“I have had clients say that I have made it possible for them to live their dreams…”

 

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“ITS must be the most understated training organisation I have ever encountered: devoid of hype and the huge promises that come as standard in the world of self-development and training, they achieve astonishing results.  The courses are painstakingly constructed and delivered, the facilitation is inspired and the foundations are thoroughly ethical.  More than that, the workshops and techniques are so thorough that the learning becomes deeply embedded.

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Scenes from Hong Kong

The first half of this year involved quite a lot of travel and now is really the first time I’ve had an opportunity to catch my breath and share some of what I saw. For me one of the highlights was Hong Kong. I really enjoyed it. Very different atmosphere to mainland China. So scenes from Hong Kong seems like a good place to start…  

Here something as simple as a street sign becomes an example of the familiar and the exotic – at least to me!

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Raising Your Game: The two most important questions to get started

The topic of raising your game is one which for me is rather important, because repeatedly I find that it’s an issue that comes up. It’s not just a matter of some sort of professional world: “I must be more effective at work”; raising your game touches upon just about everything that’s important to us in our lives. 
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Do you want to have more Eureka moments?

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Ian McDermott and Patricia Riddell, Professor of Applied Neuroscience on how to use your brain more effectively.

While some new insights evolve out of careful and considered planning, many arrive suddenly from a pure, new inspiration – a Eureka moment! Instantly, you know that the solution will work, and you can start to plan your new approach.

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An interview with Tim Hallbom

With Tim Hallbom’s only 2016 UK training dates fast approaching, when he’ll be delivering his three day workshop ‘Hypnosis: Effective Communication for Positive Change’, we thought it would be good for you to hear from the man himself about hypnosis, how easy it can be to learn, what it can do for you and why kissing a rock might be the best option to change your life experience.

Below is a transcript of a recently recorded interview in which Tim shared some of his wonderful insights into hypnosis, the power of language and the practical benefits of learning how to use both.”

You can listen to the recording HERE

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Travel Diary – Photos from Porto

Just back from a brilliant Valentine’s mini break in Porto. This is the city that gave its name to a country and also a drink. Great people, great architecture. The Old City where we stayed is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 Lots of the fabulous ceramic tiles on and in buildings that Portugal is famous for.
Here is the inside of the train station for instance. I can understand why some people call this one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

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Coaching – the Next Generation

Why learn coaching skills?
Do you want to be able to draw out the best in people? And would it help if you knew how to do this?

Then knowing how to use a coaching approach with people is going to be very useful to you.

I’ve had a number of conversations about this recently and it made me think it was worth addressing directly. So here goes.

There is a very good reason why interest in coaching has exploded over the past decade. It gives you a way of engaging that is tailored to each individual and each team. Instead of some off-the-peg training, coaching can be endlessly adapted to suit a particular individual or team.

If you want to get really good at coaching you’ll need to learn the skills and practice them. You can read all the books you like on the subject but there’s no substitute for skills-based, real-time, face-to-face learning.

That’s why each year I set aside a number of days to make sure my colleagues and I can deliver in person what is needed to master these skills. Because it’s at the cutting edge we call it Coaching – the Next Generation.

Whilst some people attend the coaching programme with the intention of becoming full-time or part-time coaches, many come so they can apply the learning at work within their existing profession. On the program they learn how to coach, of course – but they also learn how to integrate the Coach Approach more widely. And as they do this so they can become better leaders, team members, managers – and even better parents.

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Developing an Innovation Mindset as a Prerequisite to Mastery

Mastery and Innovation are profoundly related. Anyone wanting to attain mastery or be innovative will need to commit to a journey of experiential learning and to see with new eyes. They will also need to let go of old habits.

Neither mastery nor innovation is a sprint; both are more like a marathon. Both require patience, dedication, humility and the ability to see ‘failure’ as helpful feedback in disguise.

From a business perspective, innovation is a primary means by which firms reinvent and reposition themselves and what they have to offer. However, innovation is also the primary way we renew ourselves as people: it will ultimately determine the future we create for ourselves as well as our clients. Failure to keep innovating means we become stuck in one particular present and just keep repeating ourselves.

Most people aren’t used to thinking of themselves as innovators, but unless you’re the same as you were twenty years ago you must have been making changes. Some of these probably count as innovations.

Contrary to popular myth most innovation is incremental and not a Eureka or ‘light bulb’ moment. Incremental innovation is cumulatively profound. However, human beings have an amazing ability to habituate. This means that when change is incremental we can experience considerable change over time but not really notice it: it happens little by little, day by day. (If you’re in any doubt try looking in the mirror as you get older!)

So we can have the strange paradox of not really noticing how over time we have gradually changed and even invented new ways of living – sometimes including earning a living. However, because advisors are frequently change agents it behoves us to be aware of how innovation happens in people’s lives – starting with our own.

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Why it’s Important to Develop an Innovation Mindset

Innovation is about change – and it is only successful when that change takes place. Ever made a successful change in your life? The answer is going to be yes – unless you’re still the same as you were twenty years ago. But do you think of yourself as an innovator? Most people don’t.

Recognizing innovation as part of you & your life is a crucial part of allowing yourself to engage effectively in this process. Understanding the triggers for innovation and what can get in its way will give you the means to be your own innovator. Being able to do this for yourself will enable you to do this with clients. Now that’s a whole different kind of value you could be adding.

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