Face Your Storm

It has been another busy and productive week coaching a new client over the phone, a great meeting with Michael who I am working with to develop some online products, a couple of great bookings and a telephone conversation with a potential new client in Dublin.

The coaching session is a fascinating story where the client who lives in the south of England bought my book on Amazon and was so inspired by it that within a week he found my contact details, got in touch and after a brief telephone conversation signed up to my 3-month coaching programme.

A great coaching session

We had our first session this week and the client was delighted with the session. It was conducted over the phone and it worked so well. This means that the whole world opens up to me and this is very exciting. I forgot how good coaching sessions are over the phone and this has brought it back.

A busy week ahead

This coming week I am in London to deliver my Masterclass to a great client on behalf of Live and Learn, then on Wednesday I am the Keynote speaker at the Staffordshire Business Festival run by the Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday evening I am presenting an award at the Nottingham Sports Awards.

This is a large event with over 500 people in attendance and this celebrates some of the unsung heroes in sport in Nottingham and is run by the magnificent Champions Brand Agency. I am signed up as a speaker with Champions and this is a fabulous event which I attend each year to give out a prize.

Seeing Double

Julie always attends this event with me and we have a nice overnight stay in a lovely hotel but this time her identical twin sister Jenny (over from Australia) is coming with us, and I can’t wait for the comments from people who will be seeing double even before they have had a few drinks!

I came across this article in Word for Today and it describes leadership really well.

Face Your Storm

One time in the West Indies five ships, one of them British, were anchored in the harbour when a monster storm rolled in. The British captain immediately raised anchor and sailed out to meet it.

Two days later, battered but still intact, he returned to the harbour and discovered that the ships that hadn’t sailed for fear of the storm had all been driven ashore and destroyed.

Generally speaking, as a leader the best way forward is to face challenges head-on and ‘not look behind you’. Author Jon Gordon points out six important things:

1. Who you are makes a difference. People follow the leader first and his vision second.
2. It’s all about relationships. You can implement all the rules in the world, but if you don’t develop a relationship with the people you’re leading, they’ll rebel.
3. It’s not just about what you do, but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do. You bring out the best in people by sharing the best in yourself.
4. Lead with optimism, enthusiasm, and positive energy. Guard against negativity and teach people to focus on solutions, not complaints.
5. Recognise that you don’t have all the answers and build a team of people who either have the answers or will find them.
6. Accept that success is a process, not a destination.

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, recognised that winning was an offshoot of great leadership, teamwork, focus, commitment, and implementing the basics.

Leading by example.

This is a great article which gives some excellent advice on leadership which we can all take on board whether we are in a leadership position or not. In effect we are all in a leadership position whether a parent, a friend, or a colleague because the people around us are impacted by us in some way either negatively or positively.

Thoughts for the week.

1. The best way through your storm is to face it head on.
2. Do you inspire people around you?
3. Are you enthusiastic, optimistic with positive energy?
4. Who you are makes a difference – people take notice of how you act.
5. Do you build good relationships with the people around you?

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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