Category Archives for "business"

Apr 08

The psychology of money

By Robert Holmes | business

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 money […]

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Mar 11

The Psychology of a Uniformed Workforce

By Robert Holmes | business

Workers in the military have been wearing uniforms since before written history. Today, many vocations insist on a uniform: hospital nurses and doctors’ scrubs; public sanitation officers; bus, train, taxi and tram staff; military, police and security forces; mechanics, stevedores and crane operators; construction workers, infrastructure and mining operators; the hospitality industry and the subtler […]

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Feb 18

The Science of Work-life Balance Coaching

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Jan 30

Facilitating State Change at Work

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Apr 23

Employing Eeyore as Your Advisor

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Oct 30

Are You a “Soft Bipolar” Leader?

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Oct 08

Being a Brandividual

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Sep 30

Pitch Yourself Using Story

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Sep 22

Pitch Yourself – Own the Frame

By Robert Holmes | business

People are pitching all the time. We communicate persuasively with others in order to have them behave in a way we would like. It might be a sales pitch, or trying to convince someone at the bar to go on a date. Whatever the circumstance, good pitching is an art form. If you don’t have […]

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Sep 05

5 Steps to Doing Less

By Robert Holmes | business

Time Magazine says there is a revolution taking place right now – a movement that is dedicated to simplifying life and becoming more mindful about our choices. It is called Essentialism. Essentialists are committed to the idea that less is more and in my last blog I talked about four great things you get from […]

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Aug 22

Do Less, Get More

By Robert Holmes | business

4 tips for improving the quality of life by doing less The Japanese have an enchanting and beautiful way of arranging flowers, an art form they call Ikebana. One of the key principles of Ikebana says: “it is the space between things that matters.” Placing a flower or an object, considering its colour and effect […]

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Aug 08

3 Course Buffett Lunch – yummy!

By Robert Holmes | business

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. […]

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Jul 25

3 Ways to Dispel the Imposter

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Jun 23

7 Steps to Becoming an Expert

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Jun 19

Grow Your Coaching Business with Chris Taylor

By Robert Holmes | business

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!

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Jun 13

Carol Roth’s 105 Tips for Becoming an Expert

By Sue Hefren | business

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 […]

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May 30

Change your Mindset, Build Your Business

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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May 19

Why I love Being an Entrepreneur

By Robert Holmes | business

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, […]

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May 09

How Much are Coaches Making?

By Robert Holmes | business

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.

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Apr 28

The Art of Being Disagreeable

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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Mar 24

Dragon in Politics

By Robert Holmes | business

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 […]

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