Like you, we have quite a few areas of interest, so we post everything under one or more of these main labels: Personal Development, Business Development (startup and marketing), Intelligence (emotional, spiritual, etc.), News, Fun, Newsletter (chat about things we've emailed). Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Here's the text version

Here are my "five easy ways" which I talk about on the video. So this is a summary, but there's more if you listen to it.

  1. Relax and get some exercise – de-stressing is good!
  2. Stop thinking about your problems – let the subconscious do its work
  3. Celebrate! Remember what you have enjoyed doing and done well. Affirm yourself
  4. Do the washing up. People say they have their “best ideas in the shower.” It is through doing repetitive activities that we help this happen.
  5. Enjoy spending time with friends and family. Use some of this time to talk through your ideals and problems. Listen to what other people have to say about your strengths.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Five easy ways to develop your business or career without really trying (and avoid the post Christmas blues!)

This is the final part of my interview on Radio Swindon 105.5 on 13th December It is 5 minutes long. If you prefer you can listen to the whole 29 minutes audio: streaming or download.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Developing staff at Bible Society in Swindon

Some of our coaching team recently spent a few hours one lunchtime at the Swindon HQ of Bible Society to offer coaching taster sessions to staff. The event was the culmination of discussions with the Human Resources Team at Bible Society to see how we could increase awareness of the value of coaching to bring benefits to individuals and to Bible Society.

We are pleased with how this first event at Bible Society went. Seven people had conversations with members of our team on a range of confidential issues. The Human Resources Team have told us that it was "successful" and the feedback from most people who received coaching was that their needs had been met with coaching that was excellent or very good. We continue to be available to provide further help and support.

We are keen to build relationships with local employers, to help staff to resolve personal or business issues effectively and confidentially, and thus help with employee development and engagement. If this is of interest to you, contact us.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Delegating to subcontractors can be a breeze

People who run their own business often find it a challenge to delegate work to improve the efficiency of their business. It takes trust and confidence to delegate work. It takes time to find the right people. It can be difficult to let go of control.

As a business owner one of the things I value about business networking groups is the opportunity to get to know people who may help my business grow (and not only people who I hope may buy my services). Regular groups I attend include weekly BNI in Melksham, and a monthly meeting in Bristol organised by Lloyds Bank. Both of these healthily combine good structures to help conversations to take place and informal friendliness.

This morning I enjoyed the Bristol breakfast all the more because I met two great business owners who provide services at no additional cost. Did I say "free?" This is a dream for people wanting to delegate!

Gemma Lyle of The Main Event Management Company will find venues ranging from conference rooms for formal meetings through to overnight accommodation for busy business travellers. She knows where to look to find good services at reduced cost. Because such an agency works on a commission basis, she can reduce the cost of my bookings without charging me anything. Good news!

Would you believe that you can post your letters for less than the cost of a stamp? This kind of facility is usually only available to large firms doing bulk mailing. However I really like the niche that Nevil Horne of Mailadoc has found. He will save you and your staff time by receiving documents electronically and then printing and posting them. These could be anything from invoices to sales litereature. Again, because of the discounts he receives, this service can cost you less than if you walked to the Post Office yourself.

Amazing, and all of these contacts for the price of an impressive Full English Breakfast!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Richard live on Swindon Radio 105.5

I’ve been invited on to Swindon Radio 105.5 this evening (Monday 13th December) to talk about how individuals and businesses can cope and move on in the current financial climate, and how coaching can help with that.

This is the 6:00 p.m. slot which is hosted by the Federation of Small Business. I’ll be on from 6:00 until about 7:00 - and there’s music as well.

To listen for fun or interest, it is easy to do so online: http://www.swindon1055.com/

Recordings of the interview here

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Principles of Success

I enjoyed the Institute of Business Consulting Christmas get-together in Bristol today. Apart from good food (breakfast and lunch) we enjoyed two great speakers.

Malcolm Lewis spoke about success in organisations, and shared many useful models.

Patrick W Jordan, who is a psychologist, spoke of his research in drawing the key principles of success out of many people's writing and research on the subject. His principles don't just apply to those areas where we think of ourselves as needing to be successful, but to happiness and fulfilment in work and life in general.

I liked the simplicity of his approach and was very impressed. His five principles (from his book The Principles of Success which you can buy from his web site) are:

  1. Take Responsibility
  2. Set Goals
  3. Be Positive
  4. Persevere Intelligently
  5. Connect with others

For an expanded summary of The Principles of Success, see later article.

Contact me to find out more, or to increase the happiness or success in your life!