It has been said that the curse of knowledge is that what we know becomes invisible to us and we take it for granted. The corollary is also true, we do not know what we do not know – our blind spots are also invisible to us. Picture this scene from a few years ago… […]
In a world chasing fame and fortune, it’s not such a bad thing to revise our plans for money, and perhaps even decide to have less. Most business people (especially stand-alone entrepreneurs – or ‘soloists’) struggle in their relationship with money. Why is that? And how can we get back to a place where […]
A few years ago ‘bespoke’ was the buzzword. Last year it was ‘ramp up’. Nowadays agile is quite the term, but as always with such words, it has a very fuzzy meaning. So let’s be clear, I am not going to be discussing the Agile Movement (an alternative to project management), software development, a management […]
Have you ever got, when you were stuck thinking on your feet in an interaction that really mattered? Have you reached for mindfulness tools, or confidence tools and found they didn’t deliver the solution? It turns out that beyond the standard suite of assistance we turn to in such times, we have a very powerful […]
Work-life balance is important for our clients to achieve because the “life” part of the equation is the support environment for the “work” part. To get better performance at work, our clients need to enhance the environment they are coming from in order to cope with the stress they will face at work. Getting this […]
Have you ever watched a champion tennis player get in the zone? He might bounce the ball three times, spin the racquet twice, cough and then… slam the ball. That athlete and thousands like him use a physical (somatic) process to build state changes (mental, biochemical and emotional) that cascade back down to a higher […]
I loved reading about the adventures of Christopher Robin and his childhood friends in Hundred Acre Wood. It was only recently I realized that the author of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne, gave these childhood characters a range of mental illnesses. Think about it. Pooh Bear has ADHD, Tigger has hyperactivity-impulsivity disorder, Piglet has […]
It has been well said that you should hire your weakness and focus on your strengths, and most of us feel vulnerable in the area of sales and marketing. So it seemed perfectly reasonable that I should get outside help, bring in a marketing “expert” to assist me. I’ve done this twice before, each at […]
Why do coaches excel at brain hacking? In this article, written for Choice Magazine, Robert unveils the most recent research from the University of Queensland department of Neuropsychotherapy on “talking therapies” and how they work on neuroplasticity. Check out the published article in .pdf format here
An HR consultant once told me, “Make sure you stay at a job at least 2 years, otherwise it looks like you have no stickability”. Sage advice apart from the downsizing of the mid 1980’s depression, post GFC I or the “right sizing” in Canberra right now. At such times corporate compassion hits at an […]
Are you pushing for higher performance from yourself and your team? Ever tried the process of state change? Robert’s article “Coaching High Performance through State Change” (click to see the .pdf format) appears in this month’s Coaching World. In it he shares the journey of a client who uses state change in physical, mental and […]
Just exactly what makes an leader tick? Why are entrepreneurs more likely to take risk and therefore more likely to gain (or lose) it all? It is an underlying disposition, a mental frame of reference or a personality trait? Dr. Michael A. Freeman, a psychiatrist and venture capitalist says that many entrepreneurs and business leaders […]
It’s time to acknowledge the large elephant in the workplace. People suffer from physical and mental illness. According to Mary Jo Fisher, past parliamentarian and ambassador for BeyondBlue, “45% of Australians will suffer mental illness in their lifetime… one in five of us will suffer mental illness in the next year.” (ProPrint, July 2014) A […]
Pitching yourself to others involves framing, being present and listening to others and then using story to make a great impression. The final piece is deciding what impression you wish to leave them with. That impression, also called a niche or expertise, is imperative to your future relationship with them. I have written elsewhere about […]
Letting people tell you what they want We are often so passionate about our product, service or solution that we never realise the person we are with did not get up this morning looking for any of it. They got up with a problem. If you come straight out of the gates pitching yourself or […]
Face it, we’re all in sales. We try to persuade others that our way, our choice, our task is the important or right or best one every time we select an image for Instagram, choose whose post to retweet, whose article to thumbs up or whose profile to like. We are all influencers. But attention […]
The microbusiness community, Flying Solo now has 70,000 members and 30,000 in online social media groups. It evolved from what was basically a coaching niche. Founder Robert Gerrish shares the journey with us and gives some great advice about finding your passion and sticking to it.
How do you coach 365 clients at a time, or publish 11 books in a year? Do you want to do all that and work 2 months for every month you take off? Dale Beaumont has and does and shares the how with us on this podcast! Part of his success orients around moving away from one to one coaching.
Have you ever sat in a pool till it was perfectly still? Was it really perfectly still? Try as you might, even the slightest muscle twitch sends ripples through the water. Our lives are just like that. We may try to isolate ourselves or convince ourselves that the choices we make and the things we […]
Can philosophy really change your world? Use the interplay of language, emotions and physiology to do significant soul work and deepen your client’s experiences of life. Coach trainer and author Alan Sieler, founder of the Newfield Institute tells us all about Ontological Coaching in this podcast.
I’ve been dining on a sumptuous “Buffett” lunch (yes you wordophiles, I misspelled that on purpose :-0). The book “The Real Warren Buffett” is a winner in my opinion. Warren is the fourth wealthiest man on the planet and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate of investment, banking, insurance and other diverse business interests. […]
Have you ever had a sense that you don’t deserve the success you have experienced? Perhaps one day you will be found out and then you’ll get kicked out, or laughed at. This feeling only gets worse as we rise or succeed. Suzanne Mercier in an article about the Imposter Syndrome writes, “The syndrome is […]
What’s it like to serve public servants? What does it take to lead among the nations’ leaders and coach them? Executive coach and mentor Lindy Bryant, co-founder of YellowEdge based in Canberra tells us all about it in this podcast.
We need to carve out our area of expertise for a number of reasons. Primary among them are to pitch our unique angle or take on things to media. Everyone is an expert in something, and we all have a story to tell. Becoming perceived by the industry as an expert has beautiful side effects […]
Grow your business and maintain your freedom to travel, live where you want and have staff all over the world! All this and more is totally possible. Chris Taylor’s consulting and coaching business is in 8 nations and he says, “With technology, it’s easier to be global than a local coach nowadays.” Find out how in this amazing interview with the founder of Actionable Books, talking to us from a cave in Spain!
Carol Roth has more than 18 years of business advisory experience and has worked with hundreds of companies, ranging from a single entrepreneur with an idea to Fortune 500 businesses, on all aspects of business and financial strategy. She is a media personality and business expert in her own right. Why is this important? Well this week […]
Had a great interview with Luke Charlton from Elite Entrepreneur “Work on your Mindset, Change Your Business.” In the interview Rob gives his top three tips to business owners. We explore what to focus on to really make your business take focus and take off. The Show goes live today May 29Watch on Youtube direct […]
Four years ago executives around the world were asked by Sherpa Coaching about what sort of background they thought would be helpful for a coach. Psychology and counselling came in as least desirable on the list. However this year’s Executive Survey (2014) by the same firm found that neuroscience has topped the field of desirable […]
Not everyone can write. Some are gifted – real wordsmiths and others – are not. Elton John can’t write lyrics to save himself, Bernie Taupin does that. Even professional writers get writer’s block and sit for days in front of a typewriter (OK their iPad) and have nothing to write about. There’s a great movie […]
Matt Waldron has been a personal leadership coach for over 15 years. He has worked in a variety of executive leadership, program management and frontline case worker roles within the community service, whilst simultaneously building his private coaching business, SHIFT Life Coaching. Matt’s passion is to inspire, empower and equip people to unlock their potential […]
People all have different reasons for starting their own business. Some of them do is for lifestyle – they want to get out of the nine to five grind. Some people want control back, they want to go solo and be at large and in charge. Whilst my business gives me great life style benefits, […]
I was pitching a media company who had asked me for tips on increasing productivity. I started out with my CV, which is really the only reason I can speak about productivity to them. I’m: – Husband of one and same wife, married for 21 years; – Father of seven kids, which demands military organisation; […]
Just exactly how much are coaches making? How long does it usually take to reach your target income as a coach? Are all categories the same? How much do your competitors charge for their services? Benchmark yourself against the 2014 income, fees and session numbers in this fabulous and easy to understand infographic.
Disagreeableness is an important psychometric, and forms part of one’s personality. People who are highly agreeable are basically people-pleasers – the typical second born bridge builder – the peace maker. People who are highly disagreeable basically don’t give a tinker’s cuss what other people think of them or their actions. I’m sure with a bit […]
Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist. He looked around his society, and got really upset by something he observed. Walking around Florence he noticed that a lot of stuff was owned by a few people. So he stopped into his local council to check out the files, and to his astonishment he discovered that 80% […]
Make the jump into success hyperspace! Entrepreneur Siimon Reynolds has done it again and again, and in this interview he shares the way up. Developing the millionaire mindset is all about daily and weekly habits, rituals and practices for success.
What’s your unique style? How can you maximise your use of that in social media and marketing online? Make a better CV. Robert Holmes latest article published in CoachLink Australasia April edition http://bit.ly/1dRSfq6. Read the entire issue at http://bit.ly/1fD2InM #ICFaustralasia
Goals don’t care who has them, and they live a secret life of changing and morphing. Listen to Paul Lawrence, head of the Centre for Systemic Change and head researcher for WhyteCo. Research is giving us evidence to base our coaching claims on.
I met with my dragon business mentor recently, right after he had been interviewed by the Australian newspaper and then done a spot on National TV. I wondered what he was doing that for, apart from the PR grandstand opportunity (and getting his company seen). It was a lot more compelling than that, as I […]
Everybody needs a mentor, because we don’t know what we don’t know. We all need an up-line: someone who is not responsible for us (like a parent), who is independent (so they can speak honestly) and strong minded. People are like lakes and rivers – inflow and outflow creates life. I have four mentors, people are […]
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas will soon be upon us. After the hype settles down, we will be into 2014, and some of us will make New Year’s resolutions. On this note, I want to share some great news with you: you CAN make amazing New Year’s resolutions that will have a profound […]
Your working memory can only handle 3 or 4 pieces of information at a time. This single idea has wide reaching implications for coaching, training, education and preparation of powerpoints.
Listen to Professor John Sweller, author of Cognitive Load Theory discuss how memory works and how to improve it in this interview with Robert Holmes.