Are You a Dinosaur or a Mouse?

I was watching a documentary the other day about the demise of the dinosaurs. What was fascinating was that before the 6 mile wide asteroid hit what is now the Gulf of Mexico all those millions of years ago, dinosaurs dominated the earth. Dinosaur fossils have been found in vast numbers on every continent and…

In Praise of Thinking

Thinking is definitely underrated in many organizations. What do I mean by “thinking”?   Thinking can mean coming up with ideas,  considering solutions to problems, strategizing, planning, reflecting and so much more.  When people are “thinking”, they are often sitting quietly gazing out the window.   This is often perceived as “day dreaming” or “slacking off”, so…

Purpose and Meaning In The Workplace

How many people do you know who complain about some aspect of their job?  Most of us need to work to keep a roof over our head and feed our families.  But that’s not all work should be about. Anita Roddick, the now deceased founder of The Body Shop, said “Work should be the incubator…

Values

Its really interesting when you ask people what their values are. Mostly the responses are predictable – family, honesty, integrity… all the usual suspects. The thing is, are these really your values? Or are they simply the values you think you ought to have? Or worse, the values you think other people want to think…

A Great Story on Leadership

Here’s a great story about leadership: Rafting By good fortune, I was able to raft down the Motu River in New Zealand twice during the last year. The magnificent four-day journey traverses one of the last wilderness areas in the North Island. The first expedition was led by “Buzz”, an American guide with a great…

Who Was The Leader?

So did you enjoy our little story on leadership? Did it make you think? Here’s what I think … and please feel free to disagree with me: The first guy, Buzz was not a leader. He was a commander, a manager or a boss. He took charge and told people what to do and people did…

Stress is the Manifestation of the Inability to Adapt To Change

Guest post By Jack Black  Success, Tips, Tools and Techniques I heard this statement the other day and it got me wondering about the real importance of MindStore and my original motivation that led me into this work and way of life. If you remember it came about through three people dying suddenly and later my own collapse in…

Success Tips – Could This Be You?

Could This be You? Guest Post By Jack Black Yesterday I met a highly successful entrepreneur who lives in and runs his business from London. He explained to me that he did MindStore for the first time while still in his teens. He really excited me when he described how the course gave him access to…

Why You Can’t – Problem Solving Strategies That Work

Problem Solving Strategies Have you ever wondered why problem solving is sometimes so hard? In this world where positive thinking rules, its a bit depressing how all the positive thinking in the world does not always solve the very real problems we face. It might make us feel better, and that’s a great start, but…

Why Are Values Important?

It’s a question we get asked so often and the answer is really simple. Having clarity about what your values are and why they are important to you makes decision making easier, makes you stronger and most importantly it lets people know that you have integrity and consistency. In today’s uncertain world, knowing that someone stands…

Leadership Lessons from a Canadian Hero

On October 22, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada, a man walked up to the Canadian War Memorial and shot dead an unarmed soldier on ceremonial sentry duty. The killer then ran into a parliament building while Members of Parliament were attending caucuses. The Prime Minister of Canada was in the building at the time. The gunman…

Stay In Your Comfort Zone!

Stay in your Comfort Zone One of the most helpful things you can learn when you are pushing forward with powerful goals is how to recognise where you are in that area between learning and consolidating that we call the comfort zone.   If you can learn to surf that wave, you maximise the speed of your…

Assertiveness Rules

What is this magic word “assertiveness”? What does it actually mean. For many people there’s a really fine line between assertiveness and aggressiveness and for some there is no line. For some people being aggressive is seen as a way of wielding power and most of them have never learned that there is another, far more…

3 Sure Ways to Build Your Business Confidence

Business Confidence Is An Art! If you are re-entering the workforce, wanting a promotion or considering starting your own business, here’s three things you can do to present yourself as more confident. Take a look at your CV or LinkedIn profile. Does it contain all your major accomplishments? If not, go and update them now!…

Positive Thinking – Its Not What You Think!

I’ve had some interesting conversations recently about positive thinking so I thought I’d try to clarify some classic misconceptions that people have. It seems to be a function of those who subscribe to the kind of “magical thinking” made popular by books such as The Secret and the Abraham Hicks phenomena, that they believe that…

Why Is MindStore Different?

Here in Dubai we are lucky enough to be inundated with wonderful, exciting thought leaders coming here to share their wisdom and inspire us to learn and grow. And not just our businesses but as human beings as well. So why is MindStore and Jack Black so different and why are we at WLP Success…

Your Problem Is Not Your Problem

Yes, you heard me right – your problem is not your problem! Let me give you an example with a “hypothetical” client. The (hypothetical) client called us and said they needed us to create a sales workshop for them. When we asked them why they wanted a sales workshop they told us their sales team…

Five Reasons Your Job Sucks

Does your job suck? Or do you think that’s a bit extreme? Maybe you’re thinking “Its doesn’t actually suck, but it could be a lot better”. Well guess what? It sucks! You will never ever get the opportunity to live those moments over. Every second you spend in a job that isn’t challenging, inspiring and motivating, or…

Are You Leading With Leadership?

Leadership Makes Great Customers Seamless teamwork is one of the most effective things that enhances a customer’s experience. And yet in the mulit-dimensional and multi cultural organisations we work with here in the UAE, teamwork can be a real challenge. As always, exemplary teamwork comes from exemplary leadership. Poor leadership is always the underlying cause of a…

Are You Treating Your Customers Better Than Your Employees?

If you’re treating your customers better than your employees, you’re making a BIG mistake! “The customer is king.”  “We want to delight our customers!”   “The customer is the reason we are in business.” We’re not debating any of those statements.  But if you don’t treat your employees as well as your customers, your business is not sustainable.  Period. As…

Teams With Vision Always Win

If you want to create a results driven team one of the most useful things you can do is to encourage the leaders of the team to create a powerful vision that they can all work towards. Our brains work largely in pictures. Its really hard for us to think about something that we can’t…

Six Reasons Why Your Employees Suck

Oh come on, don’t pretend you’re shocked! Most of us have thought this at least once in our careers. You don’t have to admit it out loud. And, if this thought has never even crossed your mind, I want to meet you, because either you are truly exceptional, or you’ve only been in a leadership position…

Why do I get out of bed every morning?

…and why should anyone care? This is the key question Simon Sinek asks in his book, “Start with Why.” In my role as co-founder of WLP Success, I get out of bed every morning to make a positive impact on how business is conducted in the Middle East in general, and in Dubai specifically. My…

New Year De-Resolutions

I love New Year! It’s such a great time for re-focusing and deciding what you really want for the year ahead. And while its true that you can do this at any time, for some reason this seems to be a powerful time for recreating your great vision for the future. New Year Resolutions are…

Momentum

Momentum is always a good thing but sometimes its really difficult to get moving again after the long festive break. So here’s an idea to get you moving when you’re feeling stuck. When you are really stuck momentum is far more important than direction. Imagine trying to push a car. Would you try to push…

Falling Over

So how are your New Years Resolutions going? Have you broken any yet? Have you broken all of them yet? Or do you keep falling over? Here’s the really interesting thing about resolutions – it really doesn’t matter how often you break them as long as you go right back to them and get back…

Leadership Skills Are The Solution!

And what’s more, leadership skills training makes a difference! OK, I know. I would say this wouldn’t I? But seriously, I’m amazed at the number of conversations I have with people who complain about their people (usually senior people), but when I suggest that perhaps this person would benefit from some coaching, or some leadership…

We Are All Connected

We are all connected. I’ve had a fascinating couple of days working with some senior African civil servants training them in leadership skills and managing change. Its fascinating in so many ways but what I really love is meeting people who have almost nothing in common with me or with most of the people I…

Business As Unusual

People often accuse me of being idealistic when I talk about how businesses should function in the 21st Century. I’m very happy to say that its true because, lets face it, why would anyone set goals or visions for their future based on anything other than their ideal world? And anyway, business as usual has…

Happy New Year – Now Ditch the Resolutions!

New Years Resolutions are an old tradition and yet they have become something of a joke in recent years and it seems that few people take them seriously any more, probably because most of them get broken within just a couple of days of making them! So why is this? Why do we start the…

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