Guided by instincts but not relying on them – Motivational speakers

Guided by your instincts, but not relying on them I often hear people say, “I trust my gut.” I agree. We must at times be guided by our gut, or more accurately, our instincts; but not always. When you include a rational, planning process you put yourself in a position where you can balance rationality [...]

How important is relevant research?

To take a deep approach to learning you need intellectual curiosity. This implies asking questions, conducting relevant research and not being trapped in a world of hearsay and storytelling. Questions like how, why and why-not must be in the forefront of your mind. In addition, you must be mindful not to suffer from premature curiosity [...]

Can you become effective and efficient?

Once we have embraced lifelong learning by ridding ourselves of competence delusion and we become aware of the problems that affect our competence, we are faced with deciding what to learn. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and immobilised by the endless data on the World Wide Web and the variety of courses open to us. [...]

Do you consistently operate at your personal best?

A part of the definition of Mental Toughness is to consistently operate at your highest potential or, as some call it, your personal best.  This requires an existing capacity and the on-going creation of new capacity. The most common way to acquire new capacity is through learning new knowledge and skills. But, not just any [...]

Grab opportunities, don‘t wait for the storm to pass – ski in the rain

It often takes calculated risks to grab opportunities when they arise even when they are not obvious opportunities. I recall a seven day ski holiday package in the French Alps. The first three days produced glorious weather and the fourth day stormy weather came with rain pelting down. My instinctive response was to stay indoors [...]

Bend trend lines with the power of innovation and optimism

 Bill Gates, writing on innovation and optimism in the New Statesman, claims that it seems wise to ask whether or not we can secure enough food to eat in the future. He adds that there are plenty of pessimists about food security, but believes the smart money is on optimism. He claims; Pessimists, extrapolate from [...]

Challenge your assumptions

Assumptions often become the default truth. I recall an assumption that was accepted as truth by the community in my first employment. The assumption was that the dog food factory had to generate an awful smell.  I was appointed as the production manager and one of the products under my jurisdiction was canned pet food. [...]

Be optimistic, invent, innovate, reinvent and improvise

To enable yourself and others who work with you, to take calculated risks you need to create a culture where optimism, creative imagination, invention, innovation, re-invention and improvisation are normative practices to you and those who look to you for leadership. Creating this culture starts with including it in your strategy. Everyone needs to understand [...]

When taking risks protect against the extreme downside

Not everyone is suited to take risks like an entrepreneur, but anyone can benefit from taking calculated risks. It’s worth noting though that many South Africans become situational risk takers and therefore entrepreneurs because of the high rate of unemployment and other social factors. However, Richard Branson is an entrepreneur by choice. He claims that [...]

Position yourself optimally

Calculated risks are aimed at positioning you optimally relative to your intention and the threat posed by your opposition.  To take calculated risks you need to let go of some of the comforts and security of the known and accept some of the discomfort and insecurity of the unknown. For example, a Grizzly bear when [...]