Speaking at a networking event the other day, I did a quick straw poll to test out one of my theories about why so many people find such events a pointless exercise despite feeling compelled to go along. Not surprisingly, out of a group of nearly 40 people, only 2 claimed to have a systematic … / continued
Alcoholics in crisis provoke strong responses among the people around them. Some feel great sadness and sympathy for the individual; others are angered that they could have allowed themselves to get into this condition; and still more are fearful, as the behaviour of someone they know has become unpredictable and often seemingly uncontrollable.
When that … / continued
Back in the 90s, gadget makers had a phrase for consultants and trainers who drove around the country, or flew around the world, doing their work – “road warriors”. [Tom Peters had another phrase - "seagull consultants".] Back then, intrnational standards and global solutions were only just emerging and, if you asked anyone about ‘cloud … / continued
Right now, thousands of people are sitting down in a reflective space and asking themselves what their resolutions for 2013 will be.
Typically, a resolution is a repetitive behaviour that will, in the mind of the resolver, lead to some kind of positive outcome – OK, a goal – that may, or may not, … / continued
In conversation with one of my clients the other day, she commented on how pointless she often felt it was attending talks, conferences and seminars. She pointed out that organisers rarely provided delegate lists and, besides, it’s nearly impossible to identify someone in the audience.
While I do sympathise and I know that there are … / continued
One of a generation of motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, died last week at the age of 86. When I began to perform myself in the late 1980s, it was often tapes by Ziglar that I would listen to as I drove from ‘gig’ to ‘gig’ and which influenced my own style enormously.
Born in 1926, … / continued