How resilient are you?

Last month I had the privilege of running a workshop for doctors training to become General Practitioners. It was great fun and while I was the trainer/facilitator, I learned an awful lot about what it […]

Thought it’d be easier, right?

It’s been an interesting year across the world. Uncertainty seems to be the only real certainty there is. Businesses are either not growing like they thought they would, or holding back because they […]

Is it ever the right time to quit?

I like to think my nature is mostly an optimistic person. I am certainly single-minded in most pursuits and will generally stick to a project for as long as it takes. Reading biographies of successful […]

Want to be more productive?

There always seems to be so much to do, and I am constantly looking at ways of being more productive. Many of the clients I have worked with have wanted help with doing more in […]

The chance you never took

Many people have regrets at the end of their lives. Things they did that they wish they hadn’t. And while this may be very painful, there is another kind of regret that haunts people as […]

It won’t just happen

I bought a small hyacinth plant a few weeks ago. At the time it was a mere four inches high. I had no idea how big it would grow or what colour the flower it […]

Choosing the right career path

I recently spoke to a young doctor who was having some difficulty deciding what was next after his hospital rotations. In a panic he had applied to about five different job opportunities that had nothing […]

What they didn’t tell you about goal setting

It is four weeks into the New Year and hopefully the so-called ‘January blues’ has not affected you.  Whether it’s the dismal winter weather or the anti climax after the Christmas holidays, it is customary […]

Get ready, set, go!

It’s that time of year again! Whether you love Christmas or hate it or are ambivalent towards it, it is one season that you cannot help but notice one way or the other. From the Christmas adverts on television that get more and more outlandish every year, the shop arrangements that are decidedly festive and perhaps over the top, the presents that you inevitably have to think about (giving or getting), or the relatives (welcome and unwelcome) you are going to seeing sometime during the holidays– Christmas is by far the most talked about holiday of the year. […]

Why it’s just not true

Recently I was asked to run a workshop for a group of GP trainees at a local hospital. We looked at topics like stress management, building resilience and working as part of a team. I […]

Why confidence is not enough

After six years of gruelling study, countless hours of lost sleep, and more exams than I care to remember, I finally had my degree.  I stood in my smart clothes and white coat, ready to […]

I know this works because I have tried it

If you have ever wondered why large successful companies have a board of directors this is one of the reasons why.  The company is more likely to succeed when you bring together a group of […]

What lies beneath

A few weeks ago I had to face up to the fact that I still have some work to do on the issue of a fear of failure. This fear can manifest in ways that don’t often seem at first like fear. When you look at the behaviour closely though, the root of it is fear. I am talking about the fact that we sometimes shrink back from making big decisions that affect our lives. I certainly do that more often than I would like. […]

It’s not rocket science but…

I recently had to ring Apple customer service because I had a problem with my phone. The gentleman I spoke to was very polite and did his best to help me. He was able to […]

If it ain’t broke perhaps its time to break it

A couple of years ago, I came across a book with a title just like the one I have used for this blog and being the kind of person that likes a bit of controversy every now and again, I couldn’t resist buying it so that I could see what it was all about.   It was a good read and more importantly, gave me plenty to think about. Change is inevitable, but the best types of change are the ones that we initiate. […]

My greatest challenge

It may come as a surprise to you, but my greatest challenge as a business owner is staying motivated. When you are your own boss, the responsibility of keeping your enthusiasm (and that of your team) at an all time high rests solely upon you. And sometimes, it just isn’t an easy thing to do. […]

What do you see?

It may seem like a simple question at face value. It is a question that is however not about what you can currently see with your physical eyes but rather about what you see when you look into your future. This is not often something we like to do for various reasons, one of which is the fear that we may be disappointed if we don’t get what we go after. Or perhaps you may not like where you are headed but at the same time you feel somewhat powerless to change your course. Or could it be that you are just too busy dealing with the daily grind to spare the time it will take to consider where you are heading. […]

I have failed many times…..

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?

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Is your business stuck in a rut?

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

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?

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?

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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3 Keys to Building a Business or Organisation That Lasts

I recently had the privilege of co-hosting a leadership conference for Christian Women Leaders. Connecting and getting to hear some of the delegates’ stories was very inspiring and uplifting. It was also good to hear how people had overcome and were still overcoming challenges as they sought to build their teams, businesses and families. […]

A Cautious Personality and a Risk-taker at the Same Time?

Entrepreneurship is very often linked to the risk taker. Starting and running your own business often requires you to take a risk or two. Being a naturally risk averse person may seem like you could never flourish as a business person or manager. Wrong. I’ll show you why. […]

Success Slowly

The current world we live in is very fast paced. Things are changing more quickly than one ever imagined and technology is advancing faster than most of us can keep up with. While most of […]

Take Action for a Fruitful Year

While a New Year can often bring with it the excitement of a fresh start and the possibility of new opportunities, it can also be a time of considerable pressure. This pressure comes as we […]

5 Keys to Success in your Business

Starting and running a business is hard work. If you are already running your own business you probably have experience of the challenges that entrepreneurs face. When I left the practice at which I was […]

Business Boost

If you have spent even one day running your business, you already know that you can’t just sit back and expect things to happen.  You have to take time to create the vision you would […]

Are your relationships working?

Whether you run your own business or manage a team a work, you won’t get very far if you don’t develop good relationships with your clients or team members.  Relationships can be likened to wine; […]

Change your thinking, change your world

I know you’ve heard this before, but it will do no harm to hear it again.  Especially as it could change your business or career.  When Napoleon Hill wrote his book, Think and Grow Rich, there was […]

Time to Stop and Recoup?

It is that time of year when summer holidays beckon and the end of the year seems closer than it did before.  Christmas suddenly doesn’t seem so far away. Most people go away on holiday […]

Lead Yourself to Success

Ask anyone you know about the meaning of success and you are sure to get as many different answers as the individuals you speak to.  Success is one of those concepts that mean different things […]

One More Time

There are always many reasons to quit when we face challenges or things don’t go as planned.  Thinking about projects I have had the privilege to be involved in, it’s interesting how the beginning is […]

3 Keys to Succeeding at Just About Everything

Recently I was thinking about life in the twenty-first century and how have become a generation of people that have become so used to instant gratification.  Whether it is checking emails on the go, grabbing […]

A lesson from Geese

As an entrepreneur or business person you probably work mostly on your own.  Certainly when you first start out in business you are CEO, technician, sales representative, book keeper and anything else you may care […]

Can a moment change a lifetime?

The answer is, yes, absolutely. About twelve years ago, I was on call for the labour ward and had one of those rare moments when it was quiet and no-one needed my attention. As a […]