A Modest Hero and His legacy

I still remember the time and the place. Our teacher had brought in his portable TV with the ‘rabbit ears’ antenna to school, and we all sat glued to that set while we marveled at what was unfolding before us.

Neil Armstrong, Pioneer

In grainy black and white pictures we all watched enthralled as Neil Armstrong tentatively took those first steps on to the lunar surface and declared his immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” And now he is gone. He will remain etched in my memory as the man who led the way into a new era of possibility. [Read more...]

The Myth about Goals and Motivation – How knowing this might be the key for you

As we discovered from my previous blog, not everyone is motivated by striving towards goals. Some are motivated to move away from problems. Just like Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery for example.

The key is to discover for yourself which is your motivational preference. Gain vs Pain? Carrot vs Stick?  Here is an example of the huge difference knowing which it is for you can make to your career and your life. [Read more...]

The Myth about Goals and Motivation

What do Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela all have in common?

Nelson Mandela

 I am sure we would all agree that they are amazing leaders whose impact past and present have had lasting positive influence on generations that followed. That is why we still talk about them today in such reverent terms.

But there is something else that speaks to the heart of the matter when we talk about goals and the legacies that each of those revered and loved leaders leave in their wake, and it is not what you would expect. [Read more...]

Nobody Wins Unless We All Do

Given we are slap bang in the middle of the Olympics, I thought you’d appreciate this heart-warming story told to me some years ago. I have also been told that this actually happened but I cannot verify it.  However, it’s message goes to the heart of the matter I feel, in these times of economic austerity and ‘ledger balancing’ leadership decisions, both at the government and corporate level. [Read more...]