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A strong core, by being constantly curious and courageous

A strong core, by being constantly curious and courageous

Inspiring People, Well-being, Winning Habits
Strong Core Like all organisms we must adapt to the changes in our environment, or die! Previously I have shared my views and antidotes to the impact of mass disruption upon our world - our new upside down world. We can all get locked into things that we know. But it takes courage to have freedom, to leave the past, be present in the now and explore the possibilities of the future. So I wanted to explore our attitudes to agility. Let’s consider, what does agility mean?                     It could mean agile working, lean six sigma, black belts, sit ups until your stomach screams or maybe yoga. One thing is for certain, to have agility we must have core strength. Let’s imagine, what happens as a result of having agility, by…
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Enhance your personal mastery, everyday

Enhance your personal mastery, everyday

Well-being
Adults spend eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising, research suggests. The average person spends 12 hours streaming programmes on platforms such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime every week, a survey of more than 2,000 people by not-for-profit fitness group ‘ukactive’ found. This compares to just 90 minutes of moderate physical activity. This got me thinking about how long do any of us invest in ourselves so we are fit to always bring our best self to situations? Building upon my previous post; The Antidote to Disruption, in the Unilever Standards of Leadership, part of the Inner Game is ‘Personal Mastery’. I love this, it is a big topic to get into but it is critical to success. It covers many areas around well-being and personal performance…
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Living with purpose; the antidote to a disruptive world

Living with purpose; the antidote to a disruptive world

Inspiring People
The biggest word in our world today must be: disruption. We are challenged every day, it is a chaotic world where disruptive business models are the norm. The rate of change has never been so fast and the time between changes is getting shorter and shorter. We live in a period of mass disruption and don’t we know it!   A recent example: a few years ago catching a cab or taxi was a pretty traditional ritual. Then Uber came along and disrupted the business model and our user experience. In cities the world over Uber became a noun for taxi. While in Singapore during the last few years, catching a cab was via Uber. No big deal eh, pretty normal. However, today when I am there, I don’t get an…
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Creating winning habits

Creating winning habits

Winning Habits
Happy New Year! Enjoy watching my video where I discuss the comparison between fitness and work, especially at a time when we may be wanting to consider making changes for the New Year. #habits #winninghabits #fitness #nutrition #exercise #goalsetting I would love to hear your experiences as you create winning habits on any area of life; nutrition, exercise, ways or working, building skill, capability, resilience, performance. What did you do before, what do you do now and what impact did the change have? So add a comment and share a picture or image of what agility means to you on this post. Please also like and share this article. So you can inspire, enable and support your friends and network so they can get also enjoy the benefits of creating…
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A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 2

A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 2

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The next 5 myth busters before you decide whether this role is ‘for you’   I remember the day well – the first time I sat in the training room as a participant, in some swanky hotel in the Thames Valley. Two things occurred to me as I was experiencing being a participant. The first was that it looked so easy to be the person at the front of the room…the second was that I figured that it was something that I could do myself one day. Three years later, as I was contemplating that first job offer in that field, and as I sold it to myself, firstly, and then my wife (who was about to experience her new husband being away from home 3 nights a week (every…
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A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 1

A day in the life of a business facilitator – Part 1

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The first 5 myth busters before you decide whether this role is ‘for you’   25 years ago, I was offered my first job as a ‘trainer’ – that was the day my world changed forever. What I discovered was, that in this crowded market of learning and development professionals, to stand out, this job, whilst one of the most rewarding on the planet, is one of the most demanding as well. An extraordinary collection of experiences, places visited and thousands of people met. However, as you look under the bonnet of the role….it is not as glamorous as it seems! I’d therefore like to bust some myths in order to set the record straight! I have split these myths into two …one set that refer to the experiences of…
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Setting up a small business – the essence of success

Setting up a small business – the essence of success

Featured, Inspiring People
Top 10 tips of the thinking behind the inception of Expression for Growth Sixth December 2000 was a big day in the Selwood household; we had taken the plunge, we had incorporated the business, bought the computers, leased a printer, bought two desks, cleared out the spare room….and there we were, starting from scratch. The purpose of this article is to share with you what was in our minds when we decided to set up Expression for Growth, and what, I know, has made us the successful business we are, nearly two decades later.   So, what did we do….or rather, NOT do? I would love to be able to share with you that we modelled our business on a five-year business plan, with projections for turnover, profit, cashflow forecasts,…
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The WHY behind setting up my own company

The WHY behind setting up my own company

Featured, Inspiring People
A story of parents, failed training courses and THE magic ingredient In this article, I share what was the underlying motivation behind setting up Expression for Growth back in the year 2000. Three out of four of my parents were teachers (and the other a salesman), and having been brought up in that environment, I swore that I would never enter that profession; the stress, the hours, the commitment, far, far beyond (what I saw as) the call of duty, put me off. So I became a mining and explosives engineer, and then a salesman (obviously!). Here I am, 45 years later, at the other end of my career journey having created and run an award-winning multinational management development organisation operating in six languages, with a base in the UK…
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Leading the adult horse to water……

Leading the adult horse to water……

Inspiring People
Learning in an adult world is not like being at school… As the saying goes……you can lead the horse, but you cannot make it drink. Nothing is truer in the context of adult learning and two decades of experience has taught us some fundamentals that need to be in place to support the change in the workplace. Here is our top 10 list for success when working with a group of adult learners; Adults come to learning with years of experience; It works when you acknowledge that adults come to a learning event with a sack-full of beliefs, experiences, values and excuses that could make the ‘new way’ and anathema to them – the only way to change that is for them to help change their beliefs associated with that…
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