July 2, 2018

The Art of Delegation

Many managers have challenges when it comes to delegation. For most of them the real issue is relinquishing control. Many of us run the belief that if you want something done well, do it yourself. A core tenet of management and leadership is achieving through others and this cannot be done without effective delegation.  » Read more about: The Art of Delegation  »
June 28, 2018
best shape

How I got into the best shape of my life

As many of you know I had a wakeup call last September when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Thankfully after an operation and treatment I got the all clear in January (the day before my annual workshop SOAR – that was quite a week!) Whilst the last few months of the 2017 were challenging to say the least,  » Read more about: How I got into the best shape of my life  »
May 21, 2018
10 lists worth compiling

10 Lists worth compiling

Most of us go through the week ticking items from a ‘to do’ list. But we are human beings, not human doings. As we go through life we live many experiences and encounter many people who shape us as people. So, by way of taking stock, staying grateful for everything we have,  » Read more about: 10 Lists worth compiling  »
May 17, 2018
Hotel Lobby

Have an away-day with yourself

In this, the first in a series of blog posts aimed at us solopreneurs, sole-traders, self-employed, portfolio-career types, the focus is having an ‘away-day’ with yourself. Management teams in companies have them, so why shouldn’t we? I’m a strong advocate of this ‘time-out.’ I have a business ‘away-day’ at least once a year.  » Read more about: Have an away-day with yourself  »
April 26, 2018
Writing on a keyboard

How I’ve approached GDPR

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force on 25th May 2018. It builds on the data protection legislation that already exists, but with a sting in the tail, hefty fines for non-compliance. As someone who has always valued data protection, both as an individual and in particular as a business owner,  » Read more about: How I’ve approached GDPR  »
April 24, 2018
Personal Board of Directors

Should I really walk out of a bad meeting?

Last week, in an email to staff at Tesla, Elon Musk advised that if they are stuck in a terrible meeting, they should just walk out. On hearing this I’d images of empty boardrooms up and down the country. According to the South African-born billionaire, as soon as it’s ‘obvious you aren’t adding value’,  » Read more about: Should I really walk out of a bad meeting?  »
March 21, 2018
Manage cravings and avoid binges

Manage Cravings & Avoid Binges

We all get cravings. Sometimes you kid yourself that your body is telling you that you need to have something, or that you deserve a treat, but most of the time it’s pure habit. Here are 7 simple steps you can take to manage cravings and avoid binges. But first a word on sugar.  » Read more about: Manage Cravings & Avoid Binges  »
March 19, 2018
How to deal with negative emotions

How to deal with negative emotions

As humans, we experience daily cocktails of emotions. In the space of an hour, we can go from excited to anxious, bored to buzzing. Of course, we all love feeling good, it’s the so called negative emotions that are hard to handle. One of the insights I’ve gained in recent months is that not only are my emotions a barometer,  » Read more about: How to deal with negative emotions  »
March 14, 2018
Money Image

How much should I charge?

Economic theory says that the price of something will tend toward a point where the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied. But if you are a sole trader offering a service how do you determine how much to charge? This is something I’m often asked and whilst there is no ‘right’ answer,  » Read more about: How much should I charge?  »
February 8, 2018
Goal-Setting Strive or Manifest

Goal-Setting – Strive or Manifest?

Traditional goal-setting is all about determining what you want and taking consistent action, until you achieve it. It’s an approach associated with the ‘warrior’ mind-set, overcoming challenges, pushing through ‘no matter what’ and striving until you arrive. This approach is useful if you are a novice when it comes to personal development work,  » Read more about: Goal-Setting – Strive or Manifest?  »
February 6, 2018

SOAR 2018 – A memorable evening

On the evening of Thursday January 18th, 120 of us gathered in The Westbury Hotel in Dublin for my annual flagship workshop, SOAR2018. It is always a memorable night, but after my illness last year and the fact that we sold out (bigger venue in 2019!) this year it was extra special.  » Read more about: SOAR 2018 – A memorable evening  »
January 3, 2018
Jar on table

365 Days of Gratitude

As part of my annual end of year review, one of the questions I ask myself is – what did I start this year that might endure? In 2017 that was an easy one to answer – my Gratitude Jar. On 1st January 2017, I took an old protein container, washed it out and asked my niece Gemma to decorate it in bright colours.  » Read more about: 365 Days of Gratitude  »