Original Performance

In my element helping you be in yours

Never argue with fools…..

Onlookers might not be able to tell the difference.

Mark Train had some amusing gems.

Worth bearing in mind in the virtual world as well as the real world.

Ready, Fire, Aim…..a common problem

Have you ever seen an email chain, where one person starts it with a question and copies people on it?  Then lot’s of the people on the chain start to jump in, and work on the initial question, without asking, is this the right question to ask, or is this the right way to talk about it?

This is a common ready, fire, aim problem……sometimes the email is the wrong format for the conversation, or worse again, working on the wrong question.

A colleague I worked with years ago described the way he saw it working…..

…some boss at the top freaks out about something,

…they put the boot down on someone to fix it, who in turn does the same, who in turn does the same, who in turn does the same,

…..and it all culminates in someone walking up to me telling me to do something……

… I do it, and then go back to doing what I was doing anyway..

…..I never really know what the fuss is about……

Variations on this theme occur in most organizations at least some of the time.  Adding up the wasted minutes of all the contributors to these ready, fire, aim problems, would make for sobering reading in terms of productivity.

Urgent thinking is not the most efficient thinking.  This is where leadership really kicks in.  A sense of urgency is a good thing for a leader to have, but even more important is the sense of direction.  When you notice people reacting, or feeling a sense of urgency, stop and think, even for a second, to see if what is happening really makes sense.

As John C. Maxwell describes it:

“If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading…”

Ask yourself.

Is this really urgent?

Is this shooting in the right direction?

Are we working on the right questions?

Is this the best format for this question to be discussed?

Make the purpose of your story…the story of your purpose 

My #sketchnotes of a book by Marilyn Atkinson- CEO of Erickson Coaching – entitled “Creating Transformational Metaphors.”

One insight from the book is – The purpose of a story is to show people being courageous – this can be someone talking to a stranger, going on a round the world trip, speaking authentically at a meeting, trying something new in a job where people say – ‘it can’t be done.’

Many people feel stuck from time to time, and to get moving involves a small step – it will always seem like a risk to step out of our comfort zone. It requires bravery to step out of our comfort zone. 

Even a little bit more bravery can make for a much more interesting story – for you, and for others. 

Plus, as Simon Sinek points out, people buy why you do what you do, before they buy what you do. 

Making the purpose of your story the story of your purpose can give you insights into your own motivation. 

It might free you from any comfort zone and challenge you to become even more interesting. 

Just a thought….

India – Thank you and ‘Jugaad’

If you are not willing to be changed by what you hear, you are not truly listening.

I’m not sure where I read the quote above but it struck home as I reflect on two amazing weeks in India.  The experience changed my outlook in many respects. 

Listening and learning, with respect is the only way to travel. While we in Europe are in 2017 the calendar of India is more than 5000 years old.

Thanks to the people of India particularly colleagues in SAP and channel partners I learned about ‘Jugaad’ .

Jugaad (alternatively Juggaar) is a colloquial Hindi-Urdu word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around, used for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or a person who can solve a complicated issue

At first glance traffic in India appears to be chaos, certainly in comparison with the small west of Ireland town I call home. 

However there is little evidence of shouting or road rage apart from the constant beeping and flashing of lights. The sounds and sights are more an indication of letting people know where you are, rather than any indication of frustration or high emotion.

Like the flow of water which finds a way to the sea, through and around all obstacles, the traffic in Mumbai somehow works. 

I’ll be looking at areas where Jugaad is appropriate – simple workarounds, innovative fixes….nice to learn from great people.  Thank you India.


A small adventure every week and every weekend……why not?

Be the best at the things that require no talent

Show up on time, be present, be authentic, give it all you have…….don’t forget to enjoy it…..

….none of this takes talent…..

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Not everything that can be counted counts…..

Not everything that can be counted counts (to borrow a phrase from Einstein)…….and while counting is important, other things count as well……

…….influence, beauty, satisfaction, connection, contribution, insight, breakthrough ideas….don’t forget to paint a picture, as well as doing the sums…..


Decide today to do something great…

If you are the product of your decisions to date, then your future can be the product of your decision TODAY.  Decide today to do something great……and enjoy it

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek #Sketchnotes

The cost of leadership is self interest 

#Sketchnotes from an online video by Simon Sinek. 

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