Leadership Insights


Let’s distil some practical insights on leadership that helps people do great things:

The Job of a Leader is to Grow more Leaders – if you are not building more Leaders the you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job, whether you have this title or not, is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do.Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, their gifts and do their very best work. This is part of what it means to lead.

Nothing Happens until the First Step – Start small, dream big,  start today. nothing happens until  you take massive action. Procrastination is a defence mechanism by unsure people.  If we did our goals and acted our visions we would become ultra successful. Spectacular success brings responsibility – that frightens many of us  and we put off getting great things done.

Our Behaviours Reveals our Beliefs –   we tell the world what you believe by how we behave. If we complain all day long we reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that we are powerless. when we present work that has typos and poor wording we express a belief that average is okay with us. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds us. Great news is that when we wire in the beliefs of leadership (versus victimhood) our behaviour changes automatically.

Who can you Grow today?

Within your work, family or community…..

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The Power of Why

Many people and organisations become focussed on ‘What’ requires to be done in the coming year – setting Stretch Targets/Goals for themselves and their Teams.

My research has shown, whilst this has merit, we find that ‘life happens’ and our circumstances can change on exposure to our dynamic world.

High Reliability organisations focus on the ‘Why’ first – this allows the strategic Purpose/Values to assist problem solving in our volatile world. It’s like the Disaster Response team’s Head Chef saying to his crew “We are in the Motivation Business (Why) not the cooking one (What). He explained that in the middle of all the devastation the Disaster Team and Volunteers were looking for an ‘oasis’ in the  middle of the maelstrom. Their job was to maintain and build their emotional resilience by the quality of food and the welcoming environment they were providing. All crew members on dynamic problem solving knew exactly where their priority lay.

Do you know Why you do what you do?

Extreme Achievers 20: 20 : 20 Rule

BIG Idea


UCL (University College London) Research has shown it takes 66 days to change a habit. I have found that Extreme Achievers have habits of excellence, of laser focus, of mastery – many have ‘packaged’ this into what I would call a 20:20:20 Rule. This Rule is carried out 1st thing each and every morning. The early bird song before the world awakes. Surfing the sunrise in a Golden Hour: 20 minutes exercise; 20 minutes planning; 20 minutes learning.

20 minutes exercise: heart rate rising, dopamine surging around the awakening cells. Pumping wellbeing and learning to the agile body for a sparkling day of creativity.

20 minutes planning: Laser focus on mastery of their craft. The game changing planning for – today, this week, this month, this year, this decade. The ability to dream, dare, dazzle. Have that really stretttch target, the courage to take the necessary actions and dazzle themselves and their world on success. What we think becomes a belief, that stimulates action, that leads to a behaviour which can become a habit of mastery.

20 minutes learning: Extreme Achievers have a deep set yearning to learn and grow. A thirst for knowledge to take their craft to ‘hyper-speed.’ They are game changers that learn from everyone and everything. Every challenge is growth opportunity. e.g. read a book, watch a TED talk , practice your art….


Today is an opportunity to take step 1 of UCL’s 66 Days to embed the Extreme Achievers 20:20:20 Rule. Pause for a moment, breathe the rare air of world class mastery of your craft. “Feel, see, do…”


Ordinary People’s Superstar Insights


  1. Find your own style. Be an original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd. And marched to their own drumbeat.
  2. Understand that when you play small with your success, you betray your potential. And the birthright you were born under.
  3. Eat less food and you’ll get more done.
  4. As you become more successful, stay really really hungry. Nothing fails like success. Because when you’re successful, it’s easy to stop outlearning+outOverDelivering+outthinking and outexecuting everyone around you. (Success is Beautiful. And dangerous).
  5. If you’re not overprepared, you’re underprepared.
  6. The only level of great manners to play at is “Exceedingly Polite”. In our world, this alone will make you a standout. And differentiate you in your marketplace.
  7. Remember that the moment you think you’re a Master, you lose your Mastery. And the minute you think you know everything, you know nothing.
  8. To double your results, double your level of execution.
  9. Invest in your personal and pro development. All superstars do.
  10. Get this year’s best Targets of Opportunity down onto a 1 Page Plan. Then review it every morning while the rest of the world sleeps.
  11. You don’t get lucky. You create lucky.
  12. When you push through a difficult project, you don’t get to the other side. You reach The Next Level.
  13. Smile. And remember to inform your face.

Embracing the Dream Business


A Dream is a complete moment in the life of a client. Important experiences that tempts clients to commit substantial resources. The essence of the desires of the consumer. The opportunity to help clients become what they want to be.

At times we can be stuck in the old economy, old product thinking. We must take pages from the likes of the Virgin Group and come to grips, ‘strategically’ with the fact that Winners will be Masters of the Dream Business.

It’s about the marketing of dreams – “Dreamketing” ….

Dreamketing: Touching our client’s dreams

Dreamketing: The art of telling stories and entertaining

Dreamketing: Promoting the dream, not the product

Dreamketing: Building the brand around the Main Dream

Dreamketing: Building “buzz, “hype”…

Legendary Leadership


Success is really, really simple. It’s not easy, but it’s really simple. [It all comes down to the execution].

1. Making no decision is a decision. To do nothing. And doing nothing always brings you to nowhere.

2. The way of performing that got you to where you are today is not the way of performing that will get you to where you’ve always dreamed of being.

3. Making excuses donates power to the very things you are excusing.

4. If you’re not being laughed at a lot you’re not doing very much.

5. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much.

6. Investments in your personal development are the smartest investments you’ll ever make.

7. What you focus on always gets better.

8. All great achievement begins with a single act of brave commitment.

May I share the wisdom of  great thinker – “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back… 

…Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too… 

…All sorts of things occur to help you, that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events from the decision…come your way. 

..Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”


Empowering Beliefs

Jim Bennett Global Leadership Speaker

Our deepest beliefs drive our daily behaviour. We can re-wire them if we reflect on them regularly.

Research has shown peak performers have the insight that:

1. No idea works unless you do the work.

A lot of winning starts with beginning. Ideas are awesome but you absolutely must start the process of acting on the ideas you learn we get the results. Otherwise, it’s all just a fantasy.

2. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

Often, we start to install a new habit and then quickly retreat on the first sign of discomfort. But please remember that our growth and mastery is built around our discomfort, not our ease.

Change is hard at the beginning as we tear away old patterns and ways of being. And then it gets messy as you’ve let go of all you were yesterday for the sake of someone even better tomorrow. But after 66 days (remember The 66 Day Rule of habit installation based on the recent research at University College London), you’ve reached automaticity. And the habit becomes automatic.

3: The finest way to get respect is to give respect.

This  ‘strikes a chord’ with many.

It also speaks to a beautiful truth: treat people incredibly well and you’ll give them a reason to treat you incredibly well.

4: To have what few have, do what few do.

To rise to world-class, each of us on this path we’re on must leave the cult of mediocrity and enter the world of Mastery – to think, behave and live as very few are willing to do. The world may call us eccentric and different – all progress depends on those of us with the guts to pursue our own paths.

We need to aim for iconic in our fields, sweat the details, pursue a singular vision, be filled with optimism, passion and integrity. And be utterly devoted to our personal development and professional education.

Our Drumbeat








  • Every time we do what scares us, we take back the power that we gave to the thing that scared us – so we become more powerful.
  • A problem is only a problem if we make the choice to see it as a problem.
  • Our business and personal life was made by ourselves. No one else is responsible. To make it better, let’s make better choices and new decisions.
  • We can lead wherever we are ‘planted’. Let’s not wait to get a position to stand for excellence and peak quality.
  • We can find our own style. Be original. Every superstar differentiated themselves from The Herd and marched to their own Drumbeat.

3 Keys of Change


It is in moments of decision that our future is shaped. In order to create change, we must do two things: raise our standards, and turn our ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’ When used together, these two tactics form an unstoppable force for taking our life to the next level. When we commit to using them our life will never be the same again.

Raise our Standards 

If we’re going to have lasting change in our life, we must raise our standards. The standards we set for yourself are the difference between getting okay results and getting extraordinary results. We shift our life forever the moment we raise your standards – so, right now, let’s consciously decide there is a higher standard for ourselves.

Turn our  ‘SHOULDS’ into ‘MUSTS’ 

Anyone who achieves something magnificent in their life turns their ‘shoulds’ into ‘MUSTS.’  The difference between ‘must’ and ‘should’ is the life you want and the life you have. When something is a must, you find a way. How do you do this? Get unreasonable. What’s unrealistic to average people is just unreasonable to extraordinary people. Let’s be extraordinary, get unreasonable and everything becomes possible. 

Walk the Talk and Cross Pollinate

When we make the commitment to follow our ‘MUSTS’ by walking the talk – we, by our immense energy and passion, make a fantastic impact on everyone we ‘touch’ stimulating cross pollination of energy…

Let’s use the keys of change NOW.

Speaking with Simplicity and Power

The world has just received an unforgettable lesson from a sixteen-year-old – in both speechmaking and in courage.

Malala Yousafzai was already a great communicator and already a heroine when she was attacked on her school bus in Pakistan’s conflict-riven Swat Valley last October.

After the attack Malala came to Britain for a multiplicity of life-saving operations involving a titanium plate in her forehead and an implant in her ear.

She has since left hospital and resumed her campaign for female education at a stratospheric level.

It was fitting that Malala celebrated both her recovery and her sixteenth birthday, not with the conventional wild teenage party, but with a speech to the United Nations in New York.

She has rare courage and determination, there are several ways that her UN speech is to be admired from a performance perspective.

For a start she had a clear message…something that all speeches need, but many lack.

Malala’s message was that education is not the problem – it’s the solution.

She didn’t want to retaliate  with the same crude kind of weapon that was used on her.

Instead Malala declared: “Education is the only solution.”

And she wrapped up her message in a powerful image with the simplest of wording: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”.

Many are fearful about giving a talk to a small number of people in their own company or to a panel of prospective buyers.

Malala addressed international leaders and the world beyond with a calm inner confidence based on the quiet unpretentious certainty which underpins the wisdom of her approach.

And rather than dwell on her own troubles and pain, she focused her attention on the challenges of others.

It was all done with positivity.

Malala spoke slowly with confidence, clarity and courage.

What message will you make this week with SIMPLICITY AND POWER?