Exponentials Downunder

Growing You & Your Business

Month: March 2016 (page 2 of 3)

Issues my Clients grapple with #15:


You don’t communicate regularly about the important stuff with your staff, your customers or your stakeholders.

Most of your business strategy is in your head and nobody knows what’s going on, except you.

Your staff, your clients and your stakeholders all want you to win, but they can’t support you when you don’t communicate with them.


Set your goals

Write  your plan to achieve your goals out

Figure out the important stuff

Talk about the important stuff to your staff, your customers and your stakeholders.  You’ll say it differently to each group,   but you will keep them informed.

Ask for support.  You’ll be surprised at what people will do.


You’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this sooner

Engaged staff, customers and stakeholders, involved in your business.

Clarity in your business, moving forward.

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Hocus focus – It’s amazing what happens when you find some clarity in your business! email me.

Issues my Client’s grapple with #14:


You have no routine to support you.  No routine of planning.  No routine of communicating.  No routine of measuring and correcting.  No routine of learning and reflection in the workplace.  No routine, no time management, no power, whose running your business anyhow?


Set your goals.

Put your coaching sessions into your diary, for the whole year.

Put your holidays and breaks into your diary, for the whole year.

Put your quarterly meetings in your diary.

Set up daily huddles with your team.  Communicate every day.

Let your coach manage you.


Habits in place that that support you and your business.


More time.

Less stress.

Much, much better results.

Faster learning, layered every day with reflection.  You are able to access and utilise your learning easily.  You are smarter.  Things make sense.  You can see ways forward.

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A business without a coach is just plain hard work. Take the weight off and email me.

The Power of a regularly revised Personal Vision

I started the year 2016 with a written vision of my quarterly goals achieved.

I recorded it on my phone and listened to it from anything from 4 to ten times a day.Listening to my phone

It’s been a remarkable and very focusing experience.

There’s lots of literature about the power of the subconscious to help you manifest your achievement of your goals.  This is not what I’m writing about.

You see, it’s been the simple things.

TimetravelThe remembering what’s important to me, unique from everyone else’s competing agendas.  I know what’s important to me, more than ever.

Being able to navigate through my emotional states as well as the occasional attacks of self doubt.

Being able to see what’s needed in my projects: the infrastructure, the detail that I would never had seen  if I hadn’t been regularly visiting the future of me achieving my goals.  There’s been several examples of this.

Being able to experience the meaning of my life and my work.  The vision gets me to see this clearly and helps me experience it in my everyday work.

It’s working for meand it could work for you.

All you need to do is to write your quarterly (or whatever) goals, in present tense (as if you are already experiencing the achievement of your goals), with vivid emotional language attached to each achievement.

Then record it to your cell phone and see what happens for you when you listen to it 2-8 times a day.

Let me know how you go.

Hocus focus - amazing what happens when you find some clarity! email me.

Hocus focus – amazing what happens when you find some clarity! email me.


Warren Buffet’s take on the US economy

In his Annual letter on page 7, Warren puts the current US economy in perspective:

American GDP per capita is now about $56,000. As I mentioned last year that – in real terms – is a staggering six times the amount in 1930, the year I was born, a leap far beyond the wildest dreams of my parents or their contemporaries.

U.S. citizens are not intrinsically more intelligent today, nor do they work harder than did Americans in 1930.

Rather, they work far more efficiently and thereby produce far more.

This all-powerful trend is certain to continue: America’s economic magic remains alive and well.

If you add to this, Rupert Murdoch marrying Jerri Hall on the weekend (and the story he related about his depression after his first divorce, inspiring him to: “Buy up property in New York”), there is a sense that these players at this level are pretty optimistic about the opportunities in the marketplace…as well as the cut and thrust of married life.

“Life is either a daring adventure…or nothing at all.”

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How applicable is this for Australia and New Zealand?  Where are the opportunities?  email me.

What’s special about me

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My son and my wife make me special.

My son, who has Downe’s Syndrome is why I’m special.

He’s given me my emotional roller coaster, with incredible highs and gut wrenching lows.

He’s had me to protect him against judgments and stares that don’t understand his special gifts

He’s taught me that patience begins at the limits of my patience.

He taught me more about compassion, moving forward, and around getting past obstacles than anyone else I’ve known.

He’s given me greater faith, brought me closer to my God and made me a special man.

My wife,  Rose, strong, beautiful Maori woman, makes me special.

She makes me laugh in my body, my mind and my spirit.

Her culture feeds me spirit, love, society and tribe

Her spirit opened doors I never would have never explored.

Her family has nurtured me and given me responsibility of care.

What else makes me special?

I was the son of a soldier whose wounds ran deep,  a prisoner of war for four years.

From my early years, my mum would take my sister to sit in my grandmother’s room and talk woman’s business. My job was to sit at the table and listen to my father’s war stories – it wasn’t an easy job.

I realised when I was four years old, that he hadn’t told me one of his recurring stories for quite some time.

I was convinced  my listening  helped him rid himself of that story.

From then on, I listened carefully, deliberately & actively to his stories.

I was trying to heal more of his wounds.

He did stop telling a lot of those stories, and I developed a special skill I use every day now.

You see, I learned to listen with intention

… and that’s what’s special about me.

Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone

Warren Buffet’s Brief Leadership Masterclass

Geoff Colvin has extracted three leadership lessons from Warren Buffett’s latest shareholder letter (released this past weekend) in this short FORTUNE article:

  1. He’s optimistic
  2. He explains what he’s doing so that anyone can understand it.
  3. He admits mistakes and makes no attempt to sugarcoat them.

It’s worth one minute to read – three important leadership reminders.

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Leadership – it’s a lifetime education and refinement. A coach can help you regularly develop your leadership while you are in the process of leadership. email me.

Issues My Clients Grapple With #13:


You don’t have the skills or the understanding to do well in business.

And there’s no time to spend to learn and upskill.

The less skill you feel you have, the more fear you have about being able to run a successful business.

The more you avoid learning and updating your skills, the worst this situation gets. You have to continue to learn to continue to earn with your business


Continuous learning

Turning your business into a learning organisation

Establish a culture of reflection, joint problem solving, it’s okay to ask for help,  it’s okay to ask for training

Regularly reflect about your business progress, your problems, your solutions.


Productive team

On the job learning, while your business is earning money

Empowered staff with self respect

Culture of group problem solving

Culture of innovation in place

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Learn while you earn with your work team around you, sharing your learning, multiplying your business’s intelligence. email me.

Issues My Clients Grapple With #12:


You are trying to eat an elephant in one meal.

Trying to do too much in too short a time.

You aren’t chunking down your plans into achievable objectives and doable actions.

You are setting yourself up for failure.

You are getting more and more desperate every time you fail to reach a target that’s been set too high.


Set achievable goals

Be rigorous and realistic with your plans to achieve outcomes

Develop habits of steady measured progress

Stay focused


Elephant is being eaten

You are not stressing out or being overwhelmed by your task

You have negotiated realistic timelines

You have enrolled support for your project

Progress, not panic is being made

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You eat an elephant, one bite at a time. The trick is finding which bite to take, when. email me.

Issues My Clients Grapple With #11:


You say you want to grow your business, but you are so busy putting out fires in your business, you never stick to your plan.

When push comes to shove, you slow down, lose momentum and stop working your plan.

Your vision is not strong enough to support you continually moving forward.


Your business purpose and vision need to be clearly articulated, believable and inspiring.

Link your purpose and vision to your economic engine

Find your mojo in the business that you love – fan the flames of your love

Communicate – no – evangelise your vision and purpose to your staff, stakeholders and customers


Focus, clarity and a plan to drive your economic engine with your stakeholders and staffing team

Hocus focus - amazing what happens when you find some clarity! email me.

Hocus focus – amazing what happens when you find some clarity! email me.


The Real Story about Your Business

This is not a business coaching story.

It’s a business owner driving growth story.

I understand there are some people who would like the words: “Business Coach-driven” come out of our client’s mouths.

Honestly, I don’t care.

We are using coaching to leverage business owner’s best thinking to drive innovation and to win at the point of sale, which is fundamental to every business.  Full stop.


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