R.O.I. + I. – Return on Investment and Integrity. The new Breed of Brands.

Southwest Airlines - Fortune's Most Admired listWhen you think of some of the world’s most admired brands, there have been precious few who have lasted the distance remaining consistently near the top of all the “best” lists for the whole of their corporate life since inception. We have witnessed many burst on to the scene from nowhere only to disappear from view within a decade or so. And quite a few have remained in the public eye as product/service innovators one year; top financial performers another; employers of choice at other times; and maybe even good corporate citizens on other occasions.

But to be recognised as consistently high achievers in the triple bottom line of Financial, Social and Environmental performance takes a special kind of company with a special kind of culture and ‘servant leadership’ who understand the true meaning of ‘stewardship’ and all that it represents. In my opinion there is one company in the USA that has remained the stand-out performer for almost all of its 42 years in an industry littered with failures, and it continues to outperform on its “R.O. Double I” to this day. And no, it is neither a hi-tech nor an IT based company. It plies its trade in a brown fields industry that has been around for decades. [Read more...]

If a Tree Falls in a Forest…

Trees in ForestTo complete that famous question… ‘If a Tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it actually make a sound?’ Although this is a philosophical question regarding the nature of reality and whether it actually exists without the existence of the observer to witness and judge the event, I would like to hijack that question and move it to another context that I believe concerns us all… [Read more...]

Breaking the 77 year Drought at Wimbledon – the Hidden Message from Andy Murray

Andy Murray wins at WimbledonFor all of those people who woke up to the news this morning that the Wimbledon men’s singles drought has finally been broken after 77 years by Briton Andy Murray, spare a thought for the message he shares. I feel it teaches all of us something about the true meaning of success and what it represents. [Read more...]

Once You have Set your Goal, here are Six Steps to Keeping on Track

The Goal is the JourneyNow that you have set a well designed goal and you know where you are heading, here are six steps to keeping on track. [Read more...]

The Seven Steps to Goal Setting Mastery

Kicking GoalWe all accept that having goals to work towards give our work meaning as well as a way of measuring our progress along the way, but unfortunately too few people actually have a blueprint for setting those goals in a meaningful way. Here are some steps to Goal Setting MASTERY… [Read more...]

Harnessing that Awesome Power within You

Human BrainIn my previous article I touched on the awesome power of your brain and how focus and persistence can make such a huge difference to your effectiveness if used correctly.

Let’s look a little more deeply into the most powerful resource you have – your brain… [Read more...]

The Awesome Power of Focus vs the Awful Consequences of Lack of Focus

Karl WallendaIt has often been said that we consciously use only 8-10% of the power of our mind every day. If that is the case, then 90% of the most powerful resource we have may be going untapped, or at least, underutilised. Here is a tragic story I read many years ago of the misuse of focus when it mattered most… [Read more...]