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Is Your Task Focus Ruining Your Career?
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 18, 2017
Is Your Task Focus Ruining Your Career?

Let’s talk about Bill, one of my clients who came to me extremely frustrated. Even though Bill is a top thinker in his field, with years of technical experience and the unwavering trust of his superiors to get the job done, he’s been passed up for a promotion for several years now. He came to me with one big question — why? He does excellent work. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s been loyal to his company and rarely takes a day off. He volunteers for overtime when it’s needed and he does whatever he’s told without question. To Bill, he’s been the perfect employee. So what’s happened? Why does he keep missing out, while his colleagues who really aren’t as technically brilliant as him, or even as loyal, keep moving up the ladder?

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Is the Way You Act at the Office Ruining Your Career?
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 17, 2017
Is the Way You Act at the Office Ruining Your Career?

Let’s talk about Bill, one of my clients who came to me extremely frustrated. Even though Bill is a top thinker in his field, with years of technical experience and the unwavering trust of his superiors to get the job done, he’s been passed up for a promotion for several years now. He came to me with one big question — why? He does excellent work. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s been loyal to his company and rarely takes a day off. He volunteers for overtime when it’s needed and he does whatever he’s told without question. To Bill, he’s been the perfect employee. So what’s happened? Why does he keep missing out, while his colleagues who really aren’t as technically brilliant as him, or even as loyal, keep moving up the ladder?

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The Importance of the First 5 Minutes
Posted By Duncan Fish on September 3, 2017
The Importance of the First 5 Minutes

What you do when first meeting someone in the first five minutes matters — big time. For better or worse, humans are hardwired to automatically make assumptions about the people we meet. Maybe it’s a primal habit that makes us feel somewhat safer. After all, if we can fit someone into a box and categorise them nicely, then they’re no threat to us. We know what to expect of them. While first impressions can often be wrong, and we may end up being surprised by many, many people throughout our lives, one thing about first impressions is hardly surprising at all — how we create them. In most cases, the way you, your coworkers, celebrities, millionaires, executives and everyone in-between introduces themselves, is much the same. How so? Let’s take a look at the first five minutes of most conversations, between two people that have never met. What are the questions that are going to be asked?

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The GROW Model: A Formula for Aspiring Coaches
Posted By Duncan Fish on August 20, 2017
The GROW Model: A Formula for Aspiring Coaches

The coaching method can be very difficult for some individuals in leadership positions, because it’s so far away from their typical methods of communicating with those on their team. Let’s look at the example of one of my clients, who we’ll call Adam. Adam had risen to the top of his team because of his great technical skills. He was more knowledgeable than anyone in his department, and it could truly be said that
he knew what he was doing, and could be trusted with nearly any challenge. However, when put into a leadership position, he found himself unable to relinquish tasks to his lesser skilled (but still extremely talented) colleagues.

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Coaching Your Team for the Long Haul
Posted By Duncan Fish on August 9, 2017
Coaching Your Team for the Long Haul

Coaching is not just for sports teams. From teachers in the high school classroom, to group leaders in the office, coaching is an alternative to delegating or merely instructing — and the results are noteworthy. The primary reason? Coaching allows your team to learn something for themselves, rather than you just handing them the answers and telling them to now “just do it.”

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Are Bad First Impressions Holding You Back?
Posted By Duncan Fish on July 18, 2017
Are Bad First Impressions Holding You Back?

You’ve heard all through your career, and probably even your life, that first impressions matter. It’s why eager students take extra care to get ready before the first day of school. It’s why the first date is the most nerve-wracking of all, as you determine whether or not there actually will be a second date. However, first impressions in the workplace can be the most rewarding or detrimental, whether you’re interviewing for a new position, starting a new career or just being brought on to a new project.

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The Power of Eye Contact
Posted By Duncan Fish on July 7, 2017
The Power of Eye Contact

The eyes aren’t called “the window to the soul” for just any old reason. A deeper connection is made when you look someone in the eyes and, unfortunately, that connection can make some individuals feel awkward, nervous or downright squirmy. Those who are less socially confident are often very uncomfortable when trying to maintain eye contact. This may not seem like a big issue — after all, how important can it really be? Isn’t it just an antiquated rule that doesn’t really mean that much when it comes to your career, particularly if you’re good at your job?

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Too Lost in Your Own Drive For Success? Here’s How It’s Hurting You (and Your Team!)
Posted By Duncan Fish on June 20, 2017
Too Lost in Your Own Drive For Success? Here’s How It’s Hurting You (and Your Team!)

If you’re having a difficult time understanding when, where and how to employ empathy in your workplace, you may not realise how easy it is to recognise a lack of empathy in offices all around the globe, regardless of industry.

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Identify, Understand, React: Becoming Empathetic, Not Emotional
Posted By Duncan Fish on June 7, 2017
Identify, Understand, React: Becoming Empathetic, Not Emotional

It’s not an uncommon issue, so you’re definitely not alone. You see a coworker or friend or even loved one that’s a little more emotional than others, and your mind automatically deems them as weak, or unfit for a truly mentally strenuous, fast-paced, demanding career. You’ve probably come upon many such people throughout your life and simply thought, “I don’t have time for that,” and gone about your business. After all, why would you want to get sucked into an emotional spiral? You’ve got work to do! You’re a serious professional! You want to get the job done, now, and not waste time with petty emotions…right?

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Real Success Stories: Unlocking Your Storytelling Savvy
Posted By Duncan Fish on May 22, 2017
Real Success Stories: Unlocking Your Storytelling Savvy

One of my clients—let’s call him George, for our story’s purpose—came to me with absolutely abhorrent storytelling skills. Give his coworkers the choice between watching paint dry in the conference room, and listening to another one of his PowerPoint presentations, and every single one of them would most assuredly pick the former. When George came to me, he was preparing for a large presentation at an upcoming conference. His supervisors would be there, he’d have a large audience and he wanted to make a great impression. He knew his storytelling skills weren’t the best—he’d certainly seen the looks in his coworkers’ eyes whenever he took the stage—so he sought out some coaching in this department.

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Engage Model

Engage Model

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Engaging Executive Programme

Engaging Executive Programme

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Are you technically brilliant yet looking to reach new heights with excellent interpersonal skills, networking confidence and managing emotional ….

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ENGAGE BOOK

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