The neuroscience of change

Business leaders everywhere know that success isn’t possible without changing the day-to-day behaviour of people throughout the company. But changing behaviour is hard. (Even when new habits can mean the difference between life and death e.g. adopting healthier day-to-day habits after having undergone coronary bypass surgery, nine out of 10 patients do not manage to follow though.)

However, behavioural change – and business success – has a much likelier chance of occurring if we heed new evidence about change. Breakthroughs in cognitive science about how our brains function contain pointers worth taking serious note of. Continue reading

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How to get more results from coaching?

Most MD and managers have no idea how little their staff learn during an important coaching session.  What to do to ensure more learning and new behaviour?

Most of us know that our listening retention ability is between 7% and 9%. Continue reading

Juggling your office and life

Not many of my clients are “solopreneurs” meaning they work on their own and have to juggle the tug between their business and personal obligations. Those few who are often find it difficult as they spend too much time in the office. Or they find working on their own creates a different type of pressure.

The question appears to be, how do we divide our time, become more productive and creative, and create healthy work and life patterns? There are ways to achieve this and they apply by and large whether you work on your own or in a corporate office.  Continue reading

Personal learning and growth

During three discussions recently it again struck me that the core of organisational renewal and growth is personal growth.

Where a client discusses issues, intellectually grasps what needs to be done, totally agrees and nods but does not go over into action, learning has not taken place. Nor will the organisation grow.

Where an owner is eager to learn and applies new learning, things start to happen within that organisation. Continue reading

Deliberate practice vs. talent

In my last post “Your strengths” I placed the emphasis on discovering one’s strengths, which is a mixture of talent, knowledge and experience. One of my clients pointed out that on my website www.abplan.co.za,  I highlighted the findings of Geoff Colvin under the title “Personal greatness.” Colvin, my client correctly pointed out, holds the view that talent is overrated as for many people success is more a case of “deliberate practice” and of becoming extraordinarily proficient in practicing whatever they do. Continue reading

Your strengths

You could achieve much more on a daily basis if you load your day with things you love doing. Would you agree? However, this presupposes that you do not simply start working when you get to your office in the morning. It also means that you do not simply accept your workload as is. Continue reading

On being a (business) student

I recently had the pleasure of listening to two partners, clients of mine, who prepared themselves intensely for our meeting. They had completed the reading of a recommended publication and could, with reference to every chapter, tell me what their findings were as applied to themselves. In addition, they took time out and together studied the various components of the balanced scorecard planning approach – a sophisticated approach which takes an effort to master. Continue reading