Some Time to Think

As a trainer and a coach I need time to think about my clients’ issues, think about new approaches to problems, think about the concerns that will come tomorrow that I need to start considering today. I find, though, that if I do not put some dedicated “thinking time” onto my calendar, or make sure […]

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5 Lessons To Help You Achieve Your 2018 Goals

Ten years ago this month I decided to take up running and run my first marathon, and two years later I set a goal of completing The Marathon Grand Slam (a marathon on all seven continents and at the North Pole). I achieved that goal in 2016, and along the way learned plenty of lessons […]

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Look Before You Leap

“If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you jump off it too?” As a kid, you may have been scolded by your mom for doing something, and then told her, “Well, everyone else was doing it!” She would then respond with the question above, and if you were a real smartass you would answer […]

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Avoid Feeling Fenced In

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I’m running the Athens Marathon in November, so I can’t let a little thing like a business trip get in the way of my training. A recent visit to Singapore, though it was packed full of events, was actually a good thing since there are so many open spaces and it’s pretty easy to find […]

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You Cannot Control Everything

The recent typhoons in Hong Kong, and a colleague’s last-minute event cancellation, reminded me of a similar situation I faced a few years ago that taught me a valuable lesson. I was supposed to fly to Taiwan for my very first visit there. It was a busy work trip, so I did not plan to […]

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Missing Opportunities

In London a few years ago, just before the 2012 Olympics, I was looking for an Olympics store to pick up some memorabilia, particularly some pins, ‘cuz you know, if you’re an athlete it’s all about the medals, but if you’re a spectator, it’s all about the pins. I found an online store, but it […]

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Make It Manageable

Running a marathon is an exercise in perseverance. The only way to make it to the finish is to understand in advance that, at some point, this is really going to hurt. It helps to study the route in advance so you know what to expect, and it’s important to set a pace that will […]

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Do Your Planning, But…

It is impossible to overstate the importance of good planning. You really need some idea of where you want to go, how you expect to get there, and how to know when you have reached it. Otherwise, you can end up wandering around, wasting time and money, and you can miss out on some pretty […]

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Control What You Can Control

A few years ago a friend and I were taking a trip from the US to Lisbon. The day before leaving I happened to check our itinerary and found that one of our flights had been cancelled and the airline’s response was to move us to a flight that would give us a 5-minute connection […]

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Small Steps Lead to Big Steps

As you are doing your strategic planning, it’s easy sometimes to look down the road and get worried about all the challenges you face. Major projects with new clients may look like they’ll never get done. Perfection might seem unattainable. Organizational change can seem like a never-ending process. Bureaucratic obstacles may appear insurmountable. If you […]

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