Monday, May 27, 2013

'Edge Moments' Interview With Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson was just the second female to lead the Australian Antarctic Expedition for a 12 month period. As you can imagine such extreme conditions require you to find ways to lead when there is literally nowhere to hide.

View this interview where Rachael explains how it came to pass that a woman without a scientific background found hersaelf leading up to 120 people in the Antarctic. Rachael's insights about leadership and 'Edge Moments' are nothing short of powerful.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Do the right thing - even if you are doing it wrong!

The following quote comes from one of my heroes Russell Ackoff, Professor Emeritus of the Wharton Business School. Among the many reasons why I like Russell so much, none the least was that he wasn't afraid to make up words!

"Doing the right thing wrong is better than doing the wrong thing right. If you do the wrong thing right you just get wronger and wronger and take yourself further away from wherever you want to be."

I don't believe that I need to add much more to Russell's statement, other than to suggest that you stop doing any 'wrong things' that you may be doing 'right'.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Creating Winning Resumes - Video Sneak Peak

Below is a sneak peak of the interview I conducted with Pauline Bennett from the City of Whitehorse on Creating Winning Resumes.



Members of planforpersonalsuccess.com have access to the full version of this video.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Do you really 'Have' to do that?

"I have to submit this project tomorrow.
I have an assignment I have to complete tonight.
I have to go to a dinner with my partner.
I have to attend my child's performance.
I have to prepare for a meeting tomorrow.
I have to. I have to. I have to."

Guess what. You don't.

You don't "have" to do anything.

Sure there are consequences for not doing these things. There are also consequences for doing them too.

Which brings me to my point. Think about how differently you would apply yourself to the above activities if you actively chose to do them or decided that you are doing them because you want to do them rather than you "have" to do them.

Think about all the things that you are doing because you believe that you "have" to do them. What would happen if you didn't do them?

Maybe the consequence would be that you would miss out on something that you really want, such as your partner feeling that you really do love him/her. Or maybe you would miss out on a promotion that you really want.

What if you were to switch from the perspective of "have to or else...", to "want to because..."?

When you understand why you are doing what you are doing in the moment and how it will help you to achieve what you really want, it is amazing how much happier you are right now when you fully apply yourself to the activity whatever it may be. This also increases the chances that you'll also be happier in the future.

This is one of the key success strategies when you plan and action personal success.

Try it out and let me know how you go. I'm confident that you will be positively surprised.