Using goals

As soon as goals are mentioned, we frequently hear the words 'goal setting' mentioned. Goal setting is fine, but the term can encourage the mindset that once goals are set, then the job is done. Goal setting becomes even more effective when combined with goal reviewing, and so a more useful phrase might be 'using... Read more

Measuring engagement

Here’s a well used tool that claims to effectively measure engagement at work. Trouble is, it seems to be based on a parent-child model of engagement, with the the organisation being the parent and the workers being the ickle children. That's not really engagement - that's compliance! Remembering back to my engagement to my wife,... Read more

slow steady progress

Amidst the excitement surrounding the success of GB teams at the Olympics, and particularly the success of the GB Rowing and Cycling teams, it's worth reminding yourself (or learning) that these successes are on the back of many years (decades in fact) of sustained effort and focus on performance improvement and innovation. As we all... Read more

Feel good factor?

So much of great performance is about feeling right. Feeling prepared can really help confidence and performance for many people. How much were the results of a home Olympic Games for GB athletes due to a feel good factor and home crowds and how much was that the opportunity of a home games meant that... Read more

Learning how to outperform your opposition

Winning the Mind Games The first FISA Rowing World Cup of the season took place in Belgrade earlier this year. It was the first of three regattas that are the only international competitions of note prior to the Olympic Games at Dorney Lake. This first foray back into international competition since the World Championships means... Read more