What is wrong in your life and how do you fix it?

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems wrong? The air smells bad. Your clothes feel uncomfortable. People around you seem over-happy while you are having a terrible time? Well here is the reason – it’s not them it’s you! We all have bad days – it’s human. How you get … Read moreWhat is wrong in your life and how do you fix it?

Do you know the question to solve any problem?

First of all bring the most pressing question into your mind. It can be anything but the one keeping you up at night. Got it? Here’s the answer: How are you complicit in creating the situation you don’t want? To answer the question let us break the components down. “How are you?” – This is … Read moreDo you know the question to solve any problem?

Did you know that dieting is the key to business success?

Well it is the weekend so you can’t blame me for thinking about food and drinking. But that’s not what the post is about. People are constantly on diet and for most, the results are never the desired outcomes. Sound familiar? Well the secret is not to give up the sweets and tasty things that … Read moreDid you know that dieting is the key to business success?

Do you know how to get the genius out of people?

Let them speak! Too often we silence those that have the answers. Think about an office environment. There is the extroverted, sometimes loud and rambunctious people and then the general people and last off, the introverts. What are they doing there? Do you know?Most will probably say – they are the admin people or the … Read moreDo you know how to get the genius out of people?

Want to win more arguments?

First off you need to determine the difference between a person’s belief and their intelligence. I am not suggesting that intelligent people don’t have a strong belief system nor that faithful or stern fast believers are not intelligent. I also am not referring to belief as only a religious connotation. This could include the Flat-Earthers … Read moreWant to win more arguments?

Want to know how to win over your boss and get what you want?

It is a precarious time to be a leader right now with everything the world has and is going through. We all have feelings and need love and respect. Leaders have to think about everyone else all the time. Have you ever stopped to think about how they are feeling? Imagine the pressure they must … Read moreWant to know how to win over your boss and get what you want?

Want to know the one thing that will change your life?

The ability to maintain focus. This is the hardest thing to do but equally, will pay the biggest dividiends. Want to know the easiest way to do this? Of course you do or you wouldn’t be here. Have someone else to say “no” for you! Yip the good old gate-keeper. A personal assistant not only … Read moreWant to know the one thing that will change your life?

Do you know how to build a lasting legacy?

The answer is not building a big company. It’s not about winning business accolades or being voted as the “best” of something. It is also not the money you have and what it can or has bought you. The above are resume building activities. A legacy is remembering points of significance. These are moments when … Read moreDo you know how to build a lasting legacy?

Do you know where to find your fortune?

Often what starts out as a mistake can turn into a miracle. Think about medicines and how we found so many solutions like penicillin by mistake! We have discovered continents by mistake. You get the message. The buzzword of pivoting is a perfect example of this thinking in that you are doing something and then … Read moreDo you know where to find your fortune?

Do you know how to find top talent?

Besides pandemics and economic strain – companies are going through restructures and automation is part of the plans. We are losing the ability to connect as humans. Emotional Intelligence (EQ), is now more in demand than ever before. As we streamline and automate we dehumanise even more and more. Then, add in work from home … Read moreDo you know how to find top talent?

Do you know how to recruit and motivate the right people?

This especially pertains to recruiting younger people. Now days – the younger generation wants to work at home and sell online. That is their mantra. It is important to remember that young people are important for any company (and so are the older ones). The reason though is that there is a lot of them. … Read moreDo you know how to recruit and motivate the right people?

Do you know the pathway to better productivity?

Productivity is the measure of output versus the cost of producing the output. However we often forget to take people costs into consideration. You pay salaries but do you measure the output (or return) from these individuals? The secret though is to get more for less. I know you know this – but do you … Read moreDo you know the pathway to better productivity?

Do you know how to have a persuasive conversation?

I have a couple of “C words” here that you should learn and use. ConfidenceConvincing and Control. The most important – if you are not confident going into your pitch or presentation you will not persuade anyone. It is that simple. People listen and follow someone they believe knows what they are talking about and … Read moreDo you know how to have a persuasive conversation?

Did you learn the right things from Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs was an incredible man! The one thing that a lot of people get wrong, is that they act like terrible people to motivate people like Steve did. There is a key piece missing here. Steve Jobs was a genius and highly successful CEO despite his personal shortcomings. He was not successful because of … Read moreDid you learn the right things from Steve Jobs?

Have you got a culture of fearless innovation?

This whole blog is about turning failure around. There is another F word that goes hand in hand with this, no not that one, FEAR! Fear is the biggest catalyst when it comes to failure! Knowing how to lead and more importantly, motivate people to do things regardless of the potential of failure is paramount … Read moreHave you got a culture of fearless innovation?

Want to know why you are derailing?

Yesterday I spoke about confidence. There is another component that will help in this new found belief in yourself. Who you hang with! Ask yourself these 3 questions: Who are you hanging around with? Is this association positive or negative? Am I happy about it? Who you associate with can further be expanded to include … Read moreWant to know why you are derailing?

What are some of the characteristics for successful leaders?

You need to have a constant never ending commitment to growth! In everything you do and everything that you want to do – you need to have growth in mind. The other thing is direction and an end-point. Without a clearly defined goal you are lost and so is your team. People look for leaders, … Read moreWhat are some of the characteristics for successful leaders?

Want to know the origin of all transformation?

The answer is not money or luck. It’s confidence! Backing yourself to succeed rather than telling yourself you will fail. No – I haven’t changed tac and gone all “The Universe will provide” – I am pointing out that we fixate on all the things that are broken and what we need to do to … Read moreWant to know the origin of all transformation?

Do you know the key to making tough decisions?

The hardest decisions are usually the unpopular ones. So, like removing a band-aid, do it quickly! The longer you think about making a decision the more time you will have of changing your mind and not making it. Remember your brain is designed to protect you at all cost – so the longer you allow … Read moreDo you know the key to making tough decisions?

Want to know the biggest mistakes leaders make?

It’s actually simple; You need to realise that you are not in the business of what your business sells or does! Leaders forget that they are in the People business! Yip – If you lead a plumbing company, you don’t sell plumbing services, you lead the people in the business – you make sure that … Read moreWant to know the biggest mistakes leaders make?

Do you know how to promote people properly?

Most people are promoted for the wrong reasons! Maybe they are smart and/or have a degree? Maybe they were good in a different company and now they have been promoted in your company? This unfortunately is the not the key ingredient for someone to be promoted. The key understanding is that there is a massive … Read moreDo you know how to promote people properly?

Do you know that bravery is part of you not something you acquire?

To run your own business is one of the bravest things you can do! Surely it is easier to sit at a desk and earn a pay cheque, right? Isn’t it much easier to work for someone and wait for the instruction of what you need to do? I am not downplaying being an employee. … Read moreDo you know that bravery is part of you not something you acquire?

Want to know how to be a better leader?

I have spoken about motivating, winning and making better choices this past week. But how do we lead better? The simple answer – Identify the current emotional state of your team. What are they talking about? Is it generally positive or is it negative? Redirect the conversations – don’t find answers;listen. You need to ask … Read moreWant to know how to be a better leader?

Are you using the skills of those around you?

Yesterday I spoke about communicating versus connecting. I left out the one point about doing this with your internal circle too. This is not specifically about the family unit (which I hope you connect with already) but your team. Working remotely over the last 2 years we may have lost touch with our team. We … Read moreAre you using the skills of those around you?

Is this a communication mistake you make?

Do you know the difference between communication and connection? Most don’t – we see sending a message, an email or posting on someones page as connecting with them. It’s not. This is communication. I remember the days before mobile phones (yes there were times when we didn’t have a phone stuck in our hand) when … Read moreIs this a communication mistake you make?

Want to know where to get the best advice?

You already have it. It’s in you! Heard the saying” Trust your gut?” You will always give yourself the best advice for you because you are you. Too many of us read up or research self-help or betterment strategies and then find ourselves going down the rabbit hole. When faced with a challenge, we look … Read moreWant to know where to get the best advice?

Do you know words are the strongest weapon in the world?

They can build and destroy. Strangely, the most powerful words are the ones that are unspoken! Yip – not saying what you should or telling someone what they need to hear is worse sometimes than actually speaking. Think about the acknowledgement you have craved in the past from someone you respect, a parent or a … Read moreDo you know words are the strongest weapon in the world?

Hiring wrong will change the culture of your company.

People are always looking for people to work for them. As we start to move out of the restrictions of Covid-19 the hospitality industry is battling to find people to come work in their restaurants, pubs etc. There are many reasons for this (and I’m not going into that today). What I do want to … Read moreHiring wrong will change the culture of your company.

Are you being manipulated?

You are! The world we live in is one based on intense attention grabbing. Social networks, Search and media are vying for your constant attention and fear-mongering you into submission! Our thoughts are the key drivers in melding the outputs. Makes sense right? Here is the scary reality! What influences your thought? Hint: read above. … Read moreAre you being manipulated?

What advice will I give young Brett?

To start, it’s not going to be anything like talent, family, connections or school ties is going to make you successful. Nope. None of this actually matters. Hard work, consistency, seeking out advisors or mentors, coaches and people to inspire you – that will make the difference. It is important to remember we don’t achieve … Read moreWhat advice will I give young Brett?

Do you know how to redirect your energy?

Take all the forces pushing back on you and shift them into a positive force. Think about Aikido. This is a popular Martial Arts and one that some famous people like Steven Segal are very skilled in. They don’t use force against their enemies, they take the movement or attack from their enemy and harness … Read moreDo you know how to redirect your energy?

Pause

It’s midweek which is hump-day for most people.Starting to plan what to do on the weekend?Thinking about which show you will be binge watching?What will the weather be like over the weekend? Well stop it! It’s only Wednesday. Finish today; Start tomorrow refreshed and Finish strong on Friday! You can’t let yourself get distracted by … Read morePause

Sometimes expectations grow in the most unexpected place

I have been talking about goals and steps to plan to achieve them. This is a good thing. However, sometimes opportunities are just there! The message is not to be so focussed on achieving the goal that you have set but to ensure you still have some bandwidth to be able to gauge what else … Read moreSometimes expectations grow in the most unexpected place

What do people say about you when you are not around?

Do you really want to know? Well I wouldn’t be writing about it if it wasn’t something I was thinking about it. The simple answer is – Yes – you should know. Why? People will always have a perception of you – I wrote recently about the persona people put on in public vs who … Read moreWhat do people say about you when you are not around?

Do your connections give or receive value?

Lets categorise the roles people play in our lives: A Giver – they will give you more than they take. Offering advice, maybe someone who writes motivational posts everyday and not expecting anything in return 😉 A Matcher – This is someone who does something when someone else does something too – kind of keeps … Read moreDo your connections give or receive value?

Common characteristics of successful people part 3 of 3

Time is money! This however is often not really looked at in context. You see – when you get “distracted” by TikTok or the local community posts on Facebook this literally costs money. Here is an example: If you earn $150k per year, this is $411 per day, $17 per hour and 30 cents per … Read moreCommon characteristics of successful people part 3 of 3

Common characteristics of successful people part 2 of 3

You need to have a sacred duty or mission for what you are doing. If you have a core belief that you built your business around and spend every day ensuring that mission is not only achieved but grows and gets bigger and better. The Story of Starbuck’s CEO, Howard Schultz’s Dad (here is a … Read moreCommon characteristics of successful people part 2 of 3

Common characteristics of successful people part 1 of 3

A thirst for learning! Successful people have an insatiable thirst for learning – not just reading books – but taking in knowledge from everywhere and everyone. So; always be learning – pay attention to everyone and all around you. the smartest person in the room is the one that talks the least – in fact … Read moreCommon characteristics of successful people part 1 of 3

Real

Yesterday I wrote about authenticity. I put a couple of points forward – but thought I should expand a bit. Read yesterday’s points again then continue : Don’t tolerate other people’s crap! Don’t just swallow the stuff they spewing – walk away and stay away – you start to smell like sh*t if you hang … Read moreReal

Here is where you will find the opportunity

We don’t lack for opportunities but rather we have been conditioned to pre-empt failure. We have a fear-factor trigger that stops us taking the first step as we may get rejected. We don’t want to approach someone to discuss something incase they are not receptive to our approach. We don’t go after the new job … Read moreHere is where you will find the opportunity

Taking responsibility for you day 5 of 5

Lets quickly recap the week: Accepting that everything is your responsibility Stop negative influence Invest in yourself Look at your own capabilities Today, to sum it all up – you need to realise that this is not a band-aid. It’s a journey! You have to journey to greatness – you don’t just wake up, read … Read moreTaking responsibility for you day 5 of 5

How to motivate others part 2 of 3

Teams or more so, employees used to only work for a paycheck and were not really interested in anything else. Boy have things changed. The modern day, more educated, employee wants to know that what they do or work on contributes to the bigger picture but more so and probably more importantly, helps them get … Read moreHow to motivate others part 2 of 3

Do you actually know what you are doing?

Most decisions these days seem to be reactive! Things have changed, we need to pivot, its unprecedented times etc etc Its all rubbish! Things are always changing, you should always be pivoting (remember we used to call this being Agile …) and times are no more unprecedented than they are at any other bump in … Read moreDo you actually know what you are doing?

How to get people to buy into your dream

Your team doesn’t really care about your vision. This is the first lesson you need to learn about being a leader. You, need to buy into theirs! This applies to your customers, family and everyone actually. People work for themselves. They work to earn a living and pay their bills and achieve their goals. If … Read moreHow to get people to buy into your dream