Resilience Builds Character

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford. Every person in every generation in every part of this planet deals with adversity at various times in their lives. This is an inescapable fact. Another inescapable fact is that people react […]

The Power of Purpose at Work

Purpose is your reason for existing. While purpose in life is essential for our well-being we also need to have purpose in the world of work. We spend up to 50% of our waking hours at work,  so work purpose is as important and as relevant as a life purpose. When purpose is acted upon, […]

The Purpose of Life is to Live it with Purpose

Having a purpose is a fundamental element of a fulfilling life. Purpose gives meaning to life and gives us a real sense of identity. Purpose is also one of the essentials of success in life. It is the starting point of achievement. The two most important days in life are the day you were born […]

Challenges for Accidental Leaders

As organisations and companies evolve they will be more aware of the need to support the development of in-house leadership skills so that there is an internal flow of employees who are equipped to assume leadership roles when the opportunities arise. At every level within an organisation there are leaders who need support and skills […]

Belief Comes Before Performance

Belief and self-confidence are two important attributes of successful people. Self-belief is about trusting yourself to achieve the realistic and achievable goals that you set yourself. Judging yourself to be capable of success will increase your chances of success. Believe you can and you probably will achieve your goals, but you must stretch yourself and […]

Are You a People Pleaser?

If you have an excessive other-focused mindset, or you are a person who always puts the needs of others before yourself, then you may be a people pleaser. If you are considered the “workhorse”, the person who is always there to help and assist, then you may be a people pleaser. Do you always try […]

Life Failures Can Inspire Success

You always pass failure on the way to success-Mickey Rooney. It is often said that failure is the path to success because often that path can be littered with failures that test our ingenuity, resilience, and determination. By learning from mistakes, we can indeed achieve a lot in life. All of us experience failures in […]

Both Attitude and Character Define Our Behaviour

People can often be confused about the difference between attitude and character, and while they may impact each other they are really different and can often be confused. Both define us as persons and both determine how we are viewed by others, so it is important to understand what they are and how they differ […]

With Age Comes Opportunity

Living in a youth-centered culture can sometimes prove difficult for older people who face coping challenges in today’s increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. Those born in the 1950s and 1960s built the economic models that remain the foundation of our economies today. Many have now retired or are considering retiring from their full-time occupations. […]

How to Survive the Retirement Challenge

Perhaps one of the biggest lifestyle changes we all face in life is when we retire from our work roles or our lifetime careers. Even those who look forward to retirement as a way out of a stressful work environment can experience dramatic lifetime adjustments, resulting in a variety of emotional responses, which in themselves […]

Christmas Eve 1949 Was Like No Other.

This is Jimmy’s story, not mine. Now an octogenarian, he told me this sad story from his early childhood in rural Ireland at a time before the arrival of the electric light to the district where he lived. It relates to Christmas 1949 when he was nine years old. Jimmy tells the story in his […]

What We Can Learn from High Achievers

There are seventeen chapters in my latest book which are about how to maximise career potential, based on my own knowledge, experience and insights. Over my own professional career, I have had many opportunities to observe many successful and fulfilled high achievers who excelled in their careers. These were people who seem well-balanced, affable but […]