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Leadership and the questions you should be asking

Leadership and the questions you should be asking

It has been estimated that between the ages of 2 and 5 we ask something like 40,000 questions as we try to make sense of the world we have been born into. Many of these questions begin with “Why” as our curiosity and need to explore things is at the centre of our learning. Last week as …

Turn up the heat on your motivation

Turn up the heat on your motivation

As I was cooking a family curry last weekend and chopping a particularly hot chilli, I was reflecting on what motivates me to put in place new, healthier habits. Home cooking with fresh ingredients is one of the habits I do try and focus on. In the world of chillies there is such a thing as the Sco…

How often do you exercise your greatest power?

How often do you exercise your greatest power?

Starting work in the early 1980’s was a time of great excitement, starting to make my own way down the great highway of life. Like many people of my generation, I had experienced authority figures (family, teachers etc.) adopting an autocratic style of guidance (we labelled it as “Victor…

Punching above your weight - lessons from Vince Lombardi

Punching above your weight - lessons from Vince Lombardi

Last weekend, in Atlanta Georgia, the New England Patriots won a record equalling 6th Superbowl. A landmark achievement especially for key player Tom Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick. The Superbowl trophy is named after the Pioneering coach Vince Lombardi who in the 1960’s set the standards…

Forget Brexit this Christmas, what is really sprouting in Brussels?

Forget Brexit this Christmas, what is really sprouting in Brussels?

As we approach the end of another year, one of huge political upheaval and uncertainty, there is only one question left to ask in relation to our well-being; Do we have sprouts with our Christmas dinner? The Zentano camp is split on this topic so let’s put the case for and against; The case…

12 Skills of Christmas

12 Skills of Christmas

In truth, skills are for life not just for Christmas. As we take some downtime this Christmas however it is worth reflecting on the essential skills that managers and leaders need in our ever-changing, uncertain and complex world. Thought leadership guru Simon Sinek is quoted as saying “Cultu…

Musical chairs like you've never played it

Musical chairs like you've never played it

How often have you been in a situation where you regret what you have said or done? Quite often, probably. We’ve all been there.  There is no point aspiring to providing the perfect, well-modulated response, externally or internally, to any situation; we are not machines. However, if we c…

Why it might be important to focus on your greatest hits!

Why it might be important to focus on your greatest hits!

At Zentano we find music, films or comedy are great ways for us to unwind after a busy week. A good tune, a cracking yarn or a good laugh are for many people easy ways to de-stress and relax. For example, Tommy Cooper was for many people a bit of a comedy genius with his quips and one-liners. You k…

Unlocking your full potential - be your own concierge

Unlocking your full potential - be your own concierge

Concierge is a word of French origin meaning keeper of the keys. In his book, First Break All The Rules, strengths psychologist Don Clifton argues that to get the best out of people there are 4 “keys” that if used properly will unlock potential and drive performance. So, what are these …

Who is hacking your emotions?

Who is hacking your emotions?

In the modern world it can feel like we are constantly under pressure or under attack causing us to feel de-energised and emotionally drained. As leaders in our businesses this can be particularly damaging as we try to build profitable, productive high-performing teams. So where is this attack comin…

Teamwork and why your parents were wrong

Teamwork and why your parents were wrong

Shaggy dogs and black sheep, red herrings and white elephants, I love reading the research into phrases that Albert Jack wrote about. How many of us remember the anecdotes that our parents shared with us as they tried to prepare us for the world of adult life? Sometimes though the world is full of u…

Bob the Builder – Can he fix me in 10 easy steps? – No, he can’t!

Bob the Builder – Can he fix me in 10 easy steps? – No, he can’t!

As a father, the expectations on me from my children are that dad can fix it just like Bob the Builder can. No matter what the issue, I am expected to have a solution, an answer tucked away in my metaphorical tool kit. In a wider context, one of the interesting things about life currently is t…