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The Chimp, the Gorilla, the Dog and the Human

The Chimp, the Gorilla, the Dog and the Human

by Guest contributor Paul Jenkins on August 23, 2013

Recently I’ve been listening to the audiobook of The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters, and I’ve found it very interesting and useful (more of that later).

Professor Peters was the resident psychiatrist behind the unstoppable rise of Britain’s cyclists in recent years.

The book comes recommended by Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and even Ronnie O’Sullivan – and by Dave (actually now Sir David) Brailsford CBE, performance director of British cycling, general manager of Team Sky and a man who knows a thing or two about building winning teams.

The purpose of Steve Peters’ book is to help the rest of us to become happy, confident and more successful

He explains that there is a daily struggle that takes place inside us, and he offers a mind management model to help people understand how the mind works, control their emotions and manage themselves to achieve more success in their lives. read more…

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Paul Jenkins is a coach, speaker and trainer who helps good, experienced people who are struggling to find work to get the job they want and deserve.

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Leaders like learning

Leaders like learning

by Moyra Mackie on March 9, 2013

I have been developing and delivering training for more than 15 years now and my mantra has become “Training doesn’t work.” So why would I say that? Does it mean I’m suffering from some kind of commercial death wish?

Well, no. I’m not. But perhaps I should be more precise and say it slightly differently.

Maybe I should be saying: “Training doesn’t lead to change or lasting improvement.” But that’s not so catchy.

@MoyraMackie says: Leaders know the difference between training and learning.

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Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Every week I talk to managers who fear they might be failing the leadership test.

Every week I work with teams who feel their managers are not leaders.

So what’s the big difference between leadership and management?

Recently I read an article by John Kotter where he spent 650 words bemoaning the fact that people use the terms “manager” and “leader” interchangeably.

This really set my teeth grinding because, for me, this totally misses the point.

In real companies, in real teams, real people want real managers. That’s managers who are better leaders.

But what do they mean when they say “better leaders”?  What’s missing?

@MoyraMackie asks: Do the differences between leadership and management really matter to you?

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Making heavy weather of decisions? Wear a thinking hat.

Making heavy weather of decisions? Wear a thinking hat.

by Moyra Mackie on February 3, 2013

You make decisions. It’s what decision makers do. But do the real thorny problems that you are given to sort out sometimes send your thoughts spinning like the wheels of a sports car in the snow?

It’s not about lack of intellectual horsepower. You’re probably applying too much, rather than too little.

It’s not that you have too few ideas. You may have too many, all at the same time.

It’s just that you’re not able to get traction and make your usual progress.

Sometimes there are so many different opinions to take into account and so many good ideas to think through that it can be like having a rowdy boardroom between your ears. And with a pretty ineffective chairman, too.

So if you’re making heavy weather of decisions, I’ve got a suggestion that most definitely works.

Try wearing a hat.

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Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Who you gonna call? Why you should have a coach on speed dial.

Who you gonna call? Why you should have a coach on speed dial.

by Guest contributor Paul Jenkins on February 1, 2013

Coaches help people get better. But they are not doctors.

Coaches help in crisis situations. But they are not rescuers.

Coaches help with anxiety, personal issues and possibly ghosts from the past. But they’re not therapists or ghostbusters.

So who you gonna call?

And why should you make that call now, sooner, rather than later?

@PaulJenkinsCo asks: Are the benefits of executive coaching fully accepted by business leaders?

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Paul Jenkins is a coach, speaker and trainer who helps good, experienced people who are struggling to find work to get the job they want and deserve.

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