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  • Luck is linked to emotional intelligence - how to be lucky...
    victim of circumstance on the effect side Wiseman s four principles for luck success are 1 Maximise your opportunities 2 Listen to your intuition 3 Expect good fortune and 4 Turn everything into a learning opportunity The first principle is maximising opportunities Wiseman discovered that lucky people had a wide network of friends colleagues and acquaintances that they used and which they could tap into Lucky people are therefore more likely to come across opportunities They are also open to new experiences and so continue to expand their knowledge of the world When opportunities do arise Wiseman found that successful people were calm and relaxed enough to spot the opportunities they are in the flow He cites an experiment where he invited participants to meet a researcher at a Costa Coffee shop Wiseman planted a five pound note on the ground outside the shop and arranged for a local businessman to sit at a table in the shop People who rated themselves lucky all picked up the note and struck up a mutually useful conversation with the businessman Those who rated themselves unlucky never saw the note and sat alone with their coffee awaiting his arrival Who can you connect with today How can you grab some calming time What new experience ideally out of your comfort zone can you try The second principle espoused by Wiseman is to listen to your intuition Research with brain damaged patients suggests that when the area of the brain that deals in emotion is damaged then patients find even the simplest decision difficult It appears that emotion is a key component in our decision making and yet we often ignore our emotions intuition gut feelings and hunches Wiseman argues that they are there for a reason and lucky people are more likely to act on them How are you feeling right now How often do you check your feelings when making decisions The third principle is expect good fortune In previous newsletters we have explored several examples of beliefs only being beliefs which therefore can be changed and how it is useful to hold positive beliefs Wiseman found that there was a correlation between beliefs and the outcomes people experienced Lucky people he argues have high expectations and believe in good fortune Many people associate luck with states such as happiness confidence etc and as we have noted before these useful positive states can quickly and easily be accessed through anchors right now But I hear some of you say I like to think the worst will happen then I can t be disappointed or won t expecting good fortune just end in disappointment What Wiseman says is that all things being equal would you prefer to be lucky and more successful or unlucky He is not saying that this is an alternative to hard work taking action having smart goals etc His research does suggest however that people who have followed these principles have higher levels of satisfaction with all areas of

    Original URL path: http://www.iridiumconsulting.co.uk/2012/01/making-your-own-luck/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Belief Change - What would it be like if you could?
    I can t do it or It can t be done Actually there are many variations on that statement all meaning No way Ever been tempted to argue Or contradict the statement with Of course you can do it all you ve gotta do is TRY Didn t work out too good huh Here s a little principle of human nature that can come in handy in these moments When a human brain hears a question no matter how unthinkable it automatically imagines an answer Try it for yourself pick something you don t think you can do or do well Then ask yourself this question What would it be like if I could do really well Your brain automatically imagines what it would be like it can t help it You have to be unconscious to avoid having that happen It s automatic And it moves a person s mind from the frozen position of impossible to one of what would it be like if and that s a much more resourceful state to be in So let s see where that takes us Hmmm What kinds of questions might you decide to ask in what situations if you knew that the listener unconsciously and automatically imagined the answer This is really a huge advantage when you think about it You can get people to think about just about anything you want by asking them what a thing might be like This is the secret behind those courses teaching Speed seduction by the way It goes like What was your favorite date or What would it feel like if you were having a really good time and more suggestive questions The important thing is that by asking a question you are pointing a person s attention toward imagining an answer It s like shaking a toy in front of a cat cats can t help but focus on the sudden motion Well human brains are wired to notice questions and imagine answers More usefully you can loosen up just about any attitude if you go Yeah I know it s impossible Of course you can t But I was just wondering what would it be like if you could So do you know why you FIRST AGREE with them It s because people s brains are contrary and if you immediately contradict what someone says you LOCK THEM IN to that attitude That s not what you want to do unless you just get off on having debates You may have noticed what happens inside your own mind when someone just flatly disputes something you say Not too charming is it Doesn t it make you more stubborn Probably the last thing you feel like doing is being agreeable with some fool that just told you you were wrong So the process is FIRST agree with them that they can t or that of course it s impossible or whatever the limitation is Then SECOND ask them But what

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  • Time and personal management in-house workshops
    time surfing the web as a major contribution to procrastination We may also procrastinate because of the desire for perfection or the fear of failure Equally some of us may procrastinate because we enjoy the adrenalin of the last minute rush Are you a procrastinator What causes you to procrastinate What things do we procrastinate over Typically we procrastinate over things that are Dull or Unpleasant Complex or Overwhelming What are you procrastinating over at present What can we do to overcome procrastination Eat that frog Brian Tracy in his classic book Eat that Frog suggests that the best way is to start each day by eating the frog the most important thing however dull unpleasant complex or overwhelming Another popular technique is known by the acronym BANJO bang a nasty job off Imagine the feeling of having completed the most important piece of work for the day first before those emails phone calls meetings that overwhelm so many To be done list Most of us have some way of collating things to do Tracy suggests that we need two lists One list is a data warehouse of everything we have to do and the second is a shorter list just for today of to be dones Another tip is to complete the to be done list the night before which frees the mind for a good sleep and allows you to start on the frog immediately the next day Pareto s 80 20 rule suggests that we get 80 of our results from 20 of our efforts and so it may be worth considering what will provide the biggest pay off towards our goals and so be worthy of being on the to be dones list Are you an owl or a lark We may also want to consider

    Original URL path: http://www.iridiumconsulting.co.uk/2014/02/time-and-personal-management-eat-that-frog/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Results Versus Excuses
    Us Iridium Blog Results Versus Excuses 17th Feb 2012 Results Versus Excuses Have you set goals If you have what will stop you achieving those goals If these have been properly set up and that was dealt with in a previous tip then I m going to be controversial and suggest that the key thing stopping you is yourself I m sure we re all familiar with the post match interview with the football club manager whose team has just lost Invariably he ll argue that the loss was down to everything and everybody except himself the referee the players the pitch etc Football managers are not unusual in this respect Research on attribution theory highlights that we are all more likely to attribute our successes to our own attributes and any lack of success to things outside our control However unless we take 100 responsibility for our goals we will always give ourselves a get out clause for not making them Anything less than 100 responsibility is self sabotage So what about your goals or resolutions Are you 100 committed to them To assume 100 responsibility we need to accept that everything that happens has both a cause and effect Taking 100 responsibility means accepting the challenge to be at cause that is taking responsibility taking action and making things happen In contrast being at effect is where it is everything and everybody else s fault and you have no control So where do you spend most of your time at cause or at effect What will you do in 2012 to be more at cause Oprah Winfrey seemed to instinctively understand the power of being at cause when speaking about the beliefs she holds I don t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made

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  • Free Days
    guilt free and feeling rather energetic This is what Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan describes as a Free Day a 24 hour period completely free from work related problem solving communication and action It s not so easy to imagine is it For most business owners the whole notion of free time particularly midweek is nothing less than far fetched How can you possibly take free time when there s so much work to be done money to make commitments to be kept Most people think of Free Days as a reward for hard work I don t Now I see Free Days as an essential precondition for achieving success and optimum productivity The key to free days is recognizing that it means booking time to rejuvenate before not after your productive periods Several years ago I started to notice that many of the successful business owners I admired talked about the importance of downtime and blocking out periods of time where they did absolutely nothing Because I was interested in replicating their results I paid attention and started to wonder how I could incorporate free days into my own schedule It wasn t easy at first On any given day most business owners would consider themselves extraordinarily lucky or seriously pressured to be able to squeeze in a bit of free time let alone a whole day It happens only IF they can first get a few things done IF there are no unexpected crises and IF they can just clean up a few little messes around the office Not surprisingly this seldom if ever happens But if you want to improve the quality of both your work and personal life you need Free Days So how can you incorporate free days into YOUR schedule Right now most of us figure out how much time we need to work and make money Then if there s anything left over we devote it to free time But this concept doesn t work for time any more than it works for money Successful savers know that you have to work out what you want to save take it off the top of your income and live on the rest If you don t you ll get to the end of the month and find there is nothing left Free time is just like savings it has to come off the top So you need to plan your Free Days first and then work everything else around them It won t come easy at first You re not used to it Like anything else Free Days take time and practice But it gets easier when you see free days as a necessity rather than a luxury When you re running a business YOU are the most important asset In the words of Coachville founder Thomas Leonard Without you there is nothing So you need to make taking time out for relaxation rejuvenation and what Stephen Covey calls sharpening the saw a priority How

    Original URL path: http://www.iridiumconsulting.co.uk/2009/10/free-days/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Happiness and work/life balance
    Anniversary Happy Christmas Happy New Year etc But what if we could be happier all year around The latest neuroscience research has found that activation of part of the brain called the left prefrontal cortex correlates with reported feelings of joy enthusiasm high energy positive emotions and happiness As part of their research scientists at the University of Wisconsin decided to measure the happiness of some Buddhist monks The results exceeded all previous positive recordings In fact one famous monk a French convert Matthieu Ricard has been nicknamed the happiest person in the world after his hugely positive results The researchers then went on to investigate if happiness could be increased in complete novices over a short period of time by using some of the techniques used by the monks but taught in a secular way The answer was yes Participants reported feeling happier and brain scans showed more activation in their left frontal cortex than before the training Encouraged by such findings Jon Kabat Zinn introduced what he called mindfulness based stress reduction a technique that is now used extensively in hospitals in the US and UK to treat anxiety and depression following excellent trial results Research within organisations has also demonstrated that using similar techniques resulted in less time off sick better concentration increased resilience less stress and better employee engagement Some forward thinking organisations including AstraZeneca and Google have now incorporated personal management and work life balance training into their staff development schedules Google s programme is summarised in the somewhat quirky book Search Inside Yourself by Chade Meng Tan Chade has distilled the techniques required to 3 steps Attention training Increasing self awareness Creating useful thought processes If you have practised meditation or yoga then these techniques may well be familiar and we incorporate some of

    Original URL path: http://www.iridiumconsulting.co.uk/2013/01/happiness-and-worklife-balance/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Are you equipped to have challenging conversations with staff?
    established career goals and 70 did not receive any training from their employer last year I would suggest that the UK paints a similar picture These are particularly worrying findings If staff are directionless and have poor relationships with their manager they will be less motivated and loyal to their employer If leaders and managers make the effort to invest in and improve the skills of their staff they will reap the benefits of an engaged committed and dexterous workforce Leadership development programmes must equip managers to have difficult conversations with their staff and provide robust and useful feedback Managers and leaders need to be taught how to encourage employees to identify their own strengths and weaknesses One of the most effective ways for leaders to broach aspects of an employee s performance that could be improved is to ask open questions How are you finding your job Are there any areas that you think are not working so well Nine times out of ten the employee will have a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses than their manager It is much less confrontational to get the employee to pin point what is wrong and initiate the conversation about what needs to be improved than to bombard them with a list of criticisms Also it is important to remember that as the Cornerstone survey shows most employees want feedback and coaching from managers It is then important for the manager to delve into internal or external factors that might be bringing an individual s performance down Are there any aspects of the way their team is organised that creates difficulties or challenges Are they suffering from stress caused by a high workload Are relationships with other colleagues under strain Leaders should strive to create a business culture that is

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  • Leadership and Management Development Blog - Part 2
    Selling Skills The 5 Secrets to passing the Myers Briggs Test 4th Mar 2014 I have been administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator for the past ten years I am often asked how do you get the best result or how do I ensure I pass the Myers Briggs test In this post I am going to share the five secrets to answer these questions Secret 1 Answer quickly without Read More Posted In Myers Briggs Time and Personal Management Eat that Frog 2nd Feb 2014 Time and Personal Management Eat that Frog Three o clock is always too late and too early for anything you want to do Jean Paul Satre Why do we procrastinate Procrastination flourishes when we believe there is some spare time in the future however imaginary and something more pleasurable to do now however unimportant Read More Posted In Setting goals Time Management Work Life Balance Have you considered a Myers Briggs Team Day 1st Feb 2014 Have you considered a Myers Briggs Team Day training course to help with team development and team building Here is some feedback from a day I did recently I have spoken to all who attended and they all enjoyed it and found it very useful Some comments that were made were a very interesting Read More Posted In Communication skills Emotional intelligence Interpersonal skills Myers Briggs Team development Put your goals in the positive 10th Jan 2014 For many years we have been telling clients to make sure any goal is expressed in the positive It seems that the brain doesn t process negatives well If I tell you for example to not think of blue fish your mind is probably now awash with images of blue fish Away from or avoidance goals Read More Posted In Belief change Coaching Communication skills Leadership Setting goals Time Management Work Life Balance Coaching Conference October 2nd Stowmarket 10th Sep 2013 Eastern Regional Conference Stowmarket Challenging ourselves to be even better coaches One day Conference jointly hosted by the Eastern Region EMCC Networks Join us for a day of exploration reflection challenge and networking A range of engaging and informative speakers will lead us through a series of keynote speeches and workshops providing participants with a Read More Posted In Coaching Do we know how to listen 25th Jul 2013 Do we know how to listen A Story The Sound of the Forest Back in China in the third century A D the King Ts ao sent his son Prince T ai to the temple to study under the great master Pan Ku Because Prince T ai was to succeed his father as king Pan Ku was Read More Posted In Coaching Interpersonal skills Leadership soft skills Margaret Thatcher and Leadership 1st May 2013 Margaret Thatcher and Leadership Since the death of Margaret Thatcher the media has been awash with conflicting accounts of how she led the country during her three terms as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 Commentators have

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