Yes, those downloads can be annoying. But they keep our equipment up to date so we can use it.
Do you wish you could get downloads to automatically upgrade your thoughts?
Have an awesome Chooseday!
With love and gratitude,
Do you know what you really want? Or do you say things without giving more thought to whether you actually want that or not? When something doesn’t go as smoothly as we want, it’s tempting to say we want a completely different life – but if it doesn’t fit with our personality, behavior style, strengths and skills then it’s not likely to be something we enjoy even if we do achieve it.
When you’re thinking about your future, think about the highs and the lows. The ups and the downs. What do you want the main theme of your life to be across the whole thing? It’s different to what you thought you wanted ten or twenty years ago! Enjoy your Chooseday video that I took at Hillary’s beach. Love the Perth beaches and the sunshine!
Have an awesome Chooseday!
With love and gratitude
In this world of hyper activity and constant online connection, we can get disconnected from what really matters.
The more we ‘connect’ the more disconnected we may become.
If you think your life could be happier and more fulfilling, watch this Chooseday video. You might even want to share it with your friends.
Have a great Chooseday!
With love and gratitude
How to kiss….
In the list of most highly searched terms on Google is “how to kiss”.
In Google’s “a year in searches” we see that Robin Williams, World Cup rugby, Ebola, Malaysian airlines, Brazil vs Germany, iPhone6 are all at the top of the list. Who would have guessed?
So what does that have to do with business, or your personal goals?
Whether you are looking for a job or wanting more customers, or looking for a partner or more friends – it’s about marketing yourself in a very specific way.
This is where the ‘dating model’ comes into play. The connections we build up and how we ‘date’ the other party are far more important than how to “kiss” them! If you don’t do the early steps right, you won’t ever get to the crunch point.
Just like you can see when someone just wants to go in for the kiss, (and more), in a personal relationship sense, it’s obvious in business too – and it’s really off putting. In fact it could be what is costing you the next job or the next project.
In Perth right now there is a wave of job losses, restructuring and retrenchments. Not surprising given that iron ore went from $150/ tonne to $50/tonne. The oil price was over $100 a barrel and is now around $45.
These are two major drivers in the Western Australian economy.
I see people looking for jobs and going about it in a way that guarantees they will be looking for a while. I see business owners trying to find new customers and the next project, but they are pushing business away without realising how their approach is costing them income.
If we don’t adapt and change the way we do things, we aren’t going to get the results we want. We won’t get to “the kiss”.
Here are a few things to remember:
If you give others what they want, you can very often get what you want. But if we give with the intention of getting, the whole energy is out of whack and it simply won’t work. Give freely and trust that somewhere along the line it will come back to you.
How you can position yourself so your next employer sees you as an attractive person: i.e. A person who will add value to their business. Gone are the days of guaranteed employment or giving business to the person who is in front of them.
Now all businesses large and small want and need people who add value, who are assets to the organisation rather than simply costs.
Then look around and see how you can add value to others around you.
It’s also a clue what your natural strengths are.
Find someone who you can bounce ideas off and will give you and honest assessment of your ‘dating’ strategy. When I showed this model to one of my customers the other day, he said “it’s no wonder no one has been returning my calls! I can see why I haven’t been getting anywhere. From now on I will approach it completely differently!”
This is especially important if you have moved from another country or city!
It’s easy to beat yourself up. When is now a good time to make a list of everything you’ve achieved? Every little thing you’ve done right. Confident people tend to get more success – so start rebuilding your confidence.
If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them.
Have a great week.
With love and gratitude
At the 2015 Annual General Meeting held in Perth, CEO of BHP Billiton, Andrew Mackenzie said “we want to make sure employees can bring their whole self to work”.
That’s quite a concept for anyone who though they had a personal life and a work life and thought they had to keep it seperate! We have one life, and there has been a growing awareness that when we allow our strengths to shine through, all areas of our life improve.
There are two parts to this:
Are you in the right organization and the right role for this?
Are you doing what you love to do or do you dread Monday morning?
Have you reset your goals in alignment with where you are now and what your responsibilities are?
If you are responsible for managing a team, have you got any strategic interventions planned that are designed to bring out the best of your team?
Human capital is the biggest asset of many companies (and your mind is your own personal biggest asset!). Let me know if you’d like more information on how you could experience a turning point in your organization.
Why is it important from a personal point of view to bring your “whole self” to everything you do?
When a disaster happens, it makes us question everything. Life is too short to spend time doing stuff that doesn’t add value to your life in some way.
When is now a good time to get clear on what you want, and to take the actions to get there?
This week has been very sobering indeed. Don’t wait for something external to force you to make changes. Start with being grateful for those you love and for what you have. Look at your “whole self” and appreciate everything it entails.
When you can bring your “whole self” to the table, you give permission for everyone around you to do the same.
Whether you are leading a small team in one location, or regional managers in remote locations, there are some fundamental principles for success.
Getting everyone round the table in one location is worth the time and investment that it takes.
To get sustained results, it’s important to have an ongoing focus on achieving these results. Is your team on the same page regarding which results are most important?
Results also come from re-evaluating past performance, taking stock of where you are right now and setting goals each person can get passionate about. Three days works best if you haven’t done this before. If your team know each other quite well, then we can cover your strategy adequately in two days.
For your core team – if you would like better results, then critical and strategic conversations is the only way to do this.
You know your business better than anyone else does – When did anyone challenge your thinking?
Do you buy into the same limiting thinking that everyone else in your industry does?
By getting an outsider to challenge that thinking, you can establish what the facts are, and which of your thoughts are based on limiting beliefs or paradigms.
If you want to make the most of the time with your team, engaging a skilled strategic facilitator will keep the conversation on track and also challenge conventional thinking. In order to flesh out a robust strategy, you can’t keep doing things the same way you’ve always done them. Whether you have had some quick growth or been through a challenging time, it’s important to allow each member of your executive team to have their say.
Strategic Conversations with Jill Hutchison has a number of benefits:
Each person has a unique set of skills, experience, perspective and personality. To ensure you cover all the bases that are needed in business, you need a diverse team. You also need to appreciate what each person brings to the table. As I heard recently: We believe in gender and cultural diversity because it allows us to tap into all the talent we have in our staff. If we don’t, then we only get part of the value. It becomes a business imperative to engage and encourage diverse view points.
If you would like to energise and engage each person on your team, then you need to be energised and engaged. Does your attitude do this? Attitude is determined by our thoughts, feelings and actions. It’s our thoughts that determine our actions and hence our results.
If you, as a leader, can tell me where you want to be, I can help you get there. Do you know what kind of person you need to be to get there and what you can be doing right now to move in that direction? You will succeed in anything you set your mind to, provided you take the right actions. If it’s in line with your own values and personal purpose, then you’re more likely to do what it takes to get there.
Are you wondering whether you should be looking for a business to buy, or talking to headhunters about your next interview prospect?
Transitions can be exciting. They can also be tough. We start with a buoyant attitude, and then as we look around and start investigating the options, it seems that the economy isn’t as great as we first thought. During the light of day we feel the optimism and know this could be the most exciting stage of our life. Late at night it feels as if we have exhausted the options.
I’ve spoken to enough people at this stage to know what goes on in your head and your life! Yes, I’ve experienced living with someone who has been through retrenchment and I’ve also coached others who have been through it too. There are so many factors at play that even though you might be naturally a positive go-getter and an achiever, there are times when you feel that you need a bit of help.
Do you need a career coach? Or is it a business coach you need? Perhaps you just need a sounding board and a thinking partner. Someone who will ask you the tough, awkward questions to help you reveal what you really, really want. It’s important to have a confidential space in which you can explore ideas, uncover your strengths, skills and talents and boost your confidence. When your confidence is solid, that’s when you can market yourself properly – whether it’s to a prospective business partner or a future employer (or a life partner!)
Do you want answers? Would you like to discover the secret of success?
Ask yourself: What is the most important thing to me? If everything else was stripped away, what is the one thing that I absolutely want?
If your car is empty (needing fuel) – do you spend hours pondering over what went wrong when it was younger to cause it to need petrol?
Do you decide to simply press on and not worry about filling it with petrol (my husband might tell you that I have on occasion done this – never run out of petrol but it came close!) – or do you simply fill the tank up at the next opportunity?
How often have you ignored the little red light that comes on warning you that you don’t have much fuel left in your own tank?
I love deep thinking – but I do think there is a time and place to keep things really simple – and simply put into your life what you need. Time and time again I hear people saying it’s their limiting beliefs that are holding them back. Now that you know your limiting paradigms have held you back, you can change them! By repeating them, you’re making the decision to hold yourself back rather than move forward!
Sometimes we forget the basics and look for more complex answers, when we aren’t seeing the bright side of life because we are tired or hungry!
Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution, says “I have one piece of advice for you: sleep your way to the top.”She also adds: “I had dinner recently with a guy who bragged that he had only gotten four hours of sleep that night. I didn’t say it, but I thought to myself ‘If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting”.
We get inspired when we exercise. Get the blood flowing round your brain so you can think more strategically and see the opportunities that life presents. If you want to get fit, then strap on your trainers and get outside! Or put your bathers on and head for the beach. I get inspired when I have my toes in the sand on Hillary’s dog beach, or when I’m swimming down at Waterman’s bay. If you’re lucky enough to be near ski slopes, then hit the slopes and enjoy the snow!
If you’re not feeling healthy, then go and see a naturopath or homeopath (at least see a qualified medical person who will look at your body as a whole) – and get an action plan to become more healthy.
If you’re not happy then decide what it would take to make you happy – and do it. (Clue- it’s an inside job). Engage a life coach who will assist you in getting clear and setting your goals. When you set the right goals, you have the motivation to achieve them.
If you’re frustrated by those around you, make a decision to either change your attitude towards them or move away.
If you’re feeling lonely – then start with getting connected to yourself and your maker in a positive way – then go and make a difference to others. Ask a friend where you can volunteer to make a difference in other’s lives – it often changes the perspective on your own.
When is now a good time to make a decision to live the life you really desire?
You can either spend hours upon hours trying to find the causes of problems in your life, or you can ask the questions that will empower you and find the right answers. Spend a bit of time deciding what a great solution would look like.
By focusing on what you want, not what you don’t want, you will get exactly that. As Napoleon Hill tells us in Think and Grow Rich:
“Whatever idea is held in the mind, whether feared or revered, will clothe itself in the nearest physical equivalent”.
Decide what you want, and take the actions that you need to take to get it. Don’t wait for someone else to change, or to do it for you – you’re the only one you can control – you’re the only one that can take the actions you need to take. However, you don’t have to do this alone. Having strategic conversations with an expert, who dares to ask the tough questions, ensures you get to the right decisions quicker and more effectively.
Strategic Conversations – Daring to ask the Tough Questions.