Posts by Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan

Is Self-Help making you feel worse?

By Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with SUCCESS   Isn’t personal development or self-help meant to inspire us so that we can make our lives better? It’s supposed to motivate us, but does it? That’s a question we sometimes face in the self-improvement industry, where the difference between where we are and where we want to be…

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Rethinking the S.W.O.T. Analysis

BY Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with The CEO Magazine Anyone who’s sat through a strategic workshop at anytime during the past decade will be familiar with the SWOT analysis. Simply put, it stands for Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats and has informed not only planning days and leadership forums but also a large majority of the…

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7 ways to lead people that don’t want to be led

Stop obsessing over how things get done. Worry more about what gets done. BY Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan   Originally published with SUCCESS Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an entry-level job sorting mail or going on coffee runs. They pay their dues, work…

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Why an enemy can be good for business

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with The CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/danandkieran/why-enemy-good-business The self-help industry and the associated cult of positivity often leave us with an incomplete picture of the environment we find ourselves in. We end up seeing only opportunity without risk and end up relying on hope as a strategy. But just as…

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Gen Ys and Millennials: ‘They Might Be Right’

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with SUCCESS http://www.success.com/article/gen-ys-and-millennials-they-might-be-right The Gen Y and millennial generations have been harshly criticized by its Gen X and baby boomer counterparts, people who have survived economic downturns, recessions, the digital revolution, outsourcing and off-shoring and still managed to maintain their “greed is good” work ethic. So they…

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Why leaders need to think Selfish, Scared & Stupid

By Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published by CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/guest/why-leaders-need-think-selfish-scared-stupid Today leaders are largely defined by two characteristics: an aptitude for making hard decisions; for reading situations and demonstrating credible judgment whilst amplifying certainty, and secondly, an ability to influence others; to persuade, to inspire and to shift hearts and minds. Both of…

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Swim with the current

One of the advantages of growing up on a huge island in the South Pacific – Terra Australis – is that you learn to be a little more ocean savvy than much of the rest of the world. Swimming in the ocean is an entirely different skill to swimming in a pool. There are two…

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Why mental flexibility beats mental toughness

Leaders and management consultants often try to invoke a spirit of mental toughness in their employees and audiences. And certainly, a measure of persistence and resilience is a good thing and necessary for growth and confidence. What often gets overlooked however, is the idea of mental flexibility. Mental toughness allows you to pick yourself up…

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Start with WIIFM?

Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” is an extraordinary book that explores how meaning and purpose can drive human beings to lift their game and amplify buy in well beyond simple incentive based motivation. And this is certainly evident in many of the extraordinary businesses and social causes we see around us – certainly, it’s what…

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Design Beats Discipline

Too often in our attempts to drive change in our organisations, our selves or our communities, or in an attempt to lift the performance of our teams, we tend to resort to things like discipline and motivation. The problem is, both discipline and motivation, whilst useful, are only ever meant to be used in short…

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