Tag Archive: success

The Making of an Expert: The 3 Key Factors Underlying Individual Elite Performance in any Domain

The July-August 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review contains an interesting article “The Making of an Expert” by Ericsson, Prietula and Cokely. The article argues (on the basis of scholarly research since 1985) that outstanding or elite performance in any field is predominantly “the product of years of deliberate practice and coaching, not of any…

The Harvard Business Review on Leaders Thinking Differently

In an article “How Successful Leaders Think” published in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin argues that it is difficult to reproduce the successes of eminent business leaders such as Jack Welsch or Larry Bossidy just by reproducing their actions, strategies, or best practices – because “moves that work well in…

How To Action Your To-Do List

The ZenHabits blog has a great post on how to do the things on your to-do list. The article covers advice on dealing with resistance, fear of success or failure, dealing with overload, and what to do when you make a list one day and never feel like doing it the next (‘that was yesterday’s…

Tom Peters on Seth Godin on Thinking Differently

Tom Peters, author of “In Search of Excellence,” uses Seth Godin’s writing to argue that “you can’t be remarkable by just following remarkable people.”I think that there is an element of truth in that. Benchmarking can bring you up to best practices, but it may not move you beyond them. But I disagree with Peters…

Quote – Maister on Investing in Your Business

“What you do with your chargeable hours determines your profit; what you do with your non-chargeable hours determines your future.” – David Maister

Brainstorming Poster

Angela Hayden has made an interesting brainstorming poster available as a pdf file (free download). The intention is that the poster can be used for triggering or stimulating thoughts and ideas when thinking about future directions.

Atlassian on Bootstrapping

I always love listening to stories of successful companies that started up without a business plan. Maybe it’s because the mantra for the last 10 or 15 years has been you have to have a business plan. So people grind away and produces massive tomes that are pretty much out of date by the time…

The Sport of High Performance Consulting

I was flying on Qantas earlier this month, and had the pleasure of listening to Kieren Perkins being intereviewed by Peter Switzer. For those not familiar with Kieren Perkins, Kieren broke 12 world records in swimming, and is the first person to hold the Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously. In addition to…

Are you a Scanner or Deep Diver?

The modern professional world seems set up, by and large, to favour people with specific training and qualifications who have focused on and gained practical skills in a particular professional area and who stay in that area for an extended period of time demonstrating and deepening that skills base. This is the case for a…

The Robinson Model of Behavioural Change

Change Management is one of those areas where there are plenty of models floating around, most of them interesting and useful. Luke Naismith has provided two diagrams of the Robinson model of personal behavioural change. In the first diagram, Luke illustrates progressive shifts in awareness, capability and confidence during the process of change: In the…

Tag Archive: success

The Making of an Expert: The 3 Key Factors Underlying Individual Elite Performance in any Domain

The July-August 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review contains an interesting article “The Making of an Expert” by Ericsson, Prietula and Cokely. The article argues (on the basis of scholarly research since 1985) that outstanding or elite performance in any field is predominantly “the product of years of deliberate practice and coaching, not of any…

The Harvard Business Review on Leaders Thinking Differently

In an article “How Successful Leaders Think” published in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin argues that it is difficult to reproduce the successes of eminent business leaders such as Jack Welsch or Larry Bossidy just by reproducing their actions, strategies, or best practices – because “moves that work well in…

How To Action Your To-Do List

The ZenHabits blog has a great post on how to do the things on your to-do list. The article covers advice on dealing with resistance, fear of success or failure, dealing with overload, and what to do when you make a list one day and never feel like doing it the next (‘that was yesterday’s…

Tom Peters on Seth Godin on Thinking Differently

Tom Peters, author of “In Search of Excellence,” uses Seth Godin’s writing to argue that “you can’t be remarkable by just following remarkable people.”I think that there is an element of truth in that. Benchmarking can bring you up to best practices, but it may not move you beyond them. But I disagree with Peters…

Quote – Maister on Investing in Your Business

“What you do with your chargeable hours determines your profit; what you do with your non-chargeable hours determines your future.” – David Maister

Brainstorming Poster

Angela Hayden has made an interesting brainstorming poster available as a pdf file (free download). The intention is that the poster can be used for triggering or stimulating thoughts and ideas when thinking about future directions.

Atlassian on Bootstrapping

I always love listening to stories of successful companies that started up without a business plan. Maybe it’s because the mantra for the last 10 or 15 years has been you have to have a business plan. So people grind away and produces massive tomes that are pretty much out of date by the time…

The Sport of High Performance Consulting

I was flying on Qantas earlier this month, and had the pleasure of listening to Kieren Perkins being intereviewed by Peter Switzer. For those not familiar with Kieren Perkins, Kieren broke 12 world records in swimming, and is the first person to hold the Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and Pan Pacific titles simultaneously. In addition to…

Are you a Scanner or Deep Diver?

The modern professional world seems set up, by and large, to favour people with specific training and qualifications who have focused on and gained practical skills in a particular professional area and who stay in that area for an extended period of time demonstrating and deepening that skills base. This is the case for a…

The Robinson Model of Behavioural Change

Change Management is one of those areas where there are plenty of models floating around, most of them interesting and useful. Luke Naismith has provided two diagrams of the Robinson model of personal behavioural change. In the first diagram, Luke illustrates progressive shifts in awareness, capability and confidence during the process of change: In the…