funny because I knew that she couldn’t do very much about whether she grew any more or not, as genes and nutrition would determine her final height rather than her desire. […]

Why I don’t Make New Year Resolutions

By |January 11th, 2016|

So it’s nearly two weeks into 2016. What a year 2015 was! There were highs and lows as I am sure some of you have had too, but I hope that like me, you celebrated the highs and learned what you could during the lows, not letting them keep you down.

Well after a holiday period of way too much to eat and drink, many people start the New Year with what has become popularly known as New Year Resolutions. This invariably includes making a list of things that you will begin to do as well as things that you will try not to do any longer. Not surprisingly, weight loss and getting organised top the list of resolutions that people make. This list is usually inspired by a feeling of what we should be doing or as the case may be – not doing. Here’s where things start to go downhill very quickly – ‘shoulds’ and ‘ought tos’ never inspired anyone – for very long. Here’s why. […]

There’s still time

By |November 13th, 2015|

It is only a few weeks till the end of 2015. Where did the year go?  It seems like just a few weeks ago we were ushering in 2015 with much expectation or (perhaps it was dread for some because of uncertainty about how the year would evolve.)  As you look back at how your year has been what emotions rise up inside?  Delight at what you have achieved, relief that the year is finally drawing to an end?  Disappointment at the things that haven’t gone as planned?  Excitement for the future?  Or perhaps, panic at the thought that you have less than four weeks to make a million things happen, so that you can pat yourself on the back and say ‘well done’? […]

Developing the leader within you

By |October 6th, 2015|

As a Leadership Coach I am always exploring looking ways of helping people grow in their leadership. Interestingly, getting people to recognise the leadership gift that they carry is often the first step to developing would-be leaders. Many people believe the old adage that leaders are born, not made, but a lot more people are […]

Is your business stuck in a rut?

By |October 3rd, 2015|

Growth is a sign of life. If something is not growing, chances are that it is shrinking. When you started your business, I am sure you had plans for it to grow. Have you taken time lately to access whether growth is happening as you envisaged it? It takes courage to admit that something is not quite what it should be. It takes courage to admit that perhaps your business is in a rut. You can’t really do something about a problem if you don’t know that that problem even exists. Many times when we are stuck we are the last people to admit it because we stick our noses in sand and pretend everything is all right. […]

5 Reasons You Are Not Seeing the Results you Want

By |August 31st, 2015|

Whether you are running your own business or leading a team, chances are, you want to get results. Otherwise you wouldn’t be working so hard, putting so much effort into your business or team. But did you know that it is possible to work hard and yet not get the results that you would ideally want? We have all heard the saying, work smarter, not harder. Actually I don’t agree. I certainly think we need to work smarter, but we also need to work hard. Lazy people don’t achieve very much, but of course that’s not you or you wouldn’t be reading my blog! […]

What’s Your Inner Game?

By |July 2nd, 2015|

In his book, The Inner Game of Tennis, T Gallwey made popular the concept that in sports, the game is first won on the inside before the victory is ever seen on the outside. But even before Mr Gallwey existed, Napoleon Hill had written about this same concept in his book Think and Grow Rich. It must be noted however, that he referred to the timeless classic written by James Allen and published in 1902 entitled As a Man Thinketh.   And yet the one who must be rightfully credited with this concept that has been proven from one generation to another is King Solomon as recorded in the Book of Proverbs which is one of the books of the Christian Bible. […]

Can less really be more?

By |June 9th, 2015|

When was the last time someone asked you how things were and you immediately replied, ‘busy as ever,’ or something to that effect, because you felt that somehow this meant you were succeeding? We’ve all done it. There is this perception that being busy automatically equates to being productive and as we don’t want to admit to being unproductive we wear busyness like a badge of honour.

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