Tuesday Training: Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring – and trees that bloom on their own time.

  What’s the difference between Mentoring and Coaching? Between Teaching and Training? How can we, as coaches, trainers, educators and mentors best serve those that we are helping? That’s one of the issues with John Maxwell’s Servant Leadership, of course (which I’ll address in a future Tuesday Training post) But its also something I’ve been…

Wed Workshop: ‘Intrinsic’ motivators

Money may seem like the main motivator for many people – but what if it’s not? What if there are other ‘first-order’ motivators that we ignore at our peril? I’ve just come from a meeting where a speaker pointed out that extrinsic motivators like money, fame, and praise are all important – but beyond a certain point,…

Wed Workshop – 80:20 vision

In my Thursday Thoughts post two weeks ago, I wrote about ‘draining the swamp’ – or dealing with the big picture, and not getting bogged down in the minutiae. And that led one reader to point me to a really useful ‘life hack’ page about the 80:20 rule. The 80:20 rule, as Steve Young points out, is…

Wed Workshop – Best Laid Schemes …

You may have noticed that this week’s Wed Workshop’ is actually being posted on a Sunday (Australian time). That’s because, as the poet said, “The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley….” I am, as I’ve mentioned, an occasional ‘enrichment lecturer’ on cruise ships – and in recent weeks I’ve been on…

Wed Workshop – Training v Real World.

I was at a Toastmasters meeting last night when a member, attempting to encourage newer speakers, said “No speech is a failure – Each speech has an outcome. It’s how you deal with that outcome that counts.” And I’d agree – at least as far as the sentiment goes. But to paraphrase the old saying, sentiment (and…