In my client workshops there are often people enrolled who have been born in non-English speaking countries, and are of non-native English speakers – as might be expected. Several of these executives want to know how to better assimilate into, and understand Australia and its business culture.
“… we need to recognize that presence requires practice and training . . . presence can be developed by simple techniques such as using the ring of our phone as an awareness cue. Rather than responding by grabbing the phone, we can use the ring as a reminder to take one deep, long slow easy breath, focus our minds, and then pick up the phone.”
“I remember often being praised for my intelligence rather than my efforts, and slowly but surely I developed an aversion to difficult challenges. Most surprisingly, this extended beyond academic and even athletic challenges to emotional challenges. This was my greatest learning disability – this tendency to see performance as a reflection of character and, if I could not accomplish something right away, to avoid that task or treat it with…
“A ‘swing thought’ is a golfer’s term for a single correction to your form that you keep in mind as you stand over the ball. The idea is that to try to make several adjustments at once is a setup for failure. A swing thought keys on a very specific single behavior that stands for the overall shift you are seeking to make.”
“Thinking is work. In the early stages of a man’s career it is very hard work. When a difficult decision or problem arises, how easy it is, after looking at it superficially, to give up thinking about it. It is easy to put it from one’s mind. It is easy to decide that it is insoluble, or that something will turn up to help us.
Michael Kelly “Angela, what interviewing ideas do you have for the non-professional interviewer?” Angela Catterns “Well for me I think the secret to interviewing is actually listening. So you can just start off with one question – and if you listen to the answer . . . I’m also writing down something someone has said when I’m interviewing them . . . and that’s where I get my next question.